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About Viterbo University

Viterbo University is a private 4-year university located in the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Viterbo is a Roman Catholic institution that was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1890. Originally named St. Rose Normal School, it was founded to educate elementary teachers. The school began adding college courses in 1923 and was approved as a degree-granting institution in 1939. The school's name was changed to Viterbo in 1937, and it achieved university status in 2000. About 3,000 students are enrolled at the university.


Viterbo University divides its academic programs among 5 different academic schools. These are the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Letters and Sciences, and the School of Nursing. Between these schools, student can choose from 69 undergraduate degrees, 5 graduate degrees, and 2 associate degrees. In addition, Viterbo offers a number of certification programs. Popular fields of study at Viterbo include liberal arts, nursing, education, and business. The average class at the university has 16 students, while lab courses typically have about 13 students. Viterbo graduates have a job placement rate of more than 96%.


Students wishing to apply to Viterbo University should complete an application and arrange to have their high school transcripts and standardized test results sent to the school. Applicants will be evaluated on their probable ability to succeed at Viterbo, based on high school achievement and test scores. In the fall of 2011, about 1,600 students applied for admission to Viterbo University and over 75% were admitted. In 2011, 72% of Viterbo students were female, and 70% were age 24 and under.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2011-2012 academic year, total costs were estimated at about $32,000 per year for an undergraduate living on campus. This total included approximately $900 for books and supplies, about $7,180 for room and board, and $2,500 for other living expenses. Qualifying students can receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Viterbo automatically considers incoming freshmen for academic scholarships, and offers a number of other university-based scholarships as well. These options include scholarships for fine arts students and a pre-professional scholarship; in the 2010-2011 school year, almost all incoming freshmen qualified for a scholarship or grant.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate, bachelor's, master's, post-baccalaureate certificates, post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 2,788 (2,103 undergraduate) in fall 2012*
Student Housing 2 residence halls, 5 on-campus apartment buildings*
Schools and Programs 5 schools, 76 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate: general studies (11)
Bachelor's: registered nursing/registered nurse (157)
Master's: elementary education and teaching (129)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Within 6 years: 49%**
Admission Rate In 2011: 78%**
Entering Class Size In 2011: 359***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: full-time (71%), part-time (75%)**
ACT Score of Admitted Students 21-26 mid-range composite ACT score in fall 2011***
Application Due Date August 15th*
Tuition (2011) $21,870 per year; includes fees**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: federal grants (45%), state and local grants and scholarships (38%), institutional grants and scholarships (98%), student loans (83%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 100%**

Sources: *Viterbo University, ** College Navigator, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Phone: (608) 796-3000
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