Viterbo University

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School Overview

Viterbo University (commonly referred as “Viterbo”) is a private four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It is located in Diocese of La Crosse in the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It was founded as the St. Rose Normal School in 1890 by the Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a Catholic congregation for women. In 1923, the school began offering four-year colllege degree programs at which time it changed its name to St. Rose Junior College. In 1937, the college changed its name once more; this time to Viterbo College. In the fall of 2000, the institution’s name one changed to Viterbo University to reflect its status as a state university.

Viterbo offers a large selection bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a variety of disciplines. Some of the more popular programs at Viterbo include its bachelor’s degree in nursing and bachelor’s degree in theater. At the graduate level, several programs, including the Masters of Servant Leadership, are quite popular among students. In all, Viterbo offers over 77 undergraduate majors and minors, and 4 graduate degree programs.

Currently, Viterbo has a total annual enrollment of roughly 3,100 students (2,200 undergraduate and 900 graduate). Even though the university offers a decent select of graduate programs, it is still considered an undergraduate institution.

General Information

Admission Office

900 Viterbo Drive

La Crosse, WI 54601-8804

(608) 796-3010

(800) 848-3726

Fax: (608) 796-3020

Contact: Roland Nelson

Vice President for Enrollment
Main Address

900 Viterbo Drive

La Crosse, WI 54601-8804

(608) 796-3060

Total undergrads: 2,093

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 365

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,997

Graduate enrollment: 851


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 86%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts – General B
Arts Management B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Pedagogy B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational management B

Communications & Journalism

Organizational Communication B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
English and theatre arts B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Individualized learning B
Natural Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B
Religious studies/philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Viterbo University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (608) 796-3001
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601-8804
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,592
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 56%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,783 (69% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $28,650
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,650
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $19,259

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Viterbo University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Viterbo University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 271
Education 2792
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 141
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 1
Visual and Performing Arts 8
Grand total 311516

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Viterbo University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $28,650
Out-of-state $28,650
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,864
Out-of-state $8,864

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 292 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 292 100% $19,259
Student loan aid 224 77% $7,130

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,505 88% $14,809
Federal student loans 1,184 69% $7,646

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Viterbo University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Viterbo University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,272 332 940
Percent admitted 100% 71% 78%
Percent admitted who enrolled 22% 20% 23%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Viterbo University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,592
Undergraduate enrollment 1,751
Graduate enrollment 841

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Viterbo University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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