Viterbo University

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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.

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