Viterbo University
Year established: 1890
Type of school: university, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes, Franciscan Catholic
Campus enrollment: 3,088 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, became coeducational in 1970
Location description: in or near a small/medium city (pop. 75,000-300,000)
Application fee: $25

Street address: Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
Mailing address: Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
Main telephone numbers: 608 796-3010
800-VITERBO (toll free)
608 796-3050 (fax)

Viterbo University
Main homepage:
Athletics homepage:
Undergraduate studies homepage:
Graduate studies homepage:
International student information homepage:
Financial aid homepage:
Campus map:
Campus Web Cam:
Viterbo Student Videos:

SAT number: 1878
ACT number: 4662
FAFSA number: 003911
FICE number: 3911
CSS/PROFILE number: 2983

Viterbo University is one of the finest Catholic Liberal Arts universities and one of the most affordable independent universities in the upper Midwest. Founded over a century ago by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo welcomes students from all income levels who wish to participate in a quality independent education.

Located in "God's Country," La Crosse is situated between the Mississippi river and scenic river bluffs. La Crosse offers remarkable scenery, excellent shopping, dining and nightlife, and Midwestern friendliness and hospitality

Viterbo enjoys a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, assuring the personal attention from professors you deserve. One thing you won't find at Viterbo, teaching assistants standing in for faculty instructors.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Viterbo University
Admissions officer: Roland Nelson,
Vice President of Enrollment
Contacting the office: 608 796-3010
800 VITERBO (toll free)
608 796-3020 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Priority filing date for fall: August 1
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 3%
Application fee: $25
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 20, rank in top half of secondary school class, and minimum 2.5 GPA recommended.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative, can be arranged with alumni representative
Standardized test requirements: SAT I considered if submitted, ACT required, SAT I or ACT considered if submitted
School's test preference: ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received: August 1 for SAT I/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
English: 3 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 recommended
Lab: 2 recommended
Math: 2 required, 2 recommended
Science: 2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies: 2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives: 5 required, 5 recommended
Total: 16 required, 19 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
  • Audition required of dance program applicants.
  • Audition required of theatre program applicants.
  • RN required for Returning Nursing Program (RN to BSN)
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations important
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview important
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability important
  • character/personal qualities very important
  • alumni/ae relationship considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.3
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 97%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 11%
Top quarter: 36%
Top half: 71%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 90%
Average ACT: 23 composite
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 8%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 92%

Notification of admission: two weeks after submission is complete
Acceptance of admission: no set date

Number of completed applications received: 1,150
Number of applicants offered admission: 1,015 (88%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 362 (36%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 62%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 21%
Tuition deposit amount: $100, refundable June 1
Room deposit amount: $100, refundable June 1
Admission may be deferred: yes

Semester/term begin dates: in late August and mid January.
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August.
Number and length of summer sessions: Two summer sessions, one of three weeks and one of six weeks.

Majors with the highest enrollment: Nursing, Elementary Education, Sciences
Majors with the lowest enrollment: Math, Religious Studies, Digital Media
Average freshman GPA: 2.91 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 68%
Student:Faculty ratio: 13:1
Total faculty: 86 men, 125 women, 211 total
Full-time faculty: 47 men, 59 women, 106 total
Part-time faculty: 39 men, 66 women, 105 total
Graduation rate: 50% within six years

Viterbo University
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: yes
Minimum GPA required to graduate: 2.5

Undergraduate studies homepage:
Graduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, evening courses, adult education programs, online courses
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in accounting, art, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, dance, digital media, early childhood education, English, environmental studies, history, latin studies, legal studies, management, marketing, mathematics, music, nutrition, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, science, servant leadership, sociology, Spanish, women's studies, and writing.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, Pre-engineering, Pre-chiropractic, pre-podiatry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physican assistant
Education certifications are offered: yes
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, vo-tech
Combined 3-1 programs available:
R.N.-to-B.S.Nurs. program.
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs: Washington Semester (American University), Sea Semester, UN Semester, American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.)
Schools with which domestic exchange programs are offered: Exchange possible.
Study abroad opportunities:
Member of Consortium for Belize Education Cooperation. Study abroad possible in various countries through NAFSA.
Other special or unique academic programs:
We have an agreement with Western Wisconsin Technical College to offer Associate Arts and Associate Science degrees. Linkage agreements with schools in Japan, China, Columbia and Belize.
Army ROTC: offered off-campus University of Wisconsin--La Crosse
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Associate's Degrees

  • Arts
  • Science
Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Applied Music
  • Architectural/Engineering Technology
  • Art
  • Art Administration
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biopsychology
  • Broad Field Social Studies
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Community/Medical Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Media
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Care Administration
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources Development
  • Integrated Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Management Computer Information Systems
  • Management Information Technology
  • Management/Information Systems Technology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Ministry
  • Music Education
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Organizational Management
  • Paralegal
  • Psychology
  • Religion/Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Renewable Resources
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Technical Education
  • Technology Education
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre Education

Credit placement options:
  • credit for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • credit for CLEP general
  • credit for CLEP subject
  • neither credit nor placement for Regents College Exams (RCE)
  • neither credit nor placement for ACT PEP
  • credit for DANTES
  • credit for school's own challenge exams
  • credit for relevant military experience
  • credit for relevant life experience
  • credit for international baccalaureate
Restrictions on CEEB Advanced Placement options:
scores of 4 or higher required in chemistry.

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2006 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Terry Norman,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 608 796-3900
800 VITERBO (toll free)
608 796-3050 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003911
CSS/PROFILE number: 2983
Financial aid homepage:

Undergraduate tuition: $19,490
Comprehensive tuition/room/board fees: $6,380
Tuition notes: comprehensive tuition/room/board fees, in-state tuition based on $560 per credit hour for 36 hrs/yr
Book fees: $600
Miscellaneous expenses: $2,000
Other expenses: transportation and other expenses


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 15yesN/A
Institution's own financial aid formN/AnoN/A

Date award notification begins: March 1
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
92% for first-year students
92% for full-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 26%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Nursing Loans
  • State Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: yes
Types of payment plans:
  • Tuition Management Systems
  • School's payment policies
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
  • special achievements/activities
  • athletic scholarships
  • ROTC scholarships
First-year scholarship/grant award range: $3,500 - $8,500
Undergraduate scholarship/grant award range: $3,500 - $8,500

Total undergraduates: 583 men, 1,486 women, 2,069 total
Full-time undergraduates: 456 men, 1,052 women, 1,508 total
Part-time undergraduates: 127 men, 384 women, 511 total
Total graduate students: 191 men, 878 women, 1,069 total
Full-time graduate students: 70 men, 191 women, 261 total
Part-time graduate students: 121 men, 687 women, 808 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 22
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 24%
Undergraduate breakdown:
1.1% Black (non-Hispanic)
1.0% American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian or Pacific Islander
0.9% Hispanic
92.7% White (non-Hispanic)
1.2% total international (nonresident aliens)
1.7% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 68 acres
City or town school is located in: La Crosse, WI
Population of city/town: 50,800
Nearest major city: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesot
Distance of nearest major city: 150 miles
Population of nearest major city: 670,000
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (63%)
  • single-student apartments (32%)
  • other housing including university owned theme houses (5%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 56%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 17%
Percent of students who live off campus: 83%
Students required to live on campus: All unmarried freshmen must live on campus unless living with family.
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 20%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance mandatory, class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited, Tobacco prohibited in campus buildings. Residence hall, alcohol/drug, computer use, student athlete, and student conduct policies.
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 308
Other computer facilities/services: Campus Help Desk available to students.
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Center for ethics, science and technology.

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills, Tutoring.
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, health insurance, Community service coordinator.
Counseling services:
older student, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training, dining etiquette training.
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, adaptive equipment, braille services, texts on tape.
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 90%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 0
Number of social sororities on campus: 0
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine
School newspaper(s): Lumen (bi-weekly)
Total number of registered organizations: 28
Campus-based religious organizations:
Campus Ministry, Franciscan Friends, Mission Effectiveness Committee, Social Justice Committee
Minority student organizations:
Global Rhythms
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
dance team, team managers, Students in Free Enterprise, biology, chemistry, education, French, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and women's studies groups,Asian cultural club, exchange club, Collegians for Life, Hawks Club, student activity board, Sigma Pi Delta, resident student board, student dietetics association, student nurse association, tribeta biological society, rugby, pep band,

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Barry Fried,
Director of Athletics
Athletic department's mailing address: 900 Viterbo Dr
La Crosse, WI 54601
Athletics homepage:
School colors: Cardinal/Silver
School mascot: V-Hawks
Athletic conference memberships: Midwest Classic Conference (NAIA)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNAIA
Men's basketballyesNAIA Division II
Men's cross-countryyesNAIA
Men's golfyesNAIA
Men's socceryesNAIA
Women's basketballyesNAIA Division II
Women's cross-countryyesNAIA
Women's golfyesNAIA
Women's socceryesNAIA
Women's softballyesNAIA
Women's volleyballyesNAIA

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 10%
Percent of students in intramural/recreational sports: 20%
Athletic facilities:
Brand new Mathy center with indoor track, new fitness center, 3 indoor courts. Varsity Athletic center, workout room, racquetball courts, full size competition court.
Intramural/Recreational sports:
soccer, bowling, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, strenght training
Club sports for men:
Club sports for women:
cheer, dance

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: La Crosse, WI (6 miles)
Nearest other airport: Madison, WI (150 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: La Crosse, WI (3 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: La Crosse, WI (1 mile)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 16%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: yes

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 15% within one year of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
Viterbo University, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Winona State University, Univesity of Minnesota, St. Mary's University, Winona; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Dr. Scholls College of Podiatry; University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 71% within one year of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Mayo Medical Center; Gunderson Lutheran Hospital; Franciscan Skemp Healthcare; Trane Company; various public school districts; CenturyTel, La Crosse Country, Vernon Memorial Hospital, US Military
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA: teacher, scholar, known for promoting the richness of black culture and spirituality
  • Dolores Balderamus:Minister of Human Development, Women & Civil Society for Government of Belize
  • Damien Miller: currently catcher of Milwaukee Brewers, winning World Series catcher for Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001
  • Linda Balgord Fenton: Broadway actress, performed in "Cats," currently in "La Cage aux Folles"
  • Connie Delaney: Dean of Univesity of Minnesota School of Nursing

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2005 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 329
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 217 (66%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 116 (53%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 25%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, spring, summer
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 12
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript required of all
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement recommended of some
  • interview recommended of some
  • standardized test scores recommended of all
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) required of all
Minimum high school GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Closing date for transfer applicants: August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C-
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 98 credits from a two-year institution, 98 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 50 to receive an associate's degree, 30 to receive a bachelor's degree

International student contact: Beth Moore,
Director of Global Education
Contacting the office: 608 796-3172
International student information homepage:

Number of foreign countries represented: 15
Most represented countries: Belize, Japan, Ghana, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Russia

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Application closing dates: April 1 for fall, August 1 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: no
Test requirements: TOEFL required of some, Michigan considered if submitted, TOEFL or Michigan considered if submitted, SAT I or ACT not used, SAT II not used
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 550 paper, 213 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, international student housing, international student center, special orientation, ESL at local state university, writing lab

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Institution's own aid formN/AyesN/A
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesN/AyesN/A

Learning disabled program contact: Wayne Wojciechowski,
Assistant Academic Vice President/ADA Coordinator
Contacting the office: 608 796-3085

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Total number of students in LD program: 43
Services available to LD students:
remedial math, remedial English, remedial reading, other special classes, note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, talking books, reading machines, tape recorders, untimed tests, learning center, extended time for tests, separate rooms, braille machine, signing
LD students are tutored: individually and in small groups
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: yes
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

Number of accepted applicants who enrolled: 18
Requirements that may be waived for LD students: High School class rank, ACT sub-scores, high school GPA
An essay is required: no
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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