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Viterbo University

La Crosse, Wisconsin

With a 1:11 faculty-to-student ratio and an average class size of 16, students at Viterbo University are known by name and receive personal attention in and out of the classroom. All classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate students or teaching assistants, as is the case at other universities.

 

Hospitality is a key aspect of Viterbo’s Franciscan heritage, and students will find a welcoming and close-knit campus community where it’s easy to make lifelong friends. Viterbo is remarkably affordable and is an excellent place to experience life while growing intellectually, culturally, and spiritually. Viterbo offers outstanding academic programs. With more than 70 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate programs, each student can find the perfect academic field.

 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,852 undergraduate students
79% of undergrad students are full time
26% male 74% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
120 full-time faculty
177 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
93% of first year students live on campus
24% of all students live on campus

School Location

Viterbo University is located in beautiful La Crosse, Wis. Between the majestic bluffs and the scenic valleys near the Mississippi River sits a vibrant campus just minutes from downtown and the arts district. There are many opportunities for recreational seasonal activities in La Crosse, including hiking the bluffs and running the marsh trails, walking in Riverside Park along the Mississippi River, watching Bald Eagles, relaxing at the Black River Beach or Pettibone Beach, and skiing and snowboarding at Mt. La Crosse. Viterbo’s campus is about 15 minutes away from the Valley View Mall retail shopping area.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities x
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

78% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

51% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015

Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 2%
White 89%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

Athletics

Viterbo University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a part of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Conference. The university has 17 varsity sports, including: 8 varsity men’s sports: basketball, baseball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, track (indoor and outdoor); and 9 varsity women’s sports: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. Mascot: Vic V-Hawk. Colors: Cardinal and Silver.

Other Information

Viterbo University is a Catholic, Franciscan, undergraduate and graduate, liberal arts college founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
Viterbo University Mission: The Viterbo University community prepares students for faithful service and ethical leadership.

More Distinctions

  • Catholic Colleges of Distinction

  • Champions of Character Five-Star Institution 2014-2015 Bronze

  • Military Friendly School 

  • The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role

  • Viterbo University is accredited/approved by:

    American Chemical Society
    Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
    Council on Social Work Education
    Higher Learning Commission
    Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music
    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    Wisconsin State Board of Nursing

  • Viterbo University holds membership in the:

    • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    • Attorney General’s List for Foreign Students
    • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
    • Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
    • National Catholic Educational Association
    • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Overview

A Viterbo education means much more than traditional books, classrooms, and computer labs. Students learn by doing and experiencing life. Viterbo offers hands-on learning. Just a few of the options available for students include: traveling to Belize for a 10-day adventure while you explore the rainforests and coral reefs; spending the night outside in a cardboard box, a simple but profound gesture, to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless; harvesting organic vegetables at the local community garden; and gaining nursing experience working with the poor and most disadvantaged at the Salvation Army.

Perhaps the most enriching and life-changing experience a student can have is studying abroad in another country where the world is literally the classroom. In addition to academics, students learn firsthand about new places, people, and cultures while experiencing things most people only see in books or on a screen.

Service is an essential component of a Viterbo education. Students complete service hours as part of course work prior to graduation from Viterbo, choosing how they want to get involved in the community, whether it be helping with a Habitat for Humanity house build, collecting hats and mittens for those less fortunate, or stocking the food shelves at the local food pantry. Students find the experience of providing service extremely rewarding.

Viterbo’s ability to engage students in meaningful civic and community projects has been recognized nationally, as the university was named to the President’s Higher Education Service Honor Roll.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band  
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band  
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera  
Pep band x
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook  

Overview

Viterbo University features outstanding academic programs that will prepare students for whatever career they choose, taught by faculty members who are dedicated to student success. 

Knowledge, however, should be acquired with purpose and meaning. Viterbo’s unique core curriculum allows students to select seminar courses each year that align with their interests and infused with Viterbo’s mission: Franciscan Values and Traditions, Living in a Diverse World, Serving the Common Good, and The Ethical Life.

Viterbo also offers outstanding opportunities for personalized student research in every area of study. On a larger scale, at a regional symposium held on the Viterbo campus, students and their faculty mentors present and defend their research, an invaluable experience. 

State-of-the-art facilities also add to the academic experience. Viterbo’s Reinhart Center houses outstanding science facilities. The School of Nursing Building is truly distinctive, with four simulation labs dedicated to critical care, medical/surgical, maternal newborn care, and child health care. It also has a premiere nutrition and dietetics lab.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 136 189 103 16 11 16 0 471

Overview

Viterbo University students will enjoy amazing speakers and programming brought to campus by the university’s D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Many outstanding speakers have shared their incredible message at Viterbo, including Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, and Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza. The Ethics Institute sponsors a series of lectures by nationally and locally known speakers that are intended to be both informative and inspiring, and to address ethical issues in a variety of settings, including business, health care, science, religion, politics, and technology. In a similar Leadership at Noon series, students are able to meet face-to-face with business leaders who serve as inspiring role models.

Viterbo is also the region’s home to the fine and performing arts. The university features an outstanding and diverse lineup of fine arts events each year, from world-renowned concert pianists to amazing singers and incredible musicians. The School of Fine Arts also performs outstanding concerts, plays, and musicals throughout the year.

The Viterbo Fine Arts Center is one of the best facilities of its kind in the region and includes a 1,100 seat main theatre, a recital hall, an art gallery, a dance studio, and a “Black Box” theatre for performances in a more intimate setting. In addition, Viterbo shares space in the new Weber Center for the Performing Arts. It is a beautiful 30,000 square-foot, 450-seat facility located on the Mississippi River, less than a mile from campus in downtown La Crosse.

Virtual Tour

Access a virtual tour of Viterbo’s campus here:

http://www.viterbo.edu/#virtualtour 

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Overview

What lies beyond the “book knowledge” that any college is qualified to offer? Viterbo’s ethics-based liberal arts curriculum will prepare students to get the most out of life.

Viterbo offers the practical tools for success as well. The university’s Academic Resource Center is utilized by 87% of students and offers a wide variety of tutoring, academic counseling, test preparation services, and academic workshops. Faculty members also give students personalized attention that helps them to succeed. The university also offers counseling services, extensive disability support, and health and safety services.

Success for many students means landing a job in their academic field. With a 97% placement rate, the Viterbo career services office helps students do just that. Career services offers assistance with interviews, resumes, and securing gainful employment.

Viterbo guarantees that all business students will participate in at least one paid internship or field practicum. Internships provide an opportunity for students to gain invaluable work experience related to their academic major or career field and have proven to improve job placement prospects.

In addition to an excellent placement rate, Viterbo graduates have outstanding reputations with employers, which is very important in a competitive job market.

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2015

1,430 Total Applicants
946 Total Admissions
281 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
66.15% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Application closing date (fall): August 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Important
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Level of applicant’s interest

Considered
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Geographical residence
State residency
Racial/ethnic status

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 680
SAT Math 420 680
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

Net Price Calculator

www.viterbo.edu/financial-aid/freshman-net-price-calculator 

Expense  
Tuition $24,360
Fees $690
Total $25,050
   
Room and Board (on campus) $8,260
Room Only $3,650
Board Only $4,610
Estimated Total On Campus $33,310

FINANCIAL AID

Ninety-eight percent of all Viterbo undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. All need-based financial aid awards are for one year only. Students must reapply each year of attendance. Renewal is dependent on continued need for aid, maintenance of academic standards as outlined in the Student Handbook and continued funding.

Students are awarded aid drawn from approximately 30 federal, state, and Viterbo University programs. Students are usually offered a combination of scholarship, grant, loan, and employment opportunities. For complete Viterbo financial aid information and a full list of university scholarships, visit www.viterbo.edu/financialaid/.

Viterbo also recognizes the confusing nature of the financial aid process and has taken steps to simplify it. All applicants are offered the opportunity to secure an “early estimator” that reveals the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive. Many are surprised at how affordable college is when all financial aid is included.

Ninety-eight percent of all Viterbo traditional undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. All need-based financial aid awards are for one year only. Students must reapply each year of attendance. Renewal is dependent on continued need for aid, maintenance of academic standards as outlined in the Student Handbook, and continued funding.

Students are awarded aid drawn from approximately 30 federal, state, and Viterbo University programs. Students are usually offered a combination of scholarship, grant, loan, and employment opportunities. For complete Viterbo financial aid information and a full list of university scholarships, visit www.viterbo.edu/financialaid/.

Viterbo also recognizes the confusing nature of the financial aid process and has taken steps to simplify it. All applicants are offered the opportunity to secure an “early estimator” that reveals the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive. Many are surprised at how affordable college is when all financial aid is included.