Accreditations and Approvals

Viterbo University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The university offers excellent opportunities for students transferring from similar colleges and universities which have met the stringent guidelines of their regional accrediting commissions. We have a transfer policy that students find accommodating from any of the six regional accrediting bodies located throughout the U.S. The university does not accept credits from non-regionally accredited institutions. We urge all students to verify that the institution where they take courses is regionally accredited to ensure that their coursework can be considered for transfer to any regionally accredited university or college at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Viterbo University is accredited/approved by:

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

Viterbo University holds membership in the:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)  
  • Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU)
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
  • Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU)
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
  • The College Board
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)   

Viterbo University is recognized by the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction for the certification of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools and for the training of veterans.

Viterbo University is registered with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer programs via face-to-face and distance education delivery to Iowa residents. Iowa students with questions about the university may contact the commission by phone at 877-272-4456 or file a complaint at

State Authorization

Viterbo University, a private, not-for-profit institution, is authorized to deliver distance education through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  Federal and state regulations require that all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws affecting the delivery of distance education degrees, programs and courses. Viterbo is among the 1,300 private and public institutions that participate in the SARA, which establishes a state-level reciprocity process that supports the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people. Viterbo’s participation in SARA is administered by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC).  

States participating in SARA as of April 10, 2018 are shown in blue:

Students residing in these states are eligible to enroll in fully online curricula, but there are different conditions for each state that may restrict eligibility for certain sorts of additional instructional experiences (such as clinical or internships) in a few of our programs.