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2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Viterbo University welcomes applications for admission from all students who have prepared for a competitive collegiate program. Admission to Viterbo University is offered to those for whom academic and personal success seems likely. Each candidate is evaluated individually. Evidence of ability to do college-level work is essential. All qualified students, regardless of sex, race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin will be extended an offer of admission on a first come, first served basis as long as space remains available. Students will be evaluated for admission in accordance with the general admission criteria stated below.

General Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements

Any student who does not meet one or more of the admission criteria will be referred to the dean of admission and/or the Viterbo University Admission Committee for further review and consideration. The admission committee will offer a recommendation on the admission of the student, or ask that the student come to campus and take the Viterbo University placement test.

Any student wishing to appeal an admission decision must notify the admission office in writing.  Additional information such an additional ACT or SAT score, updated transcript, letters of recommendation, etc., should be submitted for reconsideration. 

Viterbo University reserves the right to deny or place conditions on the admission, re-enrollment, or continued enrollment of any applicant, former student, or current student, who in the judgment of the university officials has failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress, would be disruptive of the orderly process of the college’s programs, would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students or employees, is not prepared to benefit from the course of study offered, or places a risk to the safety or well-being of the campus community. The university may consider criminal, juvenile, and disciplinary history in admission and enrollment decisions. Information submitted to Viterbo University must be true, complete, and accurate. Withholding any pertinent information may result in denial of admission or dismissal.

Freshman Admission

Freshman Admission Information

A freshman is defined as a student entering college for the first time or a student who graduated from high school in the spring prior to the intended date of entry at Viterbo, but may have already taken college courses at another institution.

Transfer (traditional programs) Admission

Transfer Admission Information

A transfer student is defined as any student with college credits from another institution who did not graduate from high school in the spring prior to the intended date of entry at Viterbo.

Transfer students will be considered for admission as long as they have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, are free to return to their previous college or university, and are considered to be in good academic standing both at their previous school and at Viterbo University.

Associate Degree Program Admission

Associate of Arts/Science-Online

Because the associate degree programs are designed for non-traditional students, applicants must be four years out of high school.

Applicants must request that official high school, university and/or military training transcripts, including any American Council on Education (ACE), Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES), or International Baccalaureate (IB), be sent directly to the Center for Adult Learning. Hand carried transcripts are not accepted.

Students are admitted based on high school performance and/or life and work experiences. Students admitted to the associate degree program who wish to change to a bachelor degree program prior to completion of the associate degree must meet the general admission criteria to Viterbo University. Students completing the associate degree program may transition, assuming good standing, to a bachelor degree program. Advisors in the Center for Adult Learning can assist with the paperwork for that transition. Some bachelor degree programs have additional admission criteria. Transitioning associate degree students must meet those criteria as well.

Degree Completion Program Admission

Adult Learning

Because the degree completion programs are designed for non-traditional students, applicants must be four years out of high school, have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or be an accepted Pathways student.

Applicants must request that official high school, university and/or military training transcripts, including any ACE, DANTES, CLEP or AP scores, be sent directly to the Center for Adult Learning. Hand carried transcripts are not accepted.

Students are admitted based on high school performance and/or life and work experiences. Students admitted to a degree completion program who wish to change to a traditional bachelor degree program prior to completion of the degree completion program must meet the general admission criteria to Viterbo University as well as any admission criteria specific to the traditional program. See the Admission section of this catalog.

Alternative Credit/Transfer Credit

Alternative Credit

See Academic Regulations section of the catalog for information on alternative means to earned credit, such as ACE, Advanced Placement, CLEP, Dantes, military training, or prior life/work experiences.

See the Academic Regulations section of the catalog form information on Viterbo’s transfer credit policy.

Reentry and Readmission

Use Apply Online to submit an application. The application will direct the student how to indicate s/he is a reentry student.

International Student Admission

Admission Process and Application Deadlines

Non-degree-seeking Students

Non-Degree Student Admission Information

High School Students: Youth Options Program or Course Options

Youth Options Information

Viterbo University welcomes students in the Wisconsin Youth Options Program. High school juniors and seniors who have not yet graduated may attend Viterbo University at reduced per credit charges and applicable course fees. Viterbo University will issue credit to students upon successful completion of the course(s), with such credit being fully acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree. The reduced per credit charge is available for fall or spring semesters only.

High School Students: Diocesan High School College Credit Program and the High School College Credit Program

Viterbo University offers college credit to students enrolled in approved high schools. The course and instructor are approved for college credit by Viterbo University faculty. Viterbo University will offer college credit for a maximum of five courses per high school per year. High school students may take a maximum of three courses (total) of these Viterbo University approved courses.

Non-degree Student Admission

Students desiring to audit or take selected courses for credit, but who do not expect to earn a degree at this university, may be enrolled as a non-degree-seeking student. Complete transcripts of high school and college records need not be submitted, but high school graduation, a GED, or its equivalent is required. Students may be admitted as a degree-seeking student at a later date. Students interested should complete the non-degree student application available online or in the Office of Admission. Refer to the audit policy, in the academic regulations section of this catalog for the audit policy.

Senior Citizen Enrichment Program

Persons 62 years of age or older may audit selected courses at no charge. This program is offered on a space-available basis. Since no grade is given the course cannot be converted to credit at some later date. Interested students should secure a special enrichment form in the Office of Admission. This program is not available during the summer.

The senior citizen enrichment enrollment form can be found on the Forms link on the registrar's office Web page. Forms

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be offered for some workshops with the understanding that at no time may these units be substituted for academic credits received in academic courses in the basic programs. The CEU is defined to mean 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

For Applicants with Acts, Crimes, or Offenses That May Prohibit or Restrict Admission

Applicants for admission or re-admission with criminal or disciplinary records must disclose information about their prior records. Failure of the applicant to accurately and completely provide information and records may result in denial of admission, revocation of admission, or discipline, up to and including permanent dismissal from the university. Information to be disclosed includes: (1) criminal offenses, pending criminal charges, and diversion agreements (felonies and misdemeanors), (2) adjudicated delinquencies, (3) information on any behavior resulting in a suspension or expulsion from any high school or post-secondary institution, (4) information about less than honorable discharges from the military, (5) other pertinent offenses and/or violations. (Minor traffic violations should not be included.)

Certain affiliates associated with Viterbo require that students placed in their facility for clinical/internship/field placement experiences clear a criminal background check prior to placement. Students whose background check reveals criminal history may be prevented access to the clinical site, and as a result, the student will not have sufficient clinical experience to successfully complete the program. Additionally, licensing boards for certain professions including health care occupations may deny the individual the opportunity to sit for an examination if an applicant has a criminal history.

Fully qualified applicants for the criminal justice, dietetics, education, nursing, social work, and some other programs are required to complete a disclosure form prior to admission and may be subject to a criminal background check conducted by an outsourced agency.


A review committee will evaluate the application, the disciplinary and criminal history disclosure form and all explanatory materials, of any student who indicates any of the aforementioned convictions, charges, records, etc. Prior to making a decision on admission or re-enrollment, the review committee may request additional materials from the applicant, conduct a phone interview with the applicant and/or request that the applicant appear before the review board to discuss his/her application, etc.

The review committee will recommend admission or denial of admission in one of three ways: (1) admit or re-enroll the applicant without conditions, (2) admit or re-enroll the applicant with condition (i.e., restrictions on location or place, denial of option to live in university housing facilities, etc.), or (3) deny admission or re-enrollment of the applicant. Recommendations on admission or re-enrollment will be forwarded from the review committee to the appropriate university administrator who will formally admit or deny admission to the applicant based on the recommendation from the committee. The recommendation of the review committee is final and not subject to appeal. The review committee is typically comprised of the vice president for student development, the academic vice president, the dean of admission and the director of campus safety, or their respective designees.

Criminal Convictions Occurring After University Admission

Students are required to disclose in writing to the Vice President for Student Development criminal convictions occurring since completing the application for admission. This policy applies to all Viterbo University incoming and current students. 

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