Admission Criteria • Admission of Graduating
High School Seniors
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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 admission criteria stated below.
Admission to Viterbo University will be determined after the applicant
has submitted a secondary school record and after full consideration is
given to the student’s class rank, grade point average, curriculum, ACT
or SAT scores, and intended major in college. ACT is the preferred standardized
assessment, but SAT is accepted.
Viterbo University is seeking to admit students who rank in the top
half of the academic performance range, as measured by standardized assessments
(ACT or SAT) and class rank. When a student seeks admission with
one or more measured assessment (rank, ACT or SAT) that is not in the top
half of the peer grouping for that student, the Director of Admission may
refer that student to the Admission Committee for further review and consideration.
The Admission Committee of Viterbo University will then offer a recommendation
on the admission of the student, or ask that the student come to campus
and take the Viterbo University placement test.
Students with a strong college-prep background are considered well-prepared
if they have been able to maintain the grade average that their school
recommends for the college bound. Students not in college preparatory programs
can be offered admission if ACT or SAT results, class rank, and grades
show aptitude for college work. All students seeking admission must have
graduated from an accredited high school or have earned a GED, or its equivalent.
Successful applicants typically submit high school records of a minimum
of 16 units of credit that include:
OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
three or four units of English (or its equivalent)
two units of mathematics
two units of natural science, (chemistry is required of all nursing, dietetics,
natural science and other allied health pre-professional students)
two units of social science or history
Obtain an Application for Admission Form from the Admission Office
of Viterbo University or the high school guidance office. Complete and
return it along with a non-refundable $15 application fee (may be submitted
at any time following completion of the first semester of the junior year
in high school). Students should ask their high school (and any college
or university already attended) to forward an official transcript directly
to the Viterbo University Admission Office.
Applications can also be accepted electronically via the World Wide
Web. To apply in this manner, visit the Wisconsin Mentor Web Site at www.wisconsinmentor.org.
A college entrance assessment score report, preferably from the American
College Testing (ACT) Program, is required. A Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) score report is acceptable. Candidates should take one or the other
assessment and have the score report sent to Viterbo University. Those
who submit more than one set of scores will be judged on the basis of best
scores reported. Scores reported on an official high school transcript
will be accepted.
Applicants are notified of the university’s decision as soon as all
required documents have been received and evaluated. After high school
graduation, a complete transcript of your high school work must be sent
to Viterbo University.
Students should list their intent to participate in athletics, drama,
music and other extracurricular activities on their application.
After a student has been offered admission to the university, he or
she will receive a housing contract and tuition deposit request. All freshmen
and sophomores who are not living with their parents or spouse must live
on campus. These students will be requested to complete a housing form
and submit a room deposit of $100. A tuition deposit of $100 will be requested
of all accepted students. Both amounts are fully refundable if a written
cancellation request reaches the university before May 1.
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Registration and Orientation
New full-time students are required to register for classes at special
registration times scheduled prior to the fall term. Academic advisors
are available to assist students with their selection of classes.
Preceding the first day of fall classes, a period of several days is
devoted to an orientation program for freshmen and other new students.
During this time, students are introduced to the aims and procedures of
the university and are aided in adjusting themselves to college life.
Placement Tests are required before registration for certain new students
based on their ACT scores and the student’s intended major. These tests
cover writing, reading, and mathematics and provide additional information
to academic advisors who help students select appropriate course work at
the time of registration. Placement Tests are offered throughout the year
and prior to the scheduled registration times. Students will receive notice
of whether they need to take the Placement Tests after being accepted for
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Viterbo participates in the Advanced Placement Program whereby high
school students may enroll in advanced high school courses and receive
college credit. Areas in which credit may be granted include art, biology,
calculus, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, history, music,
physics, political science, and psychology. Contact the Registrar for further
International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is recognized by Viterbo
purposes of admission, course credit and advanced standing or placement.
The university awards credit for higher-level IBP examinations according
to the respective academic department. The student must enroll as a degree-seeking
student at Viterbo. For details on actual credit award and course placement,
contact the Office of the Registrar.
Retroactive Credit for Foreign Language
From 4 to 14 credits toward the college degree will be granted for
previous foreign language study upon successful performance on a departmental
exam, and contingent on the student having had no previous college course
work in the language.
Exceptional students who have met their high school graduation requirements
may be admitted after completion of three years of high school, upon recommendation
of the secondary school counselor or principal, and completion of the admission
Admission of High School Students to University Classes
High school juniors and seniors who have not yet graduated may attend
Viterbo University at reduced per credit charges and applicable course
fees. They must also meet the other admission requirements described for
freshmen. 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.
Viterbo University welcomes students in the Wisconsin Youth Options
Admission of International Students
Applications from international students are welcome and actively sought.
Scholastic achievement, use of the English language and financial resources
are given particular attention in reviewing applications from international
Students who are not U.S. citizens who wish to apply to Viterbo should
request an International Student Application Form and return it with a
copy of their high school record as well as grade report with any post-secondary
education they have completed. Students are also required to attain a minimum
score of 550 on the TOEFL exam prior to being admitted.
A Declaration of Finances form indicating the financial resources available
for financing the costs of an education at Viterbo is required and must
be on file in the Admission Office before the Certificate of Eligibility
(I-20 Form) is issued. This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll
non-immigrant alien students. Foreign students must have all admission
materials submitted to Viterbo University 90 days in advance of the term
in which they wish to enroll.
Transfer Students from Post-Secondary Institutions
Viterbo University welcomes applications from students attending two-year
or four-year accredited schools. Credit for college-level work is granted
in all areas that correspond to courses offered at Viterbo University as
long as the student has earned at least a “C-” for the course.
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Transfer students will be considered for admission as long as they
have a cumulative grade average of at least a “C” (2.0/4.0), 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
Transfer students to Viterbo must submit the following credentials:
Please refer to the Academic Policy section of the catalog for greater
detail on transfer credits.
an Application for Admission Form along with the $15 application fee;
official transcripts of course work undertaken in high school sent directly
from the school to Viterbo University;
an official set of college transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
attended (transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution(s) attended
to the Viterbo University admission office; hand-carried copies are not
results of the ACT or SAT taken in high school.
Degree Completion Program
Adults who have been part of the working world, and have completed
some post-secondary schooling, may wish to consider Viterbo’s undergraduate
degree completion programs. Information on these programs can be found
in the Academic Program section of this catalog.
Re-admission of Former Students
Former Viterbo Students who wish to re-enter the college should contact
the Registrar’s Office for a re-entry application form. Application fee
of $15 is required. Students need not re-submit copies of records already
on file. However, a re-entering student who has attended one or more schools
since leaving Viterbo must have official transcripts sent directly to the
office of the Registrar. A student follows the catalog in effect at the
time of re-entry, and the curriculum requirements contained therein remain
in effect as long as the student attends Viterbo on an uninterrupted basis
and completes a degree within a period of six years.
Students re-entering Viterbo after having been academically dismissed
may wish to consult the grade forgiveness policy in the Academic Policy
section of the catalog. Application deadline for the fall semester is July
31 and for the spring semester is December 15.
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Non-Degree Seeking Students
Admission as a Special Student
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 special 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 to regular
undergraduate status on a degree seeking basis at a later date. After regular
admission, work as a Special Non-Degree Student will be evaluated. Credit
may be granted for courses completed during the initial period of special
Adult Free-tuition Program
Viterbo University provides an opportunity for students who have no
previous college or technical school credits and who have been out of high
school for at least ten years to enroll tuition-free in a course of their
choice. The only courses not available are those which have prerequisites
and those which are filled by registration day. Enrollment is limited each
semester and is not available during the summer. Students eligible for
an adult tuition-free course must complete an “Adult Free” application
form prior to registration. The form may be obtained from the Admission
Office. If an “Adult Free” student continues to enroll in courses the semester
directly following the “adult free semester,” a 20 percent discount of
the total tuition charges for that subsequent semester will be made.
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
and no permanent records are kept, 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
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
Continuing Education Unit is defined to mean ten contact hours of participation
in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship,
capable direction, and qualified instruction.