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 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 (GPA), curriculum, ACT or SAT scores, intended major in college
and, if applicable, transcript showing previous college coursework.
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.
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.
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 (Graduating High School Seniors)
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.
Students may apply
for admission online at www.viterbo.edu or by obtaining an application for
admission from the admission office. The application may be submitted at any
time following completion of the junior year in high school. Students should
ask their high school to forward an official transcript directly to the Viterbo
University admission office.
Students with a
strong college-prep background are considered for admission if they have been
able to maintain the GPA that their school recommends for the college bound.
Students not in college preparatory programs can be offered admission if ACT or
SAT results, GPA, 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:
- four units of English
- three units of mathematics
- three units of natural science
(chemistry is required of all nursing, dietetics, natural science, and other
allied health pre-professional students)
- three units of social science, history,
or foreign language
university entrance assessment score report, preferably from the American
College Testing (ACT) Program, is required. A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
score report is also acceptable. Candidates should take one or the other
assessment and have the score report sent to Viterbo University. Viterbo University requires all
applicants submit an ACT or SAT score to be considered for admission. Those
who submit more than one set of scores will be judged on the basis of best
composite score reported. Scores reported on an official high school transcript
will be accepted. Nontraditional
students who do not submit official ACT or SAT score reports or who have not
completed a standardized test, may be required to complete an on-campus
placement test and an interview to be considered for admission.
seeks 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.
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 record (showing rank in class and date of
graduation) must be sent to Viterbo University.
After a student has
been offered admission to the university, he or she will receive a housing
contract and tuition deposit request. All freshmen not living with parents or
spouse must live on campus. These students will be requested to complete a
housing contract 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.
welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Applicants are required to
provide the same documents as mentioned in the General Admission Criteria. In lieu of a high school transcript, students
must submit a document listing their completed coursework.
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 procedure.
Degree Program Admission
the associate degree programs are designed for non-traditional students,
applicants must be four years out of high school.
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
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.
Transfer Student Admission
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
University welcomes applications from students attending two-year or four-year
regionally 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 a grade of C or higher for the course. (Grades of C- or CD
are not eligible for transfer.)
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. See academic departments for
transfer admission criteria. Transfer students to Viterbo University must
submit the following:
- an application for admission
- an official high school transcript sent
directly from the school to Viterbo University
- an official set of college transcripts
from all post-secondary institutions attended sent directly from the
institution(s) to Viterbo University (hand-carried copies of both the high
school transcript or any post-secondary transcripts are not accepted)
- results of the ACT or SAT (for nursing
and dietetic majors)
Completion Program Admission
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
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.
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.
Transfer Credit Policy
Credits for letter graded courses earned at
regionally accredited institutions will transfer to Viterbo University. Courses
in which a student has earned a grade of C or higher will be considered for
transfer to Viterbo University. Credit for courses where the earned grades are
less than a C are not eligible for transfer. A student may be required to
repeat a transferred major or required support course where the grade
requirement of the department or accrediting body is higher than a C.
Individual schools or departments may also require that coursework in the major
be current with academic and professional standards.
recognizes the value of career education provided by regionally accredited
technical colleges and strives to provide opportunities for those students to
combine their technical education with advanced coursework in their major field
and a background in the liberal arts that results in a baccalaureate degree.
Credits which are a part of an associate degree program will be considered for
transfer to Viterbo University.
Courses of a
remedial or pre-college nature will not be accepted for transfer.
All credits eligible
for transfer from two-year institutions will be transferred to Viterbo
University. Students must, however, satisfy all support and discipline-specific
coursework for the major. Every student must earn a minimum of 43 credits in
upper division coursework as required by the university’s accrediting body.
Students enrolled at
Viterbo University who wish to take a course at another institution must obtain
prior approval to insure the course will transfer to Viterbo University. The
form for this approval is available in the registrar’s office or on the
office’s Web page.
transfer to Viterbo University with an earned baccalaureate, Associate of Arts
(A.A.), or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a regionally accredited
college or university will have the Foundation requirements of the core
curriculum waived (unless required by the students’ major as a program
requirement), except the information fluency requirement (a one-credit course
or included in part of a course within the major.) A student with earned
baccalaureate, A. A., or A. S. degree from a regionally accredited college or
university will also have the Ways of Thinking requirements of the core
curriculum waived, except the theological inquiry, integrating faith and
reasoning, and philosophical and moral inquiry requirements (unless required by
the students’ major as a program requirement). The baccalaureate, A.A. or A.S.
degree must be completed and earned prior to enrollment at Viterbo University.
transfer to Viterbo University with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
degree from a regionally accredited college or university will have the
Foundation requirements of the core curriculum waived (unless required by the
students’ major as a program requirement), except the information fluency
requirement (a one-credit course or included in part of a course within the
major.). The A.A.S. degree must be completed and earned prior to enrollment at
who transfer to Viterbo University, into the BSN completion program, with a
diploma from a three-year diploma nursing program will have the Foundation
requirements of the core curriculum waived (unless required by the students’
major as a program requirement), except the information fluency requirement (a
one-credit course or included in part of a course within the major).
Viterbo University has
transfer student articulation agreements with the following institutions:
- Fox Valley Technical College
- Logan College of Chiropractic
- Madison Area Technical College
- Mid-State Technical College
- Nicolet Area Technical College
- Northcentral Technical College
- Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
- Palmer College of Chiropractic
- Rochester Community and Technical
- St. John’s College (Belize)
- Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Western Technical College
- Wisconsin Technical College System (criminal
Exam or alternative
credit work taken more than 10 years ago will not be accepted. Individual
schools or departments may also require that exam equivalent coursework in the
major be current with academic and professional standards.
accepts up to 30 credits for prior learning approved through ACE, CLEP, or
DANTES. Viterbo University also awards credit for some Advanced Placement
exams, International Baccalaureate, as well as awards retroactive language
Students who feel
they have significant college-relevant learning based on life or work
experience creditable toward a college degree may apply for and earn credits
for this prior learning through the portfolio process. All portfolios of
learning experience must be approved by the appropriate academic school and
department at Viterbo University. Students will explore their eligibility to
apply for prior learning credit with their academic advisor. Credits for work
through the portfolio process are limited to 30 credits.
for Military Training
will grant credit for educational experiences earned from and awarded by an
accredited college or university while serving in the armed forces. For the
policy on alternative credit, refer to the Academic Policy section of this
Reentry and Readmission
Viterbo students who wish to reenter the university should apply online.
Students need not resubmit copies of records already on file. However, a
reentering student who has attended one or more schools since leaving Viterbo
must have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of the Registrar
before a readmission decision can be made. Eligibility for reentry is based
upon previous work at Viterbo University. However, to be reaccepted to Viterbo,
a student must be eligible to return to the last institution attended. Reentry
students transferring back to Viterbo must also meet the same grade point
average requirements for admission as other transfer students.
programs have additional entry requirements and/or students may need the
approval of the school dean prior to readmittance. A student follows the
catalog in effect at the time of reentry, 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. The
application deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 1, Dec. 15 for the spring
semester, and May 1 for the summer session.
International Student Admission
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. Students who
are not U.S. citizens who wish to apply to Viterbo University should request an
international student application form and return it with a copy of their high
school record as well as a grade report with any post-secondary education they
have completed. Students are also required to attain a minimum score of 525 on
the TOEFL exam prior to being admitted. Each international student will be
required to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement test. The
results will be used to ensure academic success and determine if ESL courses
are needed. A declaration of finances form indicating the financial resources
available for financing the costs of an education at Viterbo University is
required and must be on file in the Office of Global Education before the
certificate of eligibility (I-20 Form) is issued. This school is authorized
under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International
students must have all admission materials submitted to Viterbo University 90
days in advance of the term in which they wish to enroll.
Registration and Orientation
New students are
required to register for classes at special registration times scheduled prior
to each term. Academic advisors are available to assist students with their
selection of classes. During the summer prior to the first day of fall classes,
a period of several days is devoted to an orientation and registration program
for freshmen and other new students. During this time, students are introduced
to the procedures of the university and are aided in adjusting themselves to
Placement tests may be
required before registration for certain new students. These tests cover
mathematics, English and provide additional information to academic advisors
who help students select appropriate coursework at the time of registration. A
Spanish test is required for students wishing to continue with Spanish courses
School Students: Youth Options Program
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.
School Students: Diocesan High School College Credit Program and the High
School College Credit Program
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.
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.
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 summer.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.