Admission of High School Students to University Classes via the Youth Options Program
Purpose of the Program
To provide Wisconsin public high school seniors and juniors the opportunity to begin university work while completing their high school diploma.
Classes Open to High School Students
Courses are offered to Wisconsin public high school students on a space available basis. Ordinarily, high school students will select freshman (100-level) courses. However, through special consultation with the high school counselor and a Viterbo University course instructor, a student may select another course. For math and Spanish courses, students will be asked to take a Viterbo placement exam. In art, dance, music, and theatre courses, students may be asked to audition. Various other policies and agreements, instead of the state and school-district sponsored Youth Options program, exist to serve high school students in Minnesota, homeschooled students, or students attending private Catholic high schools in the Diocese of La Crosse.
Admission to the Program
- The student should complete the undergraduate admission application at www.viterbo.edu/apply.
- When prompted for “academic program” on the application, select "Undergraduate Non-Degree: Youth Options."
- Students attending high school near La Crosse in Minnesota should instead select “Undergraduate Non-Degree: Regular Non-Degree Program,” as they do not qualify for the Wisconsin state and school-district sponsored Youth Options program, tuition rates, or benefits. Regular non-degree tuition rates and fees would apply.
- Students that are home-based or homeschooled in the La Crosse area should instead select “Undergraduate Non-Degree: Regular Non-Degree Program,” as they do not qualify for the Wisconsin state and school-district sponsored Youth Options program, tuition rates, or benefits. A reduced tuition rate is available.
- Students attending Aquinas High School in La Crosse and taking coursework at Viterbo should also select the “Undergraduate Non-Degree: Regular Non-Degree Program,” as they do not qualify for the Wisconsin state and school-district sponsored Youth Options tuition rates and benefits. Instead, a separate agreement and reduced tuition rate has been established between Aquinas and Viterbo.
- Students attending private Catholic high schools in the La Crosse Diocese (including Aquinas) and taking courses approved for Viterbo credit at their high school do not need to complete this application as they cannot participate in the state and school-district sponsored Youth Options program. Instead, approved curriculum options and application materials will be sent directly to the high school counselor or principal. Please contact your school counselor or principal if you would like to enroll in coursework for Viterbo credit at your institution.
- The student should have their official high school record forwarded to Viterbo University.
- Seniors: the high school record should include class rank, grade point average, and standardized exam scores (ACT or SAT). High school seniors must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and an composite score of 20 or above on the ACT exam (or an equivalent SAT score). Students are encouraged to take the April or June ACT exam of their junior year, as acceptance to this program as a senior will be delayed until we receive the student’s exam score.
- Juniors: the high school record should include class rank, grade point average, and a strong recommendation from the high school counselor. High school juniors must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
- The student needs to have the Enrollment Information Sheet completed by parents and high school counselor.
- The application process must be completed prior to the registration deadline of Aug. 15 for the fall semester and Jan.5 for the spring semester.
- Completion of appropriate preparatory high school course work for college courses is required.
- Youth Options students must submit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Youth Options Program and Report form (PI-8700-a) to their school board by March 1 for fall semester and Oct.1 for spring semester. This form is found on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Web site. This form must be presented to Viterbo University at the time of registration.
Viterbo University offers courses at a reduced price of $318 per credit. For students taking 1-11 credits, a student activity fee of $15/credit to a maximum of $45 per semester and technology fee of $25/credit to a maximum of $150 per semester is charged. Costs for books and course fees (for specialized courses) are additional.
Students enrolled full time (12-15 credits) are also charged the reduced tuition price of $318 per credit. They will be charged $95/semester for the activity fee and $250/semester for the technology fee. Costs for books and course fees (for specialized courses) are additional.
Aquinas Students at Viterbo
Aquinas High School students do not qualify for state and school-district sponsored Youth Options tuition rates. Instead, they may take coursework at Viterbo at a reduced cost of $100 per credit. Part-time or full-time student activity and technology fees, cost of books, and any course fees are additional. The student is responsible for tuition, books, and all fees.
Diocesan High School College Credit Program
Private high school students in Wisconsin do not qualify for the state and school-district sponsored Youth Options program. However, private Catholic high schools in the La Crosse Diocese may offer Viterbo credits for select courses taught at the high school. High schools seeking approval to teach Viterbo curriculum via this Diocesan High School College Credit Program should contact the Viterbo Registrar for more information. Student applications, materials, and payment information is sent directly to the high school. Students should not complete an online application and should instead contact their school counselor or principal for more information.
Wisconsin and out-of-state homeschooled do not qualify for state and school-district sponsored Youth Options program, but these students may still take courses at Viterbo at the reduced price of $318 per credit. Part-time or full-time student activity and technology fees, cost of books and any course fees are additional. The student is responsible for tuition, books and all fees.
Viterbo University will issue college credit to students upon the successful completion of the course.
Contact the Youth Options Advisor, Lisa Konkel, at 608-796-3647 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with registering for classes. High school students will be notified about registering for classes when registration dates are determined. No more than the equivalent of 15 semester credit hours may be taken in any academic semester. We cannot guarantee availability of particular courses or sections ahead of time.
There will be a required orientation for Youth Option participants that will take place a week before classes begin. Once an application is received, more information will be communicated to the student.
- The Office of Admission will notify the business office of Youth Options students who plan to register so no payment will be required at the time of registration.
- Viterbo University will prepare an invoice for costs of tuition, fees, and books after the beginning of classes. Payment is to be made by the school district as soon as possible.
- Students will report to the bookstore the week prior to the beginning of classes or the first week of classes to select books. Books will be charged to the students account.
- Non-Youth Options students must report to the business office, Murphy Center room 214, and make a full payment no later than the first day of classes.
Facts about Concurrent High School/Viterbo University Enrollment and Youth Options
- The university will enforce prerequisite and placement test requirements. For placement in math, Spanish, art, dance, music, or theatre courses, the student must contact the Office of Admission for placement test or audition information.
- All courses taken will be recorded as college credit and will become part of the student’s permanent record.
- The student is responsible for tuition, fees, books and supplies if the school district does not pay them.
- High school students are limited to no more than the equivalent of 15 semester credit hours at Viterbo University.
- As required by law, the college will notify the school board of the courses Youth Options students are enrolled in within 30 days after the beginning of classes.
- All institutional policies apply to Youth Options students and other high school students engaged in study at Viterbo University.