About Viterbo

About Viterbo

Viterbo is a private, not-for-profit university located in beautiful La Crosse, Wis. (see our La Crosse video)—a city with a population of 52,000 in a metropolitan area of over 150,000, amid majestic bluffs and scenic valleys on the ­Mississippi River. U.S. News & World Report named La Crosse as one of the nation's 10 Best Places to Live and USA Today named it #7 of the top 25 best small college towns. Campus academic and residential ­facilities are located on approximately two acres on the city's south side. Viterbo's soccer, softball, and baseball fields are located ­approximately 3.5 miles north of the main campus.

Here at Viterbo (see our video), we believe learning is a life long process involving more than just academics. It’s also about experiencing life and growing intellectually, culturally, and spiritually. Students can expect to be challenged and supported. We have a 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, state-of-the-art facilities, and a faculty that cares deeply about the success of each and every student.

Glena Temple, Ph.D.

Viterbo's main campus is located in La Crosse, Wis., with a satellite center in Des Moines, Iowa

Origin of Name
The city of Viterbo, Italy, is the namesake of the university. Viterbo was home to St. Rose of Viterbo. This young Franciscan woman is the patroness of the FSPA, the order of sisters which founded Viterbo.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (1890)

Academic Calendar
Viterbo has term, semester, and weekend ­sessions throughout the calendar year. Current academic calendar.


Full-time - 79%   Female - 73%
Part-time - 21%   Male - 27%

Enrollment (Fall 2018)
2,610 overall students
1,700 total undergraduate headcount
910 total graduate headcount

Undergraduate Student Outcomes
PDF iconFirst-Time, First-Year Student Retention and Graduation Rates
PDF iconTransfer Student Retention and Graduation Rates

$39,022,947 budget
285 full and part-time permanent employees

Financial Aid
98% of our undergraduate students receive financial aid; more than 100 scholarship funds and an array of aid packages; average financial aid need met is 85%.

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Average class size is 16; no classes are taught by teacher assistants or graduate students

Programs of Study
More than 40 undergraduate degree programs, six graduate degrees, and multiple certification programs

Academic Structure

  • College of Business, Performing Arts, and Leadership
  • College of Education, Engineering, Letters, and Sciences
  • College of Nursing, Health, and Human Behavior

Graduate Programs

  • Graduate Programs in Education
  • Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences
  • Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Graduate Programs in Nursing

1:11 Faculty to Student Ratio (FTE)
16 average class size

Overall placement rates exceeding 96% for more than the past decade, with a 99% rate for the most recent graduating class.

Total Alumni

Average full-time undergraduate tuition, fees, and room/board for 2018-19: $37,030

School Colors
Viterbo Red and Navy

Viterbo is a member of the NAIA, North Star Athletic Association. The university offers: men’s basketball, baseball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, volleyball, and track (indoor/outdoor); women’s basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, and track (indoor/outdoor); and co-ed competitive cheer and dance.

We are committed to the true spirit of competition. Viterbo embraces the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character program which are respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.

Recently, the V-Hawks announced that 106 Viterbo athletes were recognized as “Academic All Conference,” posting a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Campus Facilities

  • San Damiano Chapel (1914)
  • Student Development Center (1926)
  • Murphy Center (1941)
  • Brophy Center (1954)
  • Marian Hall (1957)
  • Bonaventure Hall (1965)
  • Fine Arts Center (1970)
  • Treacy House (1975)
  • McDonald Terrace (1975)
  • Varsity Athletics Center (1987)
  • Rose Terrace (1997)
  • Outdoor Athletics Complex (1998)
  • Physical Plant Building (2001)
  • D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center for ­Ethics, Science, and Technology (2003)
  • Amie L. Mathy Center for Recreation and Education (2005)
  • School of Nursing Building (2011)
  • Clare Apartments (2012)
  • Weber Center for the Performing Arts (2013)

Distinctive Strengths

  • Tradition
    One of only 24 Franciscan universities located in the U.S., Viterbo’s Franciscan values-based education features opportunities for leadership linked to service and a strong emphasis on ethics.
  • Academic Distinction
    Superb science, arts, education, and health care programs. For example, our School of ­Nursing enjoys a superlative reputation. Viterbo ­graduates more four-year nurses than any other private ­university in Wisconsin. Nearly one in five ­Wisconsin private college nursing graduates was a Viterbo student.
  • Engagement
    Viterbo University was named to a list of Military Friendly Schools—one of only 15 percent across the nation to earn that distinction—by G.I. Jobs.
  • Student Engagement
    Viterbo University was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be admitted to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
  • Success
    The university’s graduate programs enjoy an excellent reputation; over 800 students are enrolled in master’s level programs in education, nursing, business, and servant leadership.
  • Integrity
    Speakers of all persuasion experience the hospitality of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, discussing compelling issues of the day while searching for common ground and a better insight into the most urgent challenges of our time.
  • Cultural Showcase
    The magnificent Fine Arts Center attracts over 90,000 patrons annually—adults and children alike—to concerts, shows, lectures, and theatrical ­performances.