University Facts and Statistics

Viterbo is located in beautiful La Crosse, Wis.—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, 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.


Richard C. Trietley Jr.

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.

Demographics (Fall 2021)

Full-time - 74%   Part-time 26%
Female - 75%   Male - 25%


Enrollment (Fall 2021)
2,526 overall students
1,512 total undergraduate headcount
1,014 total graduate headcount

Student Outcomes 
Undergraduate Retention Rates – Fall 2021
Undergraduate Graduation Rates – Spring 2022
Graduate Programs Retention – Fall 2021
Graduation Rates – Spring 2022

Budget/Personnel (2020–2021)
$39,079,333 budget
320 full and part-time permanent employees

Financial Aid
99% 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 (Fall 2020)
Average class size is 19; no classes are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students

Total Alumni (May 2020)

Tuition (Fall 2021–Spring 2022)
Average full-time undergraduate tuition, fees, and on-campus room/board for 2021–22: $39,786

School Colors
Viterbo Red and Viterbo Navy


Programs of Study
More than 40 undergraduate degree programs, 10 graduate degrees, and multiple certification programs

Academic Structure

  • College of Business, Performing Arts, and Leadership
    Dahl School of Business
    School of Performing Arts
    Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
    D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
    Center for Professional Learning and Development
  • College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences
    Human Behavior
    Engineering, Math, and Science
  • College of Nursing and Health
    School of Nursing
    Nutrition and Dietetics Department
  • School of Education

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences
  • Master of Science in School Counseling
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

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

Overall placement rates exceeding 96% for more than the past decade and a 100% rate for the most recent graduating class.

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)
  • La Verna Apartments (2018)

Viterbo is a member of the NAIA, North Star Athletic Association.

The university offers:

  • men’s and women's basketball
  • baseball and softball
  • men's and women's bowling
  • men's and women's cross country
  • men's and women's golf
  • men's and women's soccer
  • men's and women's volleyball
  • men's and women's track (indoor/outdoor)
  • co-ed competitive 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.