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Why Viterbo

Small classes, a beautiful campus, a close-knit community where it is easy to make friends, and faculty who genuinely care about your success. Viterbo is the perfect place for you to thrive.

We’ll help you succeed.


  • 11:1

    Student to faculty ratio

  • 16

    Average class size

  • 98%

    undergraduates receive financial aid

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Focused on Your Success

  • 99 percent placement rate
  • 1:1 research opportunities
  • Paid internships
  • Tutoring and dedicated advisors for all students
  • Career services assistance
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Beautiful Campus, Scenic Location

La Crosse is located on the Mississippi River, surrounded by beautiful bluffs and coulees. Outdoor enthusiasts will find hiking and nature in Hixon Forest, great biking on the Great River Trail, and downhill skiing in the winter.

Study and play in a vibrant college community where you can enjoy concerts at the La Crosse Center, theatre and arts, and restaurants within walking distance of campus. 

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Hands-on learning on campus and abroad

Travel to Costa Rica to explore the rainforest or study fish in local rivers. Journey to Nicaragua to practice nursing in remote villages with local doctors. Volunteer serving meals at the local Catholic Worker House. Harvest organic vegetables at the community gardens. Gain social work experience working at the Salvation Army. There is no substitute for this type of enriching education.

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Have Fun

17 athletics teams, variety of intramural sports. Nearby hiking, cycling, and ski trails. Dozens of student clubs, everything from improv to social justice to Spanish. Campus events every weekend of academic year

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A Legacy of Service

Established in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo is grounded in Catholic and Franciscan values. We believe in the dignity of every individual and act with integrity and hospitality. We believe that each student who graduates from Viterbo can create a better world for future generations. 

Students will find a warm and welcoming community for Catholics and students of all faiths.