Founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. is a Catholic, Franciscan university that prepares students for faithful service and ethical leadership.
Viterbo is a co-educational liberal arts institution with renowned programs in nursing, business, education, and fine arts. In the past ten years, Viterbo has been recognized nationally for its academic quality, character building education, and leadership development.
Viterbo University has more than 70 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate programs, so Viterbo students have curricula choices that compare to larger universities. Viterbo also offers internships, study abroad, and research opportunities that enhance the classroom experience. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a part of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Conference. The university has 17 varsity sports, including eight men’s sports and nine women’s sports.
Viterbo continues to expand its academic programs by offering new majors, including finance and health care and wellness management. With an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, Viterbo provides individual attention associated with a successful university experience. The university also is home to the Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, offering students and the community at large, opportunities for a values infused education which has been nationally recognized.
Each fall semester, Viterbo enrolls about 2,000 undergraduate and nearly 1,000 graduate students. Viterbo is remarkably affordable and is an excellent place to experience life while growing intellectually, culturally, and spiritually.
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