Viterbo offers hands-on learning opportunities that include spending the night outside in February—a simple but profound gesture—to raise awareness about people who are experiencing homelessness; harvesting organic vegetables at the local community garden; and gaining nursing experience assisting people who are utilizing the services of the Salvation Army.
Unique seminar courses and guest speakers
Viterbo is a Catholic, Franciscan liberal arts college founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Viterbo’s unique core curriculum allows students to select seminar courses that align with their interests and are infused with Viterbo’s mission: Franciscan values and traditions, living in a diverse world, serving the common good, and the ethical life.The award-winning Identities Project provides opportunities for the Viterbo community to explore and discuss gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, ethnicity, and other facets of identity through intentionally reflective civil dialogues, lectures, documentaries with discussions, and other programs.
Students enjoy amazing speakers and programming brought to campus by the University’s D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Guest speakers have included Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom, and Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza.
Study abroad, study away, and immersion programs are offered throughout the school year and during breaks. Students in specific Viterbo courses also travel together after their classwork is complete. For example, students explored parts of China after completing a course on the country’s history.
Service is an essential component of a Viterbo education. Students can volunteer on their own, with a group, or as part of Service Saturdays. The monthly event provides opportunities for students and employees to serve alongside various community organizations, connect with each other, and enjoy a post-service reflection meal.
Viterbo has a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation. Viterbo’s Career Services Department helps connect students with internships and employment. Career Services also offers events throughout the year such as speed mock interviews, etiquette dinners, career and internship fairs, and training on how to market yourself to employers.
Student clubs and organizations
Viterbo offers dozens of student organizations, intramurals, and activities. Opportunities include being a part of Student Veterans of America, indoor soccer, and Breaking Barriers Diversity Club. Students also have the opportunity to start clubs. Viterbo University’s mobile app helps keep students connected to campus events and resources.
La Crosse—a vibrant community
Viterbo’s beautiful campus and close-knit community are located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The city is nestled between scenic bluffs and the Mississippi River. There are many opportunities for seasonal recreational activities in La Crosse, including hiking the bluffs and running the marsh trails, walking in Riverside Park along the Mississippi River, watching bald eagles, relaxing at the Black River and Pettibone Beaches, and skiing and snowboarding at Mount La Crosse. Viterbo’s campus is about 15 minutes away from the Valley View Mall; about two and a half hours from Minneapolis, Minnesota; and about three hours from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.