Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University, founded in 1890 and sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, is a Catholic, Franciscan University in the liberal arts tradition. Its 72-acre campus is located in La Crosse, WI 150 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

School Profiles: Undergrad

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University offers more than 40 academic programs (traditional and online) that prepare students for outstanding careers. Whether at the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree level, classes are taught by faculty members dedicated to the success of their students. Most programs feature internships, study abroad, service, and field research opportunities that enhance the classroom experience.


Viterbo University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and part of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Conference.

Men’s Sports
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Bowling
• Competitive dance
• Cross-country
• Golf
• Soccer
• Track & Field (indoor and outdoor)
• Volleyball

Women’s Sports
• Basketball
• Bowling
• Competitive dance
• Cross-country
• Golf
• Soccer
• Softball
• Track & Field (indoor and outdoor)
• Volleyball

Business & Leadership
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Finance
• Healthcare and Wellness Management
• Management and Leadership
• Marketing
• Pre-law
• Sport Management and Leadership

• Art Education (PK-12)
• Business Education (PK-12)
• Elementary Education (K-9)
- Early Childhood minor
- K-12 Special Education minor

• English Language Arts Education (Middle School–High School)
• Math Education (Middle School–High School)
• Music Education (PK-12)
• Science Education (Middle School–High School)
• Spanish Education (PK-12)
• Technology Education (PK-12)

Health & Human Services
• Criminal and Community Justice
• Nursing
• Nutrition Sciences
• Psychology
• Social Work

Humanities & Languages
• English
• Ethics, Culture, and Society
• Religious Studies and Theology
• Spanish

Performing Arts
• Music
• Music Performance
• Music Theatre
• Theatre

• Pre-chiropractic
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-medical Laboratory Scientist
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pathologist Assistant
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-podiatry
• Pre-veterinary Medicine

• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Engineering
• Mathematics
• Neuroscience

Hands-on learning
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 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. 

Community service
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. 

Career development
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.