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 offers term, semester, and weekend ­courses throughout the academic year

Demographics (Fall 2023)

Full-time: 73%
Part-time: 27%
Female: 76%
Male: 24%

Enrollment (Fall 2023)
Total headcount: 2,307
Undergraduate: 1,393
Graduate: 914

Student Outcomes 
Undergraduate Programs Retention Rates 
Undergraduate Programs Graduation Rates
Graduate Programs Retention Rates
Graduation Programs Graduation Rates 

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 2022)
Average class size is 18; no classes are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students
Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1

Total Alumni (May 2020)
Over 23,557

Tuition (Fall 2023–Spring 2024)
Average full-time undergraduate tuition, regular student fees, and on-campus room/board for 2023–24, before subtracting any scholarships, grants, or other financial aid: $43,030

School Colors
Viterbo Red and Viterbo Navy


Programs of Study

A comprehensive portfolio of academic programs, including more than 40 undergraduate majors, 10 graduate degrees, and multiple certificate and licensure programs.

Academic Structure

Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Class Sizes (Fall 2022)
Average class size is 18; no classes are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students.
Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1

Overall placement rates exceeding 96% for more than the past decade and a 100% rate for 2020–2022 graduates. 

Campus Facilities

Viterbo's main campus in La Crosse includes a wide array of facilities for instruction, applied learning, research, student activities and support, residence life, athletics, recreation, and fine arts. 

  • 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 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the North Star Athletic Association. V-Hawk teams have won 37 conference championships and earned 20 national tournament appearances.

The university fields the following varsity athletic teams: 

  • 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
  • Esports

V-hawk teams are committed to the true spirit of competition and embrace the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.