Viterbo University Earns Top 10 Gold Military Friendly® School Designation for the Third Year in a Row

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

April 2, 2024

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University has been designated a Top 10 Gold Military Friendly® School for 2024–2025. This is the third year in a row Viterbo has earned this high distinction.

Viterbo is one of only 10 schools in the “private college offering a doctorate” category in the nation to achieve Top 10 Gold designation. The university also rose from 10th to 7th overall in the category.

“This achievement reflects Viterbo’s sustained commitment to the 300 military students enrolled at our university,” said Sam Morris, director for military student success at Viterbo. “It is truly an honor to be working with such a dedicated group of higher education professionals who demonstrate their commitment to our military students each day. Not only am I proud of my colleagues, but I am also truly proud of our military students who put in the work every day to earn their degrees.”

The Military Friendly ratings program was started in 2003 as an advocacy vehicle to encourage civilian organizations to invest in programs to recruit, retain, and advance veterans as employees, entrepreneurs, and students.

Institutions earning Military Friendly Schools Awards distinctions were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey on a variety of criteria, including retention, graduation, job placement, repayment, persistence, and loan default rates for all students and specifically, for student veterans. The 2024–2025 Military Friendly® Schools list is available at

Viterbo’s commitment and gratitude to veterans is reflected in the many academic, career, and financial aid services offered to military and veteran students. There is also an active Student Veterans Association and a center exclusively for military-aligned students. Director of military student success and U.S. Army veteran Sam Morris is dedicated to assisting military-aligned students throughout their time at the university and ensuring they have the best possible experience. Viterbo President Rick Trietley is a combat veteran who retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after a 22-year career in the U.S. Army. University chaplain Fr. Conrad Targonski spent 22 years as a U.S. Navy Chaplain.

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