Viterbo University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States in the Diocese of La Crosse.
In 1890, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration founded St. Rose Normal School, a school to prepare religious sisters to teach in elementary schools. College courses were introduced in 1923. The school developed a four-year college program, and by the 1931-1932 school year became known as St. Rose Junior College. Lay women were admitted starting in 1934. In 1937, the school was renamed Viterbo College. In 1939, it received approval as a four-year degree-granting institution. The school became co-ed in 1970 when men were allowed to enter. On September 4, 2000 the college was renamed Viterbo University. Viterbo is best known for its nursing and theater undergraduate programs, along with its master's program in education. The college enrolls some 1900 undergraduate and 700 graduate students in its 50 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, and 4 graduate programs. Viterbo offers a master's degree in servant leadership. Classes are offered on both the Viterbo campus and in the Minneapolisï¿½Saint Paul area. This program works to build an understanding of servant leadership, as defined by Robert Greenleaf, and to help students build the skills needed to implement servant leadership in their business and life.
The Viterbo University community prepares students for faithful service and ethical leadership.
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