Graduate Admission

Viterbo University welcomes applications for admission from all students who have prepared for a competitive collegiate program. Admission to Viterbo University is offered to those for whom academic and personal success seems likely. Each candidate is evaluated individually. Evidence of ability to complete college-level work is essential. All qualified students, regardless of sex, race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin will be extended an offer of admission on a first come, first served basis as long as space remains available. Students will be evaluated for admission in accordance with the general admission criteria stated below.

General Admissions Criteria

Viterbo University reserves the right to deny or place conditions on the admission, re-enrollment, or continued enrollment of any applicant, former student, or current student, who in the judgment of the university officials has failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress, would be disruptive of the orderly process of the college’s programs, would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students or employees, is not prepared to benefit from the course of study offered, or places a risk to the safety or well-being of the campus community. The university may consider criminal, juvenile, and disciplinary history in admission and enrollment decisions. Information submitted to Viterbo University must be true, complete, and accurate. Withholding any pertinent information may result in denial of admission or dismissal.

For Applicants with Acts, Crimes, or Offenses That May Prohibit or Restrict Admission

Applicants for admission or re-admission with criminal or disciplinary records must disclose information about their prior records. Failure of the applicant to accurately and completely provide information and records may result in denial of admission, revocation of admission, or discipline, up to and including permanent dismissal from the university. Information to be disclosed includes: (1) criminal offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, pending criminal charges, and diversion agreements (2) adjudicated delinquencies, (3) information on any behavior resulting in a suspension or expulsion from any high school or post-secondary institution, (4) information about less than honorable discharges from the military, (5) housing facility evictions, (6) other pertinent offenses or violations.

Certain affiliates associated with Viterbo require that students placed in their facility for clinical/internship/field placement experiences clear a criminal background check prior to placement. Students whose background check reveals criminal history may be prevented access to the clinical site, and as a result, the student will not have sufficient clinical experience to successfully complete the program. Additionally, licensing boards for certain professions including health care occupations may deny the individual the opportunity to sit for an examination if an applicant has a criminal history.

Fully qualified applicants for the criminal justice, dietetics, education, nursing, social work, and some other programs are required to complete a disclosure form and may be subject to a criminal background check conducted by an outsourced agency.


A review committee will evaluate the application, the disciplinary and criminal history disclosure form and all explanatory materials, of any student who indicates any of the aforementioned convictions, charges, records, etc. Prior to making a decision on admission or re-enrollment, the review committee may request additional materials from the applicant, conduct a phone interview with the applicant and/or request that the applicant appear before the review board to discuss his/her application, etc.

The review committee will recommend admission or denial of admission in one of three ways: (1) admit or re-enroll the applicant without conditions, (2) admit or re-enroll the applicant with condition (i.e., restrictions on location or place, denial of option to live in university housing facilities, etc.), or (3) deny admission or re-enrollment of the applicant. Recommendations on admission or re-enrollment will be forwarded from the review committee to the appropriate university administrator who will formally admit or deny admission to the applicant based on the recommendation from the committee. The recommendation of the review committee is final and not subject to appeal. The review committee is typically comprised of the vice president for student affairs, the vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for enrollment management, and the director of campus safety, or their respective designees.

Criminal Convictions Occurring After University Admission

Students are required to disclose in writing to the vice president for student affairs criminal convictions occurring since completing the application for admission. This policy applies to all Viterbo University incoming and current students.

Reentry and Readmission

Re-entry student information can be found on the Re-entry Admissions web page.

International Student Admission

Applications from international students are welcome and actively sought. Scholastic achievement, use of the English language, and financial resources are given particular attention in reviewing applications to a graduate program from international students. International applications are processed in conjunction with the director of international admissions.

Non-degree-seeking Students

Students desiring to audit or take selected courses for credit, but who do not expect to earn a degree or complete a program at Viterbo University, may be enrolled, at the discretion of the graduate program, for such courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Complete transcripts of college records may not need be submitted, but an earned bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent is required. Students may be admitted as a degree-seeking student at a later date although admission is not guaranteed.