New Student Orientation

V-Hawk Orientation Days for New First-Year Students


V-Hawk Orientation Days

August 24-26, 2018

Welcome, New V-Hawks!

V-Hawk Orientation Days is a great way to start your Viterbo experience. These events are in addition to Student Transition and Registration (STAR) events and aim to make students' transition to college as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Studies show that students who attend and participate in orientation are more successful, more involved, and more knowledgeable about their campus than students who do not attend orientation programming. To ensure student success, attendance at V-Hawk Orientation Days activities is mandatory for all incoming first-year students and transfer students who live on-campus.

V-Hawk Orientation Days begin on Friday, August 24 following New Student Move-In. Orientation programming will continue throughout the weekend and end on Sunday, August 26. The first day of classes is Monday, August 27.

During V-Hawk Orientation Days, new students will be assigned to a team with other new students and led through the weekend's events by an Orientation Leader. O-Leaders are experienced students trained to help you get started off on the right foot at Viterbo.

Each orientation team will have an individualized schedule with meeting times and locations. Students will learn more about the weekend's programs when they meet their orientation team on Friday, August 24. The overall program schedule will become available in early August and will be posted on this website.

V-Hawk Orientation Days Highlights

Team Time helps you get connected to Viterbo's resources and other new students. During Team Time, you and the other members of your Orientation team will explore campus, learn about campus resources, and find out more about what it means to be a V-Hawk. Expect to have fun, meet new people, and learn a lot about Viterbo and La Crosse!

Viterbo Mission Seminar Faculty Meet and Greet will introduce you to faculty you'll be working with during your first year at Viterbo. Enjoy getting to know faculty and learning about academic life at Viterbo before classes begin!

Game Day with the V-Hawks is an opportunity to join your fellow students at the Varsity Athletics Center as we cheer on the highly successful women's volleyball team, enjoy a tailgate picnic in the Assisi Courtyard, play games, win prizes and more.

"The Hook Up -- When It's Hot and When It's Not" is a facilitated discussion and interactive session about hooking-up, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. This program will help new students learn about healthy relationships and the resources they have at Viterbo and in La Crosse.

RECtation is your all-access late night open gym in the Mathy Center on Saturday evening. Learn about intramurals, get active, do some touring of the facility, and win great prizes. 

Operation GLOW wraps up on your first day of Orientation with a rave-style dance party (with glow-in-the-dark face paint) in the Mathy Center.  Decompress, have fun, and let loose with other new students and O-Leaders.

Service Saturday is a fantastic Viterbo tradition that gets you out into the La Crosse community to serve and get to know your neighbors. After all, what a better way to get to know a community than by serving in it?  All new students along with orientation leaders and select faculty members will participate in Orientation Service Saturday, the first Service Saturday of the year.  

All new students will receive a free copy of The Late Homecomer, our 2018 First Year Student Common Read, at Student Transition and Registration (STAR) Day!  This book will be an integral part of Orientation, your first VUSM class, and your first semester at Viterbo (FYI - the author will be coming to campus in September to speak, so be sure to bring your copy of the book to have it signed!), so be sure to take time over the summer to read it.

More Information

If you have additional questions about the V-Hawk Orientation Days program, please contact the Office of Student Life and Orientation by calling 608-796-3844 or emailing