Fall 2020 V-Hawk Orientation Days

V-Hawk Orientation Days

Destination: Viterbo University

Aug. 27–30, 2020


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 strongly recommended for all new transfer students.

V-Hawk Orientation Days begin on Thursday, August 27 following New Student Move-In, continues throughout the weekend and ends on Sunday, August 30. The first day of classes is Monday, August 31.  Links to our New Student Orientation Schedules for first-year students, transfers, and international students will become available in July 2020.

To access the Metro Transit Utility (MTU) bus guide for the La Crosse region, please click the link below:


During Orientation, students will go and explore downtown La Crosse. For the guide on activities to do downtown, click the link below:

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 (through the Viterbo app and hard copy in their nametags). Students will learn more about the weekend's events when they meet their orientation team on Thursday,  August 27. 

**DON'T FORGET – all new domestic undergraduate students must complete MyStudentBody online trainings BEFORE they can move on campus (new students residing off-campus must complete the trainings before they can pick up their Viterbo IDs).**  All students will receive an email in late June with information on how to complete these trainings; check your Viterbo email at that point for instructions on how to complete these required training


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 and downtown La Crosse, 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 (VUSM) Faculty Meet and Greet will introduce you to faculty you'll be working with during your first year at Viterbo. Get to know faculty and learn how to navigate the differences between high school and college academic life 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 Viterbo athletics teams, enjoy a tailgate picnic in the Assisi Courtyard, play games, listen to great music, 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.  Learn about intramurals, get active, do some touring of the facility, and win great prizes. 

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 our 2020 First Year Student Common Read book at Student Transition and Registration (STAR) Day or, for those who aren't able to attend STAR, in the mail.  This book will be an integral part of Orientation, your first VUSM class and your first semester at Viterbo, so be sure to take time over the summer to read it!

More Information

If you have additional questions about V-Hawk Orientation Days, contact the Office of Student Life and Orientation by calling 608-796-3844 or emailing orientation@viterbo.edu

In addition to coordinating V-Hawk Orientation Days, Student Life is also excited to welcome new international students to campus.  More details regarding New International Student Orientation and international student pre-arrival details can be found here.