Pre-Arrival Information

Welcome. We are so glad you are considering Viterbo for the next step in your education. Here are some items which will need your attention as you plan for your arrival in La Crosse.


If you are enrolling at Viterbo for the first time, you are required to participate in an orientation program starting one week before the beginning of classes. You will be notified of the date for orientation when you receive your acceptance letter and I-20. The orientation is designed to introduce you to the campus and surrounding community. It includes placement testing; campus and community tours; academic advising; visits to local businesses for necessities such as purchasing a phone, opening a bank account, and shopping for supplies; and social activities. It is extremely important that you arrive in time to attend the orientation.

Housing and Meals

Information about on-campus housing will be sent with your admission letter. The housing application form is available online. First-year Viterbo undergraduate students are required to live on campus. It is the best way to meet people, make friends, and know what is happening on the campus. Viterbo offers both residence hall and apartment-style housing. The residence halls are primarily for freshmen, while the apartments are reserved for upperclass students. Apartments have a kitchen and their own bathroom. Check out the information about housing options on campus. There is no family housing on campus.

Cafeteria meal service is available, and students living on campus must take a meal plan.

Graduate students may live on campus if space is available. A variety of houses and apartments are available for rent in La Crosse. Graduate students who do not plan to live on campus should try to secure off-campus housing before traveling to La Crosse.

Healthcare and Insurance

The student health form giving evidence of your physical health and updated immunization record must be submitted on arrival or before.

Health services provides care for minor illnesses or injuries, assesses health status, and makes referrals to health care providers as needed.

To protect yourself against the high cost of medical care in the U.S., Viterbo requires you to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance. Comprehensive medical insurance is for treatment by physicians and hospitals as a result of an accident or serious illness. You can either buy the insurance offered through Viterbo or contact a private agency. Students who participate in the plan through Viterbo will be billed for the insurance by semester, through the same student account on which you will be billed for classes and on-campus housing. Information on the plan may be found at

Health insurance coverage in the U.S. can be quite expensive, and you need to review policy options carefully so that you know what is covered and what is not. If you will not be using the plan purchased through Viterbo, you must show proof of insurance before you will be allowed to confirm your registration for classes.

Bill Payment

Student billing information is accessible through a secure VitNet account, accessed from the Viterbo homepage. Use your username and password to log in and thenclick “Student Account Statement” under the Financial Information section of theStudent Menu.  Your Student Account Statement will include tuition, fees, room and board (meal plan) if you will live on campus, and health insurance charge if you use the plan contracted through Viterbo.

You are expected to pay your bill in full by the Friday before classes begin each semester. Payment of tuition results in your attendance being confirmed.

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