New Student Orientation

V-Hawk Orientation Days for New Freshmen


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' transitions 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 summer 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 have opportunities to 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!

Faculty Meet and Greet will introduce you to your academic program and faculty within your academic program. Enjoy getting to know faculty members before classes begin. 

Game Day with the V-Hawks is an opportunity to join your fellow students at the Outdoor Athletic Complex to cheer on the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams, play games, win prizes and enjoy a cookout dinner. 

"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. 

Service Saturday will connect you to the La Crosse community. What a better way to learn about the community than through service? All new students along with orientation leaders, resident assistants, and select faculty members will participate in the Viterbo tradition of Service Saturday. 

All new students receive a common book at Student Transition and Registration (STAR) Day. The 2018 book is yet to be decided, but we sure to check back - it promises to be a great read!

More Information

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