Undergraduate International Students
All new international students arrive in Valparaiso on Sunday or Monday, 13 or 14 August, to attend International Student Orientation on 15-17 August. You will go to International Student Orientation before attending FOCUS University Orientation.
Undergraduate international students living on campus move into their residence area on Sunday or Monday evening, 13 or 14 August. International students commuting to campus come to campus the morning of 15 August for International Student Orientation.
All undergraduate international students attend FOCUS University Orientation on Friday, 18 August, starting at 8:15 a.m. Central Standard Time.
Undergraduate Domestic Students
All undergraduate freshmen and transfer students participating in FOCUS who are living on campus this year move into their residence area on Thursday evening, August 17, between 6 and 9 p.m. Central Standard Time. Check in at the front desk of your residence area during this time to obtain your key and to move in your belongings. There are no FOCUS activities Thursday night so you have all evening to get settled into your room.
All commuting students participating in FOCUS come to campus the morning of August 18, starting at 8 a.m. CST, to attend FOCUS.
All Students – Bring to FOCUS:
- Book bag for carrying FOCUS orientation materials
- A tablet or laptop for course advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new. The device is only needed on Day 2 of FOCUS.
- Clothing layers – It can be very cold inside academic buildings and very warm outside.
- Umbrella/rain gear if there is even a slight chance of rain
- Comfortable walking shoes
Parents/Guardians or any other guests of students participating in FOCUS should make their overnight arrangements off campus for the day or days surrounding their FOCUS orientation session. There are a variety of local lodging options near campus. When arranging overnight accommodations, be sure to mention that you are attending an event at Valparaiso University as many hotels offer a special university discount.
Meals provided to all registered FOCUS participants include continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Students or parents/guardians with special needs should notify FOCUS staff at 219-464-5413 prior to arriving to make arrangements for appropriate accommodations.
Contact the Access Resource Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) before FOCUS if you have particular residential living or academic or other accommodation needs.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for arranging their own lodging and for any lodging charges.
Contact the Access Resource Center (email@example.com) before FOCUS if you need accommodations. If you had an IEP in high school, now is a good time to share that documentation with Valpo.