Undergraduate International Students

All new international students arrive in Valparaiso on Monday or Tuesday, August 15 or 16, to attend International Student Orientation on August 17 and 18, before FOCUS Orientation.  Undergraduate international students living on campus move into their residence hall on Monday or Tuesday, August 15 or 16, between 7 and 9 p.m. Central Standard Time. International students commuting to campus come to campus the morning of August 17 to attend International Student Orientation.

All undergraduate international students attend August FOCUS on Friday, August 19.

Undergraduate Domestic Students

All undergraduate freshmen and transfer students participating in August FOCUS living on campus for 2016-17 move into their residence hall on Thursday evening, August 18, between 6 and 9 p.m. Central Standard Time. Check in at the front desk of your residence hall during this time to obtain your key and 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 August FOCUS come to campus the morning of August 19 to attend FOCUS.

All Students – Bring to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • iPad, Android, or other tablet device or laptop for class registration
  • Umbrella/rain gear if there is a chance of rain


Parents/Guardians or any other guests of students participating in FOCUS should make their own overnight arrangements off campus for the day or days surrounding their FOCUS session. There are a variety of local lodging options near campus. If you call a hotel to arrange overnight accommodations, be sure to mention that you are attending an event at Valparaiso University as many hotels offer a special university discount.

All Participants:


Meals provided to all registered FOCUS participants include continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Special Needs

Students or parents/guardians with special needs should notify FOCUS staff at 219-464-5413 prior to arriving to make arrangements for appropriate accommodations.

Disability Support Services should also be contacted if there is a student with a documented disability.

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Local Lodging Options

Parents/Guardians are responsible for arranging their own lodging and for any lodging charges.


Contact Disability Support Services before FOCUS if you have a documented disability for which accommodations are needed.

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Contact Us

Student Affairs
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413
Linda Redelman
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs