All Students

Please bring the following to January FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • iPad or other tablet device or laptop for course advising
  • Warm, water-proof shoes or boots, hat, gloves, and winter coat for walking between buildings
  • Clothing layers – it can be very cold outside and warm inside

Students Living On Campus

All undergraduate freshmen and transfer students participating in January FOCUS living on campus spring semester move into their residence hall on Sunday, January 8, between 12 p.m. and 5 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 on Sunday so you have the rest of the day to get settled into your room.

All commuting students participating in January FOCUS come to campus the morning of January 9 to attend FOCUS orientation.


Parents/Guardians or any other guests of students participating in FOCUS make their own overnight arrangements off campus for the day or days surrounding their FOCUS orientation 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.

Getting Here:

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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