First-Year Students

All first-year students, including students who intend to live at home as a commuter during the school year, stay on campus between Day 1 and Day 2 of FOCUS. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to experience Valpo’s residential life and start to make friends with your new classmates. Because FOCUS is an important academic and social experience, full student participation is needed. Students are not permitted to leave campus at any time during the 1.5 day session.

Freshman students stay with another new student in one of Valpo’s first-year residence halls. Bed linens, pillow, and towel are provided. First-year residence halls are not air-conditioned so one fan will be provided per room for FOCUS. All university residence halls have shared restroom and shower facilities on the corridor with the double rooms.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Personal toiletries including soap
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Alarm clock (phone charger if using your smartphone as your alarm)
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Book bag for carrying registration 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.

Transfer Students

The FOCUS program for transfer students is complete on Day 1 so transfer students do not need to plan to stay overnight on campus. If transfer students wish to stay overnight in the residence hall, please e-mail If transfer students wish to stay in Valparaiso before or after their FOCUS session, they may also make arrangements on their own with a local hotel.


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.

All Participants:


Meals provided to all registered FOCUS participants include continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 1; breakfast and lunch on Day 2.

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.

Contact the Access Resource Center  ( before FOCUS if you have particular residential living needs.


More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments


Resources, Fees, and FAQs

Welcome Week

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Local Lodging Options

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


Contact the Access Resource Center  ( 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.

Getting Here:

Driving Directions

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