Accommodations, Meals, Special Needs

All Students

What should you bring to January FOCUS?

  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • iPad, Android, or other tablet device or laptop for course advising – a smartphone is not sufficient for this task
  • Warm, water-proof shoes or boots, hat, gloves, and winter coat for walking between buildings
  • Clothing layers – it will be very cold outside and warm inside
  • Calculator for math placement

Students Living On Campus

All students who will be living on campus for spring semester will move into their residence hall room on Sunday, January 3, between 12 and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. Check in at the front desk of your residence hall. You have the rest of the evening to get settled into your room. There are no orientation activities on Sunday, January 3.


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.

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