If you are attending FOCUS on August 19, click here for accommodation and meals information.


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 an opportunity for you to experience Valpo’s residential life and meet other new students. 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 will be 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.

What should you bring?

  • Personal toiletries including soap
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Alarm clock
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • iPad, Android, or other tablet device or laptop for course advising on Day 2 – a smartphone is not sufficient for this task

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 in Valparaiso before or after their FOCUS session, they should make arrangements with a local hotel.


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 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.

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