Resources, Fees, and FAQs

Resources for New Students and Families


Books to Help Students With College Transition

Books to Help Parents With College Transition


Websites and Social Media:

                    Helpful Student Links

                    Campus Resource Websites

                    Valpo Social Media to Follow 

Student Accounts and Billing:

                     Billing Guide

                     Student Accounts Billing and Payment Presentation

                     Student Employment Guide

                     Student Account Refunds

Health and Counseling:

                      Health Center Information

                      Supporting Your Crusader

Other Resources:

                      Chapel Newsletter – Summer 2015

                      IT Information 2015

                      OneCard, Meals, Bookstore, Parking, Fitness

                      Registrar’s University 101


FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for FOCUS?
The last day to register to attend August FOCUS is Friday, August 14, 2015.
Am I required to have my parents attend?
No. FOCUS is required for new students; Parents/guardians of first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend, especially if you are the first student in the family to attend Valpo. FOCUS is designed to provide the most important information both students and parents need at the beginning of your transition to Valpo.
When is the last day for a refund of the FOCUS fee for my parents/guardians? 
Parents/Guardians or guests may receive a full FOCUS refund if they cancel their reservation on or before June 1, 2015. Since students are charged the orientation fee on their student account, there is no refund for students.
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend attend FOCUS with me?
No.  Space is limited to new students and their parents/guardians only.
Where should I park when I arrive on campus?
Park in any regular parking spots in the lots surrounding Harre Union. Be sure to purchase your Valpo parking permit at the Parking/Transportation Office in the Christopher Center during your FOCUS day so you can avoid parking fines during the school year.
What should I bring to FOCUS?
A book bag for carrying FOCUS materials; an iPad, laptop or other tablet device for class advising and registration; comfortable walking shoes; clothing layers; a calculator for Math Placement;
I received a move-in appointment time for Saturday, August 22. What do I do with that?
All students attending August FOCUS who will be living on campus must move into their room on campus prior to FOCUS so you can ignore the move-in appointment Residential Life sent you for August 22.
When do I move in?
International students move in on Monday or Tuesday night, August 17 or 18, between 7 and 9 p.m. Central Standard Time in order to attend International Student Orientation on August 19-20 and FOCUS on August 21. Domestic students move in on Thursday night, August 20, between 6 and 10 p.m. Central Standard Time in order to attend FOCUS on Friday, August 21. Check in at the front desk of your residence hall.
Do students and parents attend meetings together?
Students and parents have two separate schedules throughout FOCUS because they have different goals to complete by the end of FOCUS. Throughout both day, some sessions are attended jointly while others are held separately.
Will my parents be with me when I schedule classes?
No. Parents/guardians are not in attendance during academic advising and registration because they have their own work to do within their own FOCUS schedule. The FOCUS academic advisors are specially trained to work with a variety of students to help you select an appropriate course schedule.
Do I need to set up an appointment with an academic adviser before orientation?
No. Meeting wtih an academic adviser and registering for classes are part of the FOCUS program. We have made the appointment for you.
What if I am undecided regarding a major?
Undecided students will meet with an exploratory advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences who is specially trained to assist students in choosing classes that fulfill graduation requirements while also allowing you to explore a variety of interest areas.
When will I receive my housing information?
Students who will be living on campus will receive residence hall assignments via their Valpo e-mail in mid-July.
When do I start school in August?
All new students (residential and commuter, first-year and transfer, domestic and international) begin Welcome Week on Saturday, Aug. 22.  Welcome Week events provide more information and experience related to making a smooth transition to Valpo. The Welcome Week program keeps students busy Saturday, Aug. 22 through Monday, Aug. 24 and continues into the first week and a half of classes.  Classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 25.  The 2015-16 Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.



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First-Year and Transfer Students
$135 per student

The student fee is billed as a one-time fee on the student account as part of fall semester fees.

August Fee:
$35 per person

The parent/guardian fees are paid when registering for FOCUS. These fees also apply to any other guests who choose to accompany students to FOCUS.

Fees cover:

  • Materials and Resources
  • Housing (Students Only), Meals, and Facilities Use
  • Training and Program Support
  • Student Activities
  • Welcome Week Events and Activities

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar shows all important dates for the school year, including breaks from classes.

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