Fees and Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for FOCUS?
All FOCUS registrations should be completed by June 1, 2014 to ensure we are ready for your arrival at FOCUS 2014.
Am I required to have my parents attend?
FOCUS is required for new students; Parents/guardians of first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend.  FOCUS is designed to provide the most important information both students and parents need at the beginning of their transition to Valpo.
If my family only wants to come for day 1, do they need to pay the full amount to attend?
Yes.  The full fee is charged per parent/guardian whether they choose to be here only on day 1 or for both days of FOCUS.  The orientation fee is all-inclusive.
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend attend FOCUS with me?
No.  Space is limited to new students and their parents/guardians only.
When is the last day for a refund of the FOCUS fee for my parents/guardians?
Since students are charged the Orientation Fee on their student account, there is no refund for students.  Parents or guests can receive a full FOCUS refund if they cancel their reservation by May 30, 2014.
What should I bring to FOCUS?
First-Year students will be provided with bed linens, a pillow, and a towel.  Please bring personal toiletries (including soap), comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, alarm clock/phone, umbrella/rain gear, calculator for the Math Placement Exam, small personal fan (for the student residence hall).
Where should we park when we arrive to campus?
Park in the Northeast Parking Ramp when you arrive for FOCUS; You’ll leave your overnight belongings in the car, check in at the Harre Union, and then return to your car to move your overnight belongings into the residence hall next door to the parking ramp.
Do I have to stay in the residence hall during my FOCUS session?
Yes, all first-year students (including commuter students) must stay in the residence halls during FOCUS.  The FOCUS Day 1 schedule keeps students busy until late at night, while Day 2 begins early in the morning.  The overnight is also one of the few opportunities during FOCUS when the schedule is not too busy to spend time getting to know new classmates. Parents/guardians have the option of staying overnight in a campus residence hall, although many find local hotel accommodations to provide more amenities to suit their needs. Transfer students attend only Day 1 of FOCUS so they do not stay overnight.
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 days, some sessions are attended jointly while other sessions are held separately.
Am I allowed to leave orientation during the session?
No.  First-year students must stay with the orientation program and their assigned group through the entire day, evening and day 2 of FOCUS.
Do I need to set up an appointment with an academic advisor prior to orientation?
No.  Meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes are part of the FOCUS program.  You will meet with an advisor who is able to help you think through your intended major field of study, registering for pertinent classes through the process.
What if I am undecided regarding a major?
If you are undecided on your major, you will meet with an exploratory advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences.  These advisors are specially trained to assist students in choosing classes that fulfill requirements toward graduation while also allowing them to explore a variety of potential interest areas.
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.
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.  August move-in for new residential students is Saturday, Aug. 23.  Students will receive an appointment time for move-in when they receive their residence hall assignments.  It is very important to adhere to that move-in appointment time.
When do I get my ID card and Valpo e-mail?
Students obtain their Valpo OneCard Student ID and their username and password to log into Valpo e-mail on Day 1 of FOCUS.
When do I start school in August?
All new students (residential and commuter) begin Welcome Week on Saturday, Aug. 23.  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. 23 through Monday, Aug. 25 and continues into the first week and a half of classes.  Classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26.  The 2014-15 Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.

Resources for New Students and Families

College of Engineering Information 2013

Financial Aid, Billing, and Payment Information 2013

Foreign Language Requirements and Retroactive Credit

Information Technology Orientation Information

OneCard Orientation Information

Student Employment Guide 2013

The Chapel Newsletter- Summer 2013




Focus Fees

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 tuition and fees.

$85 or $130 per person

$85/person for those choosing to arrange their own off-campus overnight accommodations during FOCUS

$130/person for those staying overnight on-campus during FOCUS

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

Fees cover:

  • Materials and Resources
  • Housing, 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.  Fall 2014 Move-In Day is Saturday, August 23.