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2016-17 Resources for New Students and Families


Books, Websites, Social Media:

Campus Resource Websites

Valpo Social Media to Follow

Books to Help Students With College Transition

Books to Help Parents With College Transition


Student Accounts and Billing:

Billing Guide

Student Accounts Billing and Payment Presentation

Student Account Center Introduction Video

Student Employment Guide

Student Account Refunds

Educational Benefit Payment Agreement Form 2016


Health and Counseling:

Health Center Information

Student Health Insurance Information and Waiver Process

Student Health Form

Supporting Your Crusader

Supporting Your Crusader Handout


Information Technology:

IT Information 2016

Connecting to Campus Wi-Fi

Computer Minimum Specifications

IT 2016 FOCUS Presentation Video Recap


Other Resources:

Chapel Newsletter – Summer 2016

Campus Services Presentation

Registrar’s University 101

Student Schedule Planning Grid 



January FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for January FOCUS?
The last day to register to attend January FOCUS is Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
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.
What should I bring to FOCUS?
Please bring a book bag for carrying FOCUS materials; an iPad or other tablet device or laptop for course advising; and warm boots, hat, gloves, coat, and clothing layers.
When do I arrive on campus?
Students living on campus move in Sunday, January 8, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. Check in at the front desk of your residence area. Commuting students arrive on Monday morning, January 9, for FOCUS. All students check in at the time on your FOCUS schedule on Monday morning, January 9, at Harre Union Welcome Desk.
Where should I park for FOCUS?
Park in Lot 14 or 15 near Harre Union. Students with cars should be sure to purchase your parking permit during FOCUS to avoid parking tickets in the first week of classes. Parking registration is done via DataVU – Students Menu – Parking Self-Service. Please note: freshmen students may not have cars on campus unless specially exempted by the Dean of Students.
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 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.
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 have completed their enrollment deposit through undergraduate admission and have also completed their housing preferences as part of that process will receive their housing assignment via Valpo e-mail by December 22. If you are waiting on a housing assignment, verify with admission that you completed these steps.
When do I start school in January?
All new students attend FOCUS on Monday, January 9. International Students attend international orientation on Tuesday, January 10. Classes begin for all students on Wednesday, January 11. The 2016-17 Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.
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January 2017

First-Year and Transfer Students

$40 per student
The student fee is billed as a one-time fee on the student account as part of first semester fees.


$40 per person
Paid when registering for FOCUS, these fees also apply to any other guests who choose to accompany students to FOCUS. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund for those already registered for January FOCUS is January 3.

Fees cover:
  • Materials and Resources
  • Orientation Housing (On Campus Students Only)
  • Meals
  • Facilities Use
  • Training and Program Support
  • Student Activities

Summer 2017
Student - $155
Parent/Guest - $85

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