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2016 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 



August FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for August FOCUS?
All August FOCUS registrations should be completed by August 10, 2016 to ensure we are ready for your arrival at FOCUS 2016. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund for those already registered for August FOCUS is August 1.
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 wear comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, bring umbrella/rain gear if there is rain in the forecast for your FOCUS day, a book bag, and a laptop or tablet device, if you have one, in order to search for classes during academic advising.
When do I arrive on campus?
International students arrive Monday or Tuesday evening, August 15 or 16, to go to international student orientation Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18. Domestic students living on campus move in on Thursday evening, August 18, between 6 and 9 p.m. Central Standard Time. Commuting students arrive on Friday morning, August 19, for FOCUS. FOCUS check-in for all students is 7:45-8:15 a.m. Central Standard Time, Friday, August 19 on the main floor of Harre Union.
Where should I park for August 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 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 the day, some sessions are attended jointly while others are held separately.
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 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, August 20. 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 start school in August?
All new students (residential and commuter, first-year and transfer, domestic and international) begin Welcome Week on Saturday, Aug. 20.  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. 20 through Monday, Aug. 22 and continues into the first week and a half of classes.  Classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 23.  The 2016-17 Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.
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August 2016

First-Year and Transfer Students

$145 per student
The student fee is billed as a one-time fee on the student account as part of fall semester fees.


$40 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. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund for those already registered for August FOCUS is August 1.

Fees cover:
  • Materials and Resources
  • Orientation Housing (On Campus Students Only)
  • Meals
  • 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 2016 Move-In Day is Saturday, August 20.

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