FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for FOCUS?
All FOCUS registrations should be completed by June 1, 2016 to ensure we are ready for your arrival at FOCUS 2016. FOCUS sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis. Some sessions will be full and closed prior to June 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.
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.
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?
Parents/Guardians or guests may receive a full FOCUS refund if they cancel their reservation on or before June 1, 2016. Since students are charged the orientation fee on their student account upon matriculation to campus, there is no refund for students.
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 Math Placement Exam, small personal fan (for the student residence hall), a book bag, and a laptop or tablet device, if you have one, in order to search for classes during advising and registration.  Transfer students will not need overnight gear, but the rest of the list applies to transfer students as well.
Where should I park when I arrive on campus?
Please park in the northeast parking ramp (Ramp 8) when you arrive for FOCUS; Transfer students will proceed directly to Harre Union for FOCUS check-in. First-Year students will stop at Alumni Hall next to the parking ramp to check into housing and then proceed to Harre Union for FOCUS check-in. Students will check their parents/guests in for FOCUS at Harre Union.
Do I have to stay in the residence hall during my FOCUS session?
Yes, all first-year students including those who intend to commute from home during the school year, stay in the residence hall during FOCUS. The FOCUS Day 1 schedule keeps students busy late into the evening, while Day 2 begins early in the morning. The overnight is also one of the few opportunities during FOCUS that first-year students have down-time to socialize and get to know new friends. Parents/guests have the choice of staying in a local hotel or commuting home for the evening as their Day 1 schedule ends much earlier than the student schedule. 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 others 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 groups through the entire Day 1, evening, and Day 2 of FOCUS.
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.

2015 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

Educational Benefit Payment Agreement Form 2016


Health and Counseling:

Health Center Information

Supporting Your Crusader

Supporting Your Crusader Handout


Information Technology:

IT Information 2016

Connecting to Campus Wi-Fi

Computer Minimum Specifications


Other Resources:

Chapel Newsletter – Summer 2016

OneCard, Meals, Bookstore, Parking, Fitness

Registrar’s University 101






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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.



$85 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
  • Orientation Housing (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