FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by June 1, 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.
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 immediate family (e.g. parents/guardians/spouses) only.
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 charger, umbrella/rain gear, small personal fan (for the student residence hall), a book bag, and a laptop or tablet device (needed Day 2 only). Transfer students will not need overnight gear unless they plan to stay the night, but the rest of the list applies to transfer students as well.
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 night, while Day 2 begins early in the morning. The overnight is also one of the few opportunities during FOCUS that first-year students have 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 need to 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.
Do I need to set up an appointment with an academic advisor before orientation?
No. Meeting with an academic advisor 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 you 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. Our excellent academic advisors are the people who understand the nuances of scheduling that cannot be found in course catalog lists so they are the best people with whom to work to build the appropriate 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 19. 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. More details about residential life are on their website.
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, August 19. Welcome Week events provide more information and experience related to making a smooth transition to Valpo. The Welcome Week program keeps students busy Saturday, August 19 through Monday, August 21 and continues into the first week and a half of classes. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 22.  The Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.

2016–17 Resources for 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 Overview – January 2017

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 



More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Overnight Stay, Meals, and Special Needs


Welcome Week

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Summer 2017

First-Year and Transfer Students

$155 per student
This fee is billed as a one-time fee on your student account as part of Fall semester fees.


$85 per person
Paid when registering for FOCUS, this fee applies to any guests who choose to accompany students to FOCUS. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund is June 1.

Fees cover:
  • Materials and Resources
  • Orientation Housing (Students Only)
  • Meals
  • Facilities Use
  • Training and Program Support
  • Placement Assessments
  • Student Activities
  • Welcome Week

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