For First-Year Students and Parents/Guardians:
The FOCUS program is 1.5 days long for first-year students and their parents/guardians. Students and parents experience different schedules during FOCUS, but the start and end time of the program is the same for both groups. The day begins with check-in at 8:15 a.m. Central Standard Time on Day 1. The schedule features Valpo resources, placement exams for students, a spotlight on academics for parents/guardians, information from current Valpo students, and more!
Students, including those who intend to commute during the school year, stay overnight in a residence hall between Day 1 and Day 2 with activities occurring late into the evening. Day 2 features additional resource information for parents while students attend academic advising and course registration. The FOCUS experience ends after lunch on Day 2.
For Transfer Students:
Transfer students complete orientation on Day 1 of each FOCUS session. Day 1 begins at 9 a.m. with Valpo resource information and continues into the afternoon with academic advising and course registration. Transfer students are generally finished with their FOCUS experience by 4 p.m. on Day 1, though they are welcome to continue to participate in any additional FOCUS activities offered throughout the first day.