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.

First-Year Student Schedule
Parent/Guardian Schedule


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.

Transfer Student Schedule


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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