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

2016 Schedules to be announced by March 1, 2016.


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Move-In Day for Fall 2016 is Saturday, August 20!

2016-17 Academic Calendar

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