New student orientation

FOCUS New Student Orientation

Valpo students repeatedly share what a positive impact FOCUS has on their start to life at Valpo. It helps them feel more comfortable, learn more about their academic programs, find their way around campus, and discover resources they didn’t even know existed before coming to FOCUS. FOCUS is required of all new students and is highly recommended for parents/guardians of first-year students.
We can’t wait to meet you at FOCUS!

January 2021 Mid-Year FOCUS

For students starting at Valpo spring semester 2021; Check back here in November for the winter FOCUS date for mid-year new students.

Summer 2020 FOCUS

For students starting at Valpo August 2020

Monitoring COVID-19
Valparaiso University successfully completed July FOCUS orientation in-person, together while exercising the necessary precautions to continue to limit the spread of the virus. The August FOCUS date is Tuesday, August 11 in order to accommodate the University’s adjusted Fall 2020 academic calendar. Welcome Week for all new students will begins on Wednesday, August 12. We continue to operate with guidance from the CDC, state and local public health, and the State of Indiana. Visit for the University’s comprehensive COVID-19 plans and up-to-date University communications.

Register for FOCUS here if you have completed your enrollment deposit.

  • July 6 – Complete
  • July 8 – Complete
  • July 10 – Complete
  • July 13 – Complete
  • July 15 – Complete
  • July 17 – Complete
  • August 11– Complete


Math and world language placement can be completed online now.

Placements determine at what level you begin instruction in that subject at Valpo. See the Placement Assessments page for more information and links to do your assessments.

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Contact Us
(+1) 219.464.5413
Brandi Kneifel, Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert, Assistant Dean of Students

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