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!

Monitoring COVID-19
Valparaiso University successfully completed Summer 2020 FOCUS orientation in-person, together while exercising the necessary precautions to limit the spread of the virus. We anticipate hosting in-person January FOCUS orientation for mid-year new undergraduates on Friday, January 22, 2021. Spring semester classes begin the following Monday. We also anticipate hosting in-person FOCUS orientation during June 2021 for new undergraduates starting classes in July or August 2021. We continue to operate with guidance from the CDC, and state and local public health. Visit for current Valpo COVID information.

January 2021 FOCUS

January 22, 2021 – Sign-up by January 15

January FOCUS is for new undergraduates who are starting classes on-campus at Valpo in January 2021. This year’s mid-year FOCUS date is Friday, January 22, 2021 with spring semester classes beginning the following Monday. Please note, FOCUS participants coming to Valpo from outside the U.S. will need to complete a 14-day quarantine in the U.S. prior to being able to attend FOCUS.

Register for January FOCUS here before January 15 if you have completed your enrollment deposit.

REMINDER: Complete Placements Now

For those coming to FOCUS on January 22, complete math and world language placement by January 15 or at least one week prior to your class registration appointment, whichever is earlier. They 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.

Summer 2021 FOCUS

Details for Summer 2021 FOCUS new undergraduate orientation will be posted here in March 2021. Currently, in-person FOCUS orientation is anticipated to occur in multiple sessions on campus between June 14-29, 2021. Deposited undergraduates who are starting classes at Valpo in July or August 2021 can prepare for FOCUS orientation now by keeping the June 14-29 timeframe open on their calendar as much as possible to avoid conflicts with new student orientation/class registration. The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, making decisions based on the status of the pandemic. The progress of the pandemic will play a role in determining the format and exact dates of FOCUS new student orientation in Summer 2021.

Summer 2021 – Dates and registration available March 2021

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