New student orientation

FOCUS New Undergraduate 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. It is also where new students register for classes, request a roommate, and more! 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 2023 FOCUS

We are so excited to have you join the Valparaiso University community starting with the Spring 2023 semester! As you begin to get ready for your journey at Valparaiso University, FOCUS (new student orientation) will be one of your first steps on campus.

January FOCUS is for new undergraduates who are starting classes on-campus at Valpo in January 2023. This year’s mid-year FOCUS date is Monday, January 9, 2023, with spring semester classes beginning the following Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

REMINDER: Complete Placements Now For those coming to FOCUS on January 9, complete math and world language placement by January 3 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

June 2023 FOCUS

FOCUS orientation is anticipated to occur in multiple sessions on campus between June 9-16, 2023. Deposited undergraduates who are starting classes at Valpo in July or August 2023 can prepare for FOCUS orientation now by keeping the June 9-16 timeframe open on their calendar as much as possible to avoid conflicts with new student orientation/class registration.

Registration for June 2023 FOCUS will open in March 2023.

Friday, June 9, 2023

Monday, June 12, 2023

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Friday, June 16, 2023

August 2023 FOCUS

We encourage all students to attend June FOCUS as this allows you to have enough time to get ready for your journey at Valparaiso University. We do host an August FOCUS for our incoming students that live more than 500 miles away. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. CST (same time as Chicago) with scheduled activities running through 4:30 p.m. – continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided!

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Ryan Bye, Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs
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