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!

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 FOCUS orientation during June 2021 for new undergraduates starting classes in July or August. We continue to operate with guidance from state and local public health. Visit for current Valpo COVID information.

June 2021 FOCUS

June 2021 FOCUS is for new undergraduates who will start Valpo classes in July or August 2021. The first step to join us at Valpo is to complete your enrollment deposit. Then, you’ll be able to sign up for an open FOCUS spot. 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 the FOCUS format and COVID precautions that will be required for all new students and their family members/guests.

June 2021 – Registration now open for all sessions (first come, first served)

August 2021 FOCUS

It is strongly recommended that all new students attend FOCUS in June. However, if it is not possible to come earlier due to visa restrictions or other challenges, new undergraduate students need to attend August FOCUS. International students attend International Student Orientation in addition to August FOCUS.

Wednesday, August 18 – Registration now open

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Contact Us
(+1) 219.464.5413
Brandi Kneifel, Administrative Assistant in Student Life
Ryan Bye, Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs
Carolyn Whittier, Assistant Vice President of Student Life

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