New student orientation

What to Bring, Meals, and Other Needs

Summer FOCUS Information

Please see the sections below for more details regarding what to bring to FOCUS, local lodging and more.

First-year students will park in Lot 14 and check in at Harre Union the morning of their FOCUS session. The FOCUS session is done in the early evening. Students who are from outside the local area are encouraged to make a trip of the FOCUS experience by staying overnight in the area*, utilizing the time around FOCUS to explore the city of Valparaiso and the nearby Indiana Dunes.

 

Please bring the following to summer FOCUS:

  • A face mask – must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times on campus except in your own residence hall room or in the shower or when actively eating/drinking**
  • A personal bottle of hand sanitizer if you’d like to always have some with you
  • A reusable water bottle to use at fill stations throughout campus
  • A book bag for carrying registration materials
  • A pencil for creating and reworking schedule drafts
  • A laptop for advising; the device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • An umbrella/rain coat if rain is in the forecast for your session
  • Clothing layers for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals

*Students who are traveling by themselves from more than 2.5 hours away who don’t have anywhere else to stay may spend the night on campus the night before/after your FOCUS session. If this applies to you, and you need housing, please email first.year@valpo.edu at least 1 week prior to your FOCUS session.

**COVID precaution as of March 2021; information will be updated as needed closer to FOCUS.

Transfer students will park in Lot 14 and check in at Harre Union the morning of their FOCUS session. The FOCUS session is done in the early evening. Students who are from outside the local area are encouraged to make a trip of the FOCUS experience by staying overnight in the area*, utilizing the time around FOCUS to explore the city of Valparaiso and the nearby Indiana Dunes.

 

Please bring the following to summer FOCUS:

  • A face mask – must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times on campus except in your own residence hall room or in the shower or when actively eating/drinking**
  • A personal bottle of hand sanitizer if you’d like to always have some with you
  • A reusable water bottle to use at fill stations throughout campus
  • A book bag for carrying registration materials
  • A pencil for creating and reworking schedule drafts
  • A laptop for advising; the device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • An umbrella/rain coat if rain is in the forecast for your session
  • Clothing layers for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals

*Students who are traveling by themselves from more than 2.5 hours away who don’t have anywhere else to stay may spend the night on campus the night before/after your FOCUS session. If this applies to you, and you need housing, please email first.year@valpo.edu at least 1 week prior to your FOCUS session.

**COVID precaution as of March 2021; information will be updated as needed closer to FOCUS.

Families will park in Lot 14 when arriving on campus for FOCUS. Students will check in their pre-registered parents/guardians/family members at Harre Union. Families that are from outside the local area are encouraged to make a trip of the FOCUS experience by staying overnight in the area, utilizing the time around FOCUS to explore the city of Valparaiso and the nearby Indiana Dunes.

 

Please bring the following to summer FOCUS:

  • A face mask – must be worn over the nose and mouth by visitors and family members at all times on campus except when actively eating/drinking*
  • A personal bottle of hand sanitizer if you’d like to always have some with you
  • An umbrella/rain coat if rain is in the forecast for your session
  • Clothing layers for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals

*COVID precaution as of March 2021; information will be updated as needed closer to FOCUS.

 

 

For All Participants

Meals

Dining included for all registered FOCUS participants include breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner, along with refreshments. Meals occur in Founders Table, the main dining hall which accommodates the most common dietary needs.

Special Requests

Students and their attendees with special requests should notify FOCUS staff at 219.464.5413 at least 3 business days prior to arriving. We will do our best to work with you.

Please note that FOCUS requires much walking around campus and between buildings. Family members who are not able to walk a mile or more over the course of a day will find that FOCUS is not the best time to visit campus. For those in this situation, a weekend during the school year is a better time to visit campus.

Students: Contact the Access and Accommodations Resource Center before FOCUS if you seek accommodations related to housing, classes, or transportation.

Contact Us
first.year@valpo.edu
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