Accommodations

Move-In, Meals, and Special Requests

January FOCUS Information

All new undergraduate domestic first-year and transfer students living on campus move into their residence area on Sunday, January 5. Check in at the front desk of your residence hall between noon and 6 p.m., then move your belongings into your room. There are no orientation activities on Sunday so you have time to settle into your room. If you decide to move in on Monday, January 6, you may do so after FOCUS.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying FOCUS materials;
  • A laptop to make sure you are connected to campus wifi and to search for classes; the device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Clothing layers to prepare for very cold outdoor and warm indoor conditions;
  • Winter coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and comfortable walking shoes or boots. We will be walking between buildings in the cold whether it is sunny or snowing.

All new undergraduate international students need to arrive in Valparaiso on Wednesday or Thursday, January 1 or 2. If you are living on campus, you move into your residence area on those days. More international student travel information is online here. International students must attend mandatory International Student Orientation hosted by the Office of International Programs on Friday, January 3 and again, after FOCUS, on Tuesday, January 7. More information about International Student Orientation is online here. All new undergraduate first-year, transfer, and visiting students attend FOCUS university orientation on Monday, January 6.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
    A laptop to make sure you are connected to campus wifi and to search for classes; the device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Clothing layers to prepare for very cold outdoor and warm indoor conditions;
  • Winter coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and comfortable walking shoes or boots. We will be walking between buildings in the cold whether it is sunny or snowing.

Parents/Guardians or any other guests of students participating in FOCUS should make their overnight arrangements off campus for the day(s) surrounding FOCUS. There are a variety of local lodging options near campus. Many local hotels offer a Valpo discount if you call to make the reservation and tell them that you’re attending a university event.

Meals

Meals included for all registered FOCUS participants include a light breakfast, buffet lunch, and dinner. Lunch and dinner occur in Founders Table.

Special Requests

Students or parents/guardians 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 Spring weekend in late-March or April may be a better time to visit campus.

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

June FOCUS Information

All first-year students, including commuters, stay on campus between Day 1 and Day 2 of FOCUS. This is a wonderful opportunity, and one of the few times in the busy FOCUS schedule, to socialize and start to make friends with your new classmates. Students are not permitted to leave campus at any time during the 1.5 day session.

The only exceptions to the overnight requirement are: 

  • Students who are married; or
  • Students who are a military veteran; or
  • Students who are 22 years old or older; or
  • Students who have a dependent child for whom they provide primary care; or
  • Students who are participating in a late-night religious observance (e.g. Ramadan breaking of fast); or
  • Students who have provided documentation of a physical or mental health condition to the Access and Accommodation Resource Center (AARC) prior to FOCUS and the AARC has communicated a housing exemption accommodation to the orientation staff;

First-year students stay with another new student in one of Valpo’s first-year residence halls. Each floor consists of two wings of double rooms down a hallway corridor. Restrooms are located on each wing of each floor. Showers are private and located within the restrooms. Bed linens, pillow, and towel are provided. First-year residence halls are not air-conditioned so one fan will be provided per room for June FOCUS.

Please bring the following to June FOCUS:

  • Personal toiletries for overnight stay
  • Phone charger, especially if using your phone as your alarm
  • A reusable water bottle to use at fill stations throughout campus
  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • A laptop for advising; the device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Umbrella/rain gear if rain is in the forecast
  • Clothing layers to prepare for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Transfer students should bring everything on the list above except overnight items. The FOCUS program for transfer students is complete on Day 1 so transfer students do not need to stay overnight on campus. If transfer students attending June FOCUS wish to stay overnight in the residence hall, please e-mail first.year@valpo.edu at least 3 days before your FOCUS session. If transfer students wish to stay in Valparaiso before or after FOCUS, they may also make arrangements on their own with a local hotel.

CONTACT US

Student Affairs
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413
first.year@valpo.edu

Brandi Kneifel
Administrative Assistant

Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs