New student orientation

Move-In, Meals, & What to Bring

Quarantine Requirement

FOCUS Participants Traveling to the U.S.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FOCUS participants coming from outside the United States to Valpo must quarantine in the U.S. for 14 days prior to participating in campus activities or attending class in person. In order to be able to attend FOCUS orientation, FOCUS participants need to be in the U.S. beginning quarantine by January 7. If students have family or friends in the U.S. with whom they can stay for the quarantine period, they are strongly encouraged to do so. If they do not, then the student needs to contact Residential Life (reslife@valpo.edu) to check on the availability of potential quarantine housing options. Family members traveling with students must arrange their own accommodations for quarantine off campus.

January FOCUS Information

Please see the sections below for more details regarding move-in and what to bring to FOCUS.

If you are living on campus this year, and are traveling to campus from inside the U.S., you can move into your residence hall on Thursday, January 21. Watch your email for details from Residential Life regarding exact check-in times and procedures. If you are commuting to campus this year, come to campus Friday morning, January 22, at 8:30 a.m. for FOCUS check-in. Families travelling from a distance who would like to stay in the area will find many local lodging options. International students should follow the guidance from the Office of International Programs regarding move-in and International Student Orientation beyond FOCUS university orientation.

 

Please bring the following to January FOCUS:

  • A face mask – must be worn at all times on campus except in your own residence hall room or in the shower
  • A personal bottle of hand sanitizer if you’d like to always have some with you
  • 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.
  • Clothing layers 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.

If you are living on campus this year, and traveling to Valpo from inside the U.S., you can move into your residence hall on Thursday, January 21. Watch your email for details from Residential Life regarding exact check-in times and procedures. If you are commuting to campus this year, come to campus Friday morning, January 22, at 8 a.m. for FOCUS check-in. Families travelling from a distance who would like to stay in the area will find many local lodging options. International students should follow the guidance from the Office of International Programs regarding move-in and International Student Orientation beyond FOCUS university orientation.

 

Please bring the following to January FOCUS:

  • A face mask – must be worn at all times on campus except in your own residence hall room or in the shower
  • A personal bottle of hand sanitizer if you’d like to always have some with you
  • 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.
  • Clothing layers 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.

Students will check their registered parents/guardians/family members in for FOCUS during morning check-in on the day of their orientation. Parents/Guardians/Family Members traveling to Valpo from outside the U.S. are subject to the same 14-day quarantine requirement as students. Parents/guardians/family members who need to quarantine must find their own accommodations off-campus.

 

Please bring the following to January FOCUS:

  • A face mask – must be worn by visitors and family members at all times on campus
  • A personal bottle of hand sanitizer if you’d like to always have some with you
  • Clothing layers 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. Families who wish to extend their stay to explore the area will find helpful resources at southshorecva.com and swmichigan.org.

 

 

For All Participants

Meals

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

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 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.

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

CONTACT US

Brandi Kneifel
Administrative Assistant

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