New student orientation

Overnight Stay, Meals, Other Needs

June FOCUS Information

The FOCUS overnight stay is an outstanding opportunity, and one of the only times during the busy FOCUS schedule, for students to relax while getting to know new classmates better. All first-year students, including commuters, stay on campus between Day 1 and Day 2 of FOCUS. Please see the sections below for more details regarding overnight accommodations.

All first-year students, including commuters, stay on campus between Day 1 and Day 2 of FOCUS. The FOCUS schedule is busy well into the evening. Now is your time to relax, have fun, make some new friends, and enjoy campus after dark. First-year 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
  • An additional fan if the weather is particularly warm for your session
  • 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

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 email 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.

Transfer students, please bring the following to June FOCUS:

  • 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

If you would like to stay overnight on campus with the first-year students, please see the residence hall details in the first-year student section. Email us at first.year@valpo.edu to let us know to plan for you. In addition to the list of things to bring above, plan to also bring:

  • Personal toiletries for overnight stay
  • An additional fan if the weather is particularly warm for your session
  • Phone charger, especially if using your phone as your alarm

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.

For All Participants

Meals

Meals included for all registered FOCUS participants include a light breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner on Day 1; buffet breakfast and lunch on Day 2. All but the first breakfast 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 Fall weekend like Family Weekend 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.

August FOCUS Information

International students arrive in Valparaiso on Sunday or Monday, August 16 or 17. You’ll attend International Student Orientation on Tuesday through Thursday, August 18-20 and then come to FOCUS on Friday, August 21.

Domestic students move into their residence hall on Thursday night, August 20 or on Friday night after the FOCUS session is complete. FOCUS is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, August 21.

Student Affairs
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