New student orientation



First-Year Students and Parents/Guardians

June FOCUS is 1.5 days long for first-year students and parents/guardians. Students spend their time preparing for class registration, learning their way around campus, discovering co-curricular opportunities, and getting to know each other. Family members learn about campus resources so they can help their students with the transition to college.

All first-year students, including commuters, stay overnight in a residence hall between Day 1 and Day 2 with activities occurring into the night. Day 2 features additional resource information for family members while students handle academic advising and registration with our academic advising team. The FOCUS experience ends on the afternoon of Day 2.

June 2020 First-Year Student Schedule


The June FOCUS parent/guest schedule emphasizes information and resources to direct students when they need help during their time at Valpo. Day 1 is a full day of sessions through dinner, giving time after dinner for parents/guests to relax, explore the city of Valparaiso, or catch up on work while the students continue into the evening. Day 2 is more relaxed with sessions until lunch and a few activities, most of which are optional, in the afternoon.

June 2020 Parent/Guest Schedule


Transfer Students

Transfer students complete orientation on Day 1 of each June FOCUS session. The morning focuses on resources and tools unique to Valpo that you need to know. Academic advising and course registration occurs in the afternoon, followed by the opportunity to take care of business with campus offices.

Transfer students are generally finished with their FOCUS experience by 4 p.m. on Day 1, though you are welcome to continue to participate in FOCUS activities occurring into the evening if you wish. If you’d like to stay overnight in the residence hall with first-year students, email at least three business days before your FOCUS session to arrange housing.

June 2020 Transfer Student Schedule

August FOCUS

It is strongly recommended that all new students attend June FOCUS. However, if it is not possible to come in June due to visa restrictions or other challenges, new students need to attend August FOCUS. This year’s session is on Friday, August 21. The day begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m. Schedule details will be posted here by July. NCAA athletes whose sports are in pre-season in August (football, soccer, volleyball) who did not attend June FOCUS need to plan to attend August FOCUS. International students attend International Student Orientation in addition to August FOCUS.


Student Affairs
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413

Brandi Kneifel
Administrative Assistant

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