First-Year Students and Parents/Guardians
January FOCUS is a day-long event for new first-year students and their parents/guardians/family member(s). At FOCUS, 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 will start to get to know your way around campus, meet new friends, start to learn about campus resources, and register for classes (or make schedule changes from a prior phone/virtual registration, if needed).
The FOCUS parent/guardian schedule emphasizes information and resources to direct students when they need help during their time at Valpo. It is a full day of sessions with optional dinner on campus.
January FOCUS is a 1-day experience during which transfer students have a full day of sessions. Sessions focus on resources and tools unique to Valpo that you need to know. Academic advising and course registration occurs in the afternoon along with the opportunity to take care of business with campus offices.
As a transfer student, we know you already have some college experience. FOCUS creates an opportunity for you to figure out how your Valpo experience will be different from your prior collegiate experience.
Summer 2021 FOCUS
Details for Summer 2021 FOCUS new undergraduate orientation will be posted here by March 2021. Currently, in-person FOCUS orientation is anticipated to occur in multiple sessions on campus between June 14-29, 2021. Deposited undergraduates who are starting classes at Valpo in July or August 2021 can prepare for FOCUS orientation now by keeping the June 14-29 timeframe open on their calendar as much as possible to avoid conflicts with new student orientation/class registration. The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, making decisions based on the status of the pandemic. The progress of the pandemic will play a role in determining the format and exact dates of FOCUS new student orientation in Summer 2021.
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs