Scroll down for 2019-20 Resources For Families

January 2020* FOCUS Fees

First-Year and Transfer Students – $50 per student
This fee is billed as a one-time first-year programs fee on your student account for Spring 2020.

Parents/Guests – $40 per person
Paid when registering for FOCUS, this fee applies to anyone who accompanies a student to FOCUS. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund is January 2.

Fees help cover:

*June 2020 fees will be posted here by February 2020.


January FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for January FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by January 2, 2020. The sooner your do this, the more time you will have to take care of business prior to starting at Valpo so that your first weeks here are less stressful.
Am I required to have my parents attend?
No. FOCUS is designed to provide the most important information both students and parents need at the beginning of your transition to Valpo. FOCUS is required for new students; Parents/guardians of first-year students are advised to attend but are not required to attend. If Parents/guardians or other guests wish to attend FOCUS, they must be registered participants. They can add themselves to your registration record by calling Student Affairs at 219-464-5413 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-Noon or 1-5 p.m. Please note, the university is closed December 24 through January 1 for the holidays.
What should I bring to FOCUS?
Bring a book bag and laptop for class registration. Please wear a warm winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf, and sturdy shoes or boots for walking between campus buildings. Wear clothing layers so you can adjust easily to warm indoor and cold outdoor temperatures.
Do students and parents have meetings together?
Students and parents have two separate schedules throughout FOCUS because they have different FOCUS goals. Throughout the day, some sessions are attended jointly while others are held separately.
Do I need to set up an appointment with an academic advisor before orientation?
No. For students, meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes are part of the FOCUS program. We have arranged this meeting between students and advisors.
What if I am undecided regarding a major?
Then you’re exploratory! It’s great to explore a variety of academic areas to try to determine what fits you best. You will meet with an exploratory advisor who can help you select classes that fulfill graduation requirements and explore a variety of interest areas. You should plan to take GS 150 – Exploratory Studies during which you’ll learn about your own skills, abilities, interests, and values and which academic areas may be a best fit.
Will my parents be with me when I schedule classes?
No. Parents/guardians are not in attendance during academic advising and registration because they have their own work to do within their own FOCUS schedule. The FOCUS academic advisors are specially trained to work with a variety of students to help you select an appropriate course schedule. Our academic advisors are the people who understand the nuances of scheduling that cannot be found in course catalog lists so they are the best people with whom to work to build the appropriate schedule. Plus, every class that is available for registration at FOCUS gets you closer to graduation.
When will I receive my housing information?
Students living on campus receive residence hall assignments via their Valpo email (access through or Gmail app) starting in late-November if you have completed your enrollment deposit before then. Housing assignments continue to be sent to new students within a week after you complete your enrollment deposit through early January.  Move-in for new undergraduate international students is Wednesday or Thursday, January 1 or 2. Move-in for new undergraduate domestic students is Sunday, January 5. See the Residential Life website for more details.

2019-20 Resources for Families


Academics and Campus Resources

University General Catalog – Degree Requirements, Class Listings, Academic Policies

Student Guide to University Life – Student Handbook, Resources, Policies

Honor Code Video

Honor Council Overview

Student Schedule Planning Grid

Campus Resource Websites


Financial Resources

Student Accounts 2019 FOCUS Video Presentation

Student Account Billing

Federal Loan Counseling

Finding a Job On Campus


Health and Counseling

Student Health Insurance Information and Waiver Process

Health Center Information

Student Health Form

Counseling Services

Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) Counseling (provided by Valpo)

Other Online Therapy Options (outside of Valpo)


Technology, Training, & Career Prep

IT Basics

IT FOCUS 2019 Overview Video 

Training by LinkedIn Learning (

Career Center 2019 FOCUS Presentation

2019 IT Welcome Week Presentation



Valpo Velocity Bike Rentals

City of Valpo V-Line Bus

Valpo Connect Bus to South Shore Train

South Shore Train (Dune Park) to Chicago (Millenium Station) 

CoachUSA Airport Shuttle Schedule


Faith Resources

Chapel Newsletter – Summer 2019

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

City of Valparaiso Places of Worship


Multicultural Programs Resources

Office of Multicultural Programs Overview



August 2019 Move-In Instructions – Lankenau, Alumni, and Brandt Halls

August 2019 Move-In Instructions – All Other Areas



More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Move-In, Meals, and Special Requests


Welcome Week


Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar shows all important dates for the school year, including breaks from classes.

Contact Us

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