January FOCUS For New Undergraduate Students and Parents/Guardians:

January FOCUS is a one-day session for all new undergraduate domestic and international first-year, transfer, and visiting students and their parents/guardians. Students spend time learning about campus resources, learning their way around campus, discovering co-curricular opportunities, getting to know each other, and completing class registration. Family members learn about campus resources. 

January 2020 Schedules

Domestic Undergraduate Student Schedule

International Undergraduate Student Schedule

Parent/Guardian/Guest Schedule



June FOCUS For 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.

All students, including commuters, stay overnight in a residence hall between Day 1 and Day 2 with activities occurring late 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 after lunch on Day 2.

June 2019 FOCUS Schedules (2020 will be similar):

First-Year Student Schedule

Parent/Guest Schedule


June FOCUS For 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.

June 2019 FOCUS Schedule (2020 will be similar):

Transfer Student Schedule




More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Move-In, Meals, and Special Requests

Resources, Fees, and FAQs

Welcome Week

See the Academic Calendar for important dates for the 2019-20 school year.

Fraternity and Sorority recruitment begins January 6 for new transfer students interested in joining one of Valpo's 17 chapters. Transfer students must have completed at least 12 college/university credits with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average to be eligible. First-year students may consider recruitment in their second semester at Valpo. 

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