January FOCUS Information

 

Domestic Students

All new undergraduate domestic freshman and transfer students attending living on campus move into their residence area on Sunday, January 6. Check in at the front desk of your residence hall between noon and 6 p.m., then move your belongings into your room. There are no orientation activities on Sunday so you have time to settle into your room. If you decide to move in on Monday, January 7, you may do so after FOCUS by checking in at the front desk of your residence area.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying FOCUS materials
  • A tablet or laptop for advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Clothing layers to prepare for very cold outdoor and warm indoor conditions.
  • Winter coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and comfortable walking shoes or boots. We will be walking between buildings in the cold whether it is sunny or snowing.

International Students

All new international students need to arrive in Valparaiso on Thursday, January 3. If you are living on campus, you move into your residence area when you arrive. More international student travel information is online here. International students must attend mandatory International Student Orientation hosted by the International Programs Office on Friday, January 4. More information about International Student Orientation is online here. All new undergraduate international freshman and transfer students attend FOCUS university orientation on Monday, January 7.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying FOCUS materials
  • A tablet or laptop for advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Clothing layers to prepare for very cold outdoor and warm indoor conditions.
  • Winter coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and comfortable walking shoes or boots. We will be walking between buildings in the cold whether it is sunny or snowing.

Parents/Guardians

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.

All Participants:

Meals

Meals provided to all registered FOCUS participants include light breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Special Needs

Contact the Access and Accommodations Resource Center if you are a student who needs accommodations related to housing, placement testing, classes, or transportation.

If students or parents/guardians have any special needs beyond those mentioned above, please notify FOCUS staff at 219-464-5413 or first.year@valpo.edu at least two business days prior to arriving to make arrangements for reasonable accommodations.

 

 

June FOCUS for First-Year Students

All first-year students, including those who intend to live at home as a commuter during the school year, stay on campus between Day 1 and Day 2 of FOCUS. This is a wonderful opportunity, and one of the few times in the busy FOCUS schedule, to socialize and start to make friends with your new classmates. Because FOCUS is an important academic and social experience, 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;

Freshman 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 FOCUS.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Personal toiletries for overnight stay
  • Phone charger – especially if using your phone as your alarm
  • A reusable water bottle – there are fill stations throughout campus
  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • A tablet or laptop for advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new. The device is only needed on Day 2 of FOCUS.
  • Umbrella/rain gear if rain is forecasted
  • Clothing layers to prepare for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside
  • Comfortable walking shoes

June FOCUS for Transfer Students

Transfer students should bring everything on the list above except overnight items. 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 e-mail 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.

 

 

More Information:

FOCUS Home

Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Schedule

Resources, Fees, and FAQs

Welcome Week

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Parents/Guardians

Local Lodging Options

Parents/Guardians are responsible for arranging their own lodging and for any lodging charges.


Students

Contact the Access and Accommodations Resource Center (AARC) before FOCUS if you need housing accommodations. If you had an IEP in high school or accommodations at another college/university, now is a good time to send documentation to the AARC to ensure seamless transition.


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Contact Us

Student Affairs
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413
first.year@valpo.edu
Brandi Kneifel
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs