Undergraduate International Students

All new international students arrive in Valparaiso on Thursday, 4 January, to attend International Student Orientation on 5 January. You will go to International Student Orientation before attending FOCUS University Orientation.

Undergraduate international students living on campus move into their residence area on Thursday, 4 January. International students commuting to campus come to campus the morning of 5 January for International Student Orientation.

All undergraduate international students attend FOCUS University Orientation on Monay, 8 January, starting at 8:45 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Undergraduate Domestic Students

All undergraduate freshmen and transfer students participating in FOCUS who are living on campus this year move into their residence area on Sunday afternoon, January 7, between 12-6 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Check in at the front desk of your residence area during this time to obtain your key and to move in your belongings. There are no FOCUS activities on Sunday so you have the day to get settled into your room.

All commuting students participating in FOCUS come to campus the morning of January 8, starting at 8:45 a.m. CST, to attend FOCUS.

All Students – Bring to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying FOCUS orientation materials
  • A tablet or laptop for class advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Clothing layers
  • Winter coat, hat, gloves, boots – It can be warm inside buildings but very cold outside walking between buildings.
  • Comfortable walking shoes


Parents/Guardians or any other guests of students participating in FOCUS should make their overnight arrangements off campus for the day or days surrounding their FOCUS orientation session. There are a variety of local lodging options near campus.

When arranging overnight accommodations, be sure to mention that you are attending an event at Valparaiso University as many hotels offer a special university discount.

All Participants:


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

Special Needs

Students or parents/guardians with special needs should notify FOCUS staff at 219-464-5413 prior to arriving to make arrangements for appropriate accommodations.

Contact the Access Resource Center  (dss@valpo.edu) before FOCUS if you have particular residential living, academic, or other accommodation needs.


More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments


Resources, Fees, and FAQs

Welcome Week

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Local Lodging Options

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


Contact the Access Resource Center  (dss@valpo.edu) before FOCUS if you need accommodations. If you had an IEP in high school or accommodations at another college/university, now is a good time to share that documentation with Valpo.

Getting Here:

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Contact Us

Student Affairs
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413
Linda Redelman
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs