August FOCUS Information

Domestic Students

All new undergraduate domestic freshmen and transfer students attending August FOCUS who are living on campus this year move into their residence area on Thursday night, August 15. Check in at the front desk of your residence hall between 6 and 9 p.m., then move your belongings into your room. If you decide to move in on Friday, August 16, you may do so between 4-5 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. by checking in at your residence hall front desk.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • A reusable water bottle – there are fill stations throughout campus
  • A tablet or laptop for advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Umbrella/rain gear if rain is forecasted
  • Clothing layers to prepare for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside

International Students

All new undergraduate international students need to arrive in Valparaiso on Sunday or Monday, August 11 or 12. If you are living on campus this year, you move into your residence area on those days. More international student travel information is online here. International students must attend mandatory International Student Orientation hosted by the Office of International Programs on Tuesday through Thursday, August 13-15. More information about International Student Orientation is online here. All new undergraduate freshmen, transfer, and visiting students attend FOCUS university orientation on Friday, August 16.

Please bring the following to FOCUS:

  • Book bag for carrying registration materials
  • A reusable water bottle – there are fill stations throughout campus
  • A tablet or laptop for advising – The device can be older and/or borrowed. It does not need to be new.
  • Umbrella/rain gear if rain is forecasted
  • Clothing layers to prepare for air-conditioning inside and hot weather outside

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 included for all registered FOCUS participants include a light breakfast, buffet lunch, and dinner.

Special Needs

Students or parents/guardians with special needs should notify FOCUS staff at 219-464-5413 at least 3 business days prior to arriving to make arrangements for reasonable accommodations.

Please note that FOCUS requires much walking around campus and between buildings. Family members who are not able to walk a mile or more over the course of a day will find that FOCUS is not the best time to visit campus. For those in this situation, Family Weekend in the Fall may be a better time to visit campus.

Students: Contact the Access and Accommodations Resource Center before FOCUS if you need accommodations related to housing, classes, or transportation.

 

 

June FOCUS Information

First-Year Students

All first-year students, including commuters, 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

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 had an IEP in high school or accommodations at another college/university. Send your documentation to the AARC as far in advance of FOCUS as possible to aid a 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