Summer 2019 FOCUS Fees

First-Year and Transfer Students – $165 per student
This fee is billed as a one-time fee on your student account for Fall 2019.

Parents/Guests – $85 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 June 3.

Fees help cover:


FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for August FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by June 1, 2019.
Am I required to have my parents attend?
No. 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. FOCUS is designed to provide the most important information both students and parents need at the beginning of your transition to Valpo.
If my family only wants to come to Day 1 of FOCUS, do they need to pay the full amount to attend?
Yes. The full fee is charged per guest whether they choose to be here for part or all of FOCUS.
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend attend FOCUS with me?
No, unless they are also enrolling at Valpo and have pre-registered themselves for the same FOCUS session. FOCUS is about meeting new friends, not spending time with people you already know. Space is limited to new students and immediate family (e.g. parents/guardians/spouses) only.
What should I bring to FOCUS?
Bring a book bag and a tablet or laptop device for class registration. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing layers. Bring an umbrella/rain coat if rain is forecast for your FOCUS session. First-year students will be provided with bed linens, a pillow, and a towel. Please bring overnight toiletries and items, phone charger, small personal fan (for the student residence hall). Transfer students will not need overnight gear unless they plan to stay the night, but the rest of the list applies to transfer students as well.
Do students and parents have meetings together?
Students and parents have two separate schedules throughout FOCUS because they have different FOCUS goals. Throughout both days, 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.
What if I change my mind on a major during the summer?
If students change their minds on a plan of study after FOCUS, or AP credit comes in, then students can change their schedule online during July or early-August. Students also meet with their advisors again on the day before Fall semester classes begin in case schedule changes need to be made. In addition, students can make schedule adjustments during the first few days of classes each semester, after you have gone to class and gotten a feel for the work entailed.
When do I complete my housing preferences and learn my housing information?
Students will complete your housing preferences at the end of your FOCUS session. Residential Life will then do assignments by mid-July. Students will receive their housing/roommate information via Valpo e-mail in mid-July. More details about residence halls and residential life are on their website.
When do I move in?
August move-in is Saturday, August 17. Students will receive an appointment time for move-in in their Valpo e-mail in early August. Your move-in time will be sometime between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on August 17. This helps campus keep traffic moving during the very busy move-in morning. Student athletes in a Fall sport who start pre-season camp before August 17 will find out their move-in date from their coaches sometime in July. Athletes, check with your coaches directly.
What is my address for shipping books/supplies?
The campus Mail Center will assign unit numbers for all residential students in early-August. Students will be able to view their mail unit number on DataVU ( – Students Menu – My Profile. The shipping address format along with other information can be seen on the Mail Services website.


2018-19 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

Registrar’s University 101 FOCUS Presentation

Honor Council Student Orientation August 2017

Student Schedule Planning Grid

Campus Resource Websites


Financial Resources

FOCUS 2018 Billing and Payment Presentation For Students

FOCUS 2018 Billing and Payment Presentation For Parents

Educational Benefit Payment Agreement and Other Forms

Student Account Billing

Student Account Center Introduction Video

Federal Loan Counseling

Finding a Job On Campus

Other Part-Time Jobs


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)


Information Technology

IT Basics

IT Welcome Week Inside Scoop



Valpo Velocity Bike Rentals

CoachUSA Airport Shuttle Schedule

City of Valpo V-Line Bus Routes & Schedules

South Shore Train – V-Line runs to Dune Park on weekends


Faith Resources

Chapel Newsletter – Summer 2018

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

City of Valparaiso Places of Worship


Multicultural Programs Resources

Office of Multicultural Programs Overview



Spring 2019 Commuter Meal Plan Comparison

August 2018 Move-In Instructions – Lankenau, Alumni, and Brandt Halls

August 2018 Move-In Instructions – All Other Areas



More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Overnight Stay, Meals, and Special Needs


Welcome Week

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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