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January FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions
|What is the last day to sign up for August FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by January 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.-5 p.m. Please note: The university is closed December 22 through January 2 for the holidays.
|What should I bring to FOCUS?
Bring a book bag and a tablet or laptop device for class registration. Please wear a winter coat, hat, gloves, and sturdy shoes or boots for walking between campus buildings. Clothing layers will be useful for warm buildings and the cold outdoor temps.
|Do students and parents have meetings together?
Students and parents have two separate schedules throughout FOCUS because they have different goals to complete by the end of FOCUS. Throughout the day, 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 made the appointment for you.
|What if I am undecided regarding a major?
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 is specially trained to assist you in choosing classes that fulfill graduation requirements while also allowing you to explore a variety of interest areas. You’ll also be advised to take the exploratory class 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 excellent 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.
|When will I receive my housing information?
Students who will be living on campus will receive residence hall assignments via e-mail beginning in late-November. Move-in for new undergraduate international students living on campus is Thursday, January 4. Move-in for new undergraduate domestic students (freshman and transfer) is Sunday, January 6. More details about residential life are on their 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
Health and Counseling
South Shore Train – V-Line runs to Dune Park on weekends
Multicultural Programs Resources
General College Transition Resources
First-Year Program Fees
First-Year and Transfer Students
$50 per student*
This fee is billed as a one-time fee on your student account for Spring 2019 after the drop/add period in January 2019.
$40 per person*
Paid when registering for FOCUS, this fee applies to any guests who accompany students to January FOCUS. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund is January 2.
- Materials and Resources
- Orientation Housing (Students Only)
- Facilities Use
- Training and Program Support
- Placement Assessments
- Student Activities
- Welcome Week
*June 2019 fees will be posted in Winter 2019
The Academic Calendar shows all important dates for the school year, including breaks from classes.