2017-18 Resources for Families


Academics and Campus Resources

University General Catalog

Student Guide to University Life

Registrar’s University 101 FOCUS Presentation

Student Schedule Planning Grid

Campus Resource Websites

Honor Council Student Orientation 2017


Financial Resources:

Student Account Billing

Student Account Center Introduction Video

Finding a Job On Campus

Tax Paperwork For Your Job On Campus

Other Part-Time Jobs

Federal Loan Counseling

Educational Benefit Payment Agreement and Other Forms


Health and Counseling:

Health Center Information

Student Health Insurance Information and Waiver Process

Student Health Form

Counseling Services

Supporting Your Crusader FOCUS Presentation


Information Technology:

IT FOCUS Presentation

IT Basics 2017

IT Welcome Week Inside Scoop

IT Quick Links & Resources – Fall 2017


Faith Resources

Chapel Newsletter – Summer 2017

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

City of Valparaiso Places of Worship


Multicultural Programs Resources

Office of Multicultural Programs Overview – Summer 2017

Office of Multicultural Programs Student Organizations – Summer 2017


General College Transition Resources

For Students

For Parents



How to Mail Packages to Students

CoachUSA Airport Shuttle Schedule



January FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for August FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by January 3, 2018.
Am I required to have my parents attend?
No. FOCUS is required for new students; Parents/guardians of first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend, especially if you are the first student in the family to attend Valpo. FOCUS is designed to provide the most important information both students and parents need at the beginning of your transition to Valpo.
What should I bring to FOCUS?
Bring a book bag and a tablet or laptop device for class registration. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring winter coat, hat, gloves, and boots since it is very cold in Valpo in January and we will be walking outside between buildings.
When do I arrive on campus?
International students arrive on Thursday, 4 January. Domestic students living on campus move into their residence area on Sunday, January 7, between 12 and 6 p.m. Check in directly at your residence area. Domestic commuting students arrive on campus Monday morning for FOCUS. All students check in for FOCUS at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, January 8.
Where do I park on campus for August FOCUS?
Park in Lot 14 near Harre Union for FOCUS. Students with cars should be sure to purchase your parking permit during FOCUS to avoid parking fines the first week of classes.
Do students and parents attend meetings together?
Students and parents have 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. Meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes are part of the FOCUS program. We have made the appointment for you. For those who completed registration by phone in December, you can meet your advisor in person and do a quick check of your class schedule during FOCUS. All others will complete academic advising and class registration during FOCUS.
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.
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?
Housing assignments are sent to your Valpo e-mail address after December 1 if you have paid your enrollment deposit (See Step 1 at https://www.valpo.edu/admission/undergrad/admitted/).
When will I receive my Valpo e-mail log-in?
Your Valpo e-mail log-in information is sent by Information Technology to the personal e-mail address you entered on your FOCUS registration form within two business days after you received your FOCUS confirmation e-mail. Be sure to check your junk or spam e-mail if you do not see if in your inbox. Valpo uses Gmail for e-mail so you can access your account at gmail.com or through the Gmail app. If you cannot find your Valpo e-mail log-in information, contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.
When do I start school in January?
All new students (residential and commuter, first-year and transfer, domestic and international) attend FOCUS on Monday, January 8. Classes begin on Wednesday, January 10. This gives you a business day between orientation and the start of classes to take care of Valpo-related items with campus offices, purchase books, etc. The Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.


More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Overnight Stay, Meals, and Special Needs


Welcome Week

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January 2018

First-Year and Transfer Students

$50 per student
This fee is billed as a one-time fee on your student account.


$40 per person
Paid when registering for FOCUS, this fee applies to any guests who accompany students to FOCUS. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund is January 2.

Summer 2018

Fees to be announced by February 1; 2017 fees were $155 for students and $85 per parent/guest

Fees cover:

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
Linda Redelman
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs