FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day to sign up for June FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by June 1, 2018.
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. 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 parent/guardian 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. 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. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring an umbrella/rain coat if rain is forecast for your FOCUS session and wear clothing layers. First-year students will be provided with bed linens, a pillow, and a towel. Please bring overnight toiletries and items, alarm clock/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 I have to stay in the residence hall during my FOCUS session?
All first-year students, including those who intend to commute from home during the school year, stay in the residence hall during FOCUS. The only exceptions to this are students who have provided documentation to the Access and Accommodation Resource Center (AARC) prior to FOCUS and the AARC has communicated a housing exemption accommodation to the orientation staff. The FOCUS Day 1 schedule keeps students busy late into the night, while Day 2 begins early in the morning. The overnight is also one of the few opportunities during FOCUS that first-year students have to socialize and get to know new friends. Parents/guests have the choice of staying in a local hotel or commuting home for the evening as their Day 1 schedule ends much earlier than the student schedule. Transfer students attend only Day 1 of FOCUS so they do not need to stay overnight.
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 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. 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 their Valpo e-mail in mid-July. August move-in for new residential students is Saturday, August 18. Students will receive an appointment time for move-in. This helps campus keep traffic moving during the very busy move-in morning. More details about residential life are on their website.
When do I start school in August?
All new students (residential and commuter, first-year and transfer, domestic and international) begin Welcome Week on Saturday, August 18. Welcome Week events provide more information and experience related to making a smooth transition to Valpo. The Welcome Week program keeps students busy Saturday, August 18 through Monday, August 20 and continues into the first week and a half of classes. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 21.  The Academic Calendar includes an outline of important dates for the school year.


2017-18 Resources for Families


Academics and Campus Resources

University General Catalog – Degree and Major Requirements, Class Listings, Academic Policies

Student Guide to University Life – Student Handbook, Resources, Policies

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



Zipcar Student Car Rentals on Campus

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 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

Commuter Meal Plan Special – Spring 2018



More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Overnight Stay, Meals, and Special Needs


Welcome Week

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Summer 2018

First-Year and Transfer Students

$155 per student
This fee is billed as a one-time fee on your student account for Fall 2018.


$85 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 June 4.

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
Debbie Lowenthal
Executive Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs