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August FOCUS Frequently Asked Questions
|What is the last day to sign up for August FOCUS?
Please be registered for FOCUS by August 10, 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 but are not required 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 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.
|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.
|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. 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. Move-in for new undergraduate international students living on campus is Sunday or Monday, August 12 or 13. Move-in for new undergraduate domestic students (freshman and transfer) attending August FOCUS is Thursday night, August 16, from 6-9 p.m. More details about residential life are on their website.
First-Year and Transfer Students
$155 per student
This fee is billed as a one-time fee on your student account for Fall 2018 after the drop/add period in late-August 2018.
$40 per person
Paid when registering for FOCUS, this fee applies to any guests who accompany students to August FOCUS. The last day for a parent/guest fee refund is August 10.
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