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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

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

Tax Paperwork For On Campus Jobs


Health and Counseling

Student Health Insurance Information and Waiver Process

Health Center Information

Student Health Form

Counseling Services


Information Technology

IT Basics

IT Overview For Students

IT Welcome Week Inside Scoop



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 2018

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

City of Valparaiso Places of Worship


Multicultural Programs Resources

Office of Multicultural Programs Overview


General College Transition Resources

For Students

For Parents



How to Mail Packages to Students

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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First-Year Program Fees

January 2019

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.

Fees cover:

*June 2019 fees will be $165 per student and $85 per parent/guest

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