For First-Year Students and Parents/Guardians:

June FOCUS is 1.5 days long for first-year students and parents/guardians. Students spend their time preparing for class registration, learning their way around campus, discovering co-curricular opportunities, and getting to know each other. Family members learn about campus resources.

All students, including those who intend to commute during the school year, stay overnight in a residence hall between Day 1 and Day 2 with activities occurring late into the night. Day 2 features additional resource information for family members while students handle academic advising and registration with our excellent advising team. The FOCUS experience ends after lunch on Day 2.

June 2018 FOCUS Schedules:

First-Year Student Schedule

Parent/Guest Schedule


For Transfer Students:

Transfer students complete orientation on Day 1 of each June FOCUS session. The morning focuses on resources and tools unique to Valpo that you need to know. Academic advising and course registration occurs in the afternoon, followed by the opportunity to take care of business with campus offices. Transfer students are generally finished with their FOCUS experience by 4 p.m. on Day 1, though you are welcome to continue to participate in FOCUS activities occurring into the evening if you wish.

June 2018 FOCUS Schedule:

Transfer Student Schedule


August 2017 FOCUS Schedules (2018 will be similar):

First-Year Student Schedule

Transfer Student Schedule

Parent/Guest Schedule




More Information:


Register for FOCUS

Placement Assessments

Overnight Stay, Meals, and Special Needs

Resources, Fees, and FAQs

Welcome Week

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See the Academic Calendar for important dates for the 2018-19 school year.

Welcome Week for residential and commuter students begins Saturday, August 18. Residential students move in that morning. Commuters join the events in the afternoon. 

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