August FOCUS For New Undergraduate Students and Parents/Guardians:

August FOCUS is a one-day session for all new undergraduate domestic and international freshmen, transfer, and visiting students and their parents/guardians who were unable to attend June FOCUS. Students spend time learning about campus resources, learning their way around campus, discovering co-curricular opportunities, getting to know each other, and completing class registration. Family members learn about campus resources. 

August 2019 FOCUS Schedules:

Domestic Freshman and Transfer Student Schedule

International Freshman, Transfer, and Visiting Student Schedule

Parent/Guardian/Guest Schedule


June FOCUS 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 freshmen, including commuters, 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 academic advising team. The FOCUS experience ends after lunch on Day 2.

June 2019 FOCUS Schedules:

First-Year Student Schedule

Parent/Guest Schedule


June FOCUS 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 2019 FOCUS Schedule:

Transfer Student 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 2019-20 school year.

Welcome Week for residential and commuter students begins Saturday, August 17. 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
Brandi Kneifel
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs