Welcome Incoming Students!
FOCUS Orientation for the incoming class of 2020 will take place August 20-24, 2016.
"Friends On Campus Uniting Students," or FOCUS for short, is a five-day comprehensive orientation program designed to help new students have a successful transition to a life at Stetson University. All first-year and transfer students with less than 24 credits begin their First Year Seminar during FOCUS. This opportunity allows you to connect with your faculty and begin adjusting to Stetson University's academic rigor right away.
During FOCUS, you'll be placed into a "FOCUS Group," made up of about 30 students and led by two outstanding returning students who have been at the university for at least a year and who have a strong desire and passion for showing new students the ropes.
Also during FOCUS, you'll be able to take care of everything needed to get settled in, including meeting with your academic advisor, getting your student ID and parking decal, setting up your email account and Internet access, and purchasing books for your classes. All while taking part in exciting activities, meeting new people, learning your way around campus and having fun!
What to Expect
The schedule carefully balances learning, study time and fun in the evening to ensure you have plenty of time to get acquainted with life as a Hatter. To get an idea of the FOCUS schedule, a copy of the 2015 FOCUS schedule can be viewed through the link below. The 2016 FOCUS Orientation schedule will be posted during the early summer.
Meet the FOCUS Staff
Before You Arrive
Before you arrive for FOCUS, take a look at the Accepted Student Checklist, provided by the Office of Admissions. This checklist will tell you everything you need to get done prior to checking in on August 20. Bookmark it or print it out so you don't miss anything!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can my parents and family stay while in town?
We don't allow parents and family members to stay in the residence halls with students during FOCUS. Our area lodging page includes a variety of accommodation styles and price levels in and around the DeLand area.
How long should my parents and family plan on staying after move-in on August 20th?
Parents and family should plan on attending the Parent College portion of FOCUS on Sunday, August 21 ending with a parent graduation from 3:15-3:30 p.m. This an important time for parents and family to learn about the college transition and gain a better understanding of their student's upcoming time at Stetson.
For any further questions please contact us at FOCUS@stetson.edu.