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Welcome Incoming Students!

FOCUS Orientation for the incoming class of 2025 will take place August 15-18, 2021.  Residential move-in for incoming students will be August 13-14, 2021

FOCUS is a four-day comprehensive orientation program designed to help new students have a successful transition to 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 and your FSEM class or fellow transfer students will meet daily with your FOCUS Orientation Leader, 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.  

  • New Residential Students will check in on Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14.  Incoming students participating in the Decision Day Benefits plan will be able to arrange for a move-in time on Friday, August 13. 
  • New Commuter Students will check in on Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14.  
  • Check-in will be a drive-thru experience.
  • The Check-in FAQ provides information on the Stetson Gateway Arrival Process, scheduling your arrival time and more!    

All new students will attend FOCUS Orientation from August 15-18.

2021 FOCUS Schedules 

FOCUS Orientation Schedule A  *Schedule Updated on Aug.12, 2021*

Schedule A is for all Transfer Student FOCUS Groups, Summer FSEM Group and all FSEM Courses EXCEPT:

FSEM 100-128: Psychology of Popular Fiction
FSEM 100-140: Advancing Human Rights & Social Justice
FSEM 100-188: Left-Wing Authoritarianism: Stalin, Mao, and Castro
FSEM 100-193: Anxiety of Identity

FOCUS Orientation Schedule B  *Schedule Updated On Aug. 12, 2021*

Schedule B is ONLY for the following FSEM Courses:

FSEM 100-128: Psychology of Popular Fiction
FSEM 100-140: Advancing Human Rights & Social Justice
FSEM 100-193: Anxiety of Identity
FSEM 100-188: Left-Wing Authoritarianism: Stalin, Mao, and Castro * Please note this section will be meeting from 6-8 p.m., not the indicated 5-7 p.m. as indicated on the schedule for the other sections*

Looking for more information about FOCUS Orientation?  Check our our FOCUS Resource Page!  

The FOCUS Staff

Before you arrive on campus in August, expect to hear from your FOCUS Orientation Leader. The FOCUS Leaders are current students who are here to help make the transition to life at Stetson University as smooth as possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions - they are here to help!  

Please note -  for those required to take a First Year Seminar (FSEM), your FSEM will also serve as your FOCUS Group.  If you have not registered for Fall 2021 classes, you will not have a FOCUS Leader assigned to you. Registering for classes as early as possible will give you access to your FOCUS Leader, who will be a valuable resource throughout the summer and fall.  Transfer students who will be brining in more than 24 credits (and are exempt from FSEM) will be assigned their Transfer FOCUS Group without course registration.  

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 13-14. Please make sure that you have completed your checklist, missing items may delay your check-in process.  Bookmark it or print it out so you don't miss anything!

Parent and Family College

We are so excited to welcome you and your student into the Stetson family. To best help you with your Hatter’s transition to college, we hosted virtual Parent and Family College on Saturday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 4. This program provided all the information and tools needed to establish a strong support network for your new Hatter. Topics covered includes, but not limited to:

  • COVID-19
  • Safety
  • Academic Support
  • Career Readiness
  • Dining

Recordings of these sessions can be found below.

Saturday, July 31 Parent and Family College Recording
Wednesday, August 4 Parent and Family College Recording

Additionally, we will be hosting a Virtual “Parent & Family Meet and Greet” during new student arrivals/check-in. Led by Co-Interim Vice President of Campus Life and Student Success and Dean of Students Lynn Schoenberg, this hour-long session will allow families to meet our staff and directly ask any questions you may have. Sign up for the Virtual Parent and Family Meet & Greet at the link below.

Virtual Parent and Family Meet and Greet Registration

The previously planned in-person Meet & Greets on August 13-14 have been cancelled due to COVID precautions.  We sincerely hope to meet you in person during move in and check in and chat with and chat with you during the Virtual Meet and Gree on August 11.  

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. Find out more information about area lodging, including a variety of accommodation styles and price levels in and around the DeLand area.

For any further questions please contact us at [email protected]