Welcome Incoming Students!

FOCUS Orientation for the incoming class of 2024 will take place August 9-12, 2020.  Residential move-in for incoming students will be August 7-8, 2020

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 7, and Saturday, August 8.  Incoming students participating in the Decision Day Benefits plan will be able to arrange for a move-in time on Friday, August 7. 
  • New Commuter Students will check in on Sunday, August 9.  
  • Check-in will be a drive-thru experience.
  • Check out our Check-In FAQ for more information.    

All new students will attend FOCUS Orientation from August 9-12.

To accommodate the needs of our students, we are offering both virtual and in-person orientation.  Below are each of the orientation schedules.

Virtual FOCUS Orientation Schedule

In-Person FOCUS Orientation Schedule A - For ALL transfer students and First-Year Seminars except the ones specifically listed for Schedule B

In-Person FOCUS Orientation Schedule B - For students in the following First Year Seminars:  
FSEM 100-HYR - Advancing Human Rights and Social Justice
FSEM 100-HYS - Freedom's Turn
FSEM 100-OL9 - Latinos/Latinidades in the US
FSEM 100-OLC - Psychology of Popular Fiction
FSEM 100-OL1 - The Secret Life of Bees
FSEM 100-HYU - Left-Wing Authoritarianism: Stalin, Mao, and Castro

Our FOCUS Resource Page provides all the information you will need to be success at orientation and as a new Hatter!

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!

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 7-9. 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 a virtual Parent and Family College. This program provides 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

Missed Parent and Family College? Families may watch a recorded version of one of our live sessions!  

Parent and Family College Recording


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.


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