Welcome Incoming Students!

FOCUS Orientation for the incoming class of 2024 will take place August 15-19, 2020. 

FOCUS is a five-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'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.  

  • New Residential Students will check in on Saturday, August 15, from at 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
  • New Commuter Students will check in on Saturday, August 15, from noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Check-in will take place in the Hollis Center.

All new students will attend FOCUS Orientation from August 15- 19.

Parent and Family College will take place on August 15- 16 only

The Official 2020 FOCUS Orientation Schedule will be available to view Summer 2020.  To get an idea of what to expect, please look at our 2019 schedule.  

2019 FOCUS Orientation Schedule 

The FOCUS Staff

Before you arrive on campus on August 15, expect to hear from your FOCUS Orientation Leaders. 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 15. 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. Find out more information about area lodging, including 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 15?

Parents and family should plan on attending the Parent College portion of FOCUS on Sunday, August 16ending with 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.

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