Winter Welcome FAQ
How do I sign up for Winter Welcome?
All accepted undergraduate students must first pay their Admissions deposits and orientation fee. Once the orientation fee has been paid, students will be able to sign up for Winter Welcome through our website.
How much does Winter Welcome cost?
The total cost for Winter Welcome is $100. All first-year undergraduate students entering Hofstra in the spring semester pay this orientation fee along with your Admissions acceptance and deposit.
How long is Winter Welcome?
The Winter Welcome program is two days long and will take place on place on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. We will offer Explore Next Door Trips on Monday, January 24, 2011. These trips can be signed up for when you register online for Winter Welcome.
When do I check in for Winter Welcome?
Students with confirmed on-campus housing must check into their residence halls on Saturday, January 22 from Noon to 9pm or Sunday, January 23 10am to 3pm. The Winter Welcome program formally begins on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8:30 am with breakfast and check in the Multipurpose Room located in the Mack Student Center, North Campus. However, we do offer Explore Next Door Trips on Monday, January 24, 2011 as well.
How do I get to Hofstra's campus?
For directions to campus, please visit the Hofstra University Web site at www.hofstra.edu. The directions and maps on the Web site provide links to the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, NYC Transit, and the Long Island Bus.
Nearby airports include John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and MacArthur Airport. A cab ride to and from the airports can be costly. Fares are subject to double once the taxi leaves the NYC limits. We suggest that visitors and guests travel using an airport shuttle. Classic Airport Shuttle services JFK, LaGuardia and MacArthur airports. The cost is approximately $33 per person (plus gratuities) one way to or from JFK or LaGuardia, and $46 per person to or from MacArthur Airport (Islip). These fares are subject to change. For more information, contact Classic Airport Shuttle at (631) 567-5100. Reservations must be coordinated 24 hours in advance. Classic Airport Shuttle accepts cash or credit cards (except Discover).
Do I stay overnight if I am a commuter student?
Can I bring my car to Winter Welcome?
Yes. All students are allowed to have vehicles on campus. Students may obtain a registration sticker at Winter Welcome with proof of vehicle registration and license plate number.
Do you have vegetarian and/or kosher meals?
Hofstra can provide vegetarian meals and is able to accommodate kosher needs with advance notification. Please indicate this preference when you sign up for Orientation.
Can I bring guests?
No. Due to the nature of the program, guests are not allowed to stay with you throughout the program. Family and parents are invited for a separate Family Winter Welcome program that runs concurrently with the student program.
Can my parents come to Winter Welcome?
The Office of Parent and Family Programs has designed a program for the families of our new students. For more details about the parent program please visit Winter Welcome for Parents or call 516-463-4698.
When is Winter Welcome over?
The formal Winter Welcome program takes place on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. We will have additional co-curricular events and activities throughout the semester. Please check out our Beyond Winter Welcome Calendar, if interested.