Center for University Advising

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First-Year | Transfer | Responsibilities | General Resources

Advising Resources for Incoming First-Year Students

Welcome to the Pride! From orientation to graduation, the Center for University Advising (CUA) is here to guide you with academic planning and provide information regarding Hofstra's numerous campus resources. Your journey begins today!

Incoming First-Years – Action Checklist

Sign up for New Student Orientation

Log onto the Hofstra Portal. On the homepage, click the “Register for New Student Orientation” button, then view your “Things to do before Orientation” checklist.

Take your placement assessments before attending New Student Orientation

After you sign up for a New Student Orientation date, log onto the Hofstra Portal, and visit the Blackboard app. Your placement assessments will appear under “My Courses.”

Complete Pathway to Pride before attending your New Student Orientation

Pathway to Pride is an online tool that will help you to learn about academic resources and registration at Hofstra, prior to your Orientation date. Log onto the Hofstra Portal, and visit the Blackboard app. Pathway to Pride will appear under "My Courses."

Follow us on social media

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @hofstraCUA for important dates, deadlines, information about events, and fun stuff happening at Hofstra.

See you at Orientation

Post Registration "To Do" List for New Transfer Students

The New Transfer form you received at your advising session is a provisional document based upon all the information Hofstra has received about you so far. If not all your official transcripts from your previous school have been received, the final determination of credits may ultimately change. Therefore, it is important to do the following at the beginning of the semester:

  1. Check regularly on your portal (Hofstra Online -> Student Records -> transcripts) to see that your transfer credits have become official. You will see "TR" (transferred) instead of "TU" (transfer unofficial) and credit hours will be applied once your official transcript is received.  Check with the Admissions Office if the credits are not posted, and if necessary, contact your old school(s) to arrange for the transcripts to be sent.
  2. Your Degree Audit is a listing of all of the requirements for your major and tells you how your previous and current courses are meeting those requirements. The degree audit is only as accurate as the information in its database. Therefore, make sure that 1. your intended major is reflected on your degree audit (if not, you may run a "what-if" degree audit until you can file a change of major form) and 2. that your credits are appropriately applied. Make a habit of checking your degree audit after you have registered, but before the semester begins, so you can be sure that the courses you registered for are appropriate and are meeting requirements. To learn more about your degree audit, which is your map toward graduation, visit the Degree Audit web page.
  3. Be sure to meet with your advising dean well before the rush of preregistration time. Registration begins in March for fall semester and in October for spring semester. Check your portal under "Registration" for your assigned registration time. If you have a major, also contact the appropriate department to be assigned a faculty advisor and make an appointment with the advisor. Bring a printout of your degree audit with you at that time.
  4. Read the Hofstra University Undergraduate Bulletin online for your catalog year (the year you entered Hofstra). You will find all of Hofstra's policies, degree requirements, and course descriptions in the Bulletin. 
  5. At Hofstra, all changes to your academic program (drop/add, withdrawals, etc.) must be filed with the Office of Student Financial Services. Simply ceasing to attend a class will not automatically withdraw you from the class.
  6. You must make arrangements to take the Writing Proficiency Exam as soon as possible. Passage of this essay exam is a graduation requirement for all undergraduates, and if you delay taking the test, it can hold up completion of your degree. Information on the scheduled exam times can be obtained from the Writing Center in Mason Hall (516-463-5252).
  7. Foreign language: If your degree has a foreign language requirement and you intend to study a language taken in high school or previously spoken, you should take the language proficiency test in Calkins Hall to determine what level to register for. Credit will not be awarded for courses below the level of your placement. If you have credit from a previous college (not taken in a high school) for an equivalent language at Hofstra, you may register for the next level of that language. You may also choose to fulfill the requirement by electing the Special Language Option. Please see your advising dean and refer to the complete language policy for 2012-2013 and prior years or for 2013-2014 and years after.  

The staff of the Center for University Advising is always happy to help with your questions. We are here to assist you.


Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned advising dean a minimum of once per semester prior to registration, but may schedule meetings as often as needed to ensure progress toward their degree, troubleshoot, explore options, etc.

Advisee Responsibilities

  • Schedule appointments in advance and contact your advisor if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
  • Read the Hofstra University Undergraduate Bulletin for the academic year that you entered the University. It provides information about your degree and major requirements, as well as course pre- and co-requisites.
  • Ask specific questions about general requirements, academic policies and procedures, academic standards, and resources (tutoring, career/major exploration, study skills workshops, etc.).
  • Prepare a tentative schedule of classes for your registration advising appointment.
  • Provide honest and accurate information to your advisor about your academic life.
  • Listen to your advisor and consider the advice and recommendations provided to you.
  • Check your Hofstra email often and thoroughly read any emails sent by your advisor. Respond in a timely fashion.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Keep appointments and contact advisee if it is necessary to reschedule.
  • Be prepared with appropriate resource materials.
  • Provide accurate and specific information regarding distribution requirements, academic policies and procedures, academic standards, and resources.
  • Listen to and assist advisee in making decisions and solving problems.
  • Suggest options concerning careers, majors, and selection of courses.

General Resources