Orientation & New Student Programs

Summer Orientation

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Summer Orientation

Hofstra University is planning our summer orientation for incoming first-year students as an on-campus, three-day, two-night program for all eight sessions. Attending orientation in-person supports students in learning campus, engaging with future classmates, and enjoying the fun activities that take place each orientation. We ask that students check their Hofstra email address as we will be sending updates about the sessions as information becomes available including arrival times, COVID-19 vaccination requirements, and technology requirements for virtual sessions.

NOTE: All students need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and proof of vaccination must be uploaded into Medicat on the Hofstra Portal.  Instructions can be found here.   At check in, you will be required to show proof of vaccination on the Pride Pass.

Summer Orientation

Your Hofstra journey begins with New Student Orientation – an on-campus, three-day, two-night program where all incoming first-year students get their first glimpse of life at Hofstra. Note: Transfer students are offered a one-day orientation experience and should visit the Transfer Orientation webpage for more information about their specific program.

Experience suggests that students who actively participate in an orientation program excel academically and socially more often than those who do not take advantage of such programs. Our orientation program will prepare you for success at Hofstra by introducing you to Hofstra’s curriculum and campus resources; providing opportunities for you to engage with other new students, as well as Hofstra faculty, staff, and orientation leaders; and answering any questions you may have. First-year students also register for fall classes at New Student Orientation. Attendance at orientation is required.

Online registration for New Student Orientation will begin in mid-January through the Hofstra portal. You will need your Hofstra ID and password to sign up. Since dates fill quickly, you must choose three sessions that work for you. Once we receive your request, we will send an email confirmation to your Hofstra Pride email account; the confirmation email will include important information and instructions on taking your foreign language and mathematics assessments online prior to orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hofstra Pride!

Questions? If you don’t find the information you need in our FAQ, please contact us at orientation@hofstra.edu or 516-463-4874.

2022 Summer Orientation Dates

Week 1 June 7-9 All domestic undergraduates, Honors College, NCAA athletes, NOAH, Zarb
Week 2 June 14-16 All domestic undergraduates, Honors College, Drama, Dance, Music, NCAA athletes, NOAH, Zarb
Week 3 June 21-23 All domestic undergraduates, Honors College, Drama, Dance, Music,  NCAA athletes, NOAH, Zarb
Week 4 June 28-30 All domestic undergraduates, Honors College, Drama, Dance, Music, NOAH, Zarb
Fourth of July Break – No NSO Session July 5-7 NO ORIENTATION SESSION
Week 5 July 12-14 All domestic undergraduates, Honors College, Drama, Dance, Music, Zarb
Week 6 July 19-21 All domestic undergraduates, Honors College, Nursing, Zarb
Week 7 July 26-28 All domestic undergraduates, Zarb
Transfer Orientation August 1 All domestic transfer undergraduates.
Week 8 August 2-4 All domestic undergraduates, Zarb
Week 9 August 28-31 International undergraduates and domestic students travelling more than 300 miles.

Special Groups

If your field of study / area of interest falls into one of the following categories: Drama, Dance, Music, Music Business,  NCAA athletes, NOAH,  Rabinowitz Honors College, Zarb School of Business, Cheer & Dance teams, some of the above sessions will be designated as preferred dates for you.   Note that selecting from one of the preferred dates is highly encouraged but not required. 

*International students. Please note that all new International Students (F-1 and J-1 students) are required to attend the mandatory international student orientation with dates to be announced shortly. For more information about international orientation, please visit: www.hofstra.edu/internationalorientation.


Check-in information along with technology requirements for your session will be sent to your Hofstra email.  Please check your Hofstra email on a regular basis.

Prepare for Orientation

Before Orientation

Register for New Student Orientation and Family Orientation

Visit your Hofstra portal to indicate your date preferences and sign your family members up for Family Orientation. You will receive confirmation of your dates via email to your Hofstra email account.

Upload your Covid-19 Proof of vaccination

All students need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend New Student Orientation and proof of vaccination must be uploaded into Medicat on the Hofstra Portal.  Instructions can be found here.   At check in, you will be required to show proof of vaccination on the Pride Pass.

Know how to log into the Hofstra portal (http://my.hofstra.edu)

Hofstra Portal: This is where you can access your Hofstra email and Blackboard, the learning management system used by faculty for classes during the academic year, and also for some portions of new student orientation.

Have your Hofstra username and password handy

Both are needed to log into the portal, check your email, and access other online features. If you have misplaced or have forgotten your username and password, contact the ITS Help Desk at help@hofstra.edu or call 516-463-7777 and follow the prompts.

Take Required Placement Assessments

New students are required to take placement assessments in foreign language and math. These assessments help our advising team recommend courses that are suitable for you to register for at orientation. Information about your specific placement assessments will be sent to your Hofstra email account after you register for New Student Orientation from the Dean of Advising. Placement assessments will be available online mid to late April.

You should complete your assessments before the Friday before your orientation week. To take the placement assessment, log in to the Hofstra Portal, my.hofstra.edu, with your Hofstra username and password. You will be using your username and password to access your Hofstra email, through the Portal, and to log on Hofstra computers while you're on campus. If you have problems or need technical help, contact the ITS Service Desk at 516-463-7777 or email HELP@Hofstra.edu.

After you log in to my.hofstra.edu, you will see a few icons along the top right navigation bar. This is where you will find Blackboard. Hover over the icons at the top right and select the one that says 'My Apps'. (It is the one that looks like a 'waffle' or a 'keyboard'.) Click on the icon and select Blackboard. In the Blackboard window you will find the link to your placement assessment(s) under the column labeled 'My Courses'. Click the link to either your mathematics exam or your language assessment to begin. When you finish the first assessment, come back to this page to take the second.

You will find instructions for the assessment in the Blackboard course. If you have a question about the mathematics assessment please contact the Mathematics Department at 516-463-5570. If your question is about the language assessment itself, please contact the Language Learning Center at hcslang[at]hofstra.edu or call 516-463-5653 during business hours (Eastern Standard Time).

If you have a documented disability and require extended time on assessments, please call Student Access Services (SAS) on campus at 516-463-7075 or email at sas[at]hofstra.edu. We will be happy to arrange extended time for placement exams, but only for those students who notify the SAS office in advance. SAS will email students at their Hofstra pride email accounts with instructions on how to take the placement exams with extended time.

All students must take placement assessments online prior to attending Orientation sessions.

Complete Required Health Forms

You will need to supply documentation of your vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. In addition, New York state law requires that you acknowledge receipt of the meningitis information.
If you have not already done so, please complete your medical records through our online Student Health Services Platform at Hofstra.medicatconnect.com

  • Click the IMMUNIZATIONS tab to enter information related to the required immunizations.
  • Click the FORMS tab and then MENINGITIS RESPONSE to respond online.
  • Click the UPLOAD tab to upload all of your supporting documentation.
  • Once you have completed these steps your records will be updated. Please allow 24 hours for this change to be reflected in your academic record.
Submit your AP and College Credits

Send official transcripts for Advanced Placement credit, college credits, or credits from any other special programs to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Having your most up-to-day credits on file will help our advising team recommend the best courses for you. Note that completing your placement exams in language and mathematics are still required regardless of AP scores and prior college credits.

Consider Your First-Year Connections Options

Hofstra's first-year seminars and clusters are designed to get your college experience off to a great start. At the heart of the program are small classes taught by distinguished faculty in areas of interest ranging from art to writing. Not only will these courses introduce you to the intellectual and social life of the University, but — even if you are undecided about a major — nearly all of them will also help you satisfy the general education requirements for all majors. These are regular undergraduate courses, but they are reserved for first-year students only, so once you've looked over this brochure, please log in to the Hofstra portal (my.hofstra.edu) and give us your preferences.

Download the FlipGrid app

from the iOS app store. The Orientation staff will be using this to connect with other members of your incoming class for many activities. You will also be sent ‘codes’ to access certain FlipGrid content and will need to log into FlipGrid using your Hofstra email address and password. When asked to do so, select the “connect using the Google option.”

Download the ZeeMee app

from the iOS app store or Google Play stores. Some of you may already have this app and have been using it to engage with other incoming students. Our orientation staff and pride guides will be on ZeeMee to give you updates and answer questions.

Get Excited & Connect With Us!

Follow @hofstraorientation on Instagram to connect with classmates and have your questions answered. Use #HofWelcome to showcase your photos and posts! Learn about your orientation leaders – they’ll be a great resource for you when you come for orientation and beyond!

Review the Packing List

Please refer to this checklist as you prepare to pack for New Student Orientation. Feel free to contact us at orientation@hofstra.edu or 516-463-4874 with any questions or concerns.

Preferred Name Policy Available

Hofstra University is excited to announce that our Preferred Name Policy is now available to all students.

The Preferred Name Policy allows students to use a preferred name on select University communications and platforms, and to be referred to by university employees. All are encouraged to review a copy of the Preferred Name Policy. Completed forms should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar (206 Memorial Hall). If you have any questions please contact Gillian Atkinson, Associate Director Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion (IEI[at]hofstra.edu) or Allison Vernace, Title IX Officer for Student Issues (StudentTitleIX[at]hofstra.edu).

After Orientation

After you attend orientation, the countdown until your return to campus begins! Check out information below as you look forward to returning to campus.

Residence Life and the Office of Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach
Whether you're living on campus or commuting, Hofstra is your home! Make sure you have all the information you need to settle in by familiarizing yourself with the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach.

Welcome Week:
Welcome Week is a five-day schedule of events designed to introduce you to the Hofstra campus, the rigor of academic life, our rich culture and traditions, on-campus resources, and the exciting diversity of Hofstra and the community around us. You will have the opportunity to participate in academic, social, athletic and community events as well as partake in trips to New York City and the surrounding Long Island community. Get ready to become a member of the Pride!

Visit hofstra.edu/welcomeweek for complete information about Welcome Week activities

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I sign up for New Student Orientation?

All accepted undergraduate students must first pay the Enrollment-Orientation Deposit (see second question below). About 72 hours after the deposits have been received, you can sign up for new student orientation on the Hofstra portal at my.hofstra.edu.   You will need your Hofstra username (h7xxxxxxx) and password to access your account. Having issues accessing your account? Contact the ITS Service Desk at 516-463-7777 or email HELP@Hofstra.edu.

How much does New Student Orientation cost?

The fee is $300.  The Orientation fee goes towards this program, Welcome Week and programming for incoming students that takes place during the fall semester.

How do I get confirmation about my orientation session?

Confirmations are sent to your Hofstra email address within three business days.  Please make sure that you read your confirmation email carefully as the date you are assigned may be different that one that you originally requested.  You can access your Hofstra email address through the portal (my.hofstra.edu) by clicking on the icon marked 'Gmail'.

What are the health requirements to participate in New Student Orientation? - Updated 4/6/21

All students need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and proof of vaccination must be uploaded into Medicat on the Hofstra Portal.  Instructions can be found here.   At check in, you will be required to show proof of vaccination on the Pride Pass.

Do commuter students stay on campus for new student orientation?

All students, regardless of whether they will be living on campus or commuting in the fall are required to stay on campus for new student orientation. Our programming starts early in the morning and continues into the evening both days. We have found that the connections students make by staying on campus enhances their orientation experience.

What do I need to bring with me to New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a three-day, two-night program where all students stay overnight on campus and get their first glimpse of life at Hofstra.

Please refer to this checklist as you prepare to pack for New Student Orientation. Feel free to contact us at orientation@hofstra.edu or 516-463-4874 with any questions or concerns.

Where and when do I check in for New Student Orientation?

All students will report to the Netherlands Residence Hall complex located on Hempstead Turnpike & Oak Street. Check in begins at 8:45 a.m. Note that students MUST have uploaded their COVID-19 vaccination records into MEDICAT and be prepared to show it on the Pride Pass app.

What are placement assessments?

Each new student is required to take an online language placement assessment and a math assessment prior to orientation. You will take a mathematics assessment in either basic algebra or calculus readiness, depending on your prior course work. You are also required to take a foreign language placement assessment that corresponds to the language you studied in high school. The results are used to determine your placement level for these two areas. These assessments must be taken online at least one week prior to attending orientation. You will receive instructions on how to take the assessments to your Hofstra Pride e-mail account.

Do I need to take the placement assessments if I have Advanced Placement (AP) credits or college level credits?

Students should take both the Math and Foreign Language placement assessments. Scores from these exams will give your advising dean the best understanding of your proficiency in both subjects. You should also bring all scores and other information from AP or college level courses to your academic advising appointment during New Student Orientation. This will allow your advising dean to assess your proficiency and suggest courses for the next semester.

When do I plan my class schedule?

All students attend a curriculum overview to learn about degree requirements on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, students receive information about the registration process, academic expectations and deadlines. New students register for classes on Thursday.

You may have registered a preference in advance for a first-year seminar and/or cluster for your specific first-semester academic program. At orientation you will meet with an advisement dean or faculty adviser to discuss your curriculum options. It is at this point that you will complete your schedule by adding courses. If you have not selected a preference for a specific first-semester seminar and/or cluster, these may be available to you during orientation. Your advisement dean or faculty adviser will review your curriculum options and placement in math and foreign language classes based on your assessment scores.

Can my parents come to orientation?

Yes. The Office of Parent and Family Programs has designed a program for parents/family members, separate from the new student orientation. These one-day sessions take place on the Tuesday of the student’s confirmed date of orientation. When students sign up for New Student Orientation, they will have an opportunity to sign up family members for Family Orientation. Please visit hofstra.edu/fo for a schedule and details about Family Orientation. Note that parents and families do not stay on campus during the orientation program. Some family members who travel from far away stay at nearby hotels for the duration of the three-day program so that they can take their students back with them on the last day. Here is a list of nearby hotels.

All attendees must comply with university policies regarding vaccinations to participate. Policies are subject to change per governmental guidelines.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my orientation date?

To reschedule your orientation session, log into the Hofstra portal (my.hofstra.edu) and send an email from your Hofstra email address to orientation@hofstra.edu and indicate your full name, your Hofstra ID number (70xxxxxxx) and your new date choices.  We will make every attempt to accommodate your request.

Will I have a full range of course options if I attend a later New Student Orientation session?

Courses are available throughout the summer, and the University reviews the course offerings to ensure that we meet the needs of our students. Students are strongly encouraged to pre-register a preference for the First-Year Connections program. This program serves as a cornerstone for your academic schedule.

For more information regarding First-Year Connections, visit hofstra.edu/connections or contact the Center for University Advisement at (516) 463-7222 or (516) 463-6770.

When does New Student Orientation end?

Orientation is completed on Thursday afternoon after each student registers for classes and completes several online components before and after their advisement appointments. Registration appointments start at 9 am and continue in 30-45 minute intervals until 4 p.m. You will receive information on the Wednesday of your orientation session about your Thursday appointment times(s).

What medical records does the University require?

Students should upload immunization records to Hofstra.Medicatconnect.com  before the first day of classes. Students should make sure to both upload a complete record and enter the dates accurately. In addition, you should make sure that you have answered the meningitis vaccine question, even if you have received the vaccine. Students who do not comply with this New York state law are not permitted to attend classes at the University. Call Student Health Services at  516-463-6745 with any questions.

What type of computer should I purchase for the fall?

Please see the Educational & Research Technology Services recommendations here