Orientation & New Student Programs

Transfer Orientation

We invite all new transfer students to attend a New Student Orientation designed especially for you. This will be a great opportunity for you to connect with other transfer students, learn more about the Hofstra campus and traditions, and be better prepared for the fall semester.

Prior to attending Transfer Orientation, all transfer students should attend a Transfer Day, hosted by Transfer Admissions. You will register for classes at your Transfer Day. All transfer students are then encouraged to attend the one day transfer orientation program. This will be a great opportunity for you to connect with other transfer students, learn more about the Hofstra campus and traditions, and be better prepared for the fall semester.

Hofstra University will host the first part of Transfer Orientation and Family Orientation for family members of transfer students online on Monday August 2, 2021. More information regarding the schedule and technologies is forthcoming. Your online experience will still take place during day of your initial confirmation. Please check your Hofstra email address for regular updates.

Step 1: Please register for the session by logging into the Hofstra portal at my.hofstra.edu (you will need your network ID and password) You may also register your parents and family members for Family Orientation, taking place on the same day.

Step 2: Before Transfer Orientation, please make sure you complete the pre-orientation modules on Blackboard.  Log into hofstra.blackboard.com and select the course marked “Transfer Orientation”

Step 3: On the day of Transfer Orientation, we will use Zoom for all components of the program and recommend all students use a laptop or desktop to access online transfer orientation.  Zoom, on hand-held devices such as phones or tablets will not have the same functionality. You will need the newest version of Zoom installed and ensure that you are authenticated into your Hofstra account for everything to work properly.  Here is a quick tutorial on logging in to Zoom using your Hofstra credentials.

Step 4: On August 2, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., please join the Zoom Meeting using this link:

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)

Is there a cost associated with this transfer orientation?
Your $300 Orientation fee goes towards this program, Welcome Week and programming that takes place during the fall semester.
How long is Transfer Orientation?
Transfer Orientation will be online is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and ends approximately around 3:30 p.m.
When will I register for classes?
Transfer students who have attended an Admissions Office Transfer Day should have already registered for fall classes. For those students who have not yet registered for fall classes, please contact the  Center for University Advising at 516-463-6770 to arrange an appointment for registration.
When and where do I check in?
Please use the link to the Zoom meeting listed above. Remember to ensure you are first authenticated into your Hofstra Zoom account properly. Here is a quick tutorial on logging in to Zoom using your Hofstra credentials.
Will I get a confirmation after I sign up?
Yes.  The confirmation will be sent to your Hofstra email address that can be accessed from the portal at my.hofstra.edu
Is there an orientation for the parents/guardians of transfer students?
Yes. A one day session will run simultaneously with transfer orientation. You can sign up your parent/guardian when you sign up for transfer orientation. Check in for parents/guardians is the same as for students.
Where can I see the schedule of events for transfer orientation?
Here is the link to the 2021 Transfer Orientation schedule.
What technology will I be using to attend Transfer Orientation?
We will use Zoom for all components of the program and recommend all students use a laptop or desktop to access online transfer orientation.  Zoom, on hand-held devices such as phones or tablets will not have the same functionality. You will need the newest version of Zoom installed and ensure that you are authenticated into your Hofstra account for everything to work properly.

Here is a quick how to tutorial on how to use zoom correctly using your Hofstra log in information.

Many students who have never logged in properly have experienced technical issues on the first day of orientation. Please make sure you can access it properly before your orientation session. If you do encounter technical issues, please contact our ITS Help Desk at 516-463-7777

You will receive the link by email to the Zoom link and to the main landing page on the Sunday before transfer orientation. Note that the email will be sent to your Hofstra email address.