Orientation & New Student Programs

Welcome Week 2021

The dates for Welcome Week 2021 will be announced shortly.  

Hofstra University is planning our Welcome Week program for our new first-year and transfer undergraduate students for the week before fall classes begin. However, due to the evolving nature of regulations and guidance related to COVID-19, we ask that you DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT THIS POINT. In the event that the program moves to an online format, we will send updated information to your Hofstra email address.

Hofstra University's Welcome Week is a week-long schedule of events that is 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. We have planned an exciting week filled with programs and activities that will help you get better acquainted with Hofstra's campus and become an engaged and involved student.

You and thousands of other students who call Hofstra their home can now gain access to campus resources, over 200 student clubs and organizations, and the many social, cultural and career opportunities of the New York metropolitan area.

Check In 

All students living on campus in residence halls should check their Hofstra email regarding the specific dates and time of move-in.

Commuter students will also receive updates through their Hofstra email about the programs during Welcome Week.

Technology Used for Welcome Week

Virtual programming during Welcome Week will use Zoom.  Please make sure you are familiar with using the version of Zoom that authenticates with your Hofstra account. Here is a quick how to tutorial on using Zoom correctly with your Hofstra log in information.

The 2021 Welcome Week schedule will be available on the web and also for download via the Guidebook App, which is available via the App Store and Google Play Store.

Virtual Class Photo

While we may not be able to gather as a big group on campus for our traditional class photo, we can capture the spirit online. We are looking to get every new undergraduate student to participate in our first every virtual group photo. We will use Microsoft’s FlipGrid  app and web site. 

  • Use the following code: https://flipgrid.com/7d10f856 to submit your photo or video.
  • Select the "Log in with Google account" option, then sign in using your Hofstra email address example jsmith1[at]pride.hofstra.edu and password
  • Select the red button that reads “Record a Response” to begin!
  • Take a picture of yourself, or a short video (up to 15 seconds) and introduce yourself (name, hometown, major) and why you're looking forward to being part of the Pride) to Hofstra University!

The Fine Print: One submission per student. The most creative submission will get a Hofstra sweatshirt and a $25 voucher to the Hofstra Bookstore. (Note: All submissions will be held in moderation for review before being approved and posted)

Questions?

Find answers on our Frequently Asked Questions or please email OSLE@hofstra.edu

Frequently Asked Questions


Accessing the Welcome Week Schedule

The 2021 Welcome Week schedule will be available on the web and also for download via the Guidebook App, which is available via the App Store and Google Play Store.


Welcome Week Staff

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Welcome Week Staff

Meet the staff that make the hundreds of events run smoothly during Welcome Week!


Be Part of The Class Photo

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Welcome Week Class Photo

Calling all class of 2025 and transfer students! See instructions on the left.

FAQ

When is Welcome Week?

The dates for Welcome Week will be announced once the fall 2021 academic calendar is finalized. The full schedule will be available on an app called “Guidebook” on the iOS app store and on Google Play.

Do I need to register for Welcome Week?

There is no need to register for Welcome Week. All new first-year and transfer undergraduates are expected to attend the program.

Where do I go for Welcome Week?

All new students living in the residence halls should refer to their Hofstra email address for information regarding dates and times of arrival for move in.

Is Welcome Week Mandatory?

Welcome Week is the second phase of New Student Orientation. The program is designed to help you transition into college life at Hofstra and welcome you to the Pride! For these reasons, it is required for all new students to attend Welcome Week.

What if I'm a commuting student?

All new students attend welcome week! Commuting students  should refer to their Hofstra email regarding information and updates about Welcome Week.

I'm a residential student, when do I move into my room?

Residential students will move into their on campus housing per the instructions sent from the office of residence life.  Please refer to your Hofstra email as that is the way updates will be communicated.

Should transfer students attend Welcome Week?

Our program is designed to engage all new students including our transfer students! We also have programs within our schedule that cater specifically to our transfer student population. Welcome Week is the prime opportunity for all students to make connections with fellow students, faculty, and staff.

Do I have to pay to attend Welcome Week?

Your $200 orientation fee covers new student orientation and welcome week.

Is there a version of the Welcome Week Schedule that I can print out?

Please note that the GuideBook app will contain the most up-to-date information and change about Welcome Week. Guidebook app is in the iOS app store and on Google Play.

If your question isn't answered here, please email OSLE[at]Hofstra.edu

Welcome Week Staff

It takes a lot of people to make the hundreds of events run smoothly during Welcome Week! Our staff is comprised of a number of professional staff and two groups of student leaders who work in planning and implementing programs to ensure our students feel welcomed to Hofstra University.

Welcome Week Coordinators (WWC) are the heart and soul of our program. They are students who have had prior leadership experience and help plan and implement the program. Welcome Week Coordinators serve in conjunction with the Orientation Staff. The WWC role mirrors the overall new Student Orientation program in that it is two parts: summer orientation and welcome week. During summer orientation, Welcome Week Coordinators have overlapping responsibilities with Orientation Leaders. In addition to planning the Welcome Week Program, WWC's are expected to provide support and serve as a resource to incoming students. WWC's are also expected to facilitate evening programs and morning check in during summer orientation, and interact with our new incoming students.


Welcome Week Coordinators Summer 2021

Welcome Week Coordinators (WWC) are the heart and soul of our program. They are students who have had prior leadership experience and help plan and implement the program. Welcome Week Coordinators serve in conjunction with the Orientation Staff. The WWC role mirrors the overall new Student Orientation program in that it is two parts: summer orientation and welcome week. During summer orientation, Welcome Week Coordinators have overlapping responsibilities with Orientation Leaders. In addition to planning the Welcome Week Program, WWC's are expected to provide support and serve as a resource to incoming students. WWC's are also expected to facilitate evening programs and morning check in during summer orientation, and interact with our new incoming students.


Welcome Week Leaders

Welcome Week Leaders are student volunteers who run our planned events and programs, workshops, tours and ensure that students feel comfortable at their new home away from home. You’ll meet your WWLs in person at check in (if you are a residential student) or on campus for our in-person events like the outdoor movies and socially distant tie-dye session. 

Become A Welcome Week Leader!

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Welcome Week Leaders

What does a Welcome Week Leader (WWL) do?

  • Mentor and guide a group of 15-25 first-year students in their initial days on campus
  • Connect students to appropriate resources and ease their transition to college
  • Lead icebreakers to help students connect with one another
  • Attend and assist with Welcome Week events

What are the perks of being a WWL?

  • Hofstra apparel
  • Meal card during shifts
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Great springboard to other leadership opportunities at Hofstra

What qualities are you looking for in WWLs?

  • Positive attitudes
  • Hofstra Pride
  • Ability to foster an inclusive environment
  • Timeliness
  • Team player
  • Communication skills

What are the requirements of being a WWL?

  • Be a currently registered undergraduate student for Fall 201.
  • Will be commuting or living off-campus for Fall 2021
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • No active community standards violations
  • Must participate in MANDATORY training from August  19-21 , 2021 (tentative).This training is put together by Welcome Week Coordinators and various offices around campus to help give resources, contacts and information about life at Hofstra (and important info for new students). This is also a time to make connections with other WWLs!
  • Be available during Welcome Week, Sunday, August 22 – Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (tentative) to help acclimate new students to the Hofstra Pride!

NOTE: The applications for this position is currently on hold until we resolve the details of Welcome Week 2021. Please check this web page and your Hofstra email address as new information becomes available.