Orientation & New Student Programs

Winter Orientation

Friday, January 29, 2021
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Our Virtual Folder | FAQ

Hofstra University, in accordance with New York state policy and in line with the University's decisions, has moved Winter Orientation and Family Orientation to an online format. Please check your Hofstra email address for updates and the technology that will be used.

Winter Orientation is a day of events that is designed to introduce you to the Hofstra campus, the rigor of academic life, our rich culture and traditions, our on-campus resources, and the exciting diversity of Hofstra and the community around us.

During Winter Orientation, will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the resources available to support your success, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Take a virtual campus tour.
  • Meet other new students and connect with current student leaders who will share their Hofstra experience.
  • Participate in various webinars to explore additional topics and get your questions answered by our University staff.

Residential Students
Students with confirmed on-campus housing should check their Hofstra email regularly regarding the requirements and procedures for moving in.

Registration for Winter Orientation
Registration for Winter Orientation will go live in late November on the Hofstra portal at my.hofstra.edu.
You will need your Hofstra username and password. After you sign up, an email confirmation will be sent to your Hofstra email address within two business days with details for logging in and the technology requirements.

Before Winter Orientation Begins
There are several required online components that all new students must complete before attending Winter Orientation. You will need your username and password to access these. Most students’ usernames look like this – h701111111. If you don’t know your network ID or password or have technical difficulties, please contact our ITS Service Desk at 516-463-7777.

The following required online components must be completed before attending Winter Orientation:

  • Bystander Intervention
  • Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety
  • Title IX
  • Public Safety

All of the above session can be accessed by:

  • Logging into the Hofstra portal at my.hofstra.edu.
  • Selecting the Blackboard icon from the app menu.
  • Selecting My Courses from the menu on the left side and then Winter Orientation.

Students should log into their Hofstra authenticated Zoom account at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 29, 2021, using the link they received in their Hofstra email address. This will allow us to address any technology-related issues. The official program will begin promptly at noon.

Schedule of Events
Here is the schedule of events including the Zoom details.

Get Excited!
Our student organizations and departments have planned many events, programs, and activities to help your transition to Hofstra.

Read our FAQ or contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement:

Our Virtual Folder

During orientation, new students receive a lot of information about on-campus resources. Sometimes the volume of information can be overwhelming. We have compiled information about these resources in our virtual folder. With the virtual orientation folder, you will be able to peruse the available programs on your computer and at your leisure. Additionally, the virtual folder is part of Hofstra’s Yellow and Blue make Green environmental initiative, as it reduces the amount of paper products distributed during programs.

Cultural Resources

We also want to remind you about the importance of getting involved in your own culture here on campus and within the cultures of your classmates. Immersing yourself in your own culture and exploring other cultures are both hallmarks of the collegiate experience; getting to know yourself and other cultures better prepares you to be a global citizen and succeed in your chosen field.

Below is a list of websites that can also assist you in finding a cultural home here at Hofstra. If you have any questions or you want to get involved in one of our many cultural student groups, please stop by Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion in Room 263 Student Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for Winter Orientation?

All accepted undergraduate students must first pay their admission deposits and orientation fee. Once the orientation fee has been paid, students will be able to sign up for Winter Orientation on the Hofstra portal (my.hofstra.edu).

How much does Winter Orientation Cost?

The cost for Winter Orientation is $125. All first-year undergraduate students entering Hofstra in the spring semester pay this orientation fee along with their admission acceptance and deposit.

When do I check in for Winter Orientation?

Students should log into their Hofstra authenticated Zoom account at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 29, 2021, using the link they received in their Hofstra email address. This will allow us to address any technology-related issues. The official program will begin promptly at noon.

What are the technology requirements for participating in Winter Orientation?

To successfully participate in your course and cocurricular activities, you will need:

  • Computer
    A computer that is capable of running the latest versions of operating systems (Windows 8.1 or above or macOS 10.13 or above) browsers, plug-ins, and recent software, including tools that will keep the system free of viruses and spyware. We do not recommend using hand-held devices such as iPads or smartphones as your experience will be limited. Note that there may be some limitations with Chromebooks.
  • Internet Connection
    A high-speed, hard-wired or wireless internet connection that will support streaming/interactive audio and video. Weak Wi-Fi may cause issues such as latency, choppy audio, and loss of connection.
  • Webcam
    A webcam will be required for your daily participation in class. If your computer does not have a built-in camera, you can purchase a USB-based webcam to affix to the top of your computer.
  • Headset with Microphone
    While many laptops come with built-in mics and speakers, we highly recommend that you use a USB-based headset with a microphone. If you are using a laptop with a built-in microphone, please use headphones or earbuds during class sessions to avoid an echo or feedback. Listening through speakers may cause an echo that disrupts the entire class.
  • Zoom
    Please be sure you have administrative permission to install Zoom and other technologies on your computer.
  • Designated Learning Space
    Students should choose a well-lit, distraction-free learning space appropriate for interacting with faculty, staff, and fellow students on camera.
Are there specific Zoom requirements to access Winter Orientation?

Yes. To access Winter Orientation sessions on Zoom, you will need to ensure you are using your Hofstra authenticated version of Zoom. Please view this short video for step-by-step instructions.

When do I move into my residence hall?

Students with confirmed on-campus housing should check their Hofstra email regarding the requirements and procedures for moving in.

How do I get to Hofstra's campus?

For directions to campus, please visit hofstra.edu/directions. The directions and maps on the website provide links to the Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, NYC Transit, Long Island Bus, and airports.

Can my parents/family members attend Winter Orientation?

The Office of Parent and Family Programs has designed a program for the families of our new students, separate from your student orientation. For more details about the Family Orientation, please visit Winter Orientation for Parents or call 516-463-4698.