Parent & Family Programs


Family Orientation - January 2021

Family members of first-year and transfer students starting in spring 2021 are cordially invited to attend the online Family Orientation, on Friday, January 29, 2021, 12n-3 p.m.  

Friday, January 29, 2021

12n-3 p.m.

Watch the Replay

You will receive the Zoom link after you register.

Family Orientation
Even if your student has experienced college life, we encourage you, their parents and family members, to learn about Hofstra resources and hear from the people who will take care of your student. You will also learn how to get engaged and be connected with your Hofstra Pride! Please note that this virtual parent and family orientation is separate from, but concurrent with, student orientation. 

The topics covered include advising and academics, career planning, student resources, wellness and safety, and how parents are informed.

Please contact Parent and Family Programs at (516) 463-4698 or if you have any questions.

Family Orientation: Summer 2021


Family Orientation is on the first day, Tuesday, of any week of New Student Orientation and lasts all day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Parents and family members whose students registered them for Family Orientation receive information to their registered email address about the Family Orientation on Thursday before their Family Orientation date. Parents and family members may elect to attend Family Orientation during any orientation week this summer, even on a date different from their student’s orientation, but need to email to let us know.


Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Transition to College
Student Success in College
The Academic Program(s) at Hofstra
Lunch and Meet the FacultyStudent Access Services
Parent Engagement
Wellness and Safety
Living on Campus
Clubs & Organizations
Campus Tour


Students should regularly check their email account since all official communications are sent there. They will need to complete placement exams online prior to New Student Orientation. Please ask your student to consult Prepare for Orientation checklist.


Please consult Directions and maps when you visit our beautiful campus. The Accommodations page lists nearby hotels with the negotiated Hofstra rates. The Airport/Train directions explain how to get from/to JFK and LaGuardia airports as well as to the Penn Station to/from Hofstra campus. 

Family eSpace

Please ask your student to authorize you for Family eSpace through their student portal. If you have questions, please email

Hofstra Family Handbook

Download the current Hofstra Family Handbook as a PDF. The 2021-22 edition will be uploaded in June 2021.

Difficult Conversations

We appreciate your help with our prevention and awareness initiatives. Please read and use the Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Sexual Violence Prevention Family Guide when speaking with your students about difficult topics prior to the start of the fall semester.

Contact Us

Informed and involved families are a great asset to our community. You are a part of Hofstra Pride and we welcome your input at any time. Please e-mail us or call at (516) 463-4698. Also, connect to fellow Hofstra parents by clicking on "like" at the Hofstra Parents Facebook page and follow us @HofstraParents on Twitter.

Welcome to Hofstra's Family Orientation! Parents and family members of incoming students learn about transition to college and campus life through information sessions and interaction with staff and students. Please note that Family Orientation is separate from student orientation. Hofstra University is planning our summer orientation for incoming first-year students as an on-campus, three-day, two-night program. Family Orientation, takes place on the first day, Tuesday, and lasts one full day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note that, 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 update the information on this web page.

The Family Orientation program will include online sessions on wellness and safety, academic curriculum and advising, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), life in residence halls, student and parent engagement programs, commuting student programs and services, and faculty expectations.