Parent & Family Programs


Family Orientation: Summer 2023


Hofstra University is planning the summer orientation for freshmen students as an on-campus, three-day, two-night program. Students who paid the deposit can register for a preferred orientation week through the student portal. Attending orientation in person supports students in learning about campus, engaging with future classmates, and enjoying the fun activities that take place each orientation. Both commuting and resident students should stay overnight. We ask that students check their Hofstra Pride email as the Orientation Office will be sending updates about arrival times, health and safety protocols, and online placement exams. Students may view more information on the  New Student Orientation page.

Parents and Family Members:
We cordially invite parents and family members to attend the Family Orientation program, which is separate from student orientation. Family Orientation takes place on Tuesday, the first day of New Student Orientation, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Your student will register you for Family Orientation through the student portal at the same time and on the same form as they register themselves for the student orientation. We will then have your emails to inform you of the Family Orientation details and updates. If you wish to attend Family Orientation during a week different from your student’s, please email

Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
June 13 | June 20 | June 27
July 11 | July 18 | July 25
August 1

Monday, July 31, 2023, Noon-3 p.m. ET - Virtual

Monday, August 28, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Family Orientation Program

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 plan to 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

View and download the current Hofstra Family Handbook as a PDF.

Important Conversations

Please read and use the Important Conversations Family Guide when speaking with your child about alcohol, drug use and abuse, and sexual violence prevention prior to the start of the fall semester.

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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! The parents and family members of incoming new students learn about transition to college, academics and campus life through information sessions and interaction with staff and students. Please note that Family Orientation program is separate from New Student Orientation.

The Family Orientation program will be presented in person on our beautiful campus. Please note that Hofstra does not provide accommodations for parents on campus; see Directions link at the left for nearby hotels with Hofstra-negotiated rates. Please make sure to subscribe to Family Link e-newsletter; we will send important information to all subscribed parents and family members.