Parent & Family Programs


Parent and Family Orientation: Summer 2024


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 Parent and Family Orientation program, which is separate from New Student Orientation. Parent and Family Orientation takes place on Tuesday, the first day of New Student Orientation, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Your student will register you for Parent and 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 inform you of the Parent and Family Orientation details and updates by email. If you wish to attend Parent and Family Orientation during a week different from your student’s, please email

Parent and Family Orientation FOR FRESHMAN PARENTS – SUMMER 2024
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
June 11 | June 17 | June 25
July 9 | July 16 | July 23 | July 30

*Note that the second week of New Student Orientation is on a Monday and Tuesday and therefore, Parent Orientation takes place on Monday.

Parent and Family Orientation FOR TRANSFER PARENTS
Monday, July 29, 2024

Parent and Family Orientation FOR INTERNATIONAL PARENTS
Monday, August 26, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What time does Parent and Family Orientation begin and end?
A. Parent and Family Orientation begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.  Check in is from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The event is expected to end by 2:30 p.m. with optional programming afterwards.

Q. Does my student attend Parent and Family Orientation with me?
A. Students have a separate orientation from your program. They should be dropped off at the Netherlands Residence Hall complex between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. Their program is a three-day/two-night overnight program.

Q. When do I pick my student up on the last day of New Student Orientation?
A. Students may have various appointments on the last day of their orientation sessions. We ask that the students contact you on the evening of their second day and inform you of all the appointment times. We expect all students to be done by 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on the last day.

Please note that week 2 of Orientation is a two-day program, starting on Monday and ending Tuesday evening. We expect students to be finished and checked out between 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th.

Q. Is Parent and Family Orientation required?
A. We strongly encourage all parents to attend this program so that they are prepared and can better support their student as they transition to college.  Additionally, we will be hosting webinars with specific topics that will augment the parent orientation program.

Q. I have questions related to New Student Orientation. Where can I find some answers?
A. Please check out the New Student Orientation FAQ [link to ]

Q. How do parents and family members register for Parent and Family Orientation?
A. Students register their parents and family members for Parent and Family Orientation at the same time and on the same student portal form as for New Student Orientation. Parents can see the confirmed dates through Family eSpace parent portal.

Q. I would like to have access to my Hofstra student’s record (bills, grades). How do I do that?
A. Students may authorize parents on FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form. Parents can then call departments and have access to the records students specified on the form (academic, financial, advising, etc.). On the FERPA form, students can also give access to their parents to the Family eSpace parent portal. In addition, to receive financial statements, students should authorize their family members for eBill.

Q. My Hofstra student’s age is 17 or under. Do I have to sign anything?
A. Parents/guardians of minor students must complete the Authorization Form – Minor Students through Family eSpace parent portal.


A detailed schedule of the Parent and Family Orientation day will be posted closer to the date.


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

Directions and Hotels

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.

Video Library

The Parent and Family Orientation videos will be uploaded during the summer.


The session presentations will be uploaded during the summer.

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" and “follow” on the Hofstra University Parents Facebook page.

Welcome to Hofstra's Parent and 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 Parent and Family Orientation program is separate from New Student Orientation.

The Parent and 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.