Parent & Family Programs


Family Orientation: Summer 2021


Hofstra University is planning the summer orientation for incoming first-year students as an on-campus, three-day, two-night program for the following sessions: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. Attending orientation in-person supports students in learning campus, engaging with future classmates, and enjoying the fun activities that take place each orientation. Week  7 will be virtual/online and is intended for incoming students who have considerations due to the current public health concerns. We ask that students check their Hofstra Pride email as the Orientation Office will be sending updates about both types of sessions as information becomes available including arrival times, COVID test results, possible vaccination requirements, and technology requirements for the virtual sessions. Students may view more information at the New Student Orientation page.

Parents and Family Members:
Parents may choose to attend Family Orientation program, which is separate from student orientation, in person or virtually. 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 with the details and updates.

Week 7: July 27-29
Tuesday (12 n-3 p.m. ET), Wednesday (12n-3 p.m. ET), Thursday (3-4 p.m. ET)

Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8: June 8 or 10 | June 15 or 17 | June 22 or 24 | June 29 or July 1 | July 13 | July 20 | August 3
Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET

Monday, August 2 (12n-3 p.m. ET)

Monday, August 23 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET)


In-Person Family Orientation
Virtual Family Orientation


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

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

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.

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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! Parents and family members of incoming new students learn about transition to college 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 online and in-person. Please note that in-person Family Orientation will follow COVID-19 occupancy restrictions and health protocols and the space will be limited. Parents and family members may opt to attend the Virtual Family Orientation. See dates for both versions of the program on the left. Please make sure to subscribe to Family Link e-newsletter; we will send important information to all subscribed parents and family members.