Family Orientation: Summer 2018
- Welcome Letters
You may choose one of eight family orientation days, coinciding with the first day, Tuesday, of the three-day New Student Orientation: June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24 or 31, 2018. International families are welcome to attend the family orientation program on Monday, August 27. Before each date, you or your student will receive more details about the program and the logistics. Your student must register you and other family members online at the same time they register for New Student Orientation through their Hofstra portal. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to come to Family Orientation on a date different than your student's New Student Orientation. Your student should visit Student Summer Orientation page for details about the New Student Orientation.
Please note that you will need to say goodbye to your student when you drop them off at the Netherlands Residence Complex at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. You will head to Family Orientation that starts at 9:15 a.m. and lasts to around 5:30 p.m. You will not reconnect later that Tuesday, so please be sure to give your student all their belongings in the morning.
While Family Orientation lasts one day, the student orientation runs for three days. Even students intending to commute in the fall stay on campus overnight. If you are picking up your student on Thursday, please be aware that registration appointments run to 5 p.m. and not all students finish at the same time. If your student lives far away and needs to leave early on Thursday, please ask your student to email email@example.com, using their Hofstra Pride email account with the request.
Students should regularly check their @pride.hofstra.edu email account since all official communications are sent there. Please ask your student to consult the following checklists: Prepare for Orientation and What to Bring prior to coming to orientation. International students should refer to the International Student Pre-arrival Checklist.
Parents and family members should complete the Family Information Form so we have correct contact information for you and learn your communication and involvement preferences.
Directions and maps will help you with your car trip to and around the 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. Our enthusiastic Family Orientation Leaders, current Hofstra students, will be at the Netherlands Complex when you drop off your student and will guide you to the Family Orientation.
- Hofstra Family Handbook
Download the current Hofstra Family Handbook as a PDF. We mail the new handbook to the student's home address on record in late May.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.
- Hofstra Discovery Program
The Family Orientation is a day-long program on the first day of each three-day New Student Orientation. Parents and family members of incoming students learn about transition to college and campus life through information sessions and a lunch with administrators and faculty. Past programs have included sessions on wellness and safety, academic curriculum and advising, financial aid, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), life in residence halls, commuting student programs and services, and technology on campus. Parents and family members also have a chance to attend a campus tour. The Family Orientation program begins at 9 a.m. and finishes around 5:30 p.m. International families are invited to attend the family orientation program on Monday, August 27; more information will be emailed to your student's Pride email account.