Family Orientation: Summer 2017
- Welcome Letters
You may choose one of eight parent and family orientation days, coinciding with the first day of the student three-day orientation: June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 or August 1, 2017. Your student must register you and other family members online at the same time they register for New Student Orientation through their Hofstra portal. Your student should visit Student Summer Orientation page for details about the New Student Orientation.
To view a detailed program of the day, please click on Family Orientation Schedule here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, using their Hofstra Pride email account with the request.
Please remind your student to:
- Log in to the my.hofstra.edu portal. If your student has any problems with the Hofstra ID and password, ask them to call Student Computing Services at 516-463-7777.
- Check their @pride.hofstra.edu email frequently, since all Hofstra offices and faculty communicate with students via the Hofstra Pride email account.
- Register online for New Student Orientation. Your student will be able to register you for the Family Orientation at the same time. Instructions on how to register are sent to your student's Hofstra Pride email account.
- Refrain from making travel plans until your student receives a confirmation email from the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. In addition, when making plans for the return trip home, bear in mind that advising/registration appointments run until 5 p.m. on Thursday and not all students finish at the same time.
- Complete the language placement and math assessment exams online prior to attending New Student Orientation.
- Read the common reading book, which Hofstra mails to your student. Hofstra faculty will discuss the book with students during New Student Orientation.
- Remind the high school counselor to mail final high school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- Send official transcripts for Advanced Placement credit, college credits or credits for any special programs to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- Mail to Hofstra’s Student Health and Counseling Center, or bring to orientation, the verification of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as the signed Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form. Students who fail to comply with this New York state law will be removed from classes. The medical records form is in the welcome packet mailed to your student as well as here.
- Prepare for a three-day/two-night stay. All students, both residential and commuting, are required to stay on campus for the three days of New Student Orientation. Students should bring towels, linens (pillow, pillowcase, twin extra-long sheets, and blanket) or a sleeping bag. If your student is travelling from afar and is unable to bring linens, please ask your student to email email@example.com using Hofstra Pride email account.
- Bring photo identification to New Student Orientation.
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.
- Parent and Family Handbook
Download the current Parent and Family Handbook as a PDF. We mail the new parent and family 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.
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 first-year 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.