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Parent and Family Programs

Parent Services

E-BILL

View student's account statement and make payments online.

HOFSTRACARD

Add cash to your student's Dutch Debits account online!

Students can access these services through the Student Services menu within the portal.

Family Orientation: Summer 2019

Welcome Letters
Dates

Family Orientation takes place on Tuesday, first day of the three-day New Student Orientation. Parents and family members of the first-year students may choose one of eight orientation dates this summer: June 4, 11, 18, and 25; July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Transfer students and their families attend the orientation on Monday, July 29. International families are welcome to attend the family orientation program after their students' move-in, on Monday, August 26. Before each date, you and/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 parents@hofstra.edu 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. 

Schedule

Please review this detailed schedule of the Family Orientation day. Parents and family members say goodbye to students when they drop them off at the Netherlands Residence Complex at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Please note that you will not enter the residence hall with your student; students connect to their roommates and set up their room by themselves. Our Family Orientation Leaders will guide you 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, you will learn approximate time when they will be finished by Wednesday evening; 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 orientation@hofstra.edu, using their Hofstra Pride email account with the request. 

Checklists

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. Please note that you will not enter the residence hall with your student; students connect to their roommates and set up their room by themselves. International students should refer to the International Student Pre-arrival Checklist

Directions

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 (or you may take your car).

Presentations
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.

Hofstra Discovery Program

Click here to learn more about the Hofstra Discovery Program.

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 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. Transfer students and their families attend orientation on Monday, July 29. International families are invited to attend the family orientation program after the move-in in August; more information will be emailed to your student's Pride email account.

Parent Orientation

Parent Services

E-BILL

View student's account statement and make payments online.

HOFSTRACARD

Add cash to your student's Dutch Debits account online!

Students can access these services through the Student Services menu within the portal.