Registering for the classes you want most will enhance your experience at Hofstra University. For optimal registration options, we encourage you to use our Online Registration System. Hofstra Online offers you a quick and simple way to register. Looking up classes, registering for open classes, and dropping or adding classes are all just a click away via the internet.
We hope you will find our online system user-friendly and efficient. However, you may still register in person at the Welcome Desk in Room 206 Memorial Hall, where representatives are ready to assist you.
- Who can register online?
- Which terms can I register for?
- How does it work?
- When is the system available?
- When can I register?
- How many credits do I need to earn for each class standing?
- How do I find out the deadlines for each semester?
- When will I get a tuition bill?
- How do I begin?
- What is my Student ID number?
- What happens if I forget my Network ID or password?
- What is my Alternate PIN?
- What is a waitlist?
- What do I do if a class is closed?
- How do I search for classes?
- What do I do if the system won't let me register during my assigned day and time?
- What types of holds are there?
- I received an error message. Why can't I register?
- How can I view my schedule?
- Who do I contact for assistance?
Who can register online?
Pre-advised, matriculated, and continuing graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Communication, School of Education, School of Health Professions and Human Services, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, and Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (except graduate majors in human cytogenetics, biology, speech-language pathology, audiology, and applied linguistics "TESL"). Law School students should refer to the registration material provided by the Law School. Medical School students should refer to the registration material provided by the Medical School. School for University Studies and NOAH students are not able to register online.
Which terms can I register for?
Students may register for the fall, January, spring, and all summer sessions using Hofstra Online.
How does it work?
To register via Hofstra Online, you must log in through the Hofstra Portal at my.hofstra.edu. (You must know your Network ID, password and Alternate PIN, if necessary.) Once you have logged in using your Hofstra Network ID and password, click on the Hofstra Online link located on the left side navigation bar. Under the Student Services menu, click on the option titled "Registration" and then on the option titled "Add/Drop Classes." Follow the necessary links. Hofstra Online is compatible with Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher, Safari 4.1 or higher.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the "Submit Changes" button to process all web registration requests, to verify changes, and to view or print your schedule.
When is the system available?
The online system is open 24/7.
When can I register?
Registration dates are listed for each term on the corresponding academic calendar.
How many credits do I need to earn for each class standing?
An undergraduate student credited with 30 semester hours will be ranked as a sophomore; with 60 semester hours, a junior; and with 90 semester hours, a senior. Students will be ranked at the beginning of each regular fall and spring semester. Note: Your class standing for registration purposes goes by earned hours and does not include in-progress credits.
How do I find out the deadlines for each semester?
The deadline information for each semester is available at: hofstra.edu/deadlines. You are responsible to formally notify the University of any plan to drop or withdraw from classes, and will be held responsible for all billings regardless of class attendance.
When will I get a tuition bill?
Fall semester statements will be generated beginning the third week of June. Thereafter, weekly bills will be generated for all new registrations. Payment is due the first week in August, regardless of registration date. Full payment, or payment arrangements, must be established for any registration that occurs after August 1. Late fees will be imposed according to the published fall deadlines. Spring semester statements will be generated beginning the third week of November. Thereafter, weekly bills will be generated for all new registrations. Payment is due the first week in January, regardless of registration date. Full payment, or payment arrangements, must be established for any registration that occurs after January 1. Late fees will be imposed according to the published fall deadlines. IMPORTANT: Always check your Hofstra Portal for your most updated billing information.
How do I begin?
Follow your school's instructions for advising and make an appointment with your advisor, if necessary. It is important to discuss your academic plans with an advisor, to get feedback on your choices, and to make sure you are on track for your degree requirements. If you have a declared major and don't know the name of your faculty advisor, you can view this information online, on your degree audit report or by contacting your major's department office. If you are undeclared, you are welcome to meet with an advisor in the Center for University Advisement, Room 101 Memorial Hall.
For each semester you are registering online, obtain an Alternate PIN from your academic advisor, if necessary. We are pleased to announce that it is no longer mandatory for juniors and seniors in good academic standing to have an Alternate PIN when registering. All first-years and graduate students who have not been pre-advised must obtain an Alternate PIN from their advisor prior to logging in. Nonmatriculated graduate students must register in person or by mail.
Be sure to check for new class offerings and prerequisites prior to beginning web registration. As always, please call the Office of Academic Records/Registrar at 516-463-8000 (Option 2) for assistance during normal business hours, if you have any questions or problems. Technical questions should be directed to EdTech at 516-463-7777 (Option 1).
What is my Student ID number?
The University has assigned each member of the Hofstra Community a generated Student ID number. This initiative will help ensure your privacy and security while allowing the University to maintain up-to-date records. Your Student ID number appears on your Hofstra ID card.
What happens if I forget my Network ID or password
Your Network ID and password are the same as your email username and password. If you are unsure of your Network ID or password, contact EdTech at 516-463-7777 or visit hofstra.edu/forgotpassword.
What is my Alternate PIN?
You can obtain your Alternate PIN from your academic advisor or graduate program director. A new Alternate PIN is required for each semester for which you are registering online (if necessary).
What is a waitlist?
This functionality allows you to place yourself on a waitlist for some closed courses. Please note that this option will not be available for all closed classes. It is at the discretion of the academic department to decide whether or not they will offer a waitlist option.
How will I know a course has a waitlist?
On the "Look-Up Classes to Add" screen of the Hofstra Online system, there will be a number listed under the "WL Cap" column. This will indicate how many waitlist spaces there are in total and the "WL Rem" column will tell you how many spaces are currently available.
What do I do to add myself to a waitlist?
If the course you want is closed and has a waitlist option, please follow these instructions: 1. Note the CRN number. (It's the five digit number located to the left of the subject and course information.) 2. Go to the "Add/Drop Classes" page and enter the CRN# in the "Add Classes Worksheet." Click the "Submit Changes" button. 3. The class will first come up with an error message of "CLOSED - WAITLISTED." The Action box is defaulted to "Waitlist." Click the "Submit Changes" button.
How will I know when/if a space becomes available?
The academic department will contact you via your Pride email account.** At that time, you will have 24 hours to process your registration into the class. The steps are listed below.
Once I am notified that I may register, what do I do?
- Log onto the Hofstra Portal and select the Hofstra Online tab.
- Click the Registration link for the registration menu options.
- Select the "Add/Drop Classes" page and select the term for registration.
- The waitlist class will appear with a drop-down menu. Note the CRN number for the waitlisted course. Select "Web/Drop" and then click the "Submit Changes" button.
- Scroll down and reenter the CRN number in the "Add Classes Worksheet." Click the "Submit Changes" button.
- The course should now appear as "**Web Registered**"
- Waitlist status does not mean you are registered for the class nor does it guarantee that you will be registered.
- The order in which students will be selected from the waitlist and invited to register for the course will be at the discretion of the academic department.
- **It is your responsibility to check your pride account frequently. Your 24-hour registration allowance begins at the point of notification.
What do I do if a class is closed?
After submitting your class search criteria on the "Look Up Classes to Add" page, you can hit the "Show Only Open/Waitlisted Sections" button located above the search results. This will adjust the results to only display open sections or sections with a wait-listing option. In some instances, courses are set up by the academic department as 'closed.' For information on possible entry into a closed course, please contact that specific academic department. Please note: A preprinted 'C' next to a course code indicates that the course is currently 'closed.'
How do I search for classes?
Log in through the Hofstra Portal at my.hofstra.edu. (You must know your Network ID and password.) Once you have logged in, click on the Hofstra Online link located on the left side navigation bar. Under the Student Services menu, click on the option titled "Registration" and then on the option titled "Look-up Classes to Add." Select the semester you wish to look up classes for and hit "Submit." When searching for classes, you must fill in the subject line or you will be returned to the same search page. You may search for more than one subject at a time by holding down the "Shift" key and clicking on a second selection. To get the most results possible when searching for classes, enter only basic information on the search page. To narrow the search to fewer results, enter more information. Be careful not to be too specific or the search may be unsuccessful. Click the "Class Search" button when you are done entering your search criteria. The public class search is available at: hofstra.edu/classlookup
What do I do if the system won't let me register during my assigned day and time?
If you are unable to register during your assigned registration day and time, go to the "Check your Registration Status" page from the Registration Menu to find out why. If you have a hold on your registration, click on the "View Holds" link located at the bottom of the page. You will need to contact the office of the department that originated the hold.
I received an error message. Why can't I register?
When registering for a class, if you encounter one of the following registration errors you must go to the Academic Department for an override approval:
- Level Restriction
- College Restriction
- Degree Restriction
- Program Restriction
- Major Restriction
- Class Standing Error
- Prerequisite Error
OTHER REGISTRATION ERROR MESSAGES
If you encounter one of the following registration errors, follow the directions as stated below.
- Time Conflict with CRN number: Choose another course.
- Closed Section: If waitlist is available, you may waitlist yourself. Otherwise, either select another course/section or contact the academic department to see if a Closed Course override is possible for that section.
- Closed Waitlist Full: Waitlist is not available.
- Closed, Waitlist: Class is closed, however you are on the waitlist for this class.
- "Concise Student Schedule" = This is a simple listing of your registered classes with the meeting days, times, locations, and instructors.
- "Student Schedule by Day and Time" = This is a day and time grid view of the current week.
- "Student Detail Schedule" = This is a more detailed listing of your registered classes, including dates, locations, and instructors.
What types of holds are there?
Examples of holds are: A Health Center hold, a graduate nonmatriculated hold, an arrears hold, an advisement hold, and an admissions hold. All of these holds will prevent a student from registering using Hofstra Online.
How can I view my schedule?
There are three different format options to view your schedule. All are located under the Student Services menu and then by clicking on the option titled "Registration." The viewing options available are:
- Student Schedule by Day & Time – This displays the schedule of registered courses on a week by week basis.
- Student Detail Schedule – This displays registered courses with their regular meeting patterns for the term.
- My Finals – This displays final examination dates for registered courses.
Who do I contact for assistance?
If you have any questions regarding the system, please contact the staff in Academic Records/Registrar at 516-463-8000, Option 2, or by email. We are anxious to assist you with any questions regarding Hofstra Online.