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Welcome Week 2017

Welcome Week 2017 is Thursday, Aug 31 to Monday, September 4, 2017

Hofstra University's Welcome Week is a five-day schedule of events that is designed to introduce you to the Hofstra campus, the rigor of academic life, our rich culture and traditions, on-campus resources, and the exciting diversity of Hofstra and the community around us. You will have the opportunity to participate in academic, social, athletic and community events as well as partake in trips to New York City and the surrounding Long Island Community. We have planned an exciting week filled with programs and activities that will help you get better acquainted with Hofstra's campus and become an engaged and involved student.

You and thousands of other students who call Hofstra their home can now gain access to campus resources, over 200 student clubs and organizations, and the many social, cultural and career opportunities of the New York metropolitan area.

Check In
This is your first stop when you get to campus for Welcome Week 2017. Please head to the Intramural Fields located on the north side of campus for check in on Thursday, August 31st. Here you will receive your Hofstra ID card, class shirt, and other important information regarding the Welcome Week program.

Residential students begin check in at 8:00 a.m (Please check your Pride email for your specific move in time in your housing letter from reslife[at]hofstra.edu)

Commuting students check in at 12:00 p.m.

Welcome Convocation
The first scheduled event after check-in for all students and family members is the Welcome Convocation at 2:45pm in the David S. Mack Arena. All students should plan to be present at this event to kick off Welcome Week 2017.

Accessing the Welcome Week Schedule
The full detailed Welcome Week schedule is now available via the Guidebook app in the iOS app store and on Google Play. Once you have the app downloaded, search for the Hofstra Welcome Week 2017 schedule inside the Guidebook app. To view the Welcome Week schedule through your web browser, please use this link: https://guidebook.com/guide/109256/.

Sign Up for the Explore Next Door Trips

All new undergraduate students (first-years and transfers) are eligible to register for ONE of our Explore Next Door (END) Trips occurring on Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd. Explore Next Door Trips are a great way to experience New York City in a guided tour with a Hofstra staff member and student leader.  Our trips include fun activities like food tours, service trips, kayaking on the Hudson, and Broadway shows!

Check out the chart below for trips being offered:

Saturday, September 2nd

Bronx Zoo

New York Aquarium

Scott’s Pizza Tour

Manhattan Kayak

Foods of NY: The Heart of Greenwich Village

The Phantom of the Opera

American Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt

Riverside Park Clean-Up 

Tour at NBC Studios

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

One World Observatory Tour


Sunday, September 3rd

“So You Think You Know 34th Street” Tour

Adventure Park at Long Island

The Highline & Chelsea Market

Sidewalks of NY: Lower East Side Food Tour

Circle-Line: The BEAST Speedboat Tour

Central Park Exploration

Kinky Boots

Escape the Room

Ronald McDonald House Long Island


 END trip registration begins on the first day of welcome week (August 31st) at 1:00 p.m. and closes on the following day (September 1st) at 9:00 a.m.  Our END trips have a limited number of spaces and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You may access the sign up page through your Hofstra Portal.

  • Go to my.hofstra.edu
  • Log in using your 700 number and password
  • Click on the ‘My Apps’ icon on the upper right hand corner (it looks like a grid)
  • Click on ‘END Trip Sign Ups’ icon inside the App menu

Note that you are only confirmed for an END Trip if you receive a confirmation email.

When signing up for an END trip, please take into consideration the departure and return time of your chosen trip and make sure that these times do not conflict with on campus programs you would like to attend.  All expenses for travel and admission are included for the trip.

Food and souvenir purchases are not included.  If a trip you would like to attend closes before you are able to sign up for it, you may go to the David S. Mack Sports Arena on the day of the trip in case a spot opens up.

Questions? Find answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

For more information, please email OSLE[at]hofstra.edu

Hofstra Welcome Week

Welcome Week on Social Media
Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome Week Schedule

The Welcome Week schedule is now accessible on the GuideBook app available on the iOS App Store and Google Play! Open the app then search for "Hofstra University Welcome Week 2017"

Welcome Week Staff

Welcome Week Staff

Meet the staff that make the hundreds of events run smoothly during Welcome Week!

Welcome Week Photos