New Student Orientation – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- How do I sign up for New Student Orientation?
All accepted undergraduate students must first pay the $250 tuition deposit and $300 orientation fee (see second question below). Once payment has been received, a First Year Deposit packet. We expect to send out these packets in early May. This packet contains detailed information on how to register for New Student Orientation including the web address my.hofstra.edu. We suggest that students read the packet thoroughly before signing up. Make sure you read it from cover to cover as it tells you what to expect before, during and after orientation.
- How much does New Student Orientation cost?
The total cost for New Student Orientation, which includes the three-day summer orientation and Welcome Week program, is $300. All first-year undergraduate students entering Hofstra pay this fee along with the $250 tuition deposit. All fees should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission for processing.
- How do I get confirmation about my orientation session?
Confirmations are sent to your Hofstra email address within three business days. Please make sure that you read your confirmation email carefully as the date you are assigned may be different that one that you originally requested. You can access your Hofstra email address through the portal (my.hofstra.edu) by clicking on the icon marked 'Gmail'.
- Where do I check in for New Student Orientation?
Students should check in at the Netherlands residence hall. Check in begins at 8:45 a.m. on the Tuesday of each orientation session. Here is a campus map that shows the check in location.
- Do I have to stay on campus all three days?
Yes. The New Student Orientation program offers different activities and scheduling opportunities each day. Therefore, it is necessary to remain on campus all three days. Evening programs include a variety of social activities that are important to the orientation experience.
- What are placement exams?
Each new student is required to take an online language placement exams and a math assessment prior to orientation. You will take a mathematics assessment in either basic algebra or calculus readiness, depending on your prior course work. You are also required to take a foreign language placement exam that corresponds to the language you studied in high school. The results are used to determine your placement level for these two areas. These exams and assessments must be taken online at least one week prior to attending orientation. You will receive instructions on how to take the exam and assessment in the confirmation e-mail sent to your Hofstra Pride e-mail account.
- Do I need to take the placement exams if I have Advanced Placement (AP) credits or college level credits?
Students should take both the Math and Foreign Language placement exams. Scores from these exams will give your advising dean the best understanding of your proficiency in both subjects. You should also bring all scores and other information from AP or college level courses to your academic advising appointment during New Student Orientation. This will allow your advising dean to assess you proficiency and suggest courses for the next semester.
- What is this Common Reading book I keep hearing about?
We use our summer orientation program to give you a taste of the kind of excitement you will experience this fall in a Hofstra classroom. Each year the Common Reading Book Selection Committee selects a text that is the basis of the discussion that takes place during the model class at New Student Orientation. Deposited students will be receiving this book in the mail after May 15. We expect you to read it in advance of your orientation session, so that when you arrive on campus you will be able to discuss it in a classroom setting with a member of the Hofstra faculty.
Visit the Common Reading website for more information.
- How do I get to Hofstra's campus?
For directions to campus, please visit hofstra.edu/directions. The directions and maps on the Web site provide links to the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, NYC Transit and Long Island Bus.
Nearby airports include John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and MacArthur Airport. A cab ride to and from the airports can be costly. Fares are subject to double once the taxi leaves the NYC limits. We suggest that visitors and guests travel using an airport shuttle. Super Shuttle services JFK, LaGuardia and MacArthur airports. The cost is approximately $48 per person (plus gratuities) to or from JFK or LaGuardia, and $46 per person to or from MacArthur Airport (Islip). These fares are one way and are subject to change. For more information, call Super Shuttle at 631-648-9083 or the 24 hour customer care 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826)
Super Shuttle is not affiliated with Hofstra University. This information is provided as a courtesy.
- Do I stay overnight if I am a commuter student?
Yes. The three-day, on-campus orientation program is for all new students, regardless of whether they are residing on campus or commuting during the academic year.
- Can I bring my car to New Student Orientation?
Yes. Students attending NSO are allowed to bring vehicles on campus. Remember not to park in any areas designated as reserved. At the end of NSO, students will have the opportunity to obtain a parking sticker from the Office of Public Safety with proof of vehicle registration and license plate number.
- When do I plan my schedule?
All students attend a curriculum overview to learn about degree requirements on Tuesday. In addition, students receive information about the registration process, academic expectations and deadlines. New students register for classes on Thursday.
You may have registered a preference in advance for a first-year seminar and/or cluster for your specific first-semester academic program. At orientation you will meet with an advisement dean or faculty adviser to discuss your curriculum options. It is at this point that you will complete your schedule by adding courses. If you have not selected a preference for a specific first-semester seminar and/or cluster, these may be available to you during orientation. Your advisement dean or faculty adviser will review your curriculum options and placement in math and foreign language classes based on your exam scores.
- Do you provide special meals for people with dietary restrictions (kosher, halal, vegan, etc.)?
Hofstra can provide special meals with advance notification. Please indicate this preference when you register for New Student Orientation.
- Can I bring guests?
No. Due to the nature of the program, guests are not allowed to stay with you throughout the program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and mingle with peers. Family members and parents are invited for a separate Parent and Family Orientation session on Tuesday.
- Can my parents come to orientation?
The Office of Parent and Family Programs has designed a program for the parents/family members of our new students (please visit hofstra.edu/parfam). The Parent and Family Orientation sessions are on Tuesday, the first day of the New Student Orientation programs. When students sign up for New Student Orientation, they will have an opportunity to sign up family members for Family Orientation. Welcome Week also includes events on the first day for families.
- Do you provide housing for my parents/guardians during Orientation?
Family Orientation is a one-day program that takes place concurrently with New Student Orientation on Tuesdays. Housing is not provided for parents/guardians. For a list of hotels nearby to the university visit www.hofstra.edu/directions
- What if I need to cancel or reschedule my orientation date?
To reschedule your orientation session, log into the Hofstra portal (my.hofstra.edu) and send an email from your Hofstra email address to email@example.com and indicate your full name, your Hofstra ID number (70xxxxxxx) and your new date choices. We will make every attempt to accommodate your request.
- Will I have a full range of course options if I attend a later New Student Orientation session?
Courses are available throughout the summer, and the University reviews the course offerings to ensure that we meet the needs of our students. Students are strongly encouraged to pre-register a preference for the First-Year Connections program. This program serves as a cornerstone for your academic schedule.
For more information regarding First-Year Connections, visit hofstra.edu/connections or contact the Center for University Advisement at (516) 463-7222 or (516) 463-6770.
- When does New Student Orientation end?
Orientation is completed on Thursday afternoon after each student registers for classes and then checks out of the Netherlands North Residence Halls. Plan to be on campus at least until mid-afternoon. Advisement appointments are scheduled through 5 p.m.
- Can I make travel arrangements after I submit my New Student Orientation date preference?
We ask that you not make travel plans until you receive an e-mail confirmation from the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs. Confirmations are sent within three business day to your Hofstra University e-mail account. If you have difficulty accessing your Hofstra University account, please contact the Office of Student Computing Services at (516) 463-7777.
- What medical records does the University require?
Students should send verification of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) if it is not already on file at the Health and Wellness Center before the first day of classes. It is extremely important that you provide verification of vaccinations as well as the meningitis response. Students who do not comply with this New York state law are not permitted to attend classes at the University. Call the Hofstra University Health and Wellness Center at 516-463-6745 with any questions.
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