New Student Orientation – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I sign up for New Student Orientation?

All accepted undergraduate students must first pay the Enrollment-Orientation Deposit (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 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 fee was $300.  Due to the change in programming with no housing or meals being provided for orientation, the $300 fee has been adjusted to $200 for summer 2020.

Students who have already paid the $300 will have a credit placed on their tuition account for Fall 2020.

The Orientation fee goes towards this program, Welcome Week and programming for incoming students that takes place during the fall semester.

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 ( by clicking on the icon marked 'Gmail'.

Where do I check in for New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation 2020 has moved online. Please check your Hofstra email for a confirmation after you have signed up and for updates regarding times and technologies that will be used.

What are the specific times of online orientation?

Download the schedule for New Student Orientation 2020. Online orientation is scheduled to take place from 12 noon to approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 12 noon to approximately 4:30 pm on Wednesdays. On the Thursday of your confirmed session, students may have advisement and registration appointments and other meetings with faculty start as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 4:30 p.m. On the Wednesday of your session, you will get additional information as to your specific appointment times for Thursday. Note, all times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

What are placement assessments?

Each new student is required to take an online language placement assessment 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 assessment that corresponds to the language you studied in high school. The results are used to determine your placement level for these two areas. These assessments must be taken online at least one week prior to attending orientation. You will receive instructions on how to take the assessments to your Hofstra Pride e-mail account.

Do I need to take the placement assessments if I have Advanced Placement (AP) credits or college level credits?

Students should take both the Math and Foreign Language placement assessments. 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 your 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.

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 assessment scores.

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 The Parent and Family Orientation sessions are online and take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for about three hours each day with an optional virtual meet and greet on Thursdays.  These sessions occur on the same week as your student’s confirmed date of new student orientation. 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.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my orientation date?

To reschedule your orientation session, log into the Hofstra portal ( and send an email from your Hofstra email address to 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 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 completes several online components before and after their advisement appointments.

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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