Prepare for Orientation

Before Orientation

Register for New Student Orientation and Family Orientation

Visit your Hofstra portal to indicate your date preferences and sign your family members up for Family Orientation. Make your travel plans once you receive confirmation of your dates via email to your Hofstra email account. Students are provided with housing accommodations in the Netherlands Complex during each night of the program. We do not provide accommodations for family members. Visit for information on directions, hotels and public transportation.

Take Required Placement Assessments

New students are required to take placement assessments in foreign language and math. These exams help our advising team recommend courses that are suitable for you to register for at orientation. Information about your specific placement assessments will be sent to your Hofstra email account after you register for New Student Orientation from the Dean of Advising. Placement assessments will be available online as of April 8, 2019. You should complete your exams the Friday before your orientation week.

To take the placement assessment, log in to the Hofstra Portal,, with your Hofstra username and password. You will be using your username and password to access your Hofstra email, through the Portal, and to log on Hofstra computers while you're on campus. If you have problems or need help, call EdTech at 516-463-7777 and select option 1. Or email scs[at]

After you log in to, you will see a few icons along the top right navigation bar. This is where you will find Blackboard. Hover over the icons at the top right and select the one that says 'My Apps'. (It is the one that looks like a 'waffle' or a 'keyboard'.) Click on the icon and select Blackboard. In the Blackboard window you will find the link to your placement assessment(s) under the column labeled 'My Courses'. Click the link to either your mathematics exam or your language assessment to begin. When you finish the first assessment, come back to this page to take the second.

You will find instructions for the assessment in the Blackboard course. If you have a question about the mathematics assessment please contact the Mathematics Department at 516-463-5570. If your question is about the language assessment itself, please contact the Language Learning Center at or call 516-463-5653 during normal business hours (Eastern Standard Time).

If you have a documented disability and require extended time on exams, please call Student Access Services (SAS) on campus at 516-463-7075 or email at You may also visit their office on campus in 107 Mack Student Center. We will be happy to arrange extended time for placement exams, but only for those students who notify the SAS office in advance. SAS will email students at their Hofstra pride email accounts with instructions on how to take the placement exams with extended time. All students must take placement exams online prior to attending Orientation sessions.

Complete Required Health Forms

You will need to supply documentation of your vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. In addition, New York state law requires that you acknowledge receipt of the meningitis information.
If you have not already done so, please complete your medical records through our online Student Health Services Platform at

  • Click the IMMUNIZATIONS tab to enter information related to the required immunizations.
  • Click the FORMS tab and then MENINGITIS RESPONSE to respond online.
  • Click the UPLOAD tab to upload all of your supporting documentation.
  • Once you have completed these steps your records will be updated. Please allow 24 hours for this change to be reflected in your academic record.
Submit your AP and College Credits

Send official transcripts for Advanced Placement credit, college credits, or credits from any other special programs to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Having your most up-to-day credits on file will help our advising team recommend the best courses for you. Note that completing your placement exams in language and mathematics are still required regardless of AP scores and prior college credits.

Consider Your First-Year Connections Options

Hofstra's first-year seminars and clusters are designed to get your college experience off to a great start. At the heart of the program are small classes taught by distinguished faculty in areas of interest ranging from art to writing. Not only will these courses introduce you to the intellectual and social life of the University, but — even if you are undecided about a major — nearly all of them will also help you satisfy the general education requirements for all majors. These are regular undergraduate courses, but they are reserved for first-year students only, so once you've looked over this brochure, please log in to the Hofstra portal ( and give us your preferences.

Read the Common Reading

The common reading will be used as the basis for the model class during New Student Orientation. You will receive more information about the model class in the session confirmation email. The book will be mailed out after May 1. This year's reading is “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O'Neil. This is your first college reading assignment! We expect you to read the book before attending Orientation, where you will be discussing it with Hofstra faculty. You can learn more about the Common Reading program and Weapons of Math Destruction by visiting

Learn What to Bring & Where to Park

Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Netherlands Residence Hall Complex. Ample parking is available surrounding the Complex. Orientation concludes Thursday with advising appointments and course registration occurring at various times throughout the day, but please do not plan to leave before 5:00 p.m.

Orientation is an overnight program, so please bring everything you need for the three days and two nights of the program, including linens. Please refer to our packing list.

Get Excited & Connect With Us!

Become a fan of “Hofstra Orientation” on Facebook and follow @hofstraorientation on Instagram to connect with classmates and have your questions answered. Use #HofWelcome to showcase your photos and posts! Learn about your orientation leaders – they’ll be a great resource for you when you come for orientation and beyond!

Preferred Name Policy Available

Hofstra University is excited to announce that our Preferred Name Policy is now available to all students.

The Preferred Name Policy allows students to use a preferred name on select University communications and platforms, and to be referred to by university employees. All are encouraged to review a copy of the Preferred Name Policy. Completed forms should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar (206 Memorial Hall). If you have any questions please contact Gillian Atkinson, Associate Director Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion (IEI[at] or Allison Vernace, Title IX Officer for Student Issues (StudentTitleIX[at]

Schedule Overview

Schedule Overview

A schedule of events for New Student Orientation will be given to you when you check in on the Tuesday of Orientation.  Here are some highlights:

Day 1 - Tuesday

  • Check-in (8:45-9:30 a.m.)
  • Learn about academic requirements and expectations.
  • Meet your orientation leader and connect with students in your group.
  • Attend workshops about campus life and available resources.
  • Participate in evening activities.

Day 2 - Wednesday

  • Attend a model class.
  • Attend workshops about campus life and resources.
  • Experience 'True Life: I'm a Hofstra Student!"

Day 3 - Thursday

  • Attend academic advising and student success sessions
  • Register for fall classes.
  • Get your HofstraCard photo taken.  (You will receive your HofstraCard at Welcome Week check-in.)
  • Order your textbooks at the Hofstra Bookstore
  • Check-out (by 5 p.m.)