Prepare for Orientation
- Register for New Student Orientation and Family Orientation, and indicate your date preferences through your Hofstra portal
- Make your travel plans once you receive confirmation of your dates via email to your Hofstra email account. Visit hofstra.edu/directions for information on directions, hotels and public transportation.
- Read the common reading, which 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.
- Take your placement assessments online. Information is provided in the confirmation email you receive for orientation. We need the results to provide appropriate academic advising and finalize your fall class schedule at orientation.
- Send verification of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). (It is extremely important that you provide an updated 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.)
- Send official transcripts for Advanced Placement credit, college credits, or credits from any other special programs to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- Look through the information about our First-Year Connections program and think about what clusters or seminars appeal to you. Then go online to the First-Year Checklist and select your preferences.
- Become a fan of “Hofstra Orientation” on Facebook and follow @hofstraorientation on Instagram to connect with classmates and have your questions answered. Use #HofWelcome2022 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]hofstra.edu) or Allison Vernace, Title IX Officer for Student Issues (StudentTitleIX[at]hofstra.edu).
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.)