2020 Summer Orientation Dates

Hofstra University, in accordance with New York state policy and in line with the university's decisions, has moved the first part of NSO and Family Orientation to a digital format. More information regarding the schedule and technologies is forthcoming. Your online experience will still take place during the same three days of your initial confirmation. Please check your Hofstra email address for regular updates.

At your Hofstra journey begins at New Student Orientation! New Student Orientation is a virtual program where all students get their first glimpse of life at Hofstra. Transfer students are offered a one-day orientation experience and should visit the Transfer Orientation webpage for more information about their specific program. During both programs, you will learn about Hofstra's curriculum and campus resources, virtually tour the campus, meet faculty and staff, and begin to develop lifelong friendships with other new students. First-year students will also register for fall classes at New Student Orientation. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hofstra Pride at summer orientation!

All students will be receiving a deposited students packet from the Office of Admissions in early May. Included in this packet is information about New Student Orientation and instructions on how to sign up for one of our eight weeks of offerings through your Hofstra portal.

Experience has shown that students who actively participate in an orientation program excel academically and socially more often than those who do not take advantage of such programs. Our orientation program will prepare you for a good start at Hofstra by answering your questions about academic, social and logistical matters before you begin your classes in September; for this reason, attendance at orientation is required.

Your orientation to campus continues with Welcome Week, the second part of Orientation. During Welcome Week, numerous activities are planned to assist new students in acclimating to campus and the community right before the fall semester begins.

To recap, New Student Orientation includes both the three-day, program and the extensive array of activities and programs that are part of Welcome Week. For information about summer orientation such as dates, how to sign up and our frequently asked questions, select the menu on the top left (in blue where it says "Summer Orientation").

Week 1 June 9-11  
Week 2 June 16-18  
Week 3 June 23-25  
Fourth of July Break – No NSO- June 29-July 3  
Week 4 July 7-9   
Week 5 July 14-16  
Week 6 July 21-23  
Week 7 July 28-30  
Transfer Orientation August 3  
Week 8 August 4-6  

Special Groups
If your field of study / area of interest falls into one of the below categories, please select from the preferred dates below.   Note that selecting from one of the preferred dates is highly encouraged but not required.

Category Preferred Dates Category Preferred Dates
Cheerleaders and Dance team Week 1,2,3 International Students *See note below
Drama Majors Week 2,3,4,5 Music Majors Week 3,4,5,6,7
Dance Majors Week 2,3,4,5   NOAH Week 1,2,3
Hofstra University Honors College Week 1,2,3,4,5 NCAA student-athletes Week 1,2,3
Zarb School of Business Week 2,3,4,5

International students wishing to attend a domestic New Student Orientation session should attend week 8. Please note that all new International Students (F-1 and J-1 students) are required to attend the mandatory international student orientation held Monday, August 24 – Thursday, August 27, 2020. For more information about international orientation, please visit:


Check-in information along with technology requirements for your session will be sent to your Hofstra email.  Please check your Hofstra email on a regular basis.