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.

Summer Orientation

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!

To recap, New Student Orientation includes both the three-day virtual experience at Hofstra and the extensive array of activities and programs that are part of Welcome Week. For information about summer orientation such as dates, how to prepare, how to sign up and our frequently asked questions, select the menu on the top left (in blue where it says "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 three-day session out of our eight weeks of offerings through your Hofstra portal.

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

Sign up for new student orientation online on the Hofstra portal. You will need your Hofstra network and password.  Since dates fill quickly, you will be asked to choose three sessions that work for you. Once we receive your request, we will send an e-mail confirmation to your Hofstra e-mail account, which will include important information about the Common Reading, and taking your foreign language placement exam and mathematics assessment online prior to orientation.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Even more questions? Please email us at orientation[at] or call New Student Orientation at (516) 463-4874.


Orientation Summer 2018

"I feel that it was necessary to attend orientation in order to get to know people and make friends, and to also understand the campus life and how everything at Hofstra works before you step on campus in the fall. I am much more comfortable about coming here in the fall now that I already have a group of friends and a general idea about Hofstra life because of orientation!"

Common Reading

Common Reading

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. During Welcome Week, there will be programming related to the common reading.

The 2020 Common Reading is "No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference” by Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018 she started a school strike that became a movement called Fridays for Future, which has inspired school strikes for climate action in more than 150 countries involving millions of students. In September 2019 she spoke in New York City at the UN Climate Action Summit. She has won the prestigious Prix Liberté and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Hillary Clinton calls her, ‘One of my favorite gutsy women.’ Thunberg is a vegan and doesn’t fly, in order to live a low-carbon lifestyle.

Visit the Common Reading web site for information