Summer Orientation

Your Hofstra journey begins at New Student Orientation! New Student Orientation is a three-day, two-night program where all students stay overnight on campus and 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, 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!

Week 1 – June 9 – 11

Week 2 – June 16-18

Week 3 – June 23 – 25

Week 4 – July 7 – 9

Week 5 July 14 – 16

Week 6 – July 21 – 23

Week 7 – July 28 – 30

Transfer Orientation August 3, 2020

Week 8 – Aug 4 – 6

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 – Wednesday August 26, 2020. For more information about international orientation, please visit:

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, two-night session out 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, two-night stay at Hofstra and the extensive array of activities and programs that are part of Welcome Week. For information about summer orientation such as dates, what to bring, how to sign up and our frequently asked questions,  select the menu on the top left (in yellow where it says "Summer Orientation").

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. We ask that you do not make any travel arrangements until you receive an email confirmation .

If you have any questions about orientation, 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

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.  The author of the book will present during welcome week to the incoming class, following by a question and answer session.

The committee is currently meeting about the selection for 2020.  Please visit back in February 2020 for the official selection. 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.

See the previous year's selection