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On-campus orientation:

  • Academic English students will have their orientation on Monday, September 9th.

  • Pathway students orientation will take place from Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30th, 2024.

Pre-Arrival Checklist!

It’s almost time to board a plane and start your new journey at Hofstra University! We have a lot of resources to help you along the way.

This is a simple checklist to help you stay on track and prepare for your arrival. If you need help or get stuck on any of the checklist items, email us at

You can review these items on the INTO Hofstra Welcome Guide to learn more about Hofstra, living in New York, what to pack and much more.

Now that you have confirmed your place, complete these important steps!

After you confirm your offer, you will receive an email from an INTO Hofstra team member with your Student ID number. Once you have this, follow the instructions in the email to activate your Hofstra Portal. Log into your Hofstra email daily and turn on notifications to respond to important emails. You can also forward your Hofstra emails to your personal email address, to make sure you don’t miss important information.

We offer a variety of visa support services through PASS, our Pre-Arrival Student Success Program. If you are applying for an F-1 visa for the first time, we recommend you join a PASS webinar and then sign up for a 1:1 PASS session. These sessions are required for Chinese students and recommended for students from other countries.

How can PASS help you?

  1. Attend one of our information and preparatory workshops. We offer different types of virtual webinars and workshops about the F-1 visa process.

  2. Check out our events page

  3. Register or one-on-one visa interview prep with a PASS advisor

  4. Read more about the steps to applying for a US F-1 Visa

Living on campus? If you are interested in living in campus housing, please reach out to A deposit will be required.

Want to know your residence hall assignment? In order to get your housing assignment details, you need to submit your flight details through the arrivals portal. Your residence hall assignment will be sent to you in an email confirming your arrival prior to Orientation. On-campus housing is scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2024 and Sunday, August 25, 2024 between 3-9PM.

Living off campus? Students are responsible for securing their own off-campus housing. For more information, please visit the Hofstra off-campus housing website. There is a lot involved in moving into a new place. We strongly suggest students living off campus move into their residence by the Friday before the program start date.

  1. Visit the Hofstra Student Health Services to read about required immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

  2. Log in to your Hofstra Portal, find the App Menu on the top right and select the Medicat App, then select Immunizations and upload your immunization records.

To attend Hofstra, you must have:

  • Proof of vaccination against or documented Immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • Proof of vaccination against, documented immunity to OR declination of Meningitis

All immunization and vaccination records MUST be in English and MUST be uploaded prior to arrival to the US. Documents need to be reviewed and then approved by Hofstra’s Student Health Services for students to continue their studies. This takes several days, so please allow time for this process. Some students may need to get vaccinations, after they arrive, so upload the documents as early as you can.

Pay your full tuition before arrival. For online payment and wire information, please refer to the links on your offer letter, or go here.

Submit your flight details on the arrivals portal So that we can support your arrival, we need your flight and arrival details. Please go to the arrivals portal to submit your flight details. Here you will also be able to indicate if you would like us to provide you with an airport transfer to campus. This is available to you at no cost. If you indicate that you need to be picked up, an INTO Hofstra team member will contact you to provide pick-up details.

Arriving early? If you are arriving early and would like to book a hotel, the following website is a list of recommended hotels close to the Hofstra campus.

You will receive an email from an INTO Hofstra team member with more information about how to log in and attend a webinar.

Webinar Dates are:

June 12, 2024 (on Zoom) June 13, 2024 (on Voov) Pre-Arrival Webinar for Chinese Speakers on Voov

July 22, 2024 (on Voov) Pre-Arrival Webinar for Chinese Speakers on Voov

July 23, 2024 (on Zoom)

The math placement test will cover basic algebra and pre-calculus. You will receive details on the math placement test as part of your pre-arrival communication.

The English Language Placement Exam (ELP) will consist of oral and writing proficiency exams. An INTO Hofstra team member will reach out to you to schedule the ELP prior to your arrival. No preparation is necessary, but do your best on the exam! The ELP is a requirement for all students, it does not affect your admission and is only used to place students in the most suitable courses for them.

During your travels, if your flight changes or if you have any issues, please contact the Assistant Director of Student Experience, Tamara West.

+1 516 736 1285