Start your



at INTO Hofstra



Pathway students: Monday, August 29, 2022Academic English students: Monday, September 12, 2022

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!

Activate your Hofstra Portal

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. 


Apply for your F-1 visa

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.


How can PASS help you?

  • Attend one of our information and preparatory workshops. We offer different types of virtual webinars and workshops about the F-1 visa process. Check out our events page
  • Register for one-on-one visa interview prep with a PASS advisor
  • Read more about the steps to applying for a US F-1 Visa


Finalize your housing

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 (step 6 on this checklist). Your residence hall assignment will be sent to you in an email confirming your arrival prior to Orientation.

Living off campus?

Students are responsible for securing their own off-campus housing. For more information, please visit the Hofstra off-campus housing website.


Upload your proof of immunization through the Hofstra Portal

  • Visit the Hofstra Student Health Services to read about required immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations and Boosters.
  • 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. You may also bring your immunization records with you to Orientation. All immunization records MUST be in English.



Pay your tuition and fees

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. Group airport transfer to campus will be available on Sunday, August 28.

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.



Attend a pre-orientation webinar

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

International Year One and Undergraduate Transfer Program: complete the required math placement

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.

Need help with the math placement? Contact Prof. Frank Gaughan with questions.


Take your English Language Placement Exam

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.


Arrive at Hofstra!

During your travels, if your flight changes or if you have any issues, please contact us on our emergency phone that is available during the approved arrival period. The number is:


+1 619 997 0280


Contact Us

134 Hofstra University

100 Weller Hall 

Hempstead, NY 11549 USA

 + 1 516 463 6500 

Technical Support:

Chinese In-Language Support:

If you still have any other questions that weren't covered in this guide, please email us at

INTO University Partnerships Logo