Orientation Day

We know attending college for the first time can be a little confusing, but we are here to help! Beginning this exciting journey can generate a lot of question and concerns.  Our Success Coaches are excited to meet with you!  

Attend our Virtual New Student Orientation 
Hostos Community College offers a wide array of Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs for its students.   For a better experience it is recommended to log on to our Virtual Orientation from a personal computer or laptop.  During Orientation, students will learn how to contact campus resources including: Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling Center, Center for Student Accessibility, and Library to name a few.  Students who miss their Orientation appointment may schedule a one-on-one registration appointment with a Coach but must reach out to SSCU@hostos.cuny.edu and inform the staff that they missed Orientation.             
CUNYFirst It is important to Claim your CUNY First account before attending our virtual orientation as you will be using this platform to enroll for courses along with Schedule Builder. 

Modes of Course Instruction
The University determines and defines how courses are offered university-wide, using the following three modes of instruction stated below. Mode of Instruction is defined as the way a class component (i.e., lecture, lab, etc.) is delivered in each semester.


In-Person classes are intended to be taken in a physical classroom setting during scheduled class meeting times. (online technology may enhance but not replace in-person instruction). An In-Person class where material is provided online, via a learning management system or website, does not displace any of the required contact hours that would normally occur in a scheduled In-Person class.

Hybrid classes are a combination of in-person and online instruction. Online contact hours (synchronous or asynchronous) displaces some portion of the required contact hours that would normally take place in a scheduled in-person (face-to-face) class. A hybrid class is designed to integrate face-to-face and online activities so that they reinforce, complement, and elaborate one another, instead of treating the online component as an add-on or duplicate of what is taught in the classroom.

Online classes (synchronous or asynchronous), all required contact hours are online only. Contact includes instruction, learning activities, and interactions (both student-student and/or student-instructor). All the class work, examinations, quizzes, writing assignments, lab work, etc. are fully online.

  • Synchronous Online - 100% of instruction is delivered online, with scheduled dates and times for online class meetings; and no in-person meetings required. Synchronous courses resemble traditional on-campus college classes in that students must be (virtually) present at the same time. Though they are conducted over the internet, synchronous courses unfold in real-time.
  • Asynchronous Online 100% of instruction is delivered online and no in-person meetings are required. Asynchronous courses do not require you to log in to your virtual classroom at a specified time. The only requirement regarding when they turn in their work is the assignment deadline.
For more information about Mode of Instruction, please visit the Registrars Modality page.

Orientation Schedule will consist of check in, presentation, enrollment and check out. The virtual orientation is scheduled to go until you complete enrolling for all your classes and have been checked out.  If you are unable to complete enrollment on the day of orientation, you will be scheduled a follow up appointment with a Success Coach to complete enrollment.