The Best Of Both Worlds
Something is always in bloom on the 240-acre Hofstra campus. A nationally recognized arboretum with an outdoor sculpture collection of about 75 pieces, the Hofstra campus is home to both ivy-covered classroom buildings and sleek, modern buildings. Hofstra University's 115 buildings include state-of-the-art teaching facilities, six theaters, a museum, newly renovated Fitness Center, and libraries containing 1.2 million print volumes and providing 24/7 electronic access to more than 95,000 journals and electronic books.
Hofstra's suburban campus is just 25 miles from New York City, a metropolis that beckons with a world of cultural and internship opportunities of which Hofstra students have easy access to and benefit from. Students take advantage of theaters, museums, concerts and professional sports as well as the many internship opportunities the city offers. Broadway shows, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Square Garden, Chinatown and Little Italy, and Wall Street all are within easy reach.
Students can also explore Long Island, which offers world-class beaches and parks; the Hamptons; sport fishing and boating; Nassau Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders; and conveniently located shopping malls.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Hofstra hosts hundreds of social, academic and cultural events each year, drawing together scholars, business leaders, authors, celebrities, health care professionals, politicians, and journalists from across the nation and around the world. These events help foster that connection between in-classroom work and extracurricular interests we know you’re looking for. In addition, Hofstra offers 17 intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the NCAA Division I level and more than 200 academic, fraternal/sororal, media, multicultural, performance, pre-professional, religious, social, social/political, and sports clubs and organizations.
The David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, a 93,000-square-foot facility, is home to the Hofstra Pride men’s and women's basketball teams and wrestling, and is also the site for events such as commencements, exhibitions, trade shows, televised political events, and concerts. Other recreational and athletic facilities include an indoor, Olympic-sized swimming pool, and various athletic fields.
Hofstra extends learning beyond the classroom through active internship programs and dynamic and varied study abroad opportunities. The internship program takes advantage of the proximity of New York City, allowing students to gain on-the-job experience in areas such as finance, business, media, advertising, and entertainment. Through study abroad programs in Europe, Asia, South America, etc., students can explore the world while earning college credits. Visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad for more information.
Student Organizations & Activities
Our students roll up their sleeves, and make things happen. You will be encouraged to grow academically, as well as personally, through community service, leadership development, cultural and social exploration, study abroad and internships on Long Island and in New York City.
Since its founding in 1935, Hofstra has evolved into an internationally renowned university that continues to achieve recognition as an institution of academic excellence. Hofstra is consistently recognized on the Best College lists of U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Fiske, Washington Monthly, and Forbes.
Hofstra was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll four consecutive years, and more than 1,000 of our students served as volunteers when Hofstra hosted presidential debates in 2008 and 2012.
At Hofstra, Pride & Purpose means celebrating our history and traditions, and challenging ourselves, individually and collectively, to use our talents to make our campus, our community and our world a better place.
Life at this Long Island university moves at a fast and frenzied pace. As one knowledgeable senior shares, “Hofstra is one of those places where there is always something to do.” A television major concurs sharing, “Everyone works really hard and takes extracurricular [activities] seriously. ‘Work hard, play hard’ [is] definitely [applicable].” To begin with, Hofstra offers “many music ensembles (including symphony orchestra, symphonic band, new music ensemble, wind ensemble, string orchestra, and sikh music!)” along with “free on-campus concerts and movies.” Additionally, “intramural sports are also quite popular, [especially] basketball.” And one pleased sophomore shares how she makes her own fun, “I play Mario Party with friends in the Game Room, watch my roommate run around our dorm lounge in a banana suit, pull all-nighter study dates with my boyfriend in the library, sit under one of the godzillian gorgeous tress on the South Side of campus, and battle to the death for an open laundry machine.” Of course, with a fairly substantial commuter population, some lament that “weekends [can feel] pretty empty.” However, others assure us that “there are always frats or [other] parties [to attend.]” Moreover, there’s “definitely a bar scene, as there are multiple bars within walking distance that most students go out to frequently.” When students are itching to get a little further off campus, they can take advantage of “nearby shopping malls, bowling alleys [and] famous landmarks (Jones Beach and Eisenhower Park).” And, of course, “New York City is only a short train ride away.”