From the School

Hofstra University is a diverse, dynamic community where you can pursue your passions, with a greater purpose. Our classes are small, and our programs are tailored to empower students to seek, shape, and discover their own educational and career path.

Live, work, and play on a suburban campus with landscaped quads and ivy-covered buildings that's less than an hour by train from New York City, with its countless cultural, recreational, and internship opportunities.

Build leadership skills through varied clubs, organizations, and service projects. Our students log 100,000 volunteer hours every year, and Hofstra has been recognized by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years.

Hofstra University is internationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and PayScale College ROI and Salary Reports. We are the only university to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates (2008, 2012, and 2016), and one of only three universities in the New York metropolitan area with schools of engineering, medicine, and law.

Our more than 11,000 students come from 50 states and territories and 82 countries, but they share an entrepreneurial spirit, a curiosity about the world, and a desire to make a difference. At Hofstra, you will be challenged, you will be supported, you will discover your best self.

You will be a world changer.

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Overview

Applicants
26,808
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,236
with Terminal Degree
785

657
Men
579
Women
205
Minority
16
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Caribbean Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
  • Business Statistics.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Labor Studies.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Education, Other.
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Science.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Hebrew Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other.
  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Physician Assistant.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Financial Mathematics.
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Management.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.


Students Say

From the instant you set foot on Hofstra University’s “beautiful” campus, you can sense the “comforting and welcoming” vibe that permeates the school. Undergrads here happily report that their college is “full of opportunities” to develop “socially as well as intellectually.” Many are also quick to note that the university provides “really great services for people with disabilities.” And students value Hofstra’s “proximity to New York City [which] makes it ideal for [landing]…internships and [jobs].”

Academically, undergrads especially love to highlight the “impressive” Lawrence Herbert School of Communications, which is flush with some rather unique opportunities. For example, as one amazed students explains, Hofstra’s radio station— WRHU—“is the ONLY college radio station to be a flagship station for a professional sports team. We are the radio home for the New York Islanders.” Across all courses of study, Hofstra undergrads benefit from “small” class sizes. In turn, this gives students “a better opportunity to connect with their professors and advisors” than they’d have in large lectures. And, speaking of professors, the university consistently hires instructors who are “very knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects.” It’s also quite evident that they “really care about their students and want them to succeed.” Finally, as one thrilled dance major sums up, “I could not put together a better university if I tried.”


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty

Meena Bose
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency

Irwin Kellner
Augustus B. Weller Chair of Economics, Executive MBA Program

Phillip Lopate
John Cranford Adams Chair in the Humanities, English

Charol Shakeshaft
Professor, School of Education, Department of Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies

Salvatore Sodano
Dean, Frank G. Zarb School of Business

Prominent Alumni


Francis Ford Coppola
Academy Award winning Screenwriter, Director and Producer

Nelson DeMille
Author

Julie Halston
Actor, Broadway, film and Tv

Randy Levine
President, New York Yankees

Amy Rosenblum
Emmy Award winning Senior Executive Producer, NBC Universal Inc.

Shawn Matthews
CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Joe Morton
Actor, film and TV

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,266

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,653

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,643

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,523

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,640
Required Fees
$1,060
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,020
Transportation for Commuters
$1,308

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,708
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,861
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

10.45%
Asian
8.51%
African-American
12.97%
Hispanic
55.98%
Caucasian
2.61%
Unknown
5.87%
International

55% female
45% male
38% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

The “student body at Hofstra is a unique mixture of commuters and residential students.” The school manages to attract both individuals from the surrounding Long Island area as well as undergrads who come all the way from China. No matter where they hail from, Hofstra students gladly report that, for the most part, their peers are “very friendly.” As an English major further explains, “I can walk up to just about anyone and start a conversation on anything from the weather to Plato and Socrates.” An industrial engineering student concurs, assuring us that students “are really helpful; whenever you need anything, they [are] there for you even if they haven’t gotten to know you yet.” And, perhaps most importantly, undergrads here “are notorious for their work ethic and ability to juggle internships, academics, and getting involved on campus.” Finally, one confident psych student assures us that, “with over 200 clubs, everyone is able to find their niche and join a friend group.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
45%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
68%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

It’s not uncommon for Hofstra students to spend the majority of their week hitting the books. Fortunately, when they need a distraction from studying, there is plenty of fun to be had! To begin with, the student body is fairly athletic. As one psychology major shares, “Our sports team[s] have dedicated followings, from quidditch to volleyball.” Moreover, “there are so many amazing clubs that offer so much to their members and provide community outreach and volunteer opportunities.” Undergrads also love partaking in events such as “trivia night, [and] coffee house, which presents studentbased music and comedy performances.” “A lot of students also participate in Hofstra Versus Zombies…once every semester.” When undergrads truly need a break, they often consider heading to the beach, which is a mere “ten miles [away].” And, of course, undergrads here absolutely love that New York City is so accessible. A physician assistant student explains, “There is…a direct train to NYC only fifteen minutes away and Hofstra provides a shuttle to the train station.” All in all, you have to work pretty hard to be bored here.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Progam for Academic Learning Skills (PALS)

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Julie Yindra

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psychoeducational or neuropsychological exam.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Psychoeducational or neuropsychological exam.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
273
Number of Honor Societies
39

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
8

9% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

16% participate in intramural sports
5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pride)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Pride)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: Student run organization: Pride Network (https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/lgbtq/pride.html)

Minority Support Groups: Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion ( http://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/intercultural-engagement-inclusion/)

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

77/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Andrew Cohen
Assistant Director for Campus Visit

Address
Admissions Center
Bernon Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549

Phone
516-463-6700

Email
Admission@hofstra.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
1. Mack Student Center ? home of the newly renovated Commuter Lounge and Pride Den (the campus living room), is the focal point of campus community life where students meet for meals, socializing, club and organizational events, a large game room, the bookstore and diverse dining venues including vegan, organic and ethnic food and a late night pizza and salad station.
2. The Fitness Center - The Fitness Center has an indoor track, six basketball courts, three group exercise studios for Cycling, Zumba, Yoga, and other wellness programs as well as cardio and strength training machines, including ADA certified equipment. When not working out, students enjoy computer kiosks, a Wi-Fi accessible lounge area, healthy snacks, and intramural sports programs.
3. Lawrence Herbert School of Communication ? Home of the WRHU Radio Station, the largest noncommercial TV studio on the east coast, and a multi-media converged newsroom.
4. ?Hof USA? - A multi-functional entertainment center located in the center of residential and student life on campus. The complex includes a billiards and game area, casual dining, a large performance and dance area, Smashburger and Dutch Treats--open around the clock?with grab and go sandwiches and salads, grocery, and sundries. Hof USA is a favorite evening and weekend destination on campus.
5. David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex ? serves as the site for Hofstra?s men?s and women?s Division I basketball team competitions, career and internship fairs, numerous national association exhibitions and shows, three Presidential debates, and is where Hofstra students and their families begin their college journey during Welcome Week and conclude the journey four years later during the commencement program.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Manhattan-just 25 miles away.
Atlantic Ocean Beaches
Hamptons
Cultural Attractions- Lincoln Center, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway
Arenas and Venues - Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center, Arthur Ashe Stadium, and NYCB Live Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
9am - 3pm
516-463-6700

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Please contact admissions to schedule a visit.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
For Faculty visit, contact Admissions. For Coach visit, contact Coach directly.

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
VisitHofstra@hofstra.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hofstra offers complimentary campus shuttles to rail service, local shops, and entertainment, as well as Zipcars for student use. The closest airports are: John F. Kennedy Airport, LAGuardia Airport and MacArthur Airport. All have taxi and limo services.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Southern New Jersey, Southeast Pennsylvania, Maryland , Washington D.C., and Virginia: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 13. Follow Route 278 to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Take the left exit off the bridge onto the Belt Parkway east. Take that to Exit 25A (Southern State Pkwy east- Belt Pkwy splits, stay left). Take that to Exit 22N (Meadowbrook Pkwy North). Stay on the Meadowbrook Pkwy until exit M4 (signs says "Hempstead, Coliseum") - Follow "From All Points," below. From Northwestern New Jersey, Northern Pennsylvania, and the Middle States: Take either Interstate 78, Interstate 80, US Route 22, New Jersey Route 4, or New Jersey Route 17 to the George Washington Bridge. Proceed over the bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway onto the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow "From the Throgs Neck Bridge," below. From Upstate New York: Take the New York Thruway over the Tappan Zee Bridge to the cross Westchester Expressway (Interstate 287). Stay on the Expressway to the New England Thruway. Proceed South on the Thruway to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow "From the Throgs Neck Bridge," From New England: Proceed South to the New England Thruway (Interstate 95) and take this to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow "From the Throgs Neck Bridge". From the Throgs Neck Bridge: Take the Cross Island Pkwy. To the Grand Central Pkwy. East. The Grand Central Pkwy. Will turn into the Northern State Pkwy. Take this to exit 31A, the Meadowbrook Pkwy South. Take the Meadowbrook Pkwy. To exit M4 (Sign says "Hempstead, Coliseum"). Follow "From All Points," below. From Manhattan: Take the Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway (Interstate 495) east to exit 38, which is the Northern State Parkway East. Take this to exit 31A - The Meadowbrook Pkwy south. Take the Meadowbrook Pkwy to exit M4 (sign says "Hempstead, Coliseum".) From All Points: From exit M4 you will be on Route 24 West (also known as Hempstead Turnpike.) Stay on 24 W for about one mile. Pass the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the right. Hofstra University is on both sides of Hempstead Turnpike. You will see two overhead walkways (Unispans)Make a left at the light just after the second walkway. The Admissions Center, Bernon Hall is the first building you will see on your left.

Local Accommodations
The Long Island Marriot (101 James Doolittle Blvd., Uniondale, NY/516-794-3800); Garden City Hotel (45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY/516-747-3000); Hilton Garden Inn (575 Privado Road, Westbury, NY/1-516-683-8200).


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