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Hofstra University (International Student Information)


Private University with International Distinction

Hofstra University is the largest private college on Long Island, New York. Located in the village of Hempstead, just 25 miles from New York City, Hofstra holds national and international academic and intellectual distinction.

Undergraduate students may choose from more than 2,145 courses in about 140 programs. Advanced degrees are available from about 150 distinguished graduate degree options. Among the most popular Hofstra schools are the nationally recognized Hofstra Law School and the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

The school regularly hosts leading intellectuals, artists, opinion makers, and political leaders for special on-campus events and academic conferences, including the third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008.

The Hofstra Experience

The distinctive 240-acre campus features state-of-the art teaching facilities, including a newly integrated newsroom, a radio station, and multimedia classrooms; 6 theaters; and a rooftop observatory.

There are 37 residence halls and 21 dining facilities on campus and a variety of housing options just off campus. The campus is also a registered arboretum and bird sanctuary.

Students enjoy a variety of cross-cultural opportunities at Hofstra University. Each year, more than 500 cultural programs and events take place on campus, including Hofstra's annual Shakespeare festival, held in its replica of the Globe Theatre.

The university's location on Long Island affords easy access to the world-class cultural and career opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area.

Extensive Support for International Students

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs (OMISP) provides leadership for all international student-related issues and additional services that international students and their families find helpful.

Services include immigration counseling, admissions procedures, pre-arrival support, orientation, housing and health insurance information, and applications for optional practical and curricular training, economic work necessity, program extensions, international student insurance, and visa renewals.

OMISP actively develops an inclusive, multicultural, and globally aware campus that embraces and appreciates diversity within the Hofstra community. Students attending Hofstra come from 49 U.S. states and territories and 71 countries.

Award-Winning Faculty

Hofstra University has 1,180 faculty members, of which 544 are full-time. Most full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields. Hofstra faculty members have earned some of the nation's highest honors, including the Emmy Award , Fulbright Scholar, and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Notable past and present faculty include Herbert A. Deutsch, composer and original collaborator in 1964 with Hofstra alum Robert A. Moog on the development of the first Moog Synthesizer; Dr. Paul Levinson, author of "The Plot to Save Socrates," and Dr. Robert A. Leonard, Fulbright fellow, noted linguist of Swahili; one of four main translators in the United States, co-founder and one time lead singer of the sixties group Sha Na Na.

Top College Sports Plus Recreation and Intramural Opportunities

The university is home to 17 intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Department of Recreation and Intramurals offers a wide variety of sports, fitness programs, and recreational facilities for all Hofstra students.

Every student's level of play and interest -- whether sports, leisure, or fitness -- is accommodated in state-of-the-art facilities, including an Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor track, an aerobics room, weight and cardiovascular facilities, and large lounge and locker rooms.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, Post-Master&Apos;S, Postbachelor&Apos;S, And First Professional Certificates
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studiesafrican Studies; American Studies; Area Studies Related; Asian Studies (East); Caribbean Studies; Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, And Mexican-American/Chicano Studies; Latin American Studies; Women&Apos;S Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biology/Biological Sciences; Ecology, Evolution, Systematics And Population Biology Relatedbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business Administration, Management And Operations Related; Business, Management, And Marketing Related; Business/Commerce; Business/Managerial Economics; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Finance And Financial Management Services Related; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Labor Studies; Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsjournalism; Mass Communication/Media; Public Relations/Image Management; Radio And Television; Radio, Television, And Digital Communication Related; Speech Communication And Rhetoriccomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences And Support Services Related; Computer Scienceeducationart Teacher Education; Biology Teacher Education; Business Teacher Education; Chemistry Teacher Education; Drama And Dance Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; Education (Multiple Levels); Elementary Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Foreign Language Teacher Education; French Language Teacher Education; German Language Teacher Education; Health Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Music Teacher Education; Physical Education Teaching And Coaching; Physics Teacher Education; Science Teacher Education; Secondary Education; Social Studies Teacher Education; Spanish Language Teacher Educationengineeringbioengineering And Biomedical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical And Electronics Engineering; Engineering Science; Industrial Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineeringenglish Language And Literature/Letterscreative Writing; English; English Language And Literature Related; English Literature (British And Commonwealth)Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticschinese; Classics And Classical Languages; Comparative Literature; French; German; Hebrew; Italian; Latin; Linguistics; Russian; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsallied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, And Treatment Professions Related; Athletic Training; Audiology And Speech-Language Pathology; Community Health And Preventive Medicine; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences; Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related; Physician Assistant; Pre-Dentistry Studies; Pre-Medical Studies; Pre-Veterinary Studieshistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicesforensic Science And Technologylegal Professions And Studiespre-Law Studiesliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematics; Mathematics And Statistics Relatedmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesinternational/Global Studies; Mathematics And Computer Science; Natural Sciences; Sustainability Studiesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Studiesphilosophy And Religious Studiesjewish/Judaic Studies; Philosophy; Religious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistry; Geology/Earth Science; Physicspsychologypsychologysocial Sciencesanthropology; Criminology; Econometrics And Quantitative Economics; Economics; Geography; Political Science And Government; Sociologyvisual And Performing Artsacting; Art History, Criticism And Conservation; Ceramic Arts And Ceramics; Dance; Design And Applied Arts Related; Directing And Theatrical Production; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Fine/Studio Arts; Jazz/Jazz Studies; Metal And Jewelry Arts; Music; Music History, Literature, And Theory; Music Management; Music Performance; Music Theory And Composition; Painting; Photography


Admission: 22,733 applied; 13,346 admitted; 1,488 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.48

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred entrance
Application fee: $70
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, Proof of degree required for all; TOEFL required for international students
Required for some: interview
Recommended: minimum 2.5 GPA
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen)
Notification: continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
6,893 Undergraduate Students, 53% Women, 47% Men, 7% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
9% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 7% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 11% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.7% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 5% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
2% Representing 50 Other Countries
Housing Info
49% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Coed, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Applicants Given Priority For College Housing
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio And Television Station, Choral Group, Chinese Student Association (Graduate Club), Inter Fraternal And Sororal Council, Danceworks, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Hofstra Vs. Zombies, National Fraternities, National Sororities
Most popular organizations
Chinese Student Association (Graduate Club), Inter Fraternal And Sororal Council, Danceworks, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Hofstra Vs. Zombies
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access, Residence Halls - Security Cameras/Card Access To Entry (Monitored 24/7); Bike Patrol; And Motorist Assistance Program
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Legal Services
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Advanced Placement Credit, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, External Degree Program, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (B)Unusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Business Administration; BS/MS In Physician Assistant Studies; BA/MS And BS/MS In Computer Science; BA/JD LEAP Programschool Calendar: 4-1-4


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division I


Total: 1,135Full-Time: 46% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 14 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$50,200 includes full-time tuition ($36,350), mandatory fees ($1050), and room and board ($12,800). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition: $1200 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. No tuition increase for student's term of enrollment
Required fees:$155 per term part-time
Room and board:college room only: $8750. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:senior citizens and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,5,099 applied for aid, 4,296 were judged to have need, 907 had their need fully met. 1,642 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $2937). 1,515 state and other part-time jobs (averaging $3050)
In 2013,1339 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:62%
Average financial aid package:$25,000
Average need-based loan:$5000
Average need-based gift aid:$16,000
Average non-need-based aid:$13,000




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