6,861
Students
Financial aid thermometer
31,000
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
63
63%
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
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Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution located in Hempstead, NY, that is internationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, civic engagement, and community service. Hofstra has been consistently featured on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is the only university chosen to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates (2008, 2012, and 2016). Hofstra is among only three schools in the New York metropolitan area with colleges of law, medicine, and engineering. 

At Hofstra, students find their pride and purpose. Like a pride of regal lions that are strong independently but even more powerful as a group, the Hofstra Pride includes  every member of the Hofstra community, students, staff, faculty, and administrators, who all contribute to make the campus a great place to live, work, and learn . At Hofstra, students can belong to many prides. A student’s pride may be an athletic team, a student club, a sorority or fraternity, roommates, a resident hall community, a study group, or anyone the student connects with. Every pride has a purpose and, in turn, students and faculty inspire each other to excel in all they do, always striving to become better leaders, better citizens, better family members and better friends.

Best of Both Worlds

Hofstra's 244-acre suburban campus, which is a nationally recognized arboretum dotted by more than 12,000 trees and the University's famous tulips, is just 25 miles east of New York City and only minutes from beautiful beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, and an international airport. Students attend class in traditional ivy-covered buildings and have state-of-the-art resources at their fingertips, including an impressive library that has more than one million print volumes and provides 24/7 access to more than 100,000 full-text journals and 200,000 electronic books; the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, which has 34 Bloomberg Professional terminals; a cutting-edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom; and the newly renovated high-tech engineering and computer science facilities, which include a robotics and advanced manufacturing lab, a cell and tissue engineering lab, a mechatronics lab, and a big data lab.

With an average undergraduate class size of just 21 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, students are given personal attention and easy access to their professors - 91 percent of whom hold the highest degrees in their field. Hofstra professors are Guggenheim Fellows; Fulbright scholars; Emmy Award recipients; prize-winning scientists; CEOs; and leaders in education, health professions, politics, and government.

At Hofstra, students benefit from large university resources with a small college atmosphere.

Academics

Hofstra holds 27 academic and 30 total accreditations. The University offers six undergraduate degrees - BA, BBA, BE, BFA, BS and BSED -- and 160 undergraduate program options. In addition, offers more than 100 - dual degree programs, which allow students to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time than if each degree was pursued separately, saving students the cost of one or more semesters of tuition.

The University comprises the following schools and colleges: Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (The Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, The School of Education The School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, and The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Honors College; Frank G. Zarb School of Business; The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science; School of Health Professions and Human Services; Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University; The Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies; and Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business is among only a small percentage of the nation’s business schools that have achieved dual AACSB accreditations in business and accounting, and The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication's radio station WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University is the flagship radio station of the NHL’s NY Islanders and is the only college radio station to produce and distribute live game broadcasts. Students in Hofstra's School of Education consistently earn high marks on the edTPA, a performance-based portfolio assessment that all New York state teacher certification candidates - as well as candidates for certification in all states that have adopted the edTPA -- must pass in order to become teachers in subject-specific areas. The overall pass rate of Hofstra students of the edTPA is 91% with 52% who achieve mastery level status. The percentage of Hofstra students who pass edTPA is consistently 10+ points above the statewide average. 

Campus Life

Nearly 7,000 undergraduate students live, work, and play on Hofstra's campus. The University offers more than 200 clubs and organizations, including  33 national and local fraternities and sororities, which provide myriad leadership opportunities; 35 residence halls, including 11 living-learning communities, which give students the opportunity to live with many of the same students with whom they are in class, as well as students who share similar interests and passions; 17 eateries, including Sbarro, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, and Au Bon Pain, as well as cafeteria-style dining that offers various stations, including sushi, vegetarian and kosher options; 17 research centers through which students can work with professors on scholarly projects in their fields of study; and 17 NCAA Division I sports, including men's basketball, baseball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and wrestling, and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, field hockey, softball, and volleyball.

Students can work out in Hofstra’s newly renovated state-of-the-art fitness center, swim and enjoy the university's Olympic-sized swimming pool, visit the various exhibits at the Hofstra University Museum galleries, or see a performance at any of the six theaters on campus.

First-Year Connections

First-Year Connections is an optional program designed to introduce students to the academic and social life on campus while satisfying many of the general education requirements for all majors. First-year seminars and clusters are integrated academic and extracurricular offerings that draw together students with similar interests.

Many of the first-year clusters participate in the living-learning communities. And most seminars and clusters involve relevant, faculty-accompanied activities in New York City, such as visits to government offices for students involved in political clusters, trips to museums and laboratories for science seminars, and theatre performances for dance and drama clusters.

A Prolific Study Abroad Program

Students may participate in the European Odyssey program, where small groups of students travel through Western and Eastern Europe, while studying with Hofstra faculty. During these journeys, students study the culture, history, economics, and politics of the countries they visit. 

To be eligible for this semester-long study abroad program, students must be in good standing, be a sophomore or junior, have some proficiency in the language, have a valid passport, complete all prior academic coursework, submit a medical form to the appropriate program director, and have health insurance that extends outside of the United States. For more information about the European Odyssey program visit, hofstra.edu/odyssey

Other study abroad programs are offered during the January session and Summer sessions, for more information on these study abroad programs visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad.

Location & Contact

Address 100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY  11549
United States
Contact Sunil A. Samuel
Assistant Vice President of Admissions
Email: admission@hofstra.edu
Phone: 516-463-6700
Fax: 516-463-5100

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Ecology, Evolution, Systematics And Population Biology Related Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Radio, Television, And Digital Communication Related Checkmark
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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English Checkmark
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
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French Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, And Treatment Professions Related Checkmark
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Audiology And Speech-language Pathology Checkmark
Community Health And Preventive Medicine Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Criminology Checkmark
Econometrics And Quantitative Economics Checkmark
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Geographic Information Science And Cartography Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Ceramic Arts And Ceramics Checkmark
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Directing And Theatrical Production Checkmark
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Jazz/jazz Studies Checkmark
Metal And Jewelry Arts Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

26,808
Applied
17,143
Accepted
6,861
Enrolled
64%
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Female Admissions

16,151
Females Applied
10,820
Females Accepted
67%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

10,657
Males Applied
6,323
Males Accepted
59%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

70
Application Fee
3.6
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
2 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported February 1st Yes
Other early decision plan December 15th January 15th
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 614 570 660
SAT Math 608 560 650
ACT Composite 27 24 29

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

44,640
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Fees

1,060
Full-time student fees
15,708
Room & board
10,640
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered Yes
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

31,000
Avg. Financial Aid Package
33,000
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
24,000
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,000
Avg. Loan Aid
19,000
Avg. Grant Aid
21,000
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
67%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
24%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

6,861
Total undergrad students
6%
International Students
38%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 12.97%
Black or African American 8.51%
White or Caucasian 55.98%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.44%
Asian 10.45%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.5%
Two or more races 2.67%
Other 2.61%

Gender

Male (45.08%)
Female (54.92%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 45%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Fall Festival, Welcome Week Club Carnival and Relay for Life

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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273 registered clubs and organizations
Most popular organizations:
Hofstra Live Action Gaming Club, Masquerade, DanceWorks, Inter Fraternity Sorority Council and Student Government Association

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
security cameras monitoring residence hall entrances 24/7, bike patrol, motorist assistance program

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Division 1 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

1,236
Total Faculty
13:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 493
Part-time - 743
Male - 657
Female - 579
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