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Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York

Every day on Hofstra’s vibrant campus, dynamic students enrich, enlighten, and challenge one another both inside and outside the classroom. Hofstra’s diverse and driven student body bring with them a wealth of knowledge, views, and experiences, thus enhancing the Hofstra experience for the entire campus community. And with an average undergraduate class size of 21 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1, students are challenged and encouraged to debate, question, research, discuss, and think critically in an open and broad-minded learning environment.


Hofstra University is one of the largest private colleges on Long Island, New York, and one of only three universities in the New York metropolitan area with schools of medicine, law and engineering. Hofstra is the only private university on Long Island to grant the Phi Beta Kappa distinction, and it has the largest number of students and professionals going on to pursue graduate and postgraduate programs of study. In addition to the myriad opportunities available on Hofstra’s lively campus, students have easy access to the academic, cultural, media, and career opportunities of nearby New York City.


Hofstra hosts hundreds of social, academic, and cultural events each year. Notably, Hofstra is the only school ever to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates, which took place for the 2008, 2012, and 2016 elections. Hofstra also hosted the New York state gubernatorial debate in 2010. Such events have helped foster a connection between classroom work and extracurricular interests as well as encourage civic engagement among Hofstra students.


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Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
6,904 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
41% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
498 full-time faculty
611 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

47 percent of students live on campus. Students are separated into upperclassmen and underclassmen residence halls. There are also several living learning communities that students can choose to live in. These communities aid the learning that takes place in the classroom by placing students with peers with common interests and degrees.

School Location

Hofstra’s 240-acre suburban campus is located on Long Island, New York, just 25 miles east of New York City and only minutes from beautiful beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, and two international airports. Students can hop on a free University shuttle to a nearby Long Island Rail Road station and be in Manhattan in less than an hour.

Retention Fall 2014

80% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

60% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 9%
White 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Hofstra University offers 17 intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the NCAA Division I level

Eight men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and wrestling
Nine women’s sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball

The Hofstra PRIDE proudly wears blue and gold. Hofstra is one of only a few universities with two mascots: Kate and Willie Pride, a lioness and lion named for our founders, Kate and William Hofstra.


Hofstra University is a dynamic co-educational, private institution that holds 24 academic accreditations and 27 total accreditations. It was founded in 1935 in a single building with a few hundred students and four programs of study. Since its founding, Hofstra has evolved into a world-class university with 113 buildings on a lush, 240-acre campus where 11,000 students from around the world choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options.

Academic Programs

The University offers six undergraduate degrees with more than 155 program options; 14 graduate degrees with more than 170 program options; three first professional degree 
(J.D., Aud and M.D.); and 15 joint degrees: BA/JD, BA/MD, BA/MA, BA/MBA, BA/MS, BA/MSED, BBA/MSED, BBA/MBA, BBA/MS, BS/MBA, BS/MS, BS/MD, JD/MBA, JD/MPH, MD/PHD.

Amazing Academics

Hofstra students can discover their strengths and find their passions in about 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, communication, teacher education, law, health professions, and human services. At Hofstra, students can expect and explore majors as diverse as criminology, engineering science, Hebrew, music performance, physician assistant studies, urban ecology, film studies/production, finance, and community health. In addition, Hofstra offers more than 100 dual degree programs, giving students the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in an abbreviated amount of time.

Undergraduate Research

Hofstra faculty instruct students not only in the content of an area but also its methods of independent inquiry that will lead to new insights and discoveries. Undergraduates engage in research to increasing degrees as they move from foundational courses to more advanced courses and closely defined topics. Undergraduate research at Hofstra takes place in the laboratory or the library, in the studio, on stage, or in the field, and it serves as a capstone to a student’s work and development in an undergraduate major. Projects can lead students to graduate study or directly into professional life. Students’ advanced research culminates in the public presentation of the results in the department, on Undergraduate Research Day for the Hofstra community, and/or at professional conferences.

Study Abroad

Hofstra’s Study Abroad program offers a life-changing experience that fosters students’ personal and academic growth. Students are challenged in new environments, developing lifelong friendships with new and exciting people from different backgrounds and cultures. They gain fluency in foreign languages and earn college credits, all while satisfying major, minor, or distribution requirements. Students build their resumes and improve their knowledge of other cultures and international policy. Cultivating a global perspective of business, they learn how to communicate comfortably and socialize with people from other parts of the world.

Dedicated Faculty

Students are taught by Guggenheim Fellows and Fulbright scholars; Emmy Award recipients; prize-winning scientists; leaders in business, education, and the health sciences; and knowledgeable and insightful thinkers. Hofstra’s 1,161 faculty members, 498 of whom are full-time, are experts in their fields and are dedicated to providing the foundation needed to succeed. Hofstra’s faculty affirm the value of education; 92 percent of the full-time faculty hold the highest degree attainable in their fields. Plus, unlike many other schools, students at Hofstra learn from faculty, not graduate students.

First-Year Connections

Hofstra’s first-year seminars and clusters are designed to get students’ college experiences off to a great start. At the heart of the program are small classes taught by distinguished faculty in areas of interest ranging from art to writing. Not only do these courses introduce students to the intellectual and social life of the University, but nearly all of them will also help students satisfy the general education requirements for all majors.


Hofstra University’s 240-acre campus features exceptional and technologically advanced classrooms, six theaters, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an accredited museum, and an impressive 10-floor library.

The School of Business features the largest number of Bloomberg Professional terminals among all academic trading rooms in the United States and around the world, and the School of Communication contains one of the largest broadcast facilities in the northeastern United States. Plus, students benefit from real-world experience at the on-campus radio station, WRHU 88.7FM (Radio Hofstra University), which has a 35-mile broadcast range and is webcast at wrhu.org.

Furthermore, the School of Engineering and Applied Science has invested $12 million to bring new technologies, machinery, and equipment to classrooms and laboratories. Hofstra is now home to a Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab, a Big Data Lab, and Mechatronics Lab. Hofstra is guaranteed to host all the resources students could need to excel in their fields of interest.

Great Strides

The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University graduated its charter class in May 2015 and, in fall 2015, Hofstra welcomed its inaugural class of nursing students into the new Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The School of Health Professions and Human Services’ Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program received accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs in fall 2015, an important public recognition that Hofstra’s program meets the highest standards of training set by the profession.

Outside the Classroom

Hofstra students are engaged, driven, and motivated. The University provides students with the knowledge, experiences, and opportunities they need to grow. The University hosts more than 500 cultural and social 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 the extracurricular interests students are looking for.


The Hofstra University Museum coordinates 4-6 exhibitions annually. The University also coordinates three beloved outdoor festivals: the Dutch Festival (commemorating the University’s strong Dutch heritage), Irish Experience Festival (featuring top-named Irish bands and step-dancing troupes as well as refreshments and arts-and-crafts), and the Italian Experience Festival (celebrating Italy’s gifts of culture, education and commerce to America). Annual concerts staged by the Department of Drama and Dance feature the work of students, faculty, and guest artists. Hofstra is also home to one of the University’s best-known traditions: the annual Shakespeare Festival. Continuing a tradition begun more than 50 years ago, Hofstra hosts the festival each year that features plays by the Bard as well as stunning music performances.

Hofstra’s annual Fall Festival weekend welcomes back parents, families, and alumni for a celebration of Hofstra Pride and Purpose that includes a daylong outdoor concert, a carnival, and a fireworks display.

Clubs and Organizations

Hofstra is home to more than 200 academic, fraternal/sororal, media, multicultural, performance, pre-professional, religious, social, social/political, and sports clubs and organizations. There’s always something going on at Hofstra University.

Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion

Hofstra’s Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion programming aims to work closely with students, faculty, administration, and staff to develop programs and initiatives that enable campus community members to explore identity, to enhance intercultural competence, and to develop skills to build an inclusive campus climate. Coordinating cultural-themed heritage months for the University, the staff is responsible for planning and implementing cultural awareness and diversity education programming for the community at Hofstra. In addition, the staff creates programming focused on LGBTQIA+ awareness and advocacy. The Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion staff works closely with student cultural clubs and organizations, which provide students with the opportunity to explore their cultural identity and find community through peer support and cultural education.

Living-Learning Communities

Hofstra offers eight thematic “living-learning communities” that are associated with several first-year clusters and seminars, giving students the opportunity to live with many of the same students with whom they are in class. They are joint together by the shared passion for things such as leadership, business, communications, math, science, and the arts. Students enjoy class-based activities and events as well as interaction with faculty outside the classroom within their living-learning community. The learning experience is not limited to the four walls of the classroom; through these energetic living-learning communities, Hofstra students are exposed to environments that are intellectually stimulating, supportive, and conducive to building lasting friendships and memorable first-year college experiences.

The Career Center

Hofstra’s suburban campus is just 25 miles from New York City, a metropolis that beckons with a world of cultural and internship opportunities. Plus, students have the benefit of networking, interning, and learning both with Hofstra’s award-winning faculty and noted alumni. The Career Center, just one example of the world-class resources at Hofstra, provides students and alumni with professional programs and services such as career-related workshops, counseling, job/internship search coaching, and networking events. All this doesn’t start at graduation—it begins the moment a student steps onto campus. In addition, more than 400 employers recruit on campus year after year. They, too, believe in the strength and promise of Hofstra’s high-caliber graduates.Hofstra’s suburban campus is just 25 miles from New York City, a metropolis that beckons with a world of cultural and internship opportunities. Plus, students have the benefit of networking, interning and learning with top achievers: both Hofstra’s award-winning faculty and noted alumni. The Career Center, just one example of the world-class resources at Hofstra, provides students and alumni with professional programs and services such as career-related workshops, counseling, job/internship search coaching, and networking events. All this doesn’t start at graduation – it begins the moment a student steps onto campus. In addition, more than 400 employers recruit on campus year after year. They, too, believe in the strength and promise of Hofstra’s high-caliber graduates.

Community Service and Civic Engagement

Hofstra University has a strong focus on community service and civic engagement. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement offers students many opportunities to volunteer for community service. The Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra encourages students to make a positive difference in the world through on-campus events, off-campus community partnerships, and curricular offerings. The center directs its attention to improving high school graduation rates, creating affordable housing for families, improving the health of area children, reducing bullying, increasing food security, and deepening grassroots democracy by protecting civil rights. Students can volunteer, take internships for academic credit, or become paid fellows.

Incredible Alumni

At Hofstra, students join a network of more than 131,000 graduates. Outstanding alumni include:

  • Academy Award-winning film director and producer Francis Ford Coppola
  • Best-selling author Nelson DeMille
  • Vascular surgeon Dr. Donna Mendes
  • President of the New York Yankees Randy Levine
  • Creator, executive producer and writer Philip Rosenthal and actress Monica Horan from “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • President of H.J. Kalikow & Company and former MTA chairman Peter S. Kalikow
  • New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli



26,388 Total Applicants
16,258 Total Admissions
1,714 Total Freshmen Enrollment

61.61% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 610
SAT Math 530 620
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Applying to Hofstra

Undergraduate first-year applicants to Hofstra University may apply by using the online application at hofstra.edu/apply (please be advised that all materials and documents submitted as part of an application become the property of Hofstra University and cannot be returned to the applicant.)

A first-year applicant is a current high school senior, a high school graduate with no post-secondary course work, or the recipient of a GED applying for matriculated/degree-seeking status at Hofstra University. First-year candidates may apply as Early Action or Regular Decision.

Early Action is a nonbinding early application and notification process for fall semester first-year students only. Students accepted via Early Action are not required to withdraw other college applications, but are required to notify Hofstra University of their intentions by May 1. There are two rounds of Early Action – November 15 and December 15.

Regular Decision candidates are considered on a “rolling basis.” While there is no deadline for regular decision applications, students are encouraged to apply early so as to receive the fullest consideration. Once an application and all supporting credentials are received, the application is reviewed by our Admission Committee.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $37,850
Fees $1,050
Total $38,900
Room and Board (on campus) $13,510
Room Only $9,050
Board Only $4,460
Estimated Total On Campus $52,410


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
58% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$20,683 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$10,349 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


FAFSA is the only application required by Hofstra University to begin the financial aid process. That makes it the single most important step. Information from your FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for financial aid. No FAFSA – No aid. So be sure to file. Hofstra University recommends that you file your application by February 15 of the year for which you desire aid. For example, most incoming freshmen, should file their FAFSA by February 15th of their senior year in high school.

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