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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 14 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 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 2016 Enrollment
6,810 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full-time
45% male — 55% female
37% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
489 full-time faculty
692 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
68% of first-year students live on campus
46% of all students live on campus

School Location

Hofstra’s 244-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.

High-Impact Practices

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82% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)


64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 8%
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 3%


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 its founders, Kate and William Hofstra.


Hofstra University is a dynamic co-educational, private institution that holds 25 academic accreditations and 28 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 116 buildings on a lush, 244-acre campus where over 11,000 students from around the world choose from 160 undergraduate and 165 graduate program options.

Academic Programs

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business prepares students for careers in such areas as accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology and marketing. Plus, it is one of a few business schools in the nation with programs in both business and accounting that are accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Education; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics — featuring rigorous course work, self-directed projects, interdisciplinary studies and engaging professors — offers a wide range of majors, including religion, political science, literature, foreign languages, education, fine and performing arts, and the hard and soft sciences and performing arts.

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication offers programs in radio, television, film,  speech communication, journalism, media studies and public relations.

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science features dynamic programs in computer science and engineering that emphasize high-tech research, practical work experience — including a co-op program — and interdisciplinary study. The DeMatteis School’s  faculty teach students the theory and knowledge it takes to succeed, as well as the foundation needed to face the challenges of constantly evolving career environments.

The School of Health Professions and Human Services offers undergraduate program options – which include community health, health sciences and speech-language-hearing sciences – that prepare students for work in healthcare settings and provide them with a foundation for graduate study in education and health-related professions.

Hofstra University Honors College offers an innovative curriculum for high-achieving students that is centered in the liberal arts and compatible with all majors.

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of the Northwell Health System and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health

Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies offers a Master of Science in two nursing specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The school also oversees Hofstra’s well-established programs in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, offering a Master of Science in PA Studies and dual Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in PA Studies.

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law offers a Juris Doctor (JD) program and two joint programs: a JD/MBA. and JD/MPH.

Amazing Academics

Hofstra students can discover their strengths and find their passions in about 160 undergraduate and 165 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. Serving as a capstone to a student’s development within their major, Hofstra’s undergraduate research is conducted in places such as in the laboratory, at the library, in the studio, on stage, or in the field. These 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.


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Opera X
Pep band X
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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 1,181 faculty members, 489 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; 93 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 244-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 Fred DeMatteis 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 graduated its charter class in May 2015 and, in fall 2015, Hofstra welcomed its inaugural class of nursing students into the new Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. In the fall of 2015, The School of Health Professions, as well as the Human Services’ Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program, received accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. This important public recognition showcases Hofstra’s high standards of training and, therefore, its ability to prepare students for the rigor of professions in the medical field.


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English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 213 553 407 314 45 38 3 1573

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.


Hofstra hosts a variety of cultural events that inspire students’ creativity and passion. For example, the Hofstra University Museum coordinates 4-6 exhibitions annually, and annual concerts staged by the Department of Drama and Dance feature the work of students, faculty, and guest artists. The University also coordinates three beloved outdoor festivals that celebrate the heritage of three ethnic groups. The Dutch Festival commemorates the University’s strong Dutch heritage, the Irish Experience Festival features widely known Irish bands and step-dancing troupes, and the Italian Experience Festival celebrates Italy’s gifts of culture, education, and commerce to America. 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 program works build initiatives and encourage campus community members to explore identity, enhance their intercultural competence, and learn to foster 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” and one academically purposed “living-learning community” that are all 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 joined 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.


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Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Living-Learning Community, Honors Housing, Quiet Floors, Women’s Floors, and Themed Living Communities

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.

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 134,000 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



28,617 Total Applicants
17,806 Total Admissions 
1,647 Total Freshman Enrollment

62.22% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes



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GPA Application Essay

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Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 540 630
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 24 29
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 $42,900
Fees $1,060
Total $43,960
Room and Board (on campus) $14,930
Estimated Total On Campus $58,890


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Final

$29,867 First-year students
$18,345 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Final

62% on average, the percentage of need that was met
22% of financial need students that had need fully met

$18,345 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,547 Average need-based loan


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 the FAFSA is used to determine one’s eligibility for financial aid. No FAFSA—No aid. Hofstra University recommends that students file their application by February 1 of the year for which they desire aid. For example, most incoming freshmen, should file their FAFSA by February 1st of their senior year in high school.

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