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.
Get to know Hofstra University
Hofstra students can discover their strengths and find their passions in about 165 undergraduate and 175 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.
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.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 9%
White, non-Hispanic: 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
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 faculty members 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.
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.
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 200 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 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.
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.
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.
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $15,700
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 580 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 570 | 75th Percentile: 670
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 30
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 31