Hofstra University

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100 Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY 11549

Phone: (516) 463-6600
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. National Universities

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Hofstra University is a private institution that was founded in 1935. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,893, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 240 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hofstra University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 135. Its tuition and fees are $37,400 (2013-14).

With its location on Long Island, N.Y., Hofstra University puts students in an ideal location to enjoy attractions and secure internships in New York City. In addition to two traditional semesters, the university offers courses during a January term and several summer sessions. Campus residence options include traditional dormitories and Themed Living Communities, which group students by a common interest such as civic engagement and performing arts. There are more than 200 student organizations, including about 20 fraternities and sororities that close to 15 percent of the student body joins. The Hofstra Pride sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association, and students can also get involved in club sports including roller hockey and Ultimate Frisbee.

The university runs a variety of academic institutes, including the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, the National Center for Suburban Studies and the Long Island Studies Institute. There are many programs for graduate students, too, offered through university schools including the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Deane School of Law and the School of Education. Notable alumni of Hofstra University include actor Tom McGowan, who has appeared in TV shows including "Fraiser," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and Alan Colmes, former co-host of "Hannity and Colmes" on Fox News Channel.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Just 25 miles from New York City, Hofstra University is a dynamic, private university where students choose from more than 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs of study, including liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, engineering, education, and health sciences and human services. Our school also offers more than 100 dual degree programs in which students can elect to work toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree within an accelerated time frame. Notably, Hofstra is one of only three institutions in the New York metropolitan area that features schools of law, medicine, and engineering, and is only the second university ever chosen to host consecutive presidential debates (2008 and 2012).

At Hofstra, our faculty is one of its greatest resources. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, ninety-three percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields, many of whom have been recognized with the nation's highest academic honors, including membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and Emmy Awards. Given a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1 and an average class size of 21, Hofstra professors have the unique ability to inspire, guide, and engage students individually while also fostering a collaborative classroom environment that promotes problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and self-discovery.

Alongside outstanding faculty, Hofstra provides a wide-range of academic resources, state-of-the-art facilities and services, including college counselors and advisors who are assigned to individual students to monitor progress, assess challenges, and provide guidance from freshman year to career. Hofstra's well-rounded, interactive curriculum reinforces experiential and hands-on learning using state-of-the art equipment and technology; internships that take advantage of opportunities in New York City; study abroad programs; as well as fellowships and field research designed to develop individual students' interests and abilities. Hofstra's Health Sciences and Human Services School is affiliated with more than 150 health care and educational facilities, providing students with multiple internship and service learning opportunities.

What's more, Hofstra has more than 200 pre-professional, social and academic clubs open to its students, in addition to community service and leadership opportunities.

Hofstra's distinctive 240-acre campus, also a nationally recognized arboretum, features high-tech teaching facilities and amenities, including a converged newsroom and multimedia classroom, one of the most advanced academic trading rooms in the nation, six theaters, two museums, new state-of-the-art bio-engineering labs, and a rooftop observatory. The Hofstra libraries provide 24/7 electronic access to more than 95,000 journals and electronic books and contain 1 million print volumes. Additionally, there are 37 residence halls, 18 eateries, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and extensive athletic and new fitness facilities.

With over 11,000 students from all over the U.S. and around the world, Hofstra is a diverse, global campus complete with ultra-modern conveniences, services, and proximity to one of the greatest cities in the world for culture, internships, and job opportunities, yet we maintain the environment, personal attention, services and support of a traditional, liberal arts college. Students can truly experience the best of both worlds at Hofstra.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1935
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $318,447,738


When applying to Hofstra University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. The application fee at Hofstra University is $70. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 59.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 58.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hofstra University is 14:1, and the school has 50.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hofstra University include: Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Psychology, General; Public Relations/Image Management; Business Administration and Management, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8%
Psychology, General 8%
Public Relations/Image Management 6%
Business Administration and Management, General 5%
English Language and Literature, General 5%

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Student Life

Hofstra University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,893, with a gender distribution of 46.8 percent male students and 53.2 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. Hofstra University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,023
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Hofstra University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Hofstra University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hofstra University, 46 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hofstra University.

Students who have cars on campus 46%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hofstra University, 66.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,000.

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Tuition and fees $37,400 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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