Hofstra University

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Hofstra University, located in Hempstead, New York, was founded in 1935 from the money left behind by Kate Mason Hofstra after her death to memorialize her husband, William Hofstra, a multimillionaire who earned his fortune through the pulping of wood for paper. The trustees of the fund determined that a university would serve best as a permanent monument, and set about forming what would eventually become Hofstra College. At its earliest the school was an extension of New York University and was known as Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island, though the relationship with NYU only lasted two years before the school became an independent institution. The school is a not for profit four year institution offering educational opportunities for more than 12,000 students annually.


Hofstra University offers a large number of majors and programs for undergraduate and graduate studies. Individuals attending the school will be able to choose from an assortment of classes to compliment their programs of study, as well as receive a high quality education dedicated to enriching the lives of students. The school also offers advanced studies certificates and graduate level programs for those students who have earned their bachelor's degree and have obtained the necessary experience in order to pursue such an education. The school's dedication to excellence is reflected in the honors received by its students, including a large number of Fulbright Scholars and Guggenheim Fellowship recipients.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrollment at Hofstram University must complete and submit the admission application and provide all necessary documents and tests scores. Once received, the application will be review3ed and the student notified whether he or she will be accepted. The school generally accepts 53% of applicants, though the number is much smaller for students attempting to enter the honors school. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and work study programs. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss the student's financial situation and prepare for the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is used to determine eligibility and awards. Students may also pursue a number of scholarships, requiring separate applications and given to students based on a variety of criterion.


The Hofstra Pride Compete in the Nation Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Colonial Athletic Association. Intercollegiate sports offer students an opportunity to demonstrate school pride and participate in health competition. Sports programs offer students discipline and teamwork, as well as emphasize health and nutrition which are all important for student during their academic years as well as their professional futures. The goal of such programs is to foster a friendly yet competitive atmosphere that stresses success, both personal and overall.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Wrestling (Men Only)
  • Field Hockey (Women Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations that are supported by the university receive funding to maintain their activities and meetings as well as develop over time Students are encouraged to join these clubs as they may find new interests or meet with others who share preexisting interests in a friendly setting. Student clubs offer a variety of activities and events, allowing for participation on and off campus. Students may also form new clubs if one does not exist that reflects the interests or needs of a group of individuals. Often bonds are formed within such clubs that extend beyond the campus, and often beyond graduation.

Clubs at Hofstra University Include:

  • Accounting Society
  • Adopt a Dream
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Crime Scene Investigation: Hofstra
  • Documentary Filmmakers Club

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Hofstra University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Hofstra University is around 11,000 students. The student body is made up of 63% undergraduate students and 15% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $39,000-$47,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Per unit charges are around $1,500 for part time students
  • Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships94%$22,347
Receiving Student Loans57%$9,750

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Hofstra University may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

Hofstra University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 62%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years50%
Graduating in 5 Years11%
Graduating in 6 Years1%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Psychology (Psy.D.) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Psy.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Hofstra University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Basketball (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Hofstra University for official up-to-date information.

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