Hempstead, New York 11550
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3,291 men/3,858 women
631 men/651 women
1,499 men/2,349 women
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V 535 M 535
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Hempstead, New York 11550
Hofstra students enjoy the 238-acre parklike campus.
Hofstra University, a private, nonsectarian university founded in 1935, is one of the most dynamic, fastest growing universities in the United States. Hofstra's campus, covering 238 acres, is situated 25 miles east of New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra is continuously experiencing record enrollments, with students coming from over 43 states and 64 countries. The diverse student body, outstanding facilities and faculty, and attractive location combine to make it the university of choice for students searching for the very best. In many fields, special facilities, such as clinics, an FM radio station, a reading center, and a playhouse, enrich the curriculum. Hofstra has a firm belief that the true educational experience extends beyond the classroom-a belief that makes the Hofstra campus an exciting environment where intellectual growth flourishes and personal development thrives. Hofstra holds 32 accreditations, including Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools and a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Hofstra offers Bachelor's degrees in 103 areas of study in liberal and fine arts, business, communications, the natural and social sciences, education, engineering, and computer science. There are 87 master's degrees offered in addition to Ph.D., Ed.D., and J.D. degrees, advanced certificates, and professional diplomas. Classes are small, averaging 23 students. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, academic advisement and programs are tailored to the individual. Hofstra sponsors study-abroad programs in such places as China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, and Spain. Other overseas courses are organized by faculty members as part of credit-bearing courses. Recent courses have been held in Mexico and Egypt; similar courses are being planned for India and China.
With over 500 cultural events held on campus each year, there is always something to do on the Hofstra campus. Students are involved in more than 120 student clubs and organizations. In addition to the traditional clubs, such as the Student Government Association, fraternities and sororities, newspapers, and the yearbook, students may choose from such diverse clubs as African Caribbean Society, Hillel, Danceworks, Geology Club, Amnesty International, Circle K, Spectrum Players, and Women in Communications. The Student Center is the hub of campus life, where students can find four of Hofstra's eleven dining areas, a bookstore, beauty salon, travel agency, and post office. All students are given e-mail accounts. The residence halls have full network connections to the Internet. Singles, doubles, suites, and apartments are available for the 4,000 students who live on campus in the 35 residence halls.
The Office of Multicultural and International Students Programs is responsible for planning and implementing cultural awareness and diversity education programming for the student community at Hofstra. The office works closely with a variety of campus constituencies to ensure that Hofstra University remains a diverse campus that embraces its multicultural identity. The office is also responsible for coordinating many cultural-themed heritage months for the University, including Black History Month, Women's History Month, and Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The office staff also advises 20 student cultural clubs and organizations.
Facilities and Resources
Hofstra's fully computerized library contains 1.4 million volumes, as well as special units for periodicals, reserve books documents, curriculum materials, special collections, and microfilm. The library also allows students online access to such databases as the Dow Jones News Retrieval and Compact D-SEC as well as real-time access to major financial markets. The University's computer facility is designed to provide the latest in time-sharing capability in a multiprogramming environment for both academic and administrative purposes. The Language Laboratory has modern tape-recording and playback facilities for perfecting foreign language skills. Other facilities include the Television Institute, Hofstra Museum, Career Center, Business Development Center, Psychology Evaluation and Research Center, FM radio station, seven campus theaters, Reading Center and Clinic, Speech and Hearing Center, and Physical Fitness Center. Hofstra's playing fields cover 23 acres. The only indoor, Olympic-sized swimming pool in the metropolitan area is located on Hofstra's campus, as well as the 15,000-seat Hofstra Stadium.
The Hofstra athletic program allows student-athletes to compete in quality NCAA Division I sports. Varsity teams compete on the national level and are members of America East. Student-athletes compete in 17 intercollegiate sports, including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, football (I-AA), and wrestling for men, and basketball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and volleyball for women. Hofstra provides a wide variety of recreation activities for students. Intramural sports and activities include aerobics, ice hockey, men's and women's rugby, crew, equestrian club, and weight training. The Hofstra Recreation Center includes a multipurpose gymnasium, a complete universal and free-weight exercise room, an indoor track, an aerobics room, fully equipped locker rooms, and lounge area with billiard and Ping-Pong tables.
Financial aid options range from scholarships through assistance grants to loans and part-time jobs. About 82 percent of all students receive financial aid through a combination of grants, loans, on-campus jobs, and scholarships. Hofstra uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine need. Federal funds include Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Federal Work-Study Program awards. To be considered for financial aid, completed financial aid applications and credentials should be received on or before March 1.
Admission to Hofstra is very competitive. Hofstra employs joint criteria for the admission of freshman candidates. The high school rank is considered of primary importance, and SAT I and/or ACT scores are given secondary consideration. To be considered, an applicant should rank in the top third of his or her graduating class and present a minimum of 16 academic units: 4 of English, 3 of history and social studies, 2 of foreign language, 2 of mathematics, 1 of science, and 4 of electives in other academic subjects. Prospective engineering majors need at least 3 years of mathematics and considerably more science, including physics. SAT I or ACT scores must be submitted, preferably in December of the senior year. Interviews are strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Hofstra accepts applications from freshman, transfer, international, and disabled students, regardless of their place of residence. The University has an early decision plan for those students whose first choice is Hofstra. The completed application must be submitted before December 1. Early admission may be granted, on completion of three years of secondary school, to students with extraordinary maturity and promise. Transfer students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from a fully accredited institution are considered for admission.
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