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International Profile

Pride and Purpose

Explore Hofstra University: a world of opportunity
With a student population representing more than 65 countries, Hofstra University is committed to providing the resources that all students need to become integral parts of the Hofstra community. At Hofstra you will find award-winning faculty, world-class academic programs, exceptional technological resources, and state-of-the-art facilities—all of this less than a one-hour train ride from the cultural, internship, and job opportunities in New York City.

Students benefit from small class sizes, flexible scheduling, and exciting on-campus events and programs.

As an internationally renowned institution, Hofstra is consistently cited on “Best College” lists of U.S.News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Fiske Guide to Colleges, Washington Monthly, and Forbes. Hofstra is one of only two universities chosen to host consecutive U.S. presidential debates (2008 and 2012).

A program of study meant for you
As a Hofstra student, you can choose from more than 140 undergraduate program options, approximately 160 graduate program options, and over 100 dual-degree programs. Discover the program meant for you within one of Hofstra’s major academic divisions:
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of majors—from religion, literature, and foreign languages to chemistry, anthropology, psychology, and the performing arts—with rigorous course work, self-directed projects, interdisciplinary studies, and engaging professors.

Hofstra University Honors College, designed for Hofstra’s highest-achieving students, offers an innovative curriculum centered in the liberal arts and compatible with all majors.

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business prepares students for careers in areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, marketing, and international business. Ranked among the top business schools in the United States, the Zarb School of Business is also one of a select number of business schools in the nation with programs that are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Zarb School’s state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, are among the most technologically advanced in the nation, allowing students the opportunity to learn through hands-on experience with the same real-time data and applications used by today’s finance professionals.

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication offers programs in radio, television, and film; journalism; media studies; and public relations. Students gain hands-on experience in modern facilities and benefit from Hofstra’s close proximity to New York City, where they regularly secure internships with top organizations in media, performing arts, publishing, and other communication fields.

The School of Education—which is fully accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council—places a high priority on the liberal arts education of undergraduate students and the preparation of reflective teachers and highly skilled practitioners. Hagedorn Hall, home of the School of Education, features a technologically robust learning environment complete with interactive white boards, computer-driven instructor stations, and wireless communication throughout the building.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) features dynamic programs in computer science and engineering that emphasize high-tech research, practical work experience, and interdisciplinary study. SEAS faculty work to provide students with the knowledge, theory, and innovative skills they need to become successful, creative professionals and innovators who are prepared to tackle critical global challenges and make a difference in the world.

The School of Health Professions and Human Services offers an interdisciplinary environment where students learn to provide therapeutic and developmental services; prevent, diagnose, and treat illness and disabilities; and design, implement, administer, and evaluate health promotion programs, policies, and systems. Students are well prepared for careers in health care settings and receive a solid foundation for graduate study in education and health-related professions.

An integral part of campus
Hofstra ensures that international students are well integrated into campus life by placing great emphasis on orientation, including programs that engage all students on and off campus. The Office of International Student Affairs helps international students reach their educational goals by providing assistance before their arrival and throughout their time at Hofstra, including academic, social, cultural, legal, and financial opportunities.

Before classes begin, the office provides an intensive orientation program to introduce students to Hofstra and help them adjust to their new surroundings. The office also assists with immigration counseling and applications for optional practical training, curricular training, economic work necessity, program extensions, international student insurance, and visa renewals, as well as travel assistance.

We invite you to visit the campus and see for yourself what it’s like to be a part of Hofstra’s dynamic community. We recommend campus visits during September or January semesters so you can experience our campus while classes are in session.

No matter when you visit, we have designed special ways to help you make the most of your stay. Admission information sessions are offered twice daily Monday through Friday, with each followed by a guided tour of the campus. These sessions and tours begin at the Office of Admission in Bernon Hall, South Campus.

To make plans to visit us, call +1-516-463-6700 or go to hofstra.edu/visit. Or, if you’re unable to see Hofstra in person, we encourage you to take our virtual campus tour at hofstra.edu/see.

Apply today
Hofstra seeks applicants with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based). Applicants using IELTS must have a minimum score of 6.5; others with appropriate academic credentials are also encouraged to apply. Although the SAT and ACT are not required, students seeking merit-based scholarships are strongly encouraged to take these tests and submit the results to Hofstra.

Though Hofstra has a rolling admission policy, there is a deadline to submit a formal application for September admission (August 1) and January admission (December 1). The application fee is $75; checks or money orders must be drawn on U.S. banks. Hofstra accepts international applications through our website (hofstra.edu/apply) or through the Common Application (commonapp.org).

Once you have completed an application form, you may send it, along with all other necessary documentation, electronically to internationaladmission@hofstra.edu. Official paper copies of these documents are required upon enrollment.

Please note: all documentation must be accompanied by English translations. Undergraduate applicants should rank in the top half of their graduating classes, with a B average (or its equivalent). Students must provide Hofstra with all final transcripts, exam records, and translations so that any advanced standing credit can be determined.

English language placement
The Admission Committee requires all applicants whose native language is not English to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To find out more information and to find a testing location, visit toefl.org or ielts.org




Hofstra University is located in HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK. Hofstra’s campus is only 40 kilometers from New York City. John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia International Airports are approximately 30 minutes from Hofstra by car or airport limousine. The Long Island Rail Road provides regular commuter service from Pennsylvania Station in New York City to Hempstead Station, about five kilometers from campus.


Type of University: Hofstra is a private, coeducational, residential university.

Size of Campus: Hofstra’s campus is 97 picturesque hectares. On-campus housing is available.

Number of Students:
University enrollment: 11,032
• 6,922 undergraduate
- 53% female, 47% male
- 4% international
• 2,998 graduate
• 828 law
• 284 medicine

Number of Faculty: There are 1,157 faculty members; 498 are full time (92% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field).

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Hofstra University is comprised of the following schools and colleges:
• Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Honors College
• Frank G. Zarb School of Business
• Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
• School of Education
• School of Engineering and Applied Science
• School of Health Professions and Human Services
• Maurice A. Deane School of Law
• Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University
• Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
• Hofstra University Continuing Education

The University offers more than 140 undergraduate program options and approximately 160 graduate program options, as well as over 100 dual-degree program options. Undergraduate degrees offered include B.A., B.B.A., B.F.A., B.S., B.S.Ed.; graduate degrees include M.A., M.S., M.S.Ed., M.B.A., M.F.A., M.H.A., M.D., P.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., Au.D., and J.D., as well as advanced certificates and first professional diplomas.

Athletics: 17 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams

Geographic Diversity: Undergraduate students come from 46 states and U.S. territories and 52 countries.

International Student Services: Office of International Student Affairs, international student advisors, on-campus international student orientation

International Student Budget:
Tuition and Fees    $38,900
Room and Board    $12,910
Total    $51,810

Financial Aid: International students are considered for academic merit-based scholarships only.

Test Score Requirements:
• TOEFL (minimum 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 Internet-based)
• IELTS (minimum score for consideration is 6.5)
• SAT and ACT: Recommended but not required

The Admission Committee requires all applicants whose native language is not English to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information and testing locations, please visit toefl.org or ielts.org.

Application Deadlines and Fees: August 1 for September admission; December 1 for January admission; application forms can be found online at hofstra.edu/apply—all documents submitted as part of a student’s application must be accompanied by English translations. Application fee: $75; checks or money orders must be drawn on U.S. banks.