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Pride and Purpose

Explore Hofstra University: a world of opportunity
With a student population representing 67 countries, Hofstra University is committed to providing all students with programming, advising, and resources designed to foster academic and personal success. At Hofstra you will find award-winning faculty, world-class academic programs, cutting-edge technological resources, and state-of-the-art facilities—all less than a one-hour train ride from the cultural, entertainment, internship, and job opportunities in nearby New York City. Students benefit from small class sizes, flexible scheduling, and exciting on-campus events and programs.

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 University is the only university to host three consecutive US presidential debates (2008, 2012, 2016).

A program of study meant for you
As a Hofstra student, you can choose from 155 undergraduate program options, approximately 170 graduate program options, and more than 100 dual-degree programs. Discover the program meant for you within one of Hofstra’s schools:

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 Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room is 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.

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences—which comprises the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs; School of Education; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics—allows students to explore and discover new talents while preparing for a wide range of career options. Students are taught by expert professors as they learn lifelong skills such as critical thinking, communication, and analysis, which are valued in every field. 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. Hagedorn Hall, home of the School of Education, features a technologically robust learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities such as a multimedia curriculum materials library. The school’s Teacher Educations and Educational Leadership programs are fully accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

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 proximity to New York City, where they regularly secure internships with top organizations in media, performing arts, publishing, and other communication fields.

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering features dynamic programs in Computer Science and Engineering that emphasize high-tech research in cutting-edge laboratories, practical work experience, and interdisciplinary study. The school offers a co-op program that offers students valuable real-world experience at prominent engineering and technology firms. The DeMatteis School 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 positive difference in the world.

The School of Health Professions and Human Services provides an interdisciplinary environment that prepares students for careers in counseling and mental health, athletic training, exercise science, occupational therapy, sports science, community health, health science, health administration, public health, health informatics, and speech-language pathology and audiology. Students benefit from independent study projects, clinical and laboratory research with faculty mentors, study abroad programs, partnerships, work experiences with the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University, and field experience in Hofstra’s Saltzman Community Services Center.

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 visits during our fall or spring semesters so that you can experience our campus while classes are in session.

We have designed special ways to help you make the most of your visit. 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
The Admission Committee requires all applicants whose native language is not English to submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information and to find a testing location, visit toefl.org or ielts.org. 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 are deadlines 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 US banks. Hofstra accepts international applications through our website (hofstra.edu/apply) or through the Common Application (commonapp.org). Once you have completed an application, 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 at least 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.



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 School: Hofstra is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution.

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

Number of Students:
University enrollment: 10,870
• 6,833 undergraduate
- 54% female, 46% male
- 5% international
• 2,951 graduate
• 733 law
• 353 medicine

Number of Faculty: There are 1,161 faculty members; 498 are full time (92% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field).

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Hofstra University comprises the following schools and colleges:
• Frank G. Zarb School of Business
• Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science
• Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs
- School of Education
- School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
- School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
• Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
• School of Health Professions and Human Services
• Hofstra University Honors College
• Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
• Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
• Maurice A. Deane School of Law
• Hofstra University Continuing Education

The University offers 155 undergraduate program options and approximately 170 graduate program options, as well as more than 100 dual-degree program options. Undergraduate degrees include BA, BBA, BE, BFA, BS, and BSEd; graduate degrees include ADVC, CERT, EdD, LLM, MA, MBA, MFA, MHA, MPH, MS, MSEd, PD, PhD, and PsyD; first professional degrees include AUD, JD, and MD; dual degrees include BA/MD, BA/JD, BA/MA, BA/MBA, BA/MS, BA/MSEd, BS/MBA, BS/MS, BS/MD, BBA/MBA, BBA/MS, BBA/MSEd, JD/MBA, JD/MPH, and MD/PhD.

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

Geographic Diversity: Undergraduate students come from 46 US states and territories and 55 countries.

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

International Student Budget:
Tuition and Fees    $    42,160
Room and Board    $    14,000
Total    $    56,160

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

Test Score Requirements: 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.
• 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

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 US banks.