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Hofstra University

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History

Hofstra University is located in Hempstead, New York. The nonsectarian, private institution was established as an extension to New York University. The founders, William S. Hofstra and Kate Mason, established the university on their estate. Kate Mason left the majority of the couple’s property to charity in the name of her husband. Two individuals by the name of James Barnard and Howard Brower looked at turning the site into and institution of higher learning and approached New York University with the proposal. The university started as a coeducational, community university that offered day and evening classes. The first official day of classes was September 23, 1935. Hofstra separated from New York University in 1939, and on February 16, 1940, the university was granted absolute charter.

The first four-year commencement took place in 1939. This school received recognition from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools on November 22, 1940, and in 1941, the university became a member of the American Association of Colleges. The university was privileged to host the 1950 Shakespeare Festival in The Calkins Gymnasium.

This university became the first private university on Long Island. The Board of Trustees decided to make the university barrier-free for those with disabilities with the belief that all should have access to a higher education. The university became a pioneer for this movement.

The university was granted 110 acres of land when the Mitchel Air Force Base closed in 1963. The concrete runways presently serve as parking lots.

HU began recognizing its “divisions” as “schools” during the 1960s. The university offered its first doctoral degree in 1966. The site of the 2008 Presidential debate on October 15 was held here. It has been the site of several Presidential conferences and international conferences over the years.

Academics

Nineteen academic areas hold full accreditation at HU, and less than 100 colleges hold this distinction. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the university. Other accreditations include The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, all accounting programs; Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., physician assistant program; Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc., rehabilitation counseling; Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, engineering science; and Teacher Education Accreditation Council, teacher education program.

This university has 6 academic schools and colleges that include Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, HU School of Law, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, School of Communication, HU Honors College, School for University Studies, and School of Education, Health, and Human Services. A few of the academic departments at the university include Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology, Department of African Studies, Department of Economics, Department of Engineering, Department of Writing Studies and Composition, Department of Geology, and Department of Communication, Rhetoric and Performance Studies.

This school also has many centers and institutions to assist students in their respective academic areas. These centers and institutions include Center for Legal Advocacy, Institute of the Arts, HU Foundation, Center for Technological Literacy, Center for Continuing Education, Diane Linder-Goldberg Child Care Institution, Institute of Real estate, and Institute for the Development in the Advanced Sciences.

Also offered are Distance Learning degrees and courses to students. The university currently offers over 1,700 online courses and 5 fully online degree and certificate programs. The degrees and certificates include Master of Business Administration; Advanced Certificate in Educational Technology; Master of Science in Education Educational, Leadership, and Policy Studies; Master of Science in Computer Science; and Advanced Certificate Program in Gifted Education.

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Admissions

First years students require the following for admission: a completed application, application fee (non-refundable), official high school transcript, official ACT or SAT scores, one letter of recommendation, completed Counselor Recommendation/High School Report Form, completed essay/personal statement, and an informational interview (contact admissions counselor). First year students must submit applications by early November for Early Action I and early December for Early Acton II. Regular decision applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Transfer students must meet the same requirements and submit a transcript from each attended college (ACT or SAT scores are only required if students have less than 24 college credits). Transfer students must submit an admissions application by early March for the fall semester and early November for the spring semester.

The requirements for admission into the School of Law include a completed application, a non-refundable application fee, personal statement, two letters of recommendation (optional), registration with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), and completion of the LSAT. J.D. Early Action applications are due in early November and regular decision applications are due in early April. Students applying for LL.M admission must submit the application by early November for spring semester and early July for fall priority.

Admission into the Medical School requires a completed application and supplemental application, an application fee and the supplemental application fee, a minimum GPA of 3.0, a 24 on the MCAT, a premedical committee report. Students may begin submitting applications in early August.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to receive financial aid must complete the FAFSA application to be considered for financial assistance. Loans, grants, Work-Study, and scholarships are available to students who qualify. This school also has additional financial aid for part-time students.

Loans that students may qualify for consist of Federal Stafford Loans, Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. Many of these loans have specific criteria in regards to repayment and loan interest so students must make sure to adhere to these specifications.

Grants are another form of financial assistance for students. Certain grants are only available to in state residents, but students should apply for as many grants as possible. A few of the grants include Federal Pell Grant, Hofstra Aid, SEO Grant, SMART Grant, TEACH Grant, NYS TAP Grant, and Academic Competitiveness Grant.

Veterans may qualify for financial assistance. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program helps veterans earn a degree. The Post-9/11 Bill helps with housing and education for those who served at least 90 days of military service on or after September 11, 2001. Veterans with service-connected disabilities who were discharged after 30 days may also receive aid.

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Students

HU has many residential halls to choose from for residential living. The halls include The Netherlands, The High Rises, Liberty and Republic, Nassau and Suffolk , Colonial Square , and Stuyvesant. There is also the Graduate Residence Hall for graduate students. These halls have two bedroom suites, three bedroom suites, and four bedroom suites.

The university has over 35 active and inactive sororities and fraternities. These Greek organizations organized many campus and community activities that enhance the college experience. These groups also promote effective leadership at the university. A few of the sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Chi Delta, and Delta Gamma. A few of the fraternities include MALIK, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Theta Tau, Omega Psi Phi, Pershing Rifles, Phi Iota Alpha, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, and Pi Kappa Alpha.

Students can enjoy many different activities on campus. A few of the activities include the Welcome Back Party, 9/11 Candlelight Ceremony, Hofstra Idol, Blue Leadership Program, Hofstra Celebrates the Holidays, Alcohol Awareness Week, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Possible clubs and organizations that may interest students include Hofstra Historians, Graduate Biology club, Philosophy Club, Computer Science Club, The Actuarial; Science Club, Rotaract, and Society for the Advancement of Computing.

The university has an amazing fitness center for student enjoyment. The center features an indoor track 6 basketball hoops, Cybex strength training pieces, state of the art cardio equipment, ADA certified circuit, a cycling studio, a lounge and computer station, and more.

There are other social, religious, performance, professional, multicultural, academic, and societies organizations to explore once students enroll.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division I Conference. The teams are nicknamed The Pride. These teams proudly sport the colors white, blue, and gold. The teams comprise of 17 varsity teams that include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, wrestling, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball.

This is one of the few universities with two mascots. William and Kate Pride, a lioness and lion are the school’s mascots. The mascots are named after Kate Davidson and William Hofstra, benefactors for the university.

The university has 9 athletic facilities that include Mack Sports Complex , James M. Shuart Stadium, Shuart Stadium Building , Margiotta Hall, Physical Education Building , Soccer Stadium, Field Hockey Facility, University Field, Softball Stadium, Tennis Courts, and Swim Center.

HU also offers intramural sports and sports clubs. These groups give students an opportunity to build lasting friendships and competitiveness. Students compete against each other and other institutions. A few of the sports include women’s soccer, baseball, equestrian, crew, tennis, roller hockey, wrestling, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, ice hockey, and table tennis.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 7 0.06
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.05
Arrest 9 0.08

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, humanities/social sciences dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3604

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 172nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $36,350 $36,350 $36,350
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,050 $1,050 $1,050
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
FT Graduate Tuition $19,800 $19,800 $19,800
FT Graduate Required Fees $970 $970 $970
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,100 $1,100 $1,100
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $54,289 $54,289 $54,289
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $58,645 $58,645 $58,645
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $41,595 $41,595 $41,595

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $45,000 $45,000
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,500 $1,500
Law Degree — Tuition $49,154 $49,154
Law Degree — Required Fees $626 $626

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $34,150 $35,950 $34,150 $35,950 $34,150 $35,950
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,940 $12,070
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,056 $3,083
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $16,314 $16,760
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,180 $3,315
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,030 $3,165

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$70
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 22,733 (9,603 male / 13,130 female)
Admitted 13,346 (5,721 male / 7,625 female)
Admission rate 59%
First-time Enrollment 1,488 (703 male / 785 female)
FT Enrollment 1,484 (699 male / 785 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (4 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment10,928

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Baseball Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Track & Field Conference Colonial Athletic Association

ACT Test Admission

294th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 27%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

289th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 72%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1070 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,764
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,750
Board Fee$4,300

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 289 177 190 130 6 1,725 167 2,725
Accounting 62 6 8 17 108 4 205
Administration of Special Education
African Studies 1 1
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 2 2 1 2 19 2 28
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence 6 1 1 8
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1
Anthropology 4 4
Applied Mathematics, General
Area Studies, Other 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 5
Art Teacher Education 1 10 3 14
Art Therapy/Therapist 4 1 4 19 1 29
Asian Studies/Civilization
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 5
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 2 13 19
Banking and Financial Support Services
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 2 2 4
Biochemistry 2 5 7
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 7 6 41 4 62
Broadcast Journalism 1 8 9
Business Administration and Management, General 6 8 6 11 66 6 104
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 3 2 1 17 1 25
Business Teacher Education 1 5 6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 4 6 6 5 30 7 58
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 2 5 1 11
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1 2
Chemistry, General 1 4 7 12
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3 3
Clinical Psychology 1 12 1 14
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 7 1 2 20 1 33
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 2
Computer Science 1 2 17 1 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 17 3 23
Creative Writing 1 8 1 10
Criminology 2 1 1 1 5
Curriculum and Instruction 1 3 1 5
Dance, General 1 1 7 9
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 2 2 4 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 4 2 34 1 43
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1
East Asian Studies
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 1 1
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 1 4 5
Economics, General 1 2 7 10
Education, Other 1 1
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 3 1 16 1 21
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 1 2 3 1 17 3 27
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 1 6 7
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 7 1 1 1 12 24
Educational/Instructional Technology
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 2
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 3 18 1 23
Engineering Science 2 11 2 15
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 5 2 67 4 83
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) 1 2 4
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 5 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 1 11 2 16
Environmental Studies 3 3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 2 2
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 12 12
Finance, General 96 5 8 15 70 13 207
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 16 1 19
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Forensic Science and Technology 1 9 10
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 2 2
Geography 1 3 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 3
German Language and Literature
Gerontology 1 3 1 5
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1 2 5 11
Health Teacher Education 3 1 10 2 16
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 9 2 2 20 5 39
Health/Medical Physics
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Hebrew Language and Literature
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2 6 8
History, General 1 3 2 36 1 45
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 10 1 3 14
Human/Medical Genetics
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1 2
Industrial Engineering 1 1 3 1 6
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 4 4 1 18 1 29
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 4 5 13 2 28
International Law and Legal Studies
International/Global Studies 2 14 18
Italian Language and Literature 3 1 4
Jewish/Judaic Studies 1 1
Journalism 4 10 9 2 57 4 88
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 3 13 1 17
Labor Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 10 12
Linguistics 1 3 1 5
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Management Information Systems, General 6 2 1 1 15 1 27
Marketing Research 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 42 6 11 8 79 7 157
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 2 1 2 7 3 15
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 6 7
Mathematics Teacher Education 8 8
Mathematics, General 1 3 2 31 38
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 2 7 1 12
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 1 4 1 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 2
Music Teacher Education 1 1 24 27
Music, General 3 1 22 26
Natural Sciences 1 1
Philosophy 1 10 12
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 2 1 1 29 7 42
Physician Assistant 3 3 5 9 20 44
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 1 4 5
Political Science and Government, General 4 5 5 1 27 3 45
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 8 9
Psychology, General 7 10 3 93 6 123
Psychology, Other
Public Health, General
Public Relations/Image Management 1 4 7 1 46 6 67
Radio and Television 4 3 27 2 36
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 1 3 2 2 55 3 67
Reading Teacher Education 1 3 21 1 26
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 2 8 1 11
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Language and Literature
School Psychology 1 13 2 16
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 4 1 6
Social Sciences, General 1 1 2 4
Social Studies Teacher Education 2 1 2 8 1 14
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Sociology 2 1 11 15
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature 6 4 2 12
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 1 21 1 27
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 1 14 16
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 2 1 21 1 30
Speech Teacher Education
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1 1 27 1 31
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Sustainability Studies
Taxation 3 2 2 20 2 29
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 9 1 12
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 2 3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 7 3 15 3 28
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 4 2 7
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 83rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $115,633 ($122,858 male / $99,961 female)
Number of FT Faculty 495 (284 male / 211 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,090
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $28,913,419
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