Hofstra University: Narrative Description

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100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
Tel: (516)463-6600
Free: 800-HOF-STRA
Admissions: (516)463-6700
Fax: (516)560-7660
E-mail: h[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hofstra.edu/


Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1935. Setting: 240-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $151.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9978 per student. Total enrollment: 12,999. Faculty: 1,256 (518 full-time, 738 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 11,503 applied, 67% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 36 valedictorians. Full-time: 8,067 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 986 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 51 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 10% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 9% 25 or older, 44% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation. Recommended: essay, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: interview, proof of degree required for all; TOEFL required for international students, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 2/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,012 includes full-time tuition ($19,010), mandatory fees ($1002), and college room and board ($9000). College room only: $5900. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $615 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $155 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 144 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Hillel, Entertainment Unlimited, Danceworks. Major annual events: homecoming, Sinterklaas, Freak Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security booths and cameras at each residence hall entrance. 4,200 college housing spaces available; 3,880 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Axinn Library plus 1 other with 1.2 million books, 3.5 million microform titles, 8,576 serials, 11,118 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $6.9 million. 1,175 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 39,500. A residential community and retail shopping center, Hempstead is particularly interesting for its 3 historic churches. A suburban area, it is situated 25 miles east of New York City. The immediate vicinity has a public library, the Nassau Coliseum, shopping mall, YMCA, YWCA, a hospital, churches and synagogues. There are theaters, water sports, and several civic, fraternal and veterans organizations in the city. Kennedy and La Guardia airports are within 30 minutes of the campus.

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