request information


Hofstra University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree programs offered at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Hofstra University

Hofstra University was founded in 1935 and is located about 25 miles east of New York City. Its 240-acre campus has 115 buildings, including the Hofstra University Museum, which hosts exhibitions and features artwork. Students have access to 200 social organizations and 17 NCAA Division I sports teams. In 2008 and 2012, the private school hosted the U.S. Presidential Debates, and its academic programs have received numerous accolades.


There are roughly 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs available at Hofstra University through nine colleges and schools. There are also ROTC (Army), online, study abroad, professional, weekend/evening and teacher certification programs. With 14 students for every faculty member, the university offers small class sizes. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) noted that 51% of classes had fewer than 20 students. The publication listed the five most popular majors in 2011 as marketing/marketing management, psychology, accounting, business administration and management, and English language and literature. The campus library has over 70,000 electronic books and one million volumes.


High school graduates must submit a copy of their diploma or GED or their transcripts. Regular admissions are accepted on a rolling basis; however, students have two opportunities to apply early. Applicants may apply online or use the Common Application. If prospective Hofstra students have dual, advanced placement or life experience credits, the school will accept them.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 6,800 undergraduates and 4,100 graduates were enrolled at this school in 2012. Fall 2011 statistics from the NCES found that roughly 21,400 individuals applied for admission to Hofstra. Fifty-nine percent of those students were admitted, though only 13% enrolled.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Hofstra's financial aid options include grants, federal work study and loans for full-time students. Some grants are designated specifically for part-time students. In 2011, USNWR reported that of the 78% of individuals who applied for need-based financial aid, 66% received it. For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition and fees were $35,950, while books and supplies were $1,000, according to data from the NCES. Room and board was estimated at $12,070 for the same year. Tuition payment plans are available.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 6,893 undergraduates and 4,130 graduate students in 2012*
Student Housing Freshmen can choose from 34 residence buildings, including a dorm for first-year honors students**
Schools and Programs Nine schools and colleges; more than 290 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (139)
Master's: Finance (149)
Doctorate: Law (360)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (for students beginning in Fall 2006) 45% in four years
61% in six years*
Admission Rate 59% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,502 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 78% for full-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students (2011) Middle 50% SAT Scores: 530-620 (critical reading), 550-630 (math);
Middle 50% ACT Scores: 23-27*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date February 1 and rolling afterward**
Undergraduate Tuition (2012-2013) $35,950*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (25%), state and local grants/scholarships (24%), institutional grants/scholarships (90%), federal loans (65%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Hofstra University, ***IPEDS Data Center, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission, Hofstra University, 100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549
  • Phone: (516) 463-6700
  • Website:

Find Your Program:

Get Admission Info

Take the first step by getting admissions information directly from Hofstra University. Simply answer a few questions to get started.