Location: Hempstead, New York
Size: 6,840 undergraduates
Percent Women: 53%
Tuition (one year): $50,450.00
Most Popular Majors: Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Psychology, General; Public Relations/Image Management; Business Administration and Management, General; and English Language and Literature, General.
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 59%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Hofstra University’s website at http://hofstra.edu/.
Why Choose Hofstra?
"I applied to Hofstra University because of the communication program. I initially searched the communication website and saw all of the amazing opportunities students were getting like interning at MTV or ABC NEWS. I also enjoyed the appearance of the campus and how the classrooms were set up."
"I applied to Hofstra because of their amazing film and TV programs."
"I applied because I kept receiving emails from Hofstra. When I visited, the people were always nice and the campus was beautiful. What really sparked my interest was the great communications department."
"It was a free application. I got a scholarship, it's really close to New York and has a good program. It was not my first choice, though, I applied to 13 schools and wasn't even considering Hofstra until I didn't get any money from my first choice and it's better for what I want to do than some of the other schools."
"I really loved the idea that Hofstra was so close to New York City. After hearing about all of the incredible opportunities that Hofstra students had interning and working in the city, I knew that I had to be here. Also, it's a great place to be if you want to live that city life, but still have a campus-feel with green space and architecture."
"It was suggested to me by a college advisor based on my intended major and interests in being close to NYC. I loved the campus and what it had to offer."
"I've really enjoyed the Fall and Spring music festivals because the whole campus comes out and you can just relax and have a lot of fun."
"My favorite part about Hofstra has to be how beautiful the campus is! During the springtime the tulips and other flowers cover the campus, which is actually an arboretum. Also, Hofstra has some really unique events like Fall Fest and Midnight Breakfast that are really fun."
"I like the fact that I can visit the city whenever and it's not that inconvenient. I also like that my gen-eds are spread out and I'm able to do things I like instead of all basic classes."
"The best part about Hofstra is the clubs. There are so many to join. I love being involved and my favorite events so far have been Fall Fest and Relay for Life."
"My favorite part about Hofstra is the people. Everyone is nice and willing to help you, especially in your major."
"I love Hofstra because they really care about their students. There is someone available for anything you need help with. I never find myself lost and I feel like I am always supported."
"I really don't enjoy the cost of food at Hofstra. The food is overpriced and I think more students would enjoy Hofstra if they didn't have to worry about the cost for eating."
"The worst thing about Hofstra is the location. It is kind of in a bad section."
"Everything at Hofstra is extremely expensive. Also the parking should be improved; there is not enough parking for all of the commuters on academic side of campus."
"We kind of live in a bad area of town. The housing isn't fabulous and the meal plan is evil. Lackman, the catering company for Hofstra, is literally robbing us."
"The surrounding area around Hofstra sometimes feels a little dangerous. It is a very urban area, and sometimes you will hear about muggings, etc. However, as long as you travel in groups off campus you shouldn't have a problem! Also public safety is a great resource and will help you in almost any situation."
"A stronger LGBT community would be nice. While there is a large presence of LGBT on campus, a community could be created for those people."
New Collegiette on Campus
"My first year was a year of discovery and firsts. I loved being in the Netherlands and suite style worked well for me."
"I had an amazing first year experience. I made some of my best friends and lived in an all-freshman housing complex, The Netherlands. It really felt like a little home and the community helped the transition a lot. I barely ever felt homesick and when I did I always had someone to talk to."
"I personally had some issues with a roommate but my suitemates were great and other than adjusting to the campus size and location of everything I didn't have too many problems my first year."
"Being a first year at Hofstra has been a great experience. I liked living in the Netherlands because of the LLC (living learning community) I was in. I made friends easily and felt a part of a community."
"I liked my first year and the housing because I got to really know the people in my house. Hofstra made the transition from high school easy for me."
All About Academics
Dempster Hall, now Herbert School of Communications
"The most popular major to me is communications. It seems as though there are a ton of communications students that have great opportunities with internships in the city. Typically I have enough work to keep me busy but not enough to overwhelm me."
"Popular majors seem to be either business or within the communications field. So far I've had to do papers, tests, and projects for many classes. My classes have so far been pretty easy. It feels like less work than high school to be honest."
"Popular majors seem to be film, television, psychology, business and engineering. I have more papers due than anything else."
"It's hard to choose one popular major! We have a business school, an awesome communications school, a med school, a law school, and so many others. It seems as though each and every department is great in its own way. As a communications major, I have less papers and tests and more "on-the-field" work like reporting in articles and videos. I have never struggled with getting in touch with a professor."
"Some popular majors are biology, communications, film, and psychology. We have tests and papers most of the time."
Learn from the Best
"I absoluteley love my creative writing class with Professor Plath."
"My favorite professors at Hofstra so far have been Professor Zimmerman (English and writing department) and Professor Fletcher (dean in the school of communications.) However, it's hard to pick just one or two, because I have had so many amazing professors who are total experts in their fields."
"I really enjoyed my News Writing and Reporting class (I learned a lot!) and my creative writing classes."
"My favorite classes so far were Sociology: House and Home and Journalism Tools. My sociology professor was Gail Satler and my journalism professor was Joe Peyronnin. Both of these professors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I loved their enthusiasm and would recommend them to anyone."
"My favorite class was RTVF24 and my favorite professor was Dr Kaplan. The faculty is really helpful and wants you to succeed."
"The School of Communications is very prestigious and well known for both its academic success among its students and the solid relationships built between the faculty and the students."
"The faculty in the communication building is filled with professors that have worked in the TV industry."
Interests & Involvement
"A lot of people participate in different things especially Habitat for Humanity and Greek life. I am involved in the Heat network."
"The clubs I am involved in are Hofstra's Adopt A Dream and Danceworks. I love both of these clubs because they have let me keep volunteering in philanthropy events while meeting new people and establishing friendships."
"There are a lot of fraternities and sororities, dance clubs, film clubs like Thursday Night Live and lots of other organizations. I'm involved with the newspaper and sometimes Sp!t, a spoken-word club on campus."
"There is literally a club here for everyone. I believe there are something like 150 clubs to get involved in. If you like sports, there's intramural and club teams. There are professional clubs and philanthropic clubs. I personally am involved in Her Campus (yay!), She's the First Hofstra, Ed2010 and Lambda Pi Eta."
"I am involved with the Pride Network and plan on joining Greek life on campus!"
"While Hofstra athletics are division 1, it is a known fact that sports do not rule the scene here. Going to games are fun occasionally, but they usually do not bring out as many fans as I would like. However, soccer games in the fall are fun and the lacrosse team is really great."
"The sports teams are good but games aren't too popular. The men's soccer team is extremely popular for obvious reasons."
"I think Hofstra athletics aren't that bad. A popular sport here seems to be soccer and sometimes I hear about lacrosse and basketball. I have never been to a game, though."
"Hofstra isn't terrible at sports but they aren't the best either."
"Sometimes atheletics at Hofstra seems like a whole different world. However, if you enjoy sports, you can watch the D1 games or participate in intramurals or club teams at the fitness center."
"Women and men are treated equally on campus and there are a lot of woman's organizations. Girls wear various things, nothing too terrible. It seems like a very fashionable campus."
"From what I've seen being a woman on campus does not give anyone special treatment. Women wear anything from baggy sweats to flowery dresses. I think Hofstra is very accepting and does not hold to generic gender roles."
"Well, I know not to go out by myself past a certain hour or in a certain location as a girl, or as anyone really. Everyone wears whatever they want on campus, which is cool."
"Being a woman on Hofstra's campus is great. There are so many opportunities and the girls on campus really have a voice. Not to mention, we have some of the most fashionable ladies around! Style is definitely influenced by our close proximity to NYC and everyone is usually dressed to the nine's."
"It's great being a woman at Hofstra, there is lots of diversity. However, the feminism club isn't all that great."
Food & Drink
"The food is not bad at all, people complain too much. I love ABP (Au Bon Pain)."
"There are a ton of good dining options on campus. You can pretty much get any type of food that you like. My favorite place to eat is definitely Organic Grill."
"The food is alright but not for the money we're paying. It's outrageously expensive. I got 6 chobani and 6 luna bars one time and it cost $51. That's ridiculous. At any supermarket/target/etc you can get 6 chobani for $6 and a 6 luna bar box for $5. At most, $15 for both but $51? That's insane. I like pasta bar wednesday and Bits and Bytes is a good place for salad and froyo. I also get coffee from the Cafe on the Quad."
"The food is better than other colleges I have visited, however it can get tiring eating the same things over and over again. My favorite place to eat at Hofstra is Au Bon Pain."
"The food on campus isn't bad although it is overpriced. My favorite place to eat on campus is Au Bon Pain!"
“There is a strong Greek life presence in Hofstra’s social life. There is a Hofstra strip of bars that are 18 or 19+ which is fun because you see a lot of people that you know. There is pretty much something for everyone to do.”
“Hofstra isn’t a dry campus, except for the freshman dorms. There is a fair amount of partying off-campus, and everyone is very open to meeting new people. It’s always fun to go to a Hofstra party and meet people from your class that you may not have met before.”
"Hofstra is really awesome because they have options for people who want to go out and drink, and also options for people to do on a weekend while staying sober. One cool thing that Hofstra offers is free movies in one of the theatres on Saturday and Sunday nights. The movies are usually new releases too!"
"There is pretty much something to do every night of the week. You will see some students going out during the week and then some that are only out on weekends. There are options for you to party as much as you want, or as little as you want."
"A lot of club sports teams and Greek organizations throw parties, and sometimes students that live off-campus do too. The parties are usually open and a lot of fun. The only thing is that you really have to walk in groups out in Hempstead, because it can be dangerous."
"Living on Hofstra's campus is really awesome. There is literally an option for everyone. Personally, I have always lived in suite-style which means I live with three other people and we share a bathroom and common area. Living off-campus is not as common as most schools because the residence halls are pretty nice."
"I always feel really safe living on Hofstra's campus. There is really high security and someone from Resident Safety at a booth checking people in 24/7."
"While some of the dorms are farther away from classes, the residential side of campus is really pretty. Living in a dorm gives you a great sense of community. Especially as a freshman, making friends with your neighbors in your dorm is a must!"
"I am still best friends with some of my friends I met in my freshman housing complex (the Netherlands) and now I am back as an RA, so that should tell you something about how great the living is on campus! A lot of students live on campus all four years, and there is always something to do in your building."
"I think a lot of people live on campus because it can be somewhat dangerous and expensive to live off campus in a house."
Exploring Long Island and NYC
"There is SO much to do right around campus or a short train ride away in NYC. On weekends I always hear about students heading into the city or going to Jones Beach or Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island."
"No matter what you like to do, there is somewhere nearby to do it. I go into the city often to watch shows and go to concerts. Also a lot of people intern and work in the city."
"While the immediate surrounding area of Hofstra is a little scary, it is worth it being so close to New York. It really is the city that never sleeps!"
"There isn't too much within walking distance, because it is more of an urban area than a college town. However, there are Hofstra buses that take you to the mall, Target, Stop and Shop, the movie theatre, etc. on the weekends. Also the buses go to the train station all week long, which is great."
"My favorite places to go in Long Island are Jones Beach and Witches Brew (a coffee shop favorite of Hofstra students - right down the street). The Nassau Colloseum is also right next door and there are awesome concerts there and hockey games. You pretty much can't be bored at Hofstra, based on its location."
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