Hofstra University – FAQ
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Where is Hofstra University located?
Hofstra University is located in Nassau County on suburban Long Island, just 25 miles outside the heart of New York City.
Where can I find general campus information?
Please visit our Information Center page for general campus information.
Do I need a car if I live on campus? Is there a fee if I choose to have one?
Students can have a car on campus beginning as a first-year student. There is no fee, but you must obtain a parking permit through Public Safety in order to be authorized to park on campus. However, a car is not necessary if you reside on campus. Hofstra provides a shuttle bus to all students with both on and off campus destinations. Please view the Blue Beetle schedule and map.
How is campus security?
In addition to safeguarding Hofstra's 240-acre campus, the Hofstra University Department of Public Safety provides numerous services to more than 13,000 community members, of whom approximately 4,000 reside on campus. We have provided the most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for your review.
How do I get onto Hofstra’s mailing list?
To request information from Hofstra, please click here and select the group that best describes you.
How do I receive Hofstra’s bulletin?
Hofstra’s bulletin is only available online. Please view current or past bulletins on our Undergraduate Online Bulletin page.
How do I find out my Hofstra identification number?
Your Hofstra ID should be sent to you via email. If you are not sure of your ID number call 1-800-HOFSTRA.
In what division do Hofstra sports teams compete?
Hofstra has a variety of athletic events for students to attend. Please check out the “Campus Life” section of Hofstra’s “At a Glance” for the athletic program summary. For more information about specific Hofstra teams and schedules please view the Official website of Hofstra Pride Athletics.
Does Hofstra offer intramural sports?
Hofstra’s Recreation Center offers a variety of fitness opportunities for students. To learn more about intramural teams, classes and more, please visit the Hofstra Fitness Center Web page.
Who do I speak to about living on-campus?
For information about on-campus housing, please contact the Office of Residential Programs.
Where do I find more information about off-campus housing?
For information about off-campus housing, please contact Off-Campus Living and Commuting Services.
How do I find out if classes are canceled or the university administrative offices are closed due to inclement weather?
Hofstra has a campus weather hotline which is updated in instances of university closures or delayed openings. The hotline number is (516)463-SNOW. We also have the C.A.N.N. (Campus Alert Notification Network) that will send a message directly to your phone and Hofstra email account in the event of inclement weather or a campus emergency. You can also call Public Safety’s non-emergency number at (516) 463-6606 or check the Campus Alerts Web page.
How do I schedule a visit?
Please visit our Admission page to schedule a campus tour and information session.
I need to reschedule my visit.
You can call 1-800-HOFSTRA to reschedule your information session and tour.
How do I register for an event?
Please visit our Admission Event Registration page to register for an event.
I would like to visit Hofstra as a student for the day, is this possible?
Our Hofstra Up Close program allows prospective students to get an “insider’s look” at what student life at Hofstra is all about.
Do you have a list of local hotels near Hofstra?
Please visit the Visitors Center on the Hofstra website for a list of local hotels.
What can I type into my GPS to get to Hofstra?
You can enter:
900 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11549
What are the directions to Hofstra?
Please view the Visitors Center on the Hofstra website for directions to Hofstra.
Can I take a summer course at Hofstra as a high school or non-Hofstra student?
Yes, you can take a course at Hofstra without being a matriculated Hofstra student. You must apply using the Visiting Student Application.
How do I find out what courses Hofstra is offering over the summer?
To view a summer course list, please see our Summer Bulletin. Select the bulletin you wish to view from the drop down menu and click on the “Schedule of Summer Classes” link to search classes for summer sessions.
What is Hofstra’s Honors College?
Hofstra University Honors College is designed for highly motivated, high achieving students who want to make the most of their college years.
What is LEAP?
Hofstra’s Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP) is a six-year combined B.A. /J.D. program. Students admitted into this program pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) at Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for three years and then have the opportunity to complete a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at Hofstra Law School in three additional years.
What is School for University Studies?
Hofstra’s School for University Studies is a rigorous program designed for students whose records do not yet reflect their full potential. At a time when the validity of standardized testing is continually questioned, Hofstra University offers a program in which other criteria (GPA, class rank and recommendations) carry more weight in the admission process. Although standardized test scores are a part of the application process, they are not taken into consideration for admission to the School for University Studies.
What is PALS?
Hofstra’s Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS) is designed for college-bound students with documented learning disabilities. The PALS admission committee will review standard admission credentials (transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.), in collaboration with psychological testing, in order to determine eligibility for a personal interview. An admission decision will be made after this interview.
What is NOAH?
New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) is a developmental program designed to identify and assist nontraditional students whose educational experience and economic status did not provide them with the opportunity to develop their scholastic abilities to the level requisite for undergraduate admission and study at Hofstra. Please note that NOAH is open only to residents of New York State and applications must be submitted no later than February 1.
FINANCIAL AID INQUIRIES:
How do I apply for financial aid?
Please visit our Student Financial Services website for information about applying and receiving financial aid.
What kinds of merit-based scholarships are offered at Hofstra?
Please visit our Financial Aid website for information regarding Hofstra’s merit-based scholarships and awards.
I have been admitted to Hofstra already. When will I hear about a merit scholarship?
In order to qualify for a merit based scholarship, you must meet certain academic criteria. These scholarships are primarily based on your academic profile and standardized test scores. Please see our Scholarships page for more information on merit based scholarships.
What is the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, etc.?
Please see Hofstra’s Bursar page for the latest information on Hofstra’s tuition, fees and housing.
When will I need to pay my bill?
Please click here for current due dates.
GENERAL ADMISSION INQUIRIES:
How do I apply to Hofstra University?
You may apply to Hofstra using either our own Hofstra application or the Common Application. Further information regarding the application process is listed on these sites.
What is the deadline for applying?
Visit hofstra.edu/apply for more information.
Does Hofstra have Early Action? Is it binding? What is the deadline?
Hofstra does offer Early Action, but it is not binding. Please view our First Year Applicant Web page for deadlines and dates.
What is the profile of Hofstra’s most recent freshman class?
Hofstra’s Student Profile page offers the most up-to-date statistics on our most recent fall class.
Will an Admission counselor visit my town?
Visit Hofstra’s Admission page and search your school for dates and locations of out-of-state visits.
Is it possible to interview with an Admission counselor; if so how do I schedule an interview?
Interviews are not required, but can be arranged. It is preferred that the student have already applied before scheduling an interview. To schedule an interview call 1-800-HOFSTRA.
How do I find out my application status?
If you have applied to Hofstra and wish to check on the status of your application visit the Hofstra Portal at my.hofstra.edu; you will need your username and password. You may also call 1-800-HOFSTRA for a status update. Please note that admission decisions are only released via US mail and will not be disseminated in any other way.
I’ve sent all my required documentation. Why is it not showing up on my online application?
Due to an overwhelming number of applications, it can take several weeks for documents to appear in our system once they are received. Please bear with us as we work to update our records as quickly as possible.
I received a letter stating that I was wait listed. When will I know if a spot opens up?
Wait listed applicants will be notified after June 1st (for the Fall semester) if space is available. If the applicant is still interested official notification of the decision is sent via postal mail.
May I receive an application fee waiver?
Hofstra does accept fee waivers in any written form as long as it is provided by the student’s high school guidance counselor. Please have the form or letter mailed or faxed to our Undergraduate Admission office.
I applied to Hofstra in the past and am looking to reapply, what forms/documentation do I need?
The forms and documentation that are required depends on your current status. Click here to determine the necessary actions for your situation. If you have applied within the past year you can submit a reactivation form.
I have attended Hofstra in the past and am looking to return, what should I do?
If you have attended Hofstra in the past and would like to return you must submit a transfer application.
Do I need to audition if I am interested in majoring in Music, Dance, Choral or Theater major?
Click here to learn more.
Does Hofstra offer online Undergraduate classes?
Please view Hofstra’s Distance Learning page to see the current list of undergraduate courses that being are offered online.
Once I have been admitted, what steps do I need to take to enroll?
Admitted students must reserve their place in the incoming class at Hofstra University.
- Submit your Enrollment-Orientation deposit online at my.hofstra.edu or mail your Enrollment-Orientation card to:
Office of Admission
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
- All students must complete and return the Student Health Form to:
Student Health Center
102 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
- If you plan to live on campus, you will also need to submit your Student Housing Application Form (with a $300 deposit) through your Hofstra Portal.
**All necessary forms and pre-addressed envelopes are provided in your admit packet.
How do I apply for on-campus housing?
For step-by-step instructions on applying for on-campus housing visit our Residential Programs webpage.
How do I know what AP and IB credits Hofstra will accept?
Please go to the College Credit page to determine Hofstra’s required score for various AP and IB credits.
When will Orientation be held for new students?
Visit our Orientation page for further information.
When do I register for classes?
Incoming first-year students register for classes at New Student Orientation. Transfer students can register during a Transfer Day or they can schedule an individual appointment with an Advisement Dean upon Hofstra’s receipt of their tuition deposit.
What resources are available to me throughout my time at Hofstra?
Hofstra offers a number of resources to our students. Please look at our Academic Support Web page to see a list of some of our services.
I know a decision has been made, but I still haven’t received my letter.
You can call 1-800-HOFSTRA to make sure we have your correct address on file.
Is there a special application for transfer students?
Yes, there is an application specified for transfer students. Please click here to be redirected to the Transfer Application in order to apply as a transfer student.
How do I know how my current college credits will transfer to Hofstra?
There are a few ways to go about determining how your current college credits will transfer to Hofstra. Your first option is to look at our Credit Evaluation section of our website where we have several colleges listed, select your school to see the translation. You can attend Hofstra’s Transfer Day where you will receive an on-site admission decision and have the opportunity to sit down with an Admission Counselor in order to determine how your credits will transfer. You can also make a Transfer Center appointment to go over your courses with a Hofstra University Admission Counselor and an Academic Advisement Dean.
What is the minimum grade required to receive transfer credit at Hofstra?
Appropriate courses completed with a minimum grade of C- or the equivalent at fully accredited institutions are transferable. To see the full list of requirements, please see Hofstra’s Transfer Credit Policy.
How many of my total credits must be taken at Hofstra to earn a Hofstra diploma?
A total of 30 credits must be taken at Hofstra and 15 of those credits must be courses in your major.
Are there a maximum number of credits that can be transferred?
Please read Hofstra’s Transfer Credit Policy.
I have a degree from another university, but am thinking about getting a degree in another area. How do I go about applying to Hofstra?
You should speak to one of Hofstra’s Transfer Counselors. The contact information for our current Transfer Counselors can be found in the Transfer Center on our Transfer Admission web page.
What do I need to bring to a Transfer Day event and what will be accomplished?
Transfer Days, held during the winter and summer, are events designed to expedite the enrollment process for transfer students. Students attending these events will have the opportunity to receive an admission decision, credit evaluation, meet with an advisor and register for courses. Students seeking an admission decision must submit transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Please click here to register for an event date or you can view a sample schedule to learn what a Transfer Day entails.
What is the minimum GPA required for transfer students?
Please view the transfer section of Hofstra’s Admission page to learn the admission requirements for a transfer student.
Is there an orientation for transfer students?
As an incoming transfer student you are invited to attend Hofstra’s Transfer Day and Welcome Week. Please register by going to our Transfer Admission Events page.
Is there housing available for transfer students?
Yes. Hofstra currently has 37 residence halls. You have the opportunity to schedule an information session and tour to learn more about Hofstra, see our campus and tour a residence hall. Please see our Transfer Student FAQ for important housing deadlines for transfer students.
Do I need copies of my high school transcript and test scores if I am a transfer student?
A high school transcript and test scores are only required if you have not completed the minimum number of credit hours at your previous college. For information about what is required to ensure your application is complete, please review our Transfer Student FAQ.
Are scholarships available to transfer students?
Yes, scholarships are available to transfer students. To learn more about financial aid opportunities for transfer students, please view Hofstra’s Scholarships Available for Transfer Students page.
Is there a separate application for international applicants?
Yes. Hofstra does have a separate application for international students. Please click here to apply as an international student.
How do I apply to Hofstra if I already have an undergraduate degree from another country?
This depends on the type of degree and what country the degree is from. You should contact one of Hofstra’s International Admission Counselors for more information regarding your specific situation.
I would like to speak to an Admission Counselor. How do I do this?
As an international student, you should contact Hofstra’s International Admission Counselors. Your inquiry will be responded to by one of our International Admission Deans.
What standardized tests are required for international students and what is the minimum score?
Please see our International Student Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on all admission requirements for international students.
What is the process for obtaining an I-20 or F-1 Visa Transfer Form?
Please click here to download the application for an I-20 and F-1 Visa Transfer Form.
As a school counselor, how do I go about having an Admission Dean visit my high school or attend a college fair?
You should send an email to Hofstra’s Office of Admission or call 1-800-HOFSTRA.
Where can I find the application deadlines for students interested in applying to Hofstra?
Please visit our Counselor’s Corner to view Hofstra’s application deadlines and notification dates.
Does Hofstra host events for counselors?
Hofstra hosts a number of events geared toward high school and/or college counselors. Please register for an event through our Admission Events Registration Form.