Transfer Applicant Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply?
While Hofstra's policy of "Rolling Admissions" permits students to apply at any time, we recommend you complete your application, including sending in your transcripts, by March 1st for the Fall semester, and by November 1st for the Spring semester. You may apply by a paper application or online at www.hofstra.edu
What are the admission requirements as a transfer student?
A typical transfer student has a cumulative GPA of 2.30 with 24 college credits. Students with less than 24 college credits and/or students in their first semester of college need to submit a high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores as well as their college transcript(s).
What must I provide to Admissions in order to make my application complete?
An admission application, transcripts, and the application fee are the bare essentials needed to apply to Hofstra. We encourage students to file a web application rather than a paper application. In addition, transcript(s) (may be unofficial) from all colleges you have attended: High School Transcript/SAT or ACT scores (if you have less than 24 college credits), must be received to render a decision.
When will I receive a decision?
We will evaluate your application for admission as soon as your file is complete with all the documents mentioned above. You should receive a decision in approximately 3-4 weeks after your file has become complete.
How will my credits transfer from my current and/or previous schools to Hofstra?
Courses with grades of C- or better may be transferred from your previous college. As long as the course is comparable to a Hofstra course, you will receive credit. In addition, 30 credits in residence must be completed at Hofstra as well as 15 credits in your major area.
When will I receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation for the credits from my previously attended colleges?
All admitted students receive a preliminary credit evaluation in the mail about 3 - 4 weeks after the receipt of the acceptance letter. Transfer credits will be indicated on a Statement of Transfer Credits form. An official credit evaluation will be mailed to you only after ALL final official transcripts are received by the Admissions Office (this includes your current semester grades).
How will I know which credits will apply to my degree at Hofstra?
Transfer credits may or may not apply to your chosen major at Hofstra, especially if you are changing majors. Upon admission, you may meet with an advisor to determine the applicability of your transfer credits or you may call the Transfer Center at 1-800-HOFSTRA to meet with a counselor before you are admitted.
How can I be considered for Academic Scholarship?
Based upon the information that you supply on your admission application you will be automatically considered for academic scholarship. Qualified applicants may receive up to $15,000 per year.
Do you recognize Phi Theta Kappa membership?
Yes. If you are a member of PTK and have 60 college credits with a 3.5 GPA, you will be considered for one of our $2,500 PTK awards. A letter of recommendation from your PTK coordinator at your college must be received by the Assitant Director of Financial Aid at Hofstra, by May 1. This scholarship is offered in the FALL semester only and is competitive. Only a limited number are awarded annually.
Do you award "need-based" financial aid?
Yes. You may fill out your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and make sure you indicate Hofstra's federal code: 002732. As long as your FAFSA is on file, the Financial Aid Office will package all admitted students to Hofstra. They will determine whether you are eligible for "need-based" financial aid such as: student loans, parent plus loans, TAP, PELL, and work study.
Can I reside on campus?
Yes. Hofstra has 37 resident facilities. Be sure to send your housing deposit by May 1st for the Fall semester and by January 1st for the Spring semester. Please set up a visit by calling 1-800-HOFSTRA to sign up for a "Group Session," held twice a day - Monday through Saturday.