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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 15th 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 at least 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 their college transcript(s).  Also, students with less than 24 college credits and/or students in their first semester of college may choose to submit SAT or ACT scores.


What must I provide to Admissions in order to make my application complete?

An admission application, college transcript(s), 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. Students with less than 24 college credits and/or students in their first semester of college need to submit a high school transcript and their college transcript(s).  (These transcripts may be unofficial.)  Also, students with less than 24 college credits and/or students in their first semester of college may choose to submit SAT or ACT scores.


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 and your previous institution is regionally accredited, 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 with your acceptance letter or shortly after. 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 academic advising dean to determine the applicability of your transfer credits or you may call the Transfer Center at (516)463-6700 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 $18,000 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 someone who can speak on your academic ability is required by May 1 in order to be considered for this award. Please send this letter to the address indicated below. Funding is limited so those who submit prior to the deadline are given priority consideration. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is available for students entering Hofstra University in the fall semester only.

Please send recommendation letter to:
Hofstra University
Admissions Office – PTK Scholarship
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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 (516)463-6700 to sign up for a "Group Session," held twice a day - Monday through Saturday.


Is my Enrollment-Orientation deposit refundable?

These deposits are non-refundable after May 1 for fall admission and January 1 for spring admission.