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Hofstra University is a dynamic private college on Long Island, NY, where students can choose from more than 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education, health and human services, and honors studies, as well as a School of Law and School of Medicine. | more |
Building a major university from the ground up is a monumental undertaking that requires expertise, commitment, and courage. At Hofstra, we have always risen to the challenges set before us.
Hofstra dates back to 1935, when it was founded as "Nassau College-Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island." As a suburban extension of an urban university, it occupied three buildings on a mere 15 acres, with an enrollment of 159 day students and 621 evening students. Classes met in Hofstra Hall, originally the country home of William and Kate Hofstra. The college bookstore was the former domicile of Mrs. Hofstra's 15 prize-winning cats, and an oversized brick garage served as the field house for the rugby team.
In 1937, under a provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents, Hofstra transformed itself into a private four-year school. In the years that followed, Hofstra and Long Island grew together. Just as Long Island became known as an ideal place to live, work, and do business, so Hofstra gained recognition as Long Island's premier private university.
Today, Hofstra is a rich and vibrant university:
"The University is a dynamic entity experiencing evolving goals and objectives," stated the Middle States Commission on Higher Education when it reviewed Hofstra for reaccreditation last year. Citing key factors – Hofstra's executive leadership, the development of a new five-year strategic plan, the stabilization of finances, the enhancement of student credentials, the noteworthy accomplishments of faculty, and significant improvements in the physical plant – the report concluded that "Hofstra is a very different place than it was even five years ago."