Frequently Asked Questions
The HofstraCard is your key to ease, convenience and opportunity at Hofstra University. It is your photo identification for Hofstra University, and more. The HofstraCard will be used to gain access to the wonderful facilities and technology at the University as well as a tool for students to access their Dining Plan Points at the many dining locations, as well as the services provided with Dutch Debits.
When entering various facilities on campus, staff members will ask you to please present your card. They will verify your identity by the photograph on the card and through magnetic card readers. It's a quick process which is needed to provide a safe campus environment. Facilities which will ask to see your card include (but are not limited to) the Fitness Center, the Swim Center, Hofstra USA, the Joan and Donald Axinn Library, the Computer Labs, the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, and all of the Residence Halls. You may also be asked to present your card at various Athletic and social events.
Students have the opportunity to purchase Dining Plan Points. Points are a declining balance debit account, which is accessed through the HofstraCard. When you dine in one of our many dining locations, you present your card to one of the cashiers after selecting your item(s). The cashier will swipe your card through a magnetic card reader and subtract your total purchase from your account balance. It is quick and easy, alleviating the need to carry cash. Points are also tax exempt, so you save money by using your card.
All dining locations accept the HofstraCard, and as we add new locations, they will as well. To see Hofstra University’s dining locations, please visit Dining Services.
Yes, you do. After you have chosen what books you need to borrow, just bring them to the circulation desk and present the library staff with your card. They will scan your bar code and record what books you have selected. Remember to return them on time to avoid late fees.
As an Alumni you will get discounts to selected Athletic events, use of the Axinn Library, discounts to select cultural events, use of the Computer labs, and access to purchase Recreation Center and Swim Center memberships.
All you need to do is fill out an application, come to the Office of HofstraCard Services and present to us some other form of a photo ID (driver's license and passport are the most popular). As long as you meet the conditions for a cardholder, we will take your picture and that's it. Alumni must visit Alumni House first, where you will be given information on Alumni benefits and services. Alumni must also present their temporary Alumni card for validation, which is obtained from Alumni House.
You must presently be a registered student, an Alumni or an employee of Hofstra University.
You bet it will! We are constantly adding new services to be used with the HofstraCard. Don't worry, we'll keep you updated on new and exciting uses for the HofstraCard that will make your life at Hofstra easier and more convenient.
NOTE: All applications are subject to review by the Office of HofstraCard Services. The Office of HofstraCard Services reserves the right to refuse any request for a HofstraCard based upon the rules and regulations of Hofstra University. All HofstraCards will automatically become inactive upon termination of affiliation with the University.