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How do I Apply for Undergraduate Admission?

The sooner you apply, the faster we can get you an admission decision, so get started right away. Before you begin your application, please select the link that best describes you.

You will graduate from high school in 2020 or 2021 (regardless of total college credits completed while in high school), or you have graduated from high school but haven't enrolled at a college, university or any other institution after high school. First-Year candidates may apply as Early Action or Rolling Admission by completing Hofstra's First-Year Student Application for Undergraduate Admission or the Common Application. First-Year candidates applying for the spring 2021 semester should use the "Apply for 2021 Rolling Admission" application.

Application TypeSubmissionNotification Begins
Early Action I November 15th December 15th
Early Action II December 15th January 15th
Rolling Admission Rolling basis February 1st and rolling thereafter

Early Action is a nonbinding early application and notification process for the fall semester first-year students only. Students accepted via Early Action are not required to withdraw other college applications, but are required to notify Hofstra University of their intentions by May 1.

There are two rounds of Early Action as indicated in the chart.

Rolling Admission candidates are considered on a "rolling basis." While there is no deadline for rolling admission applications, students are encouraged to apply early so as to receive the fullest consideration. Once an application and all supporting credentials are received, the application is reviewed by our Admission Committee.

Transfer Student

You are a high school graduate who has registered or enrolled at a college, university or any other institution after graduating from high school. Hofstra University accepts transfer applications for the fall and spring semesters and are considered on a "rolling basis." While there is no deadline for applications, students are encouraged to apply on or before March 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester so as to receive the fullest consideration. We will begin notifying transfer applicants of their admission decisions in mid-November for the spring and late February for the fall, then on a rolling basis thereafter.

Returning Student

Your decision to return to Hofstra University and complete your degree is commendable. For more information, visit the "Welcome Back" page.

Visiting Student

A visiting undergraduate student is not considered a matriculated student at Hofstra University. To seek matriculation, you must apply using the first-year student or transfer application.

International Student

Hofstra has a rolling admission policy. International students are considered for both September and January admission. Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 1 for admission in September, and December 1 for January admission.

Prospective students should complete our First-Year Student or Transfer Student Application. All other necessary documentation (including a completed "Financial Verification Form") must be sent to Hofstra University, Office of Undergraduate Admission, 100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. Be sure to include each item that appears on the application checklist.

International applicants must provide Hofstra with all final transcripts so that any advanced standing credit can be determined. For example, advanced standing may be awarded for the I.B., the Abitur, "A" level examinations, and other upper-secondary school certificates.

Please note: All records must be accompanied by English translations.

Proof of High School Completion

Admitted students intending to enroll at the university must submit their final high school transcript or proof of degree (copy of high school diploma) to the Office of Admission. Students are not permitted to begin classes at Hofstra until proof of their high school degree is received. In addition, federal financial aid will not be applied to the student's account until proof of the student's high school degree is received (when applicable).

The admission office will confirm all students' transcripts arrive from a high school with a College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) code, as well as the high school seal and/or signature. If a transcript is from a high school that lacks a CEEB code or seal/signature, the admission office will investigate to confirm the school is recognized by the state department of education or home school association. The admission office may request a copy of the student's diploma at any point in the admission process to verification process. If a diploma is determined invalid, a General Education Development (GED) test may be required for admission consideration.

Hofstra University does not admit students who only complete an Ability To Benefit test with no other proof of high school graduation or college transcript.