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The Hofstra Student Profile

Admission to Hofstra is selective. From a large and talented applicant pool, we have enough space in our first-year class to offer admission to only 62 percent of those who apply. Most students offered admission to Hofstra have completed a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in high school with a solid average. Standardized tests are also part of our review, if the student chooses to submit them. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews students' letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and essay, as well.

It is the goal of Hofstra University - a selective, midsize, private, coed institution - to enroll a first-year and transfer class of students from diverse backgrounds and locations, with varied interests and talents. Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission. Applicants must submit the application, a $70 application fee, high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores (if applicable), the essay and a guidance counselor's recommendation. Hofstra accepts applications via mail or online and also accepts the Common Application.

The Admission Committee reviews each application individually to assess academic achievement, curricular rigor, leadership potential, depth of extracurricular activities, standardized test scores (if applicable) and overall interest in attending Hofstra University. The application process provides an opportunity to share information that may not be apparent on a transcript or through test scores. Questions about the application process should be directed to the Undergraduate Admission Office in Bernon Hall.

The Hofstra Student
A Look at the Class of 2023*

  • 24,414 students applied
  • 1,515 students enrolled
  • 3.6 Average GPA
  • 90% had 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Average SAT** 1248
  • 27 average ACT
  • 32% in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 46% are from outside New York state
  • 67% live on campus
  • One Year Retention Rate: 83%

*Accurate as of 6/26/2019

Financial Aid: Class of 2023

  • Average Institutional Tuition Gift Aid: $24,674
  • Percentage of First Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (excluding loans): 95%

For a breakdown of merit-based scholarships available to first-year students, visit hofstra.edu/fyscholarships

For a breakdown of merit-based scholarships available to transfer students, visit hofstra.edu/transferscholarship

To get a better idea of scholarship and grant opportunities as well as your estimated cost of attendance, visit hofstra.edu/netprice

Costs for New Students entering 2019-2020

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,510
  • Student Activity Fee: $160
  • Part-time: $1,622 (per semester hour)
  • Residence Hall (includes unlimited laundry access)
    • Suitestyle living: $13,646
    • High-rise living: $11,060
  • Dining Plan: $4,880 per year
    (level 5 plan; visit hofstra.edu/dining for all available dining plans)
  • Books and Supplies: $1,000
  • Incidentals, including transportation: $2,050

For the full tuition and fee schedule, visit hofstra.edu/tuition.

Hofstra is pleased to offer first-year students a four-year locked-in rate for tuition and fees.  Please visit hofstra.edu/lockedintuitionrate for more information.


  • Faculty (including librarians):There are 1,246 faculty members of whom 495 are full-time. Ninety-two percent of full-time faculty holds the highest degree in their fields.
  • Class Size: Average undergraduate class size is 21 students. Student-faculty ratio is 13-to-1.
  • One Year Retention Rate: 83%


For More Info

  • In writing:
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    100 Hofstra University
    Hempstead, New York
  • By telephone:
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