How to Apply

  • Online application form: either the Common Application or our Hofstra Online Application
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($70)
  • One counselor letter of recommendation
  • Secondary school transcript: Your complete 9, 10, and 11th grade transcript and official translation in English, or any national exam or government certificates earned. 

Country specific credentials such as those listed below are required.  Please upload in your portal to “mid-year grades” or send to with your name and Hofstra ID as the subject:


Required Academic Credential


Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

Caribbean Commonwealth Countries

A copy of your Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and/or the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) certificates.

France/Francophone Africa:

A copy of your Baccalaureate examination results.

West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Liberia):

A copy of WASSCE report and scratch card.

South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh):

A copy of your Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams after year 10, and/or your Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) exams after year 12.

UK/British Overseas Schools

A copy of your IGCSE/GCSE or O Levels (after grade 10 or 11) and/or AS/A levels

Provide official test scores for one of the following:


Minimum Score


500 or above on Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section


37 English + Reading


6.5 or higher

TOEFL, internet-based-TOEFL (IBT)

score of 80 or higher


score of 120 or higher

Gaokao: (Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination)

English with 120 or higher with skype interview


 “O” or “A” Level in English language with a grade of C or better

IB English A Language and Literature (HL) or English A Language (HL)

score of 5 or higher

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Equivalents: 

Language & Composition exam or Literature & Composition exam with 4 or better

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)

score of 53 or higher;

Exceptions to English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants primarily educated in the following countries/territories;

  • African Anglophone): Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Australia
  • Commonwealth Caribbean (Anglophone): Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Canada, except Quebec (French)
  • Irish Republic
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales)

English Proficiency Requirement waivers (subject to review by the Office of Admissions):

  • Attended a U.S. high school for 4 years or more; or
  • Attended an accredited U.S. college or university or accredited college or university with English as medium of instruction in the last 2 years; or
  • Attended entirety of high school at an international high school where English is the medium of instruction; or
  • Completion of ELS 112; or
  • Malaysia SPM English 119 with C or better
  • Earned college credits (including 3 credits in English Composition with a grade of B or higher) at an accredited U.S. college or university

Once you are conditionally accepted to Hofstra, you will be requested to submit the following documents for us to offer your full admission and issue your I20. 

You can also submit these documents prior to receiving your decision to expedite the process.

Please e-mail them to with your full name and Hofstra ID number as the subject.

  • Bank statement or certificate of deposit, equal to the cost of one academic year of tuition and living expenses (Fall 2022-23 total $75,964) minus any merit scholarship award (per year)
  • Copy of passport
  • I-20 Application Form
  • Affidavit of Support Form (if the financial documents include an account that is not in the student’s name) Please fill in the US dollar equivalent of one year of tuition and living expenses


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