Special Enrollment Options

Rabinowitz Honors College

Rabinowitz Honors College (RHC), through an innovative curriculum centered in the liberal arts and compatible with all majors, serves first-year students who perform at the highest academic levels in all undergraduate programs. The RHC curriculum is designed to provide a wide-ranging and multidisciplinary intellectual experience while fostering a sense of community and identity among the cohort of students who share the RHC experience. Admission to Rabinowitz Honors College is highly selective. Invitations to the Honors College are not based on any single criterion, such as standardized test scores, class rank or GPA.

We are looking for students who have challenged themselves in the classroom by taking and performing well in an honors, IB or AP curriculum while maintaining a strong high school average very close to or above an A-. For those who choose to submit a standardized test score, a 1340 or better on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math sections of the SAT (or a 29 on the ACT) is expected. The Honors College is looking for students who are prepared to take on leadership roles in the classroom and in all other aspects of campus life. Therefore, a solid record of extracurricular and co-curricular activity that demonstrates increasing levels of responsibility and leadership is an important factor in the Honors College admission process.

New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH)

(New York State residents only; closed for applications after February 1.)

New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) is a special Hofstra admission program open to New York State residents who 1) are eligible for TAP; 2) are considered economically disadvantaged as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines; and 3) attend high school in a New York State-recognized high-needs school district. Consult with your college advisor to determine if you qualify for NOAH. To be considered for NOAH, students must submit their completed application no later than February 1. NOAH requires an interview and the submission of financial documentation prior to the rendering of an admission decision. For more information, please visit Please note, NOAH applicants are not eligible for Early Action consideration.

Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS)

(For students with documented learning disabilities; additional fees apply.)

Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS), a program administered by Student Access Services, provides an individualized support program for a limited number of students who are diagnosed as having a learning disability and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who are regularly admitted to Hofstra University. This program is in addition to any accommodations guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and carries an additional fee. A recent psycho-educational evaluation that includes cognitive and achievement testing is required for consideration. Test results must be less than two years old. Candidates may be contacted to schedule interviews to determine admission to the program. For further information, contact Student Access Services at or 516-463-7075.