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% 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 2027*

  • 22,797 students applied
  • 1,590 students enrolled
  • 3.7 average GPA
  • 95% had 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Of those students who submitted standardized test scores, the mid-range SAT score was 1230-1410 and the mid-range ACT score was 27-33.
  • 27.61% in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 32.58% are from outside New York state

*Accurate as of 1/23/2024

Financial Aid: Class of 2027

  • Our average institutional free money was $30,129, not including federal or state grants. 
  • 97% of full-time first-year students in the fall of 2023 were awarded financial aid, including grants (free money).

For a breakdown of merit-based scholarships available to first-year students, visit
For a breakdown of merit-based scholarships available to transfer students, visit
To get a better idea of scholarship and grant opportunities as well as your estimated cost of attendance, visit

Costs for New Students entering 2023-2024

  • Tuition and Fees: $54,335
  • Student Activity Fee: $160
  • Part-time: $1,825 (per semester hour)
  • Housing and food:
    • Suite-style living: $19,892
    • High-rise living (double room): $17,390
  • Books and Supplies: $1,000
  • Incidentals, including transportation: $2,430

For the full tuition and fee schedule, visit

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


  • Faculty (including librarians): There are 1,195 faculty members, of whom 470 are full-time. Ninety-three 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: 84%

For More Info

In writing

Office of Undergraduate Admission
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York

By telephone