New Opportunities at Hofstra

The NOAH Advantage

NOAH Scholars Pre-Freshman Summer Academy

New NOAH Scholars participate in a mandatory free Pre-Freshman Summer Academy before their first fall semester at Hofstra. Scholars reside on campus as part of a learning community that allows them to address individual academic needs and earn up to six (6) university credits, helping them adjust to the academic rigors of college-level coursework, strengthen their learning skills, develop relationships with faculty, and enhance their knowledge of competencies and strategies that will foster their academic excellence.

The Summer Academy also provides opportunities for scholars to participate in educational enrichment opportunities, such as alumni career panels, leadership development and multicultural educational programs that help prepare them for leadership at Hofstra and in their communities.

Overall, new NOAH Scholars acquire a major educational advantage because they:

  • Embark on the academic career knowing how to adjust to rigorous college coursework.
  • Earn college credits that will save educational costs and can accelerate the completion of their degree.
  • Receive academic support in academic areas to help them excel at Hofstra.
  • Become familiar with where the resources and support networks are at Hofstra.
  • Become a member of a community of scholars that will enhance their educational experience at Hofstra.
  • Cultivate critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills, which prepares them for future academic excellence.

NOAH Scholars First Year Learning Community

Educational experts have found learning communities to promote the academic success and retention of college students.

First-year NOAH Scholars take courses in Critical Writing, Mathematics, and the NOAH Scholars Seminar in addition to other courses during their first year at Hofstra. The program is designed to help scholars develop learning strategies in a collaborative, intimate learning environment where they work closely with faculty.

The NOAH Collaborative Learning Center: NOAH Scholars are able to host group study sessions using educational technology as they become independent learners. 

NOAH Scholars Academic Support & Counseling

Academic Advisors/Counselors: All NOAH Scholars have access to a university professional who is committed to serving as a mentor, advisor and counselor throughout their undergraduate tenure at Hofstra. Advisors help NOAH Scholars navigate the university, chart their academic path, manage personal challenges and advocate on their behalf.

Peer Mentors: New NOAH Scholars are connected to peer mentors, who are successful current NOAH Scholars who reside with them during the Summer Academy and who offer helpful advice, educational programs and instructional support in specific subjects.

NOAH Collaborative Learning Center: NOAH Scholars are able to host group study sessions using educational technology as they become independent learners. 

Individual Counseling/Drop-In Counseling: Students can meet with their NOAH Advisors by appointment or as the need arises.

Advocacy: Your NOAH Advisor serves as an advocate for students when working with faculty, other university departments and outside agencies.

Educational Enrichment Advisement: NOAH Staff assist students in determining what their goals are and how to enhance their educational experience at Hofstra. This includes but is not exclusive to:

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Identification
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Internships and Externships with NOAH Alumni
  • Graduate School Preparation & Advisement

Leadership Development Opportunities

We encourage NOAH scholars to be leaders on campus and in the community. Some of the opportunities that NOAH scholars participate in include:

  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Civic Engagement Initiatives
  • Peer Mentors
  • Student Advisory Council
  • Peer Tutors
  • Resident Assistants 
  • Welcome Week Leaders 
  • Orientation Leadership
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)