Hofstra University

Hofstra University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Hempstead, New York, Hoftra University is a large private school that offers bachelor's, master's and professional degrees. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Is Hofstra University the Right School for You?

Hofstra University is only about 25 miles east of New York City, on Long Island, in the city of Hempstead. It's a private, 4-year institution that offers 140 major options for undergraduate study and 150 options for graduate students, with majors ranging from dance to business. You should also know that in addition to the 6 different types of bachelor's degrees and 15 types of graduate degrees you can earn at this school, there are also more than 10 joint degrees programs available. Hofstra operates on the semester schedule but also has 4 additional sessions each year. Read more to find out about the enrollment and admissions process and the pros and cons of attending Hofstra University.


  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 2 less than the national average
  • High number of program offerings
  • Accepts dual credit, AP credit, and credit for life experiences
  • Diverse student body
  • All courses taught by professors


  • Total cost is $12,175 higher than the national average for private, 4-year colleges
  • Cost of room and board is $2,625 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 6.5 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings and School Analysis

Hofstra University ranked 134th on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings of national universities. Schools on this list are known to be committed to ground-breaking research, and Hofstra is no different. In the past, this school has been the recipient of research grants from organizations including the National Endowment for Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The total cost of attending Hofstra, including on-campus housing, tuition, and fees, was $50,146 for the 2011-2012 school year. This means that for one year of living and studying on campus, you would have paid about $12,000 more than the national average for this type of school. Additionally, The Princeton Review ranked Hofstra number 13 on their list of schools with Not So Great financial aid in 2012.

Also, if you're looking for a school with a diverse student body, note that ethnicity data reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) indicates racial diversity among the student body; though white students make up more than half (64%) of the student body, Asian, African-American, and Hispanic students make up the bulk of the remainder, and 3% of students are from foreign countries.

Getting In and Financial Aid at Hofstra University

Individuals are encouraged to apply for admission to Hofstra as soon as possible; however, this school has a rolling admissions process, which means there is no solid application deadline for regular decision. If you want to apply for early decision, you should do so by November 15th for fall enrollment or December 15th for spring enrollment. Notification for early action applications begins a month after each of these deadlines, and you are asked to notify Hofstra of your intention to enroll by May 1st. You can use the Common Application or Hofstra's own application, but you also have to submit a $50 application fee, SAT or ACT scores, 2 recommendations, and your official transcripts. An essay is not required but encouraged.

If you're wondering what kinds of students get in to Hofstra, you should know that the school reports that the average SAT score of incoming freshmen in 2012 was 1169 and that more than half (61%) of these students were in the top 25% of their class. According to the NCES, 59% of applicants were accepted in 2011, but only 13% of those students actually enrolled. So, though their acceptance rate is slightly lower than the national average, if you get put on their waiting list, you may still have a good chance of getting in.

U.S. News & World Report reported that 67% of the graduating class of 2011 borrowed money to help pay for their education at Hofstra, but of the 78.2% of students who applied for aid, less than 20% had their total need met. So, if you are looking for other ways to finance your education, you may want to look at some of the scholarships offered at this school: the Hagedorn Fellowship and the Robert Noyce Scholarship and Fellowship Program are just a few possibilities.

Admissions and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling admissions*
Application Fee (2012)$50**
Acceptance Rate (2011)59%**
Tuition and Fees (2011-2012) $34,150**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2011-2012) $24,628***
Percent of Students with Full Need Met (2011)15%***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 6.2%**

Student Life at Hofstra University

Hofstra is a large campus with more than 11,000 students, and, according to the NCES, 94% are under the age of 24. With 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports and more than 200 registered clubs and organizations, there is plenty to do outside of class while attending Hofstra. U.S. News & World Report reported that 4% of both men and women at Hofstra participated in fraternities or sororities in 2011, and just less than half of the student body chose to live in campus-affiliated housing.

Options for living on campus at Hofstra University include apartment-style, themed, and co-ed dorms, but housing at this school will cost you $3,055 more than the national average. If this makes you think about living off campus, you should know that Hempstead, New York, came in 7th on The Princeton Review's list of College Cities With Low Marks in 2012.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large suburb**
Student Population (2013) 7,183 undergraduates, 4,221 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 47% male, 53% female*
% of Full-Time Students (2011)92%**
% of In-State Students (2011)53%**
% of International Students (2011)3%**
Retention Rate (2010-2011)80%**
Campus Housing Available (2011) Yes*
% of Students Living On-Campus (2011)47%****
Number of Libraries 7*
Extracurricular Activities (2011) 203 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *Hofstra University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission, 100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 11549-1000
  • Phone: 516-463-6700 / 1-800-HOFSTRA