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Why Hofstra? Hofstra University has a long tradition of welcoming international students to its campus. International students attending Hofstra enjoy all the benefits of the American system of higher education in a selective, private, campus community that values diversity and promotes cross-cultural understanding.

What does a liberal arts education mean to me? At Hofstra, your liberal arts courses and major program requirements are completed simultaneously, encouraging you to synthesize the knowledge you gain from both. You will learn to think critically about the world around you and master the oral and written communication skills required for active participation in society. Hofstra graduates emerge as lifelong learners.

We currently enroll international students from more than 72 What financial aid might different countries. Located on international students receive? Long Island, New York, Hofstra International students are eligible for offers students easy access to academic merit scholarships. Please the cultural center of the world — note that an SAT or ACT score must be New York City. In addition, students received to be considered for an academic scholarship. Need-based aid is not benefit from the wide array of available for international students. internship opportunities in New York City and take advantage of the many museums, Broadway Hofstra students have shows, concerts, etc. Hofstra’s suburban access to a multitude of internship opportunities in campus is easily accessible, near two major New York City: airports (John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia International Airports) with abundant ABC public transportation. CBS Condé Nast Disney Companies As a Hofstra University student, you will Fox News be a member of a diverse community IBM of students and scholars. We invite JPMorgan Chase you to learn more about the possibilities KPMG MTV Networks/Viacom and opportunities that await you at NBC Hofstra University. NYC Department of Education PricewaterhouseCoopers Sony Vogue Magazine


Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs The mission of the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs is to contribute to the development of an inclusive, multicultural and globally aware campus community by supporting, celebrating, and guiding the international and multicultural student communities at Hofstra as they strive to build a vibrant campus environment. Furthermore, the office provides educational programs for the larger campus community on a variety of cultural, global, and social justice issues in an effort to support the academic mission of the University and to explore and appreciate the full range of diversity within the Hofstra community.

The Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs sponsors a variety of events and offers many services, including: v International Student Orientation. v Immigration-related programs that provide an overview of optional and curricular practical training. v Visits to local museums and New York City attractions. v Programs geared toward international student life and success, such as “Adjusting to Life in the United States” and “Academic Success in American Higher Education.” v Hofstra Career Center events to help prepare international students to find employment after they graduate. These events include “Workplace Culture in the USA” and “Applying for an H1B Visa.” v International Education Week, which honors Hofstra’s international student community.

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Research@Hofstra “We pride ourselves on our excellence in teaching. And all of us are

convinced that for a student to get the maximum benefit from his or her education, it can only happen in an environment where teaching excellence is the highest priority. But teaching excellence doesn’t just happen. It needs to be enriched by a faculty member’s active research agenda and scholarly pursuits. Through journal articles, textbooks, presentations, concerts, exhibits, and performances, our faculty have developed a national and international reputation. We have Fulbright Scholars, Guggenheim Fellows, National Endowment for the Humanities award recipients, National Science Foundation award recipients, National Institutes for Health award recipients, as well as major foundation, corporate, and state and local government grant recipients. We have 22 national accreditations that verify the quality of our programs and the good work of our faculty. We are proud of our faculty and proud of their scholarly productivity. They are clearly leaders in their fields, and their expertise clearly benefits our students and the broader community.” Herman A. Berliner, Ph.D. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Academics Hofstra University offers more than 140 undergraduate program options through the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; School of Education, Health and Human Services; School of Communication; and Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Characterized by its broad intellectual reach, scholarly and scientific depth, dedicated faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, a Hofstra education provides you with the foundation you need to reach your highest personal and professional aspirations.

What does an average undergraduate class size of 21 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14-to-1 mean to me? It means your professor will actually know who you are. Focused on you. Working with you. Inspiring you.

The FRANK G. ZARB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS is one of only 10 percent of business schools in the United States with dual accreditation for its programs in business and accounting from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students gain hands-on experience at the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, where they have access to the same data, analytics and software used by finance professionals. Zarb students participate in a large number of student clubs and organizations and compete at events such as the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Open Outcry Trading Competition. Since 2007, Hofstra students have taken the top four honors. Learn more at HOFSTRA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (HCLAS) is organized into four divisions – the Humanities, Natural Sciences (including mathematics, engineering and computer science), Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Programs. All Hofstra students choose from a variety of liberal arts core classes, each designed to complement their program of study. Students may also choose to add a minor or a second major. Learn more at The SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION boasts one of the largest noncommercial broadcast studios in the northeastern United States, as well as the Hofstra Media Hub, our converged newsroom and multimedia classroom. WRHU-88.7 FM (Radio Hofstra University) was the first college radio station in the United States to broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio. As with all programs at Hofstra, students in the School of Communication are encouraged to pursue internships to complement their academic study and make long-lasting career connections. Learn more at HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY HONORS COLLEGE (HUHC), through an innovative curriculum in the liberal arts and compatible with all majors, serves students who perform at the highest academic level in all undergraduate programs. The HUHC curriculum is designed to provide a wide-ranging and multidisciplinary intellectual experience while fostering a sense of community and identity among the group of students who share the HUHC experience. Learn more at 4

The SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES emphasizes programs for students whose goals include teaching, administrative policy, community health education, fitness training, counseling or research. This school utilizes Hagedorn Hall, one of the most technologically advanced classroom buildings in the United States, housing a distance learning lab, flexible classroom spaces, a dedicated advisement office, and a doctoral dissertation study room. Learn more at

There are more than 100 dual degree programs at Hofstra University. Hofstra’s dual degree programs allow you to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time than if each degree is pursued separately. Visit for more information. HOFSTRA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES African Studies: B.A. American Studies: B.A. Anthropology: Anthropology: B.A. Anthropology-Archaeology: B.A. Art History: B.A. Asian Studies: B.A. Biochemistry: B.S. Biology: Biology: B.A.; B.S. Biology – Cell & Molecular Biology: B.A.; B.S. Biology – Ecology & Evolution: B.A.; B.S. Biology – Marine Biology: B.A.; B.S. Chemistry: B.A.; B.S. Chinese: B.A. Chinese Studies: B.A. Classics: B.A. Comparative Literature: B.A. Computer Engineering: Computer Engineering: B.S. Computer Engineering — Concentration in Leadership & Innovation in Computing (CLIC): B.S. Computer Engineering — Option in Leadership & Innovation in Computing (OLIC): B.S. Computer Science: B.A.; B.S.; B.A./M.S.;* B.S./M.S.* Computer Science & Mathematics (dual): B.S. Criminology: B.A. Dance: B.A. Drama: B.A. Economics: Business Economics: B.S. Economics: B.A.; B.A./M.B.A.;* B.S./M.B.A.* Mathematical Business Economics: B.S.; B.S./M.B.A.;* B.S./Finance: M.S.* Mathematical Economics: B.A.; B.A./M.B.A.* Engineering: Electrical Engineering: B.S. Engineering Science – Biomedical: B.A.; B.E. Engineering Science – Civil: B.E. Engineering Science – Production & Manufacturing: B.A. Industrial Engineering: B.S. Mechanical Engineering: B.S. English: English – Creative Writing & Literature: B.A. English – English & American Literature: B.A. English – Publishing Studies & Literature: B.A. Environmental Resources: B.S. Fine Arts: Fine Arts – Ceramics: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Design: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Painting: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Photography: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Sculpture/Jewelry: B.A.; B.S. Forensic Science: B.S. French: B.A. Geography: B.A. Geology: B.A.; B.S. German: B.A. Global Studies: B.A. Hebrew: B.A. History: B.A. Hofstra University 4+4 Combined Bachelor’s and M.D. Program: B.A./M.D.;* B.S./M.D.* Ibero-American Studies: B.A. Ibero-American Studies with minor in International Business: B.A.

Italian: B.A. Jewish Studies: B.A. Labor Studies: B.A. Latin: B.A. Latin American & Caribbean Studies: B.A. Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP): B.A./J.D.* Liberal Arts: B.A. Linguistics: B.A. Mathematics: Computer Science and Mathematics (dual): B.S. Mathematics: B.A.; B.S.; B.S./Business Administration: M.B.A.;* B.A./Business Administration: M.B.A.;* B.S./Finance: M.S.;* B.A./Finance: M.S.* Mathematics – Actuarial Science: B.S. Mathematics – Applied Mathematics: B.S. Mathematics – Chemistry: B.S. Mathematics – Computer Science: B.S. Mathematics – Engineering: B.S. Mathematics – Physics: B.S. Music: Music: B.A. Music – History/Literature: B.S. Music – Jazz & Commercial Music: B.S. Music – Music Merchandising: B.S. Music – Performance: B.S. Music – Theory & Composition: B.S. Philosophy: B.A. Physician Assistant Studies: B.S./M.S.* Physics: Applied Physics: B.S. Physics: B.A.; B.S. Political Science: B.A. Pre-Health with a concentration in Humanities or Social Sciences: B.A. Pre-Medical Studies: B.S. Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Law Pre-Dental Pre-Nursing Pre-Optometry Pre-Podiatry Pre-Veterinary Psychology: B.A. Religion: B.A. Russian: B.A. Sociology: B.A. Spanish: B.A. Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: B.A. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) (with dual major in Elementary Education): B.A. Theater Arts: Theater Arts — Performance Sequence: B.F.A. Theater Arts — Production Sequence: B.F.A. Urban Ecology: B.A.; B.S. Women’s Studies: B.A. FRANK G. ZARB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Accounting: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.S.;* B.B.A./M.B.A.* Accounting: B.B.A./Taxation: M.S.*; M.B.A.* Entrepreneurship: B.B.A; B.B.A./Human Resources Management: M.S.* Finance: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.B.A.* Information Technology: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.B.A.* International Business: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.B.A.* Legal Studies in Business: B.B.A. Management: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.B.A.;* B.B.A./Human Resources Management: M.S.* Marketing: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.S.;* B.B.A./M.B.A.;* B.B.A./Marketing Research: M.S.* Supply Chain Management: B.B.A.

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION Film Studies/Production: B.A. Journalism: B.A. Mass Media Studies: B.A. Public Relations: B.A. Radio Production and Studies: B.A. Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies: Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies— Speech Communication: B.A. Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies— Communication, Citizenship, and Public Advocacy: B.A. Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies— Communication, Culture, and Social Action: B.A. Video/Television: B.A.; B.S. Video/Television & Business: B.S. Video/Television & Film: B.S. SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Early Childhood and Childhood Education (with dual major in a liberal arts discipline): B.A. Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) (with dual major in a liberal arts discipline): B.A. Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (with dual major in a liberal arts discipline): B.A. Health Professions and Kinesiology: Athletic Training: B.S. Community Health: B.S. Exercise Science: B.S. Health Education: B.S. Health Science: B.S. Physical Education: B.S.Ed. Secondary Education: Business Education: B.B.A. Dance Education: B.S.Ed. Fine Arts Education: B.S.Ed. Music Education: B.S.Ed. Secondary Education (with dual major in another discipline): English Education: B.A. Foreign Language Education — French: B.A. Foreign Language Education — German: B.A. Foreign Language Education — Italian: B.A. Foreign Language Education — Russian: B.A. Foreign Language Education — Spanish: B.A. Mathematics Education: B.A. Science Education — Biology: B.A. Science Education — Chemistry: B.A. Science Education — Earth Science: B.A. Science Education — Physics: B.A. Social Studies Education: B.A. HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY HONORS COLLEGE Entrance to Hofstra University Honors College is by invitation only and occurs after a student’s acceptance to the University. *A dual degree program allows the student to earn both degrees in less time than if each degree is pursued separately. Hofstra University offers more than 100 dual degree programs, many of them in the Zarb School of Business. Learn more at


Life on Campus Hofstra has a vibrant campus — with more than 500 cultural events, 175 student clubs and organizations, and a competitive NCAA Division I athletic program. There are also approximately 20 clubs on campus with specific international or multicultural themes. To explore the many opportunities available at Hofstra, visit NCAA Division I Athletics Baseball (M) Basketball (M/W) Cross-Country (M/W)

Field Hockey (W) Golf (M/W) Lacrosse (M/W)

Soccer (M/W) Softball (W) Tennis (M/W)

Volleyball (W) Wrestling (M) (M) men’s team (W) women’s team

Multicultural & International Student Clubs African Caribbean Society African Peoples’ Organization Asian-American Organization Asian Cultural Club Chinese Hofstra Integrated Collegiate Women of Color Cultural Italian-American Organization (CIAO) German Club Hellenic Society

Hofstra Haitian Organization HINT (Hofstra International): Organization of International Students Hofstra Organization of Latin Americans (HOLA) Integrating Multicultural People and Coming Together (IMPACT) Karma

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Portuguese Club Turkish Student Association Women of Action

Housing Housing is available for international students. Hofstra has 37 residence halls, featuring many different living arrangements. Twelve-month housing is available for students who will stay in the United States during the semester breaks. Living/learning communities, in which students live with other students who have similar majors or interests, are also available. Visit for more information.

Living/Learning Communities American Politics House Arts House Civic Engagement House Health Sciences House

Math, Science and Engineering House Leadership House Living Green House

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On-Campus Centers, Institutes, and Museum Center for Civic Engagement • Center for Condensed Matter Research • Center for International Financial Services and Markets • Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy • Center for Technological Literacy • Hofstra Cultural Center • Hofstra University Museum • Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center • National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® • Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency • Scott Skodnek Business Development Center • Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies •


Admission Hofstra University is a selective institution. However, there is no minimum score or grade point average to be considered for admission. Hofstra’s admission committee reviews applications individually and places an emphasis on the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation. To demonstrate English proficiency, the SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS may be submitted. The SAT or ACT are not required for admission, but must be submitted to be considered for an academic scholarship. Native speakers of English must submit the SAT or ACT. Our fall 2011 applicants’ scores* reflected the following: Minimum TOEFL score

80 (Internet-based), 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based)

Minimum IELTS score


Average SAT score

1171 (critical reading and math sections only)

Average ACT composite score


Average grade point average

3.46 (on a 4.0 scale)

*as of 8/31/11 Please note that Hofstra awards credit for A-Levels, Abitur, the IB Diploma, AP credits, etc. Advanced standing and collegiate-level credits may be awarded based on students’ performance on these exams and certain other upper-secondary school certificates. Students should send score reports to the Office of Admission for evaluation. An official evaluation of a student’s secondary record is often helpful in this process and can be provided by organizations such as World Education Services (WES,

Hofstra … only 40 kilometers east of New York City Hofstra’s campus is located in Hempstead, New York, in a suburban neighborhood. On a clear day, you can see the New York City skyline from the top floor of our library. The climate of Long Island is affected by four seasonal changes. The temperature varies from a high of 32 degrees Celsius during July and August to a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius in January and February. Take a virtual tour or schedule a campus visit at We recommend campus visits during the September or January semesters so that you may experience our campus while classes are in session. There are many hotels conveniently located near the Hofstra University campus. For hotel accommodation information, please visit


Ready to apply? Hofstra accepts international applications through our website — — or through the Common Application ( If using the Common Application, students must also submit Hofstra’s Common Application Supplement. The following checklist will help ensure that all the necessary items are completed and/or submitted: 6 Completed application. 6 Nonrefundable application fee. 6 Transcripts (in English) for all secondary and postsecondary course work. 6 SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS score report (one required; multiple tests encouraged). Please note: SAT or ACT is required for scholarship consideration. U.S. permanent residents or dual citizens must submit SAT or ACT results. Students whose first language is English are not required to submit the TOEFL or the IELTS. 6 Two or three letters of recommendation. 6 Personal essay. If you will require an F-1 student visa to study at Hofstra, the following are also required: v Completed I-20 Application, available at v Bank statement or letter showing available funding issued within one year from the day you will start classes at Hofstra. Balances must be converted to U.S. dollars by a bank official. For more information on your student visa, please visit the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs’ “pre-arrival” Web page at Application Deadline

Notification Date

Enrollment Deposit Date

Early Action I (nonbinding)

November 15

Approx. December 15

May 1

Early Action II (nonbinding)

December 15

Approx. January 15

May 1

Rolling Admission

August 1

Within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt

May 1

Fall Semester (September)

Spring Semester (January)

Within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt

December 1

January 15

Questions about Hofstra University? Hofstra University Office of Undergraduate Admission 100 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549-1000 USA Email: Phone: 516-463-7054 | Fax: 516-463-5100





International Student Guide  

International Student Guide