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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Hofstra has many international students, as well as a diversity in religion and sexuality.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Hofstra is a very diverse campus which is a part of the reason I love it so much, I think it's important to learn how to work with and interact with people who are different from you if you expect to be successful in the work world.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: I think our campus welcomes everyone and everyone is different in their own ways

4 College Junior

Diversity: I think its quite diverse, the campus as a whole, its really a nice community of people. I think its great!!

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: there's all types of people and different races on campus


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  • 88th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 148th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1246th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tayla Holman
Journalism and English
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Hofstra has a lot of international students, but most students wouldn't know it. The undergraduate population isn't as big as some other schools, but it might be a while before one really grasps how many students there are from other countries.

There are so many different organizations catered toward different ethnicities that one can easily find others of the same ethnicity to connect with. There are also organizations just for female students, as well as the Pride Network for GLBTQ students. Yes, the campus is predominately white, but the minority students don't need to be afraid of this because there is always some way to be around others who share the same background.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 24%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Hofstra is very gay friendly. The Pride Network is probably the best example of that-it brings the GLBTQ community together along with heterosexuals that consider themselves allies. There was even a drag show in the fall 2009 semester that attracted a lot of students.
Political Activity
Hofstra's a pretty liberal campus, but not many students are very politically inclined. When we hosted the third presidential debate in 2008, people were a lot more active, but now that we don't have that anymore, everyone is back to being just regular college students who aren't very interested or involved in politics.
Economic Status
Hofstra's a pretty expensive school, so the assumption is that everyone that goes there is rich. This is not the case at all, and most students have ridiculously high loans every semester just to be able to attend the University. While you will see a few BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes in the parking lots, you'll also see some Fords and Toyotas, as well.
Most Common Religions
Many students at Hofstra are either Jewish or Catholic, but there are other religions mixed in, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are tons of minority clubs on campus for almost any nationality or ethnicity you can think of. Even though Hofstra is a predominately white school, there are more than enough organizations to cater to the needs of minority students.
Did You Know?
Hofstra students come from 49 states and territories and 71 countries.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 60 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 27% Not sure
  • 27% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 57 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 56 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 60 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 77% Very accepting.


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