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Academics

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Academics: Just avoid this place if you can.

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Academics: Psychology is flexible & interesting, not too demanding.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: the professors are the best in their fields and most of them will try their best to help you succeed.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is just enough so that students are learning but not completely overwhelmed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers at Hofstra really want the students to succeed.

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Hofstra may not be a very prestigious institution just yet, but it's definitely getting there. President Rabinowitz has said that he wants to get the University to Ivy League status and is certainly doing a lot to reach that goal. The University will be getting a medical school in 2011, and students who are pre-med will be guaranteed a spot.

The one thing that most students seem to agree on is that the professors are definitely knowledgeable, especially when it comes to the majors. For the distribution classes that everyone is required to take, it might seem like the professors don't care or don't know very much, but once a student starts focusing on the classes for his or her major, things get a lot better. Ninety percent of Hofstra professors have the highest degrees in their fields, and they definitely pass that knowledge down to their students. The professors also help students figure out what to do during and after their time at Hofstra. The professors can assist students in finding internships and also put in a good word for certain students at former places of employment if they think a student deserves it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
525
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
540
Total FT Faculty
533
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$109,442
Full-Time Retention Rate
78%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
61%
Programs/Majors Offered
141
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Frank G. Zarb School of Business
  • Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Honors College
  • New College
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education, Health and Human Services
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Law: 5%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Sometimes online courses are offered during the summer.
Tips to Succeed
  • Become familiar with the online registration system.
  • Become familiar with train stations and schedules.
  • Don't register for classes you're not interested in.
  • Finish distribution classes as soon as possible.
  • Have a good time!
  • Have an idea of what you want to study before coming.
  • Learn to navigate the surrounding areas.
  • Learn to tolerate the traffic jams.
  • Learn where the appropriate places to park are.
  • Research professors before signing up for classes.
  • Stay on top of your DAR to make sure you have all your requirements.
  • Take advantage of professors' office hours.
Did You Know?
  • Hofstra has recently been ranked sixth in the nation among private colleges and universities in the number of faculty receiving prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.
  • Hofstra has worked hard to integrate the Internet with classes through Hofstra Blackboard. It's a place where professors can post notes and assignments, and students can subsequently obtain those notes, finish assignments, and send them in all without leaving the dorm room.
  • For incoming students worried about which classes to take or what major to choose, your fears are well put to ease by the aid of an organization called the Center for New Student Support Services. Located on the second floor of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, not only can they assist you with the academic transition, but also with just about any other questions you may have as a new student.
  • Hofstra has continued to create new areas of study, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Among the new inductees to the course bulletin are a slew of courses making up a new legal studies in business program. One of the new graduate courses is in the the School of Communication and involves documentary film studies. Just recently, the audio/video/film department has begun to evolve into the graduate studies frontier, and surely more options are on the way.
  • For those students looking for somewhere to study besides the deafeningly dull library or in the constantly noisy dorm room, one of the main eateries, CafĂ© Bistro at Bits 'n' Bytes, has an expansive dining room, and most students never make their way towards the back. Several comfortable booths are available while you learn and dine at the same time.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 25% Christopher Walken (did not graduate) - actor
  • 19% Bernard L. Madoff
  • 17% Francis Ford Coppola - famous director
  • 11% Speedy Claxton - NBA player
  • 9% Marques Colston - NFL player
  • 8% James Caan
  • 4% Wayne Chrebet - NFL player
  • 4% Johnathan Cheban
  • 2% Carol Alt
  • 2% Charles Kushner

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% This was my dream school.
  • 69% This was one of my top choices.
  • 31% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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