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Diversity: It seems to be relativley diverse. However, different groups seem to stick to themselves (after all, this is Long Island - not a very tolerant place).

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2 College Junior

Diversity: In general Nassau and Suffolk county are two of the most segregated counties in the U.S. So ,the ethnic make-up is not too diverse around campus but it is definitely better than other colleges.

4 College Junior

Diversity: We all accept each other at Hofstra for who we are. It is an open environment that has diverse events for a multicultural school. Since it's 2014, our minds are more open to diverse situations unlike the generations above us.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is different I their own way which makes the school great in terms of diversity

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have no seen nor heard of any type of hate crimes occurring on this campus. There is an array of people who hang out with each other and it's wonderful. You never know who you will meet.


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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 19 responses

  • 84% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 5% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 5% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 68 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 67 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 67 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 68 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 19 responses

  • 68% No
  • 11% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 16% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Republican
  • 37% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 11% Other party not mentioned
  • 32% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 18 responses

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 11% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 11% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 44% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 18 responses

  • 11% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 11% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 44% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 69 responses

  • 75% Very accepting.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.


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