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Hofstra University
Former names
"Hofstra College" & "Nassau College-Hofstra Memorial of NYU at Hempstead, LI"
Motto Je maintiendrai[1]
French: "I stand steadfast" or "I shall maintain"
Established 1935
Type Private
Endowment $400.2 million[2]
Chairman Marilyn B. Monter
President Stuart Rabinowitz
Provost Herman A. Berliner
Academic staff
Students 12,400
Undergraduates 7,631
Postgraduates 4,933
Location Hempstead, Uniondale, & New York City, New York, United States
Campus Suburban, 240 acres (1.0 km²)
Colors Blue, White, and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division I, Colonial Athletic League (CAA)
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Hofstra University is a private, non-profit,[3] nonsectarian institution of higher learning. Its main campus is located in the Village of Hempstead, New York, United States, approximately Script error: No such module "convert". east of New York City. It originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) called "Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island";[4] in 1937, the institution separated from NYU and gained independence as Hofstra College,[5] and in 1963, Hofstra College gained university status. Comprising ten schools, including a School of Medicine and a School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences, as well as being selected to host United States Presidential Debates in 2008 and 2012. The university organizes a wide range of other international academic conferences (many under the aegis of the Hofstra Cultural Center), holds an annual Shakespeare festival in its own replica of the Globe Theatre, and has both an arboretum and bird sanctuary.


The Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary at Hofstra University offers a renowned collection of diverse trees and due to its Dutch affiliation displays a splendid array of rare and colorful tulips in the Spring.[6]

There are 1,185 faculty members, 7,631 full-time undergraduates enrollment, and a total of approximately 12,400 students overall, a figure which includes part-time undergraduates, graduates and law students.

The campus has approximately 113 buildings on Script error: No such module "convert".. The part of the campus located south of Hempstead Turnpike (NY Route 24) and west of California Avenue is located in the Village of Hempstead. The part of the campus north of Hempstead Turnpike and east of California Avenue is located in Uniondale and East Garden City. Hofstra also offers an MBA program as well as other classes from a facility in Manhattan.[7][8]


Academic and intellectual distinctions

Hofstra is a national university, presently ranked at #135, according to the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report. It holds full accreditation in 19 academic areas. Nationally, fewer than 100 colleges and universities match this achievement.[9]

In 2015, Hofstra University was ranked #11 in New York State by average professor salaries.[10]

The school's acceptance rate is 58.8%.[11] Average SAT scores in the university range from 1200–1330.[12]

The Hofstra University Honors College, whose admissions policy is more selective than that of the university as a whole,[13] offers rigorous educational opportunities for high-achieving students. The School for University Studies provides a program for students whose abilities are not reflected in standardized test scores; while New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) is designed for students whose educational progress to date has been restricted by limited educational opportunities or economic status.

According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Hofstra is considered a large research university.[14]

In the fall of 2011, the university welcomed the first class of students in its new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. In 2012, it established its School of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring programs that partner with regional industry leaders,[15] and its School of Health Sciences and Human Services, housing a new master of public health program.[16]

Current Hofstra faculty have founded and edited a number of leading national and international academic journals, among them Twentieth-Century Literature and the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS). In the field of law, the university hosts and/or supports the Hofstra Law Review, the Family Court Review, the Journal of International Business and Law (JIBL), and the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, widely regarded as one of the premier authorities in the fields of labor and employment law and as one of the preeminent specialty journals in the United States.[citation needed]

Hofstra has hosted an annual festival of William Shakespeare plays for more than half a century. The regular Shakespeare productions are performed in Hofstra's own Globe Theatre replica in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse (named for the educator who served as Hofstra University president during its first period of major growth). The university also hosts an annual Irish Festival and an annual "Italian Experience," which has grown to be a popular Long Island tradition as well as one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States.[citation needed]

Hofstra University hosted the third and final 2008 presidential debate (between Barack Obama and John McCain) on October 15, 2008. 2008 Presidential Debate – Hofstra University The debate, the first presidential debate in New York since the 1960 debate between John F. Kennedy and then Vice-President Richard M. Nixon, focused on economic policy and domestic issues. It is remembered for McCain's introduction and frequent references to "Joe the Plumber". Hofstra's successful bid to host this presidential debate in 2008 provided the springboard for a broad, campuswide program called "Educate '08," featuring a year of free lectures, conferences and other events about politics and public policy. The program featured national media and political figures as guest speakers, including George Stephanopoulos, Maureen Dowd, Ari Fleischer, James Carville and Mary Matalin. "Educate '08" gave way to "Define '09", a program which brought to campus various speakers to examine the impact of the historic election of the nation's first African-American president and the policy challenges facing the Obama Administration. In September 2009, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz announced the appointment of two senior presidential fellows at the university's Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency: Republican strategist and former presidential advisor Edward J. Rollins and former Vermont governor, presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. In October 2011, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that it had chosen Hofstra as the location for its October 16, 2012, "town hall" debate.[17]

Schools and Colleges[18]

  • Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, also known as Hofstra College, or Hofstra College of Arts & Sciences
  • Frank G. Zarb School of Business
  • Honors College
  • School for University Studies
  • The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law
  • Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Centers and institutes

  • Center for Children, Families and the Law
  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Center for Continuing Education
  • Center for Educational Access and Success (CEAS)
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development
  • Center for Legal Advocacy
  • National Center for Suburban Studies
  • Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE/CTE)
  • Center for Technological Literacy
  • Center for the Study of Attitudes Toward Persons with Disabilities
  • Center for the Study of Higher Education
  • Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy (CSLD)]
  • Diane Linder-Goldberg Child Care Institute
  • Institute of the Arts
  • Hofstra University Cultural Center (HUCC)
  • Hofstra University Foundation
  • Institute for Health Law and Policy
  • Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS)
  • Institute for Real Estate
  • Institute for the Study and Treatment of Anger and Aggression
  • Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
  • Institute for the Study of Gender, Law and Policy
  • Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics
  • Long Island Studies Institute (LISI)
  • Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Service and Markets
  • Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
  • Racehorse Ownership Institute
  • Saltzman Community Services Center
  • Scott Skodnek Business Development Center (BDC)
  • Wilber F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies


The college—established as an extension of New York University (NYU) — was founded on the estate of a recently deceased wealthy couple, a lumber magnate of Dutch ancestry, William S. Hofstra (1861–1932) and his second wife, Kate Mason (1854–1933). The extension had been proposed by a Hempstead resident, Truesdel Peck Calkins, who had been superintendent of schools for Hempstead. In her will, Kate Mason provided the bulk of their property and estate to be used for a charitable, scientific or humanitarian purpose, to be named in honor of her husband. Two friends, Mr. Howard Brower and Mr. James Barnard, were asked to decide what to do with the estate. Another Hempstead resident, Truesdel Peck Calkins, remarked to Mr. Brower that he had been looking for a site to start an institution of higher education, and the three men agreed it would be an appropriate use of the estate. Mr. Calkins approached the administration at New York University, and they expressed interest. The college was founded as a coeducational, commuter institution with day and evening classes. The first day of classes was September 23, 1935, and the first class of students was made up of 159 day and 621 evening students. Tuition for the entire year was $375. The college obtained a provisional charter, and its official name was changed to Hofstra College on January 16, 1937. Hofstra College separated from New York University in 1939 and was granted an absolute charter on February 16, 1940.

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Hofstra's logo flag

Hofstra’s original logo was a seal created by Professor of Art Constant van de Wall in 1937. The insignia was derived from the official seal of the reigning house of the Netherlands, the House of Orange-Nassau. Used with the permission of the monarch of the Netherlands, the seal also included the Dutch national motto Je Maintiendrai, meaning “I stand steadfast” (literally “I shall maintain”) in French.

In 1939, Hofstra celebrated its first four-year commencement, graduating a class of 83 students. The first graduates had strong feelings for the new institution. When they were allowed to choose whether they would receive degrees from New York University or Hofstra, they overwhelmingly chose Hofstra degrees. Academic recognition of Hofstra was affirmed when the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accepted Hofstra for membership on November 22, 1940. Early in 1941 the college was elected to membership in the American Association of Colleges.

In 1950 Calkins Gymnasium was the site of the first Shakespeare Festival. It was performed on a five-sixths-sized replica of the Globe Theatre.

With the approval of the New York State Board of Regents, Hofstra became Long Island’s first private university on March 1, 1963. Also in that year, the Board of Trustees resolved to make Hofstra architecturally barrier-free for individuals with physical disabilities, stating that all students should have access to higher education. Although this later became federal law, Hofstra was recognized as a pioneer in this regard. Other forward-thinking programs and events followed, including the New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) program, which was established the following year. NOAH is Hofstra’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program.

In 1963, Mitchel Air Force Base was closed by the military and declared surplus property. The University asked for acreage to be used for educational purposes and was eventually granted Script error: No such module "convert".. Remnants of the concrete runways from the Air Force Base serve as parking lots for Hofstra's North Campus.

In 1963, the Hofstra University Museum was established.

The University reorganized its divisions into “schools” in the 1960s. Hofstra was authorized by the Board of Regents to offer its first doctoral degrees in 1966. In 1968, the Hofstra Stadium became the first to install Astroturf outdoors in the East, and the New York Jets began holding their summer training camp to the North Campus, until 2008, when the Jets moved to Florham Park, New Jersey.

Athletics and mascots

Main article: Hofstra Pride

Hofstra University teams had the unofficial nickname of the Flying Dutchmen[19] (or Dutchmen or just Dutch).[citation needed] The school's official team name became "The Pride" in 2004,[citation needed] referring to a pair of lions which became the school's athletic mascots in the late 1980s. The Pride nickname evolved from the Hofstra Pride on-and off-campus image campaign that began in 1987, during the university's dramatic recovery and growth. This followed a financial crisis in the 1970s that forced the layoff of more than 100 employees. The school's revival was credited in large part to the man who led the University from 1976 to 2001—educator, government official and former Hofstra football star Dr. James M. Shuart. Hofstra Stadium, the school's main outdoor athletic facility, has been named James M. Shuart Stadium since 2002.

Prior to 2008, the New York Jets held summer training camp at their on-campus headquarters before moving to their new headquarters in Florham Park, New Jersey.

On December 3, 2009, the university announced it was terminating the football program. Under NCAA rules, any football players who chose to transfer to other schools were eligible to play immediately, and not subjected to normal residency waiting periods. Scholarship-holders who wished to stay at Hofstra were permitted to keep their scholarships.[20]

On February 26, 2011, Hofstra Senior Day, the university retired the basketball jersey number 22 to honor senior Charles Jenkins before the end of the season. Jenkins, the school's all-time leading scorer, ranked fifth in the nation at 23.3 points per game last season (as of February 22, 2011) and was the front-runner to win Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year honors. "I think it's very rare," head coach Mo Cassara said by phone to reporter Jeff Eisenberg. "We have 25 other athletes that have had their numbers retired here at Hofstra, but none of them have ever been retired while they were still here at their last games. He's been such an integral part of this university on so many levels that we thought that was the highest honor we could give him." No other Hofstra athlete in any sport has received the same honor, though Wake Forest's Tim Duncan and Duke's Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill all had their jerseys retired before their last home games.[21]

The Hofstra University Pride Wrestling team competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, as wrestling is not supported by the Colonial Athletic Association.

Medical School

On Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System announced plans to establish a new school of medicine. While not the first medical school in Nassau County (that distinction is held by the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, the medical college of the New York Institute of Technology), it is the first to grant the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The first classes began August 1, 2011.[22][23]

The school announced Tuesday June 8, 2010 that it had been approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting agency, allowing it to begin reviewing applications as early as July 1. It is New York State’s first new M.D. medical school since 1963, according to Dr. Lawrence G. Smith, the new school’s dean.[24]

The Hofstra Chronicle

The Chronicle is the only student newspaper of Hofstra University, established in 1935. The paper is in tabloid format and publishes 12 times each semester, and once a summer. The Chronicle is supported by the student activity fee and advertising. Digital versions of The Chronicle's print issues can be viewed online here.[25]

Student radio station

The university operates Long Island's oldest public radio station, WRHU-FM (88.7). The noncommercial broadcaster was founded in 1950 as WHCH, a campus-limited station, and received its broadcast license on June 9, 1959, using the call letters WVHC. The station became WRHU (for Radio Hofstra University) in 1983. WRHU currently serves as the radio home of the New York Islanders.


Presidents of Hofstra University
President Start year End year
Truesdel Peck Calkins 1937 1942
Howard S. Brower 1942 1944
John Cranford Adams 1944 1964
Clifford Lee Lord 1964 1972
James H. Marshall 1972 1973
Robert L. Payton 1973 1976
James M. Shuart 1976 2001
Stuart Rabinowitz 2001 Present


Honorary degree recipients

Notable faculty

Hofstra's faculty include:

Greek life

The University has had a long history of Greek-Lettered organizations dating back to its founding. The local chapter that started Greek life on Hofstra's campus, Alpha Theta Beta (AΘB), is still active today. In the early 1990s, as Hofstra began to grow so did its social organizations. Many national chartered chapters were founded in 1989. One of the local chapters, the Wreath and Foil sorority, founded in 1937, became Phi Sigma Sigma. One of the more notable changes in the 1990s was the removal of many local chapters and growth of nationally chartered fraternities, such as Zeta Beta Tau, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Kappa Sigma, and a business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi (1989). Tau Epsilon Phi and Tau Kappa Epsilon are the oldest fraternities on campus, both arriving in 1969. The Alpha Phi sorority is the oldest nationally recognized sorority on campus, founded in 1872.

Hofstra, as a University that promotes diversity, has also adopted in its Interfraternity-Sorority Council several ethnic organizations. Many national black and Latino organizations also surged in development in the 1990s and as a result have a large presence on the campus. Several are currently inactive. Overall Greek Lettered organizations contribute to much of the philanthropy on campus, well as much of the school spirit. During events like Homecoming parades, students and alumni notice a majority of Greek Lettered floats. And the Sinterklaas celebration, a fifteen-year-old tradition of a holiday village built and constructed annually by members of the Greek lettered community for local children to play in and around during the December holiday season. One of its largest events, Greek Week held in the Spring semester, is a week long series of events of competition. Mainly sports, well as toga skits, banner competitions, a can castle, for local homeless shelters, and a relay race the community generates a lot of attention. The Greek-Lettered community is often noted for maintaining many traditions, and loyalty towards their alma mater. In addition, these organizations are noted for creating much of the social life on and off campus.

Since 2001, when the newest President of the University took office three additional social organizations have colonized and chartered chapters on campus: the Delta Chi fraternity, the Delta Gamma fraternity, and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity applied successfully for colonization in the Spring 2010 semester. The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity applied successfully for re-colonization in the Spring 2010 Semester. As of August 2010, no new organizations are pending. Three social organizations, the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, remain inactive.

Category Activity Society Status
Fraternity Active Alpha Kappa Psi noncolony
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Phi Alpha
Delta Chi
Lambda Upsilon Lambda
Pershing Rifles
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Iota Alpha
Pi Kappa Alpha
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Pi
Tau Epsilon Phi
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Theta Tau
Inactive Alpha Tau Omega Colony
Kappa Alpha Psi noncolony
Omega Psi Phi
Phi Beta Sigma
Zeta Beta Tau

Delta Sigma Phi

Sorority Active Alpha Kappa Alpha noncolony
Alpha Theta Beta
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Phi
Delta Gamma
Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Sigma Theta
Omega Phi Beta
Phi Epsilon
Phi Sigma Sigma
Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Iota Alpha
Inactive Delta Chi Delta
Sigma Sigma Sigma


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