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If you visit the campus, it might be bigger than you expect. While buildings are close to each other, you’ll still need to walk and may even decide to drive to get to your classes from your dorm room.

The town of Hempstead, where the school is located, isn’t technically very large, it’s actually on Long Island, not far from New York City. Depending on your mode of transport you’ll be 45 minutes to 1 hour away from the city while you’re living at the school. In fact, you realize that parts of the university blend in with the community, such as the campus public safety building. So, if you decide you want to go to a store or restaurant that isn’t in Hempstead, you’ll always have the option to spend time in the local community, or take a day trip into the city.

Overview of Hofstra University

Hofstra educates students looking for undergraduate through doctoral degrees. The student population is nearly 11,000 and the student-to-faculty ratio is a solid 13 to 1. You should be able to easily communicate with your professors any time you have trouble with a course.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1935

Student Enrollment

Total Students10,804


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,924
Female 3574

Graduate Student

Male 1,938
Female 2,368

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Male 9,584
Female 14,841


Male 6,134
Female 10,686

Acceptance Rate68%

Male 64%
Female 72%

Enrollment 1,495

Male 658
Female 837
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Your college education is likely to be pricey. Your parents are likely to be discussing the total price with the university - all together your tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other expenses may top $65,000. Luckily, you probably won’t have to pay all of that yourself.

In a recent academic year, the average net price was $32,975. This is the cost students were still expected to pay after their financial aid had been applied. Because financial aid, especially federal aid, is provided to families based on their annual income, you may still not have to pay that full amount. You can see the breakdown of average net price by income below.

  • Families earning less than $30,000 paid around $27,616
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 paid around $30,662
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 paid around $32,962
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 paid around $34,800
  • Families earning more than $110,001 paid around $35,037

Financial aid was awarded to 97% of a recent freshman class. They received an average of $27,334 in grants or scholarships. The same percentage of students received an average of $25,492 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $32,975
Average Total Aid $27, 334
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $15,700

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $47,510
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $47,510
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $15,700
  • Other - $2,050


The most popular degree programs offered here are business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; health professions and related programs; social sciences; and engineering.

You may already know what you want to major in. Once you’re committed and decide to stay at Hofstra past your first year, you’ll be part of the retention rate. This rate measures how many students think it’s worth their time to remain at the school past their first year. At Hofstra, this includes 83% of freshmen students. This is an excellent number, indicating that students are pleased with their experience at the school.

Looking down the road, the 4-year graduation rate is 55%, which is a bit below the national average and the 6-year graduation rate is 65%, which is about even with that average. While this may seem strange, it’s become the national trend over the last few years for students to take more than the traditionally expected four years to graduate. It allows them to spend time working and engaging in internships, and no employer will think less of you for taking longer to complete your degree.

Now, let’s say one of your classes conflicts with a lab for a different class. You didn’t notice this before you signed up, so what can you do? You won’t be able to take an evening class, but you may be able to take the class online. You’ll need to speak to your academic advisor about issues like this, but it’s good to know you have that option available.

Student Population Total

Student Population 10,804

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 399 Total Graduates / 26%
Finance, General 100 Graduates
Accounting 91 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 73 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 60 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 253 Total Graduates / 16%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 66 Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management 65 Graduates
Journalism 56 Graduates
Radio and Television 38 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Program 175 Total Graduates / 11%
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 48 Graduates
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 30 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 29 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 25 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 121 Total Graduates / 8%
Political Science and Government, General 39 Graduates
Criminology 28 Graduates
Sociology 20 Graduates
Economics, General 15 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 106 Total Graduates / 7%
Engineering Science 48 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 11 Graduates
Industrial Engineering 6 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 32%

Outcome & Salary

Once you’re ready to graduate from college, it will be time to celebrate. Not only are you done with school, but maybe you just finished an internship and landed the job you were aiming for. Not only that, but you can expect good things salary-wise based on previous graduate’s statistics. Those graduates early-career salaries averaged around $57,300. And their mid-career salaries increased to an average of $110,400. Now, that’s something to celebrate.

The average 4-year cost of education, which is $131,900 at this school, will affect your eventual return on investment (ROI). Graduate’s average 10-year earnings potential is $731,210 and their 20-year earnings potential is $1,835,210. Once the cost of education is deducted, a graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $599,310 and their 20-year projected ROI $1,703,310.

A high school graduate who goes straight to work earns a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $57,300
College Grads Average Salary $73,121
College Grads Mid Career Salary $110,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $731,210
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,835,210
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $131,900
10 Year Projected ROI $599,310
20 Year Projected ROI $1,703,310
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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