Friday, July 24, 2015

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: Hofstra University

Calkins Quad at Hofstra University
By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

At Hofstra University in Long Island (or more specifically, the town of Hempstead, N.Y.), international students are provided with ample resources to acclimate to university life. Students from all across the world enroll at Hofstra, and the school’s Multicultural and International Student Programs Office aims to ensure that they have the best study abroad experience possible.

The private institution is located in a suburban setting just a train ride away from New York City, which is ideal for any international student with an internship or job in the NYC area. The school has more than 200 student organizations as well, including about 20 fraternities and sororities, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

Additionally, Hofstra runs various academic institutes, including the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, the National Center for Suburban Studies and the Long Island Studies Institute. Hofstra was also the second university to ever be selected for two consecutive U.S. presidential debates (in both 2008 and 2012).

Multicultural and International Student Programs Office: The Multicultural and International Student Programs Office at Hofstra University aims to “contribute to the development of an inclusive, multicultural and globally aware campus,” according to the Hofstra website, “by supporting, celebrating and guiding the international and multicultural student communities at Hofstra as they strive to build a vibrant campus environment.”

Specifically, the office holds different educational programs for the Hofstra community on a range of cultural, global and social justice issues. Essentially, it serves to show appreciation for and educate the broader Hofstra community about the school’s diverse student body. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Housing: The Office of Residence Life at Hofstra University offers different residential living programs for new students, returning students and study abroad students. Incoming undergraduate, graduate, law and medical students receive housing assignments on a first-come, first-served basis depending on when they submit their applications. Students also receive housing information sent to their home address prior to beginning their semester at Hofstra. To apply for housing, you must complete the two-step application process outlined on Hofstra’s website.

Undergraduate application document requirements:

• Secondary school record
• Personal statement or essay
• TOEFL or IELTS score report, if English is not your first language
• You may submit SAT or ACT scores instead if you have attended high school in the U.S. for all four years.

English language proficiency requirements:

• TOEFL, internet-based: Minimum 80
• TOEFL, paper-based: Minimum 550 or computerized score of 213+
• IELTS: Minimum 6.5

Valuable resources for prospective and current international students at Hofstra:

• International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist
• Orientation and Transition Programs
• Immigration Services
• Forms
• Support Services and Resources
• Employee Resources and Programs
• Frequently Asked Questions: International Students

• Location: Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. (25 miles east of New York City)
• Founded: 1935
• Private, nonsectarian, co-educational
• Size: 240 acres
Degrees offered
• Bachelor’s
• Postbachelor’s Certificate
• Master’s
• Post-master’s certificate
• Doctoral – research/scholarship
• Doctoral – professional practice
Students by the Numbers
Fall 2014 Enrollment: 11,032
• Undergraduate: 6,922
• Graduate: 2,998
• Law: 828
• Medicine: 284

Number of countries represented:
• Undergraduate: 52 percent
• Graduate: 39 percent
 Medical school: 1 percent

International students make up 4 percent of the entire undergraduate population, 20 percent of the graduate/law population and less than 1 percent of the medical school population.

Total students: 6,826
Admissions: 59 percent acceptance rate
• Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Honors College
• Frank G. Zarb School of Business
• Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
• School of Education
• School of Engineering and Applied Science
• School of Health Professions and Health Services
• Maurice A. Deane School of Law
• Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University
Most popular degrees
For 2013 graduates:
• Psychology, General
• Accounting
• English Language and Literature, General
• Marketing/Marketing Management, General
• Business Administration and Management, General
• Full-time, undergraduate: $19,700 per term
• Graduate: $1,192 per credit hour, all programs except for business; $1,218 per credit hour, Zarb School of Business
The following are admissions officers specifically for international students at Hofstra University: 

Stav Boutsis

Jane LaRocco

Ying Qiu

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