Hofstra University

Coordinates: 40°42′52.58″N 73°36′1.65″W / 40.7146056°N 73.6004583°W

Hofstra University
Former names
"Hofstra College" & "Nassau College-Hofstra Memorial of NYU at Hempstead, LI"
MottoJe maintiendrai[1]
French: "I stand steadfast" or "I shall maintain"
Endowment$638 million[2]
ChairmanAlan J. Bernon
PresidentStuart Rabinowitz
ProvostHerman Berliner
Academic staff
Students11,240 (2016)[3]
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 244 acres (99 ha)
ColorsBlue, white, and gold[4]
AthleticsNCAA Division ICAA
NicknameThe Pride (formerly Flying Dutchmen)[5]
Hofstra University logo

Hofstra University is a private, non-profit,[6] nonsectarian university in Hempstead, New York. Long Island's largest private university,[7] Hofstra originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) under the name Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island.[8] It became independent Hofstra College in 1939[9] and gained university status in 1963. Comprising ten schools, including the Northwell School of Medicine and Deane School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences and hosting several United States presidential debates.[10]


Presidents of Hofstra University
President Tenure
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

The college – established as an extension of New York University (NYU) – was founded on the estate of a wealthy couple, a lumber entrepreneur 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, Howard Brower and James Barnard, were asked to decide what to do with the estate. Calkins remarked to 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. 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. The tuition fee for the year was $375. The college obtained provisional charter status, 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. The festival is now performed on the Globe Stage, the most accurate Globe Theatre replica in the United States.[11]

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. This later became federal law, and Hofstra was subsequently recognized as a pioneer. 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 part of the area to be used for educational purposes, and was subsequently granted 110 acres (0.45 km2). Remnants of the concrete runways from the Air Force base are now parking lots for Hofstra's North Campus. The Hofstra University Museum was also established that year.

Hofstra Stadium served as the site of the first-ever NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship game in 1971.[12]

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.


The Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary at Hofstra University has a collection of diverse trees and reflecting its Dutch origin, and displays an array of rare and colorful tulips in the Spring.[13]

There are 3,381 faculty members (including more than 2,200 in the school of medicine system),[14] 6,913 undergraduates, with a total of 11,240 students overall, including all full and part-time undergraduates, graduates, law and medical students.

The campus has approximately 117 buildings on 244 acres (99 ha).[15] 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 in New York City from a center in Manhattan.[16][17] The campus is roughly 7 miles from the Borough of Queens in New York City, and you can see the entire New York City skyline from the 10th floor of the library.[18][19]

The Campus is located across the street from the "Nassau Hub" and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders, Long Island Nets, New York Riptide, and New York Open.[20][21]


Academic and intellectual distinctions

University rankings
Forbes[25] 284[22]
U.S. News & World Report[26] 140[23]
Washington Monthly[27] 255[24]
Times[29] 351-400[28]

Hofstra University holds full accreditation in 28 academic areas and 32 total areas.[30] Nationally, fewer than 100 colleges and universities match this achievement.[31] Hofstra University offers 160 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options.[32]

Hofstra is a national university, presently ranked at #140, according to the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

Hofstra University was ranked as the #63 'best value school' by U.S. News & World Report. The online MBA program was ranked #36, online graduate education was ranked #56, part-time mba was ranked #89, part-time law school was ranked #44, rehabilitation counseling was ranked #37, in the nation.

In 2015, Hofstra University was ranked #11 in New York State by average professor salaries.[33]

The school's acceptance rate is 58.8%.[34] Average SAT scores in the university range from 1200–1330.[35]

The Hofstra University Honors College, whose admissions policy is more selective than that of the university as a whole,[36] 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 majority undergraduate university with moderate research activity.[37]

In the fall of 2011, the university welcomed the first class of students in its new Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. In 2012, it established its School of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring programs that partner with regional industry leaders,[38] and its School of Health Sciences and Human Services, housing a new master of public health program.[39]

The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine was ranked #55 in primary care and #71 in research, according to U.S. News & World Report, despite only being 2 years since its first class graduated.[40]

Hofstra University hosted the third and final 2008 presidential debate (between Barack Obama and John McCain) on October 15, 2008. 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, campus-wide 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 it had chosen Hofstra for its second 2012 presidential debate on October 16, 2012, the "town hall" debate (between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney).[41] Hofstra University hosted the first 2016 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on September 26, 2016.[42]

Schools and colleges

Centers and institutes

  • Center for Children, Families and the Law
  • Center for Civic Engagement[44]
  • Center for Educational Access and Success (CEAS)
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Legal Advocacy
  • National Center for Suburban Studies
  • Center for Technological Literacy
  • Center for the Study of Higher Education
  • Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy (CSLD)
  • Hofstra University Cultural Center (HUCC)
  • Institute for Health Law and Policy
  • Institute for Real Estate
  • 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)
  • Center for the Study of International Financial Service and Markets
  • Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
  • The Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center
  • Scott Skodnek Business Development Center (BDC)
  • Wilber F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies
  • Hofstra University Museum
  • Asia Center
  • Center for Climate Study
  • Center for Innovation
  • The Digital Research Center at Hofstra University
  • Hofstra University Bioethics Center
  • Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis at Hofstra University

Athletics and mascots

Hofstra University teams had the unofficial nickname of the Flying Dutchmen.[5] The school's official team name became "The Pride" in 2004, 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. In 1977 Hofstra wrestler Nick Gallo won the 126 lb weight class at the NCAA National Championship and was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling teams, he was also given the title "Most Outstanding Wrestler" in the 1977 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.[30] 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. The area has since been used for the construction of the medical school building, which was completed in 2015.[45]

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.[46] Funds previously used for the football program went into the creation of the medical school, and enhancing a variety of programs, including hard sciences and engineering.[47]

Hofstra Stadium is home to the New York Lizards, a professional lacrosse team in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

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 22 February 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.[48]

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

Student newspaper

The Hofstra Chronicle is the only student newspaper of Hofstra University. Established in 1935 and supported by the student activity fee and advertising,[49] it is published in tabloid format 12 times each semester and once a summer.

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 Long Island Nets and New York Islanders, producing over 675 NHL broadcasts since 2010.[50]

The station was the first non-commercial radio station in history to receive a Marconi Award from the National Association of Broadcasters, and the only to receive two.[51] WRHU has been rated as the #1 college radio station in the nation by Princeton Review, College Media Association, and BestColleges.com.[52]

Notable alumni

James Caan (1976)

James Caan, actor


Wayne Chrebet, NFL football player


Robert Davi (left), actor

Rosemarie DeWitt at TIFF 2014

Rosemarie DeWitt, actress


Speedy Claxton, NBA basketball player

Charles Jenkins Oct 2012

Charles Jenkins, NBA basketball player

Lainie Kazan

Lainie Kazan, actress and singer

David Paterson 2 by David Shankbone

David Paterson, former governor of New York

Phil Rosenthal

Philip Rosenthal, producer

Leslie Segrete

Leslie Segrete, designer

Ken singleton yes announcer

Ken Singleton, MLB baseball player


Frank Nappi, author

Maryanne Trump Barry in 1992

Maryanne Trump Barry, federal judge, sister of 45th U.S. President Donald Trump

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman, UFC fighter and former Middleweight champion


Bernie Madoff, American former Investment Adviser and Ponzi Schemer

Notable faculty


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James M. Shuart Stadium

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WRHU (88.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Hempstead, New York, the station is owned by Hofstra University. Since the 2010–11 NHL season, WRHU has been the radio home of New York Islanders games. Current Hofstra students produce, engineer, and perform on-air duties on all NY Islander game broadcasts with veteran NY Islander play by play announcer Chris King. The station was named the National Association of Broadcasters' Non-Commercial Station of the Year in 2014 and 2017. It has also been ranked the number one college radio station in the country in The Princeton Review's 2015 and 2016 college rankings.

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