A University on the Rise

Hofstra is a dynamic private institution where students discover their strengths and find their purpose in one of the University’s more than 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, engineering, teacher education, health sciences and human services, law, and medicine. The Hofstra community as a whole is driven, engaged, and vibrant, focusing on reaching new heights. Both nationally and internationally, Hofstra is increasingly recognized as a university on the rise. Founded in 1935 with just one building, 19 faculty, and four programs of study, Hofstra has grown to become a leader in teaching excellence, scholarship, access, technology, sustainability, student resources, and academic programs. Hofstra University, which offers cutting-edge, inspiring program options, comprises 10 schools: 4Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 4Hofstra University Honors College 4Frank G. Zarb School of Business 4School of Communication 4School of Education 4School of Engineering and Applied Science 4School of Health Sciences and Human Services 4Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University 4Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University 4School for University Studies

Hofstra’s innovative, life-shaping programs are designed to help students prepare for and succeed in the professional world. These include the Legal Education Accelerated Program, a program that allows students to earn both a B.A. and a J.D. in six years; new undergraduate majors in criminology, athletic training, community health, and sustainability studies; and new graduate degree programs in public health, forensic linguistics, and medical physics, in addition to the online, on-site and hybrid M.B.A. offerings. Hofstra also offers more than 100 dual degree programs, giving students the opportunity to earn both a graduate and undergraduate degree in less time than if each degree was pursued separately.

Consistently Reaching New Heights
The Hofstra community continually aspires to offer students dynamic, career-enhancing opportunities, both inside and outside the traditional classroom. On October 31, 2011, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that it had once again chosen Hofstra for the site of a presidential debate, making the University one of only two schools to host back-to-back debates since the modern debate system was created. (The first U.S. presidential debate hosted by Hofstra University was October 15, 2008.) This historic event allows our students and faculty to once again witness the democratic process firsthand, and allows us to showcase the University to a national and international audience.


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Did you know?
The School of Engineering and Applied Science was recently established at Hofstra. This addition makes Hofstra only the third school in the New York metropolitan area to have schools of law, medicine, and engineering (along with Columbia University and New York University).

Active and Engaged Students
Our student body is geographically, ethnically and culturally diverse and of increasingly high caliber. Hofstra’s diverse and driven student body of about 11,500 come from 50 U.S. states and territories and 67 countries. And with an average undergraduate class size of 21 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, Hofstra students are given the personal attention and confidence they need to pursue their future aspirations. In every Hofstra classroom, all students are challenged and encouraged to debate, question, research, discuss and think critically in an open and broad-minded environment. This Is Hofstra


Outstanding Faculty
Teach Inside and Outside the Classroom
Hofstra University’s faculty are one of its greatest resources. Our faculty include Guggenheim Fellows and Fulbright scholars; Emmy Award recipients; prize-winning scientists; leaders in business, education and the health sciences; political scholars; and knowledgeable and insightful thinkers. Ninety-two percent of Hofstra’s full-time faculty hold the highest degree attainable in their fields. Our teacher-scholars are as passionate about teaching as they are about research. Every semester, the dynamic faculty share experiences, advanced knowledge and theory, and often conduct research and studies with motivated students. Hofstra extends learning beyond the classroom through a variety of study abroad opportunities. These faculty-led programs– which include travel to Africa, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Spain – inspire and foster both academic and personal growth. The European Odyssey, a unique study abroad experience, takes students on a semester-long trip across Europe to study the history, politics and culture of the continent in the context of the developing European Union. In spring 2012 students were given a new opportunity to study in India, in a semester-long program emphasizing Indian heritage, continuity and change.

Did you know?
Unlike many other schools, Hofstra classes are taught by faculty members – not graduate students.


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Faculty Accomplishments
Members of the Hofstra faculty have distinguished themselves by winning prestigious grants and prizes, and writing award-winning publications. In addition, each year, members of Hofstra’s current academic graduating classes help select the faculty who will receive the University’s Teacher of the Year Awards. The following are our 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year: Judith S. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership 4School of Education
Professor Judith Kaufman teaches courses on child and adolescent learning and development. Her research has been focused in a number of areas, including teacher beliefs, mood states and creativity, memory work, and teacher development. She is currently conducting a longitudinal examination of the social cognitive impact of an innovative pedagogy in place at a high poverty school on New York City’s Lower East Side, where children pursue the learning of subject matter for purposes that are both self-determined and sanctioned by their community. Dr. Kaufman has published in many journals, including Race, Gender and Class; Environmental Education Research; and Social Science Docket. She has also written many book chapters and two books. Judith Kaufman received a Ph.D. in educational psychology and statistics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1989. Before joining the faculty at Hofstra in 1996, she was a member of the department of applied behavioral studies at Oklahoma State University. Professor Sample regularly comments on voting rights and constitutional issues in leading media outlets as well as at national conferences. Citations to Professor Sample’s work on issues related to democracy are included in opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court; in articles in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review and other leading journals; in major media, including The New York Times, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and The National Law Journal; and in leading blogs and regional outlets throughout the country. Professor Sample received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2003. Prior to attending law school, Professor James J. Sample was a threetime Emmy Award winner for his work as a producer at NBC Sports.

Susan M. Yohn, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History 4Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Susan M. Yohn began her career at Hofstra University in 1989, after teaching at New York University and Princeton University. At Hofstra, she has taught a mix of introductory and upper-level courses in her fields of specialization – the social history of the United States and Latin America. In addition to teaching the standard survey classes, Professor Yohn teaches courses on American women, the Great Depression, disasters, geographical and social mobility, and the history of Latinos in the United States. Professor Yohn earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1979 where she majored in political science and women’s studies. In 1987 she received a Ph.D. in history from New York University. Her book, A Contest of Faiths: Missionary Women and Pluralism in the American Southwest, was published by Cornell University Press in 1995. She has published articles on the entrepreneurialism of women, including “Crippled Capitalists: Gender Ideology, the Inscription of Economic Dependence and the Challenge of Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century America,” in Feminist Economics in 2006.

Charles A. McMellon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and International Business 4Frank G. Zarb School of Business
Dr. Charles A. McMellon earned a B.B.A in marketing and an M.B.A. from The Bernard M. Baruch School of Business. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in marketing at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His dissertation was one of the first to examine consumer behavior on the Internet. Dr. McMellon has 24 years of managerial experience at such firms as Young & Rubicam; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Ally & Gargano. Before joining the faculty at Hofstra, he also spent three years at the main campus of The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. McMellon has published in Advances in Consumer Research, the Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Applied Gerontology, and Journal of Advertising Education. He has also published book chapters and book reviews, and has participated in many invited panels and presentations at academic conferences.

Kristal B. Zook, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations 4School of Communication
Kristal Brent Zook, associate professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. She is a former contributing writer for Essence magazine and The Washington Post Arts/Style section, and a contributor to NPR. Her expert commentary has been featured on numerous television news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox, BET and TV One. Dr. Zook’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, USA Weekend, MORE magazine, The Village Voice, and LA Weekly. She is a four-time NABJ award-winning reporter who has written three books, including Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Pain and Power, published by Nation Books. Her most recent book, I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American-Owned Television and Radio, was considered for an NAACP Book Award.

James J. Sample, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law 4Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty in 2009, James J. Sample served for several years as counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Before joining the Brennan Center, he worked on Brian Schweitzer’s successful 2004 gubernatorial campaign in Montana and clerked for Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Distinctive Campus
Ideal Location

Did you know?
Since Hofstra’s founding, 62 festivals have welcomed visitors to campus. Hofstra’s international festivals, which include celebrations of Irish, Italian and Dutch culture and contributions to the Hofstra community – as well as the region and the nation – feature food, vendors and educational entertainment.

Hofstra’s lush, 240-acre campus is a registered arboretum, featuring more than 12,000 evergreen and deciduous trees that represent more than 600 species and varieties, a number that increases every year. Hofstra is one of only 430 arboreta in the United States. In addition to the plentiful networking opportunities on campus, students can take a short ride by train or car to NYC and take advantage of the many internship possibilities the city offers, gaining valuable on-the-job experience in areas such as finance, business, communication, advertising and entertainment. Students can also experience the city’s many cultural riches. Broadway shows, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Square Garden, Chinatown and Little Italy, and Wall Street all are within easy reach of the Hofstra campus. Long Island offers internship opportunities as well as numerous sporting, entertainment and recreational possibilities.


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Did you know?
More than 1 million individuals visit the Hofstra campus every year.

State-of-the-Art Facilities
Hofstra University, which blends longstanding traditions with 21st-century resources, is home to both ivy-covered classroom buildings and modern, elegant facilities. Our vibrant campus is home to exceptional and technologically advanced classrooms, six theaters, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an accredited museum, modern athletic facilities, and an impressive 10-floor library that offers 1.2 million print volumes and 24/7 electronic access to more than 95,000 journals and books. C.V. Starr Hall, home to the Zarb School of Business, features the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, one of the most advanced academic trading rooms in the country, with 34 Bloomberg Professional terminals that allow students to access the same data, analytics and software used by finance professionals. Dempster Hall, which houses most of the School of Communication, contains one of the largest noncommercial broadcast facilities in the Northeast as well as a cutting-edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom. The Hofstra University Museum coordinates 6-8 exhibitions annually and offers an extensive collection of outdoor sculpture, with more than 60 pieces. And that’s not all. Recreational and athletic facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a brand-new fitness center, an indoor sports and entertainment arena, and impressively designed and maintained athletic fields.

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On-Campus Centers for Scholarship and Research

... Where Theory Meets Practice
Hofstra University houses a growing number of academic centers and institutes that focus on research and advancement in myriad fields. Through these centers and institutes, Hofstra actively engages the community and contributes on topics such as the American presidency, the role of the citizen in a democracy, the future of the American suburb, and entrepreneurship.

Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency

Together with Hofstra Cultural Center’s Presidential Conference Series, the Kalikow Center represents the University’s unique focus on the U.S. presidency. All members of the Hofstra community – students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni and friends – actively engage in political discourse through the Center’s conferences and symposia, as well as a lecture series and continued research. This Center was founded on the belief that informed students are more likely to participate actively in the democratic process. Through debates, exhibits and innovative programming, the CCE emphasizes democratic values by engaging students as knowledgeable citizens in collaborative partnerships with their campus, local, state, national, and global communities. This Center is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to promoting objective, academically rigorous study of suburbia’s complex issues. By identifying and solving suburbia’s problems – through research collaborations, polling and conferences – the Center focuses on bringing demographic, social, economic and environmental change to the local and national communities. The Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS), based within the School of Education, focuses on cutting-edge issues in science and technology for the general public, local public and private school teachers and administrators, and college educators. The Saltzman Center supports high-quality educational and practical experiences for Hofstra University students, and provides services to Hofstra University employees and the community. The Center comprises four clinics, a child care institute, and Student Counseling Services. Through conferences, symposia, educational programs and published literature, the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University have become trusted resources for real estate education, mentoring and networking. Both serve as a venue for the study, debate and discourse of the important – and increasingly complex – real estate issues facing Long Island and the New York metropolitan area.

Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University ®

Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences

Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center

Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies; Institute of Real Estate

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The Saltzman Center’s Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute is one of only 10 programs in Nassau County (out of 183) that are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Hofstra in the Community
Hofstra University has a strong commitment to programs, projects, and events that benefit the community – locally, regionally and nationally. The following is a small sample of ways Hofstra is making a difference in the community.
Scott Skodnek Business Development Center (BDC) The BDC presents lectures, workshops and management training opportunities that support the development of local businesses. Hofstra Cultural Center The Hofstra Cultural Center presents concerts, lectures, conferences and symposia, including the well-known Presidential Conference Series, Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series, Issues in Judaism Lecture Series, and Italian-American Experience Lecture Series. Hofstra Regional Scholars Program This partnership between Hofstra University’s Office of University Relations, Hofstra’s academic departments, and New York metropolitan school districts offers talented middle and high school students the opportunity to explore new academic interests with scholars and college students as mentors, spend a day or two on a college campus, and understand what collegiate-level work entails. Recent events have included a regional spelling bee, Student Press Day, a high school honors dance workshop, and Model U.N. Festivals Hofstra’s international festivals, which include celebrations of Irish, Italian and Dutch culture, feature food, vendors and entertainment. Drama, Dance and Music The departments of Drama and Dance and Music present performances that are open to the public. “Great Writers, Great Readings” Series This series of readings presented by the Hofstra Department of English brings award-winning authors, poets, essayists and playwrights to campus. Events are free and open to the public. Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program The Summer Science Research Program, established more than 10 years ago, offers local high school students (grades 10 and 11) the opportunity to conduct science research with the guidance and supervision of Hofstra’s renowned science faculty. Hofstra Law Clinics Established more than 35 years ago and currently one of the largest clinical programs in the nation, the Hofstra Law Clinics allow law students to develop into skilled, passionate and ethical lawyers while serving the legal needs of local disadvantaged individuals and communities. Media Action Projects The School of Communication’s Department of Radio, Television, Film offers an innovative course that allows students to work with local nonprofit organizations to write, design and implement media to fit the marketing needs of each company. Hofstra University Museum Exhibits presented by the Hofstra University Museum as well as its extensive array of outdoor sculptures are open to the public at no charge. Liberty Partnerships Program Based within the School of Education, this collaborative program provides local at-risk students (grades 6-12) with a broad range of services designed to increase their interest in pursuing postsecondary education and/or meaningful careers. “Stars on Sundays” Series Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, this program invites the public to the Hofstra Observatory for stargazing and learning about the universe from our astronomy faculty. Hofstra University Continuing Education Hofstra University Continuing Education serves more than 10,000 local residents each year by offering hundreds of professional development and personal enrichment courses, programs, workshops and seminars, plus Hofstra Summer Camps, Saturday Classes for Young People, a range of pre-collegiate programs and PEIR (Personal Enrichment in Retirement).

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4 The Hofstra Discovery Program, a first-year student transition program, is designed to promote leadership, social awareness, sustainability, and engagement with Hofstra and the surrounding community. Participants arrive four days prior to the beginning of the fall semester and take part in a variety of service projects for different organizations. 4Senior Service Days is a program designed to provide volunteer opportunities for Hofstra seniors. In its first year, Hofstra seniors helped the Nassau County, Long Island chapter of Habitat for Humanity build a home for a local family, served food and sorted donations at The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), and mentored local children from the Hempstead Boys & Girls Club. 4The Uniondale Beautification Project, a program administered in collaboration with the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association, encourages Hofstra students to serve the local Uniondale community by removing litter and planting flowers on selected streets.

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A Vibrant Campus Life
Hofstra University hosts more than 500 cultural and social events each year, drawing together scholars, business leaders, authors, celebrities, health care professionals, politicians, and journalists from across the nation and around the world. These events help foster the important connection between in-classroom work and extracurricular activities. The Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs, an on-campus champion for diversity awareness, annually coordinates six cultural heritage months – Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ History Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Black History Month, Women’s “Herstory” Month, and Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In addition, Hofstra offers 17 intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the NCAA Division I level, and more than 200 academic, fraternal/sororal, media, multicultural, performance, pre-professional, religious, social, social/political, and sports clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to join clubs as diverse as the Organization of Commuter Students, Accounting Society, Nonsense humor magazine, The Pride Network, Hofstra Quidditch and Ski Snowboard Club. At Hofstra, students choose to live and learn in one of our 37 residence halls, each with a unique flair, community and life of its own. We also offer eight living/learning communities, which give students the opportunity to live with many of the same students they are in classes with, and well as students who share the same interests and passions. In addition, Hofstra students can choose from 20 on-campus dining facilities, including California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, Subway, and Au Bon Pain, as well as sushi, and vegetarian and kosher options.


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Did you know?

Hofstra hosts more than 500 cultural and social events each year.

Did you know?
There are more than 120,000 Hofstra University alumni spread throughout all 50 U.S. states and in more than 100 countries. These proud alumni found their pride and purpose at Hofstra.
... in the arts
Best-selling author Nelson DeMille, Academy Award-winning director and producer Francis Ford Coppola, Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator of Everybody Loves Raymond Philip Rosenthal, writer Lou Berger and actresses Susan Sullivan, Monica Horan and Lainie Kazan all got their start at Hofstra University.

Distinguished Alumni

... in business leadership roles

You’ll see our alumni in leadership roles at companies such as GE Consumer and Industrial, Invesco PLC, Sterling Commodities Corporation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Forbes Inc., Tiffany and Co., McNeil Nutritionals LCC (a Johnson & Johnson company), Merrill Lynch, YES Network, and BDO Seidman LLP.

... in law and politics

The Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals; The Honorable Thomas DiNapoli, New York state comptroller; and The Honorable David A. Paterson, former New York governor, all found their pride and purpose at Hofstra University.

... in science and academics

Our impressive alumni are making invaluable impacts in science and academics. Noted alumni include Dr. Donna M. Mendes, vascular surgeon; Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University; Michael P. Delaney, vice president of engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Dr. Irwin E. Redlener, president and co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund; and Kimberly R. Cline, president of Mercy College.

Smart. Confident. Successful. These are Hofstra alumni.

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Our Mission at Hofstra
Hofstra University is a private institution whose primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind. Hofstra University is fully committed to academic freedom and to the transmission, advancement, and preservation of knowledge for its own academic community and for the community at large. Hofstra University offers undergraduate and graduate programs taught by a research-active and professionally engaged faculty. Academic excellence guides everything the University undertakes.

4 Hofstra University’s undergraduate education provides a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences designed to encourage intellectual curiosity. This broadly based education develops students’ analytical and critical thinking, strengthens their communication skills (oral and written), promotes cross-cultural competencies and provides information literacy and technological skills that prepare students to become lifelong learners. 4 Hofstra University is dedicated to the pre-professional, professional, master’s and doctoral programs that support a wide range of career aspirations.

4 Hofstra University strives to cultivate students’ social and ethical responsibility, aesthetic sensibility, creativity, and emotional and physical well-being.

4 Hofstra University is committed to providing the informational and technological resources required for learning and the advancement of knowledge.

4 Hofstra University is devoted to recruiting and retaining a highly qualified and diverse academic community of students, faculty, staff and administrators respectful of the contributions and dignity of each of its members.

4 Hofstra University’s faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly research and service. The University emphasizes and supports the creation and synthesis of knowledge as well as its dissemination. We believe the best education for students is one informed by their teachers’ scholarly pursuits.

4 Hofstra University recognizes its important role in our local community and in participating in a broader national and international dialogue. We offer programs and seek opportunities that mutually benefit the Hofstra community and those beyond our campus.

4 Hofstra University offers educational, co-curricular and cultural programs and activities that foster an awareness of local, national and global issues, encouraging students to be active citizens and contributors to their local, national and global communities.