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Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian institution of higher learning located in the Village of Hempsteadmarker, New Yorkmarker. It came into existence in 1935 envisioned as an independent institution of higher learning, but for the beginning, it was established under the aegis of New York Universitymarker (NYU) and was originally known as "Nassau College - Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island". The original intent was realized in 1937, when it became the independent Hofstra College. The extension of NYU was founded on the estate of a recently deceased wealthy couple, lumber magnate 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. Hofstra College became a university in 1963. It has a law school, hosts numerous institutes and think tanks, holds an annual Shakespeare festival in its own replica of the Globe Theatremarker, and boasts an arboretum and a bird sanctuary.


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 average undergraduate class size is 22.

The campus has approximately 113 buildings on . 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 an unincorporated area of the Town of Hempstead.

Hofstra University is a registered member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. The campus includes an arboretum (one of 430 in the United States), a two acre (8,000 m²) bird sanctuary, and a sculpture garden. [50032].


Future medical school

On Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health Systemmarker announced plans to establish a new school of medicine. While it will not be the first medical school in Nassau Countymarker (that distinction is held by the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine), it will be the first to grant the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. They are expecting to accept the first class in 2011.

Centers and institutes

  • Center for Children, Families and the Law
  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Center for Continuing Education and Professional Advancement
  • 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
  • School of Communications

Other academic and intellectual distinctions

Hofstra holds full accreditation in 19 academic areas. Nationally, fewer than 100 colleges and universities match this achievement.

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 Theatremarker replica in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse (named for the educator who served as Hofstra University president during its first period of major growth.)


In her will, Kate Mason, the widow of William Hofstra, a Dutch immigrant lumber magnate, 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. Initially called Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University, 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.

Hofstra’s seal was created by Professor of Art Constant van de Wall in 1937. The insignia was derived from the official seal of the House of Orange of the Netherlands and is used with the permission of the Dutch monarch. At the bottom of the seal are the words Je Maintiendrai, meaning “I stand steadfast” 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 Basemarker was closed by the military and declared surplus property. The University asked for acreage to be used for educational purposes and was eventually granted . Remnants of the concrete runways from the Air Force Base serve as parking lots for Hofstra's North Campus.

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 university operates Long Island's oldest public radio station, WRHU-FMmarker (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-FM was the first college-owned radio station in the nation to be featured as a channel on Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 180.

Site of a 2008 Presidential debate

Hofstra University hosted the third and final 2008 Presidential debate on October 15, 2008 between Barack Obama and John McCain. [50033] 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 Army ROTC "Havoc" Battalion

The Havoc ROTC Battalion has been on campus since 1951. The battalion moved from the densely populated academic area located at Roosevelt Hall, which is on the south side of the campus near the Hofstra Law Library and Hofstra Deli, to the Physical Fitness Center, on the North West side of campus in 2000. The previous Battalion name, Thundering Pride, was changed to the current name, Havoc, in 2008 along with the new Battalion motto "Wreak Havoc."

Classes and Leadership Labs are conducted for all Cadets on Thursdays from 2:20 to 6:20 pm. Juniors and Seniors also are required to attend classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20 to 3:45 pm. Physical training (or PT) is held three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:15 to 7:30 am. Cadets attend multiple FTX's (Field Training Exercises) during the year at locations such as Camp Smith, Fort Dix and Fort Devens to develop and train in the tactics and techniques learned during class and lab. Cadets also attend CWST (Combat Water Survival Training) multiple times during each semester, conducted in the University pool. Cadets may also choose to join the Ranger Challenge Team, Color Guard, Rifle Team, Pershing Rifles or Scabbard and Blade Society. The Battalion is lead by a highly qualified Cadre of Officers and Enlisted Soldiers who teach, guide and assist all Cadets in their leadership development. The Cadet Battalion Commander or "BC" is a position held every year by a senior Cadet, who is in charge of the entire Battalion of Cadets. The Cadet Battalion Commander is assisted by his/her fellow senior Cadets who hold positions that mirror that of an actual Army Battalion. The senior Cadets are responsible for planning and assuring the proper execution of all activities that occur within the Battalion such as classes, labs, FTX's, CWST, Physical Training and any other plans they devise. They do this under the guidance and approval of the Cadre. The Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen Cadets each hold and rotate positions of responsibility throughout the year.

Additionally, Cadets may compete for slots to attend CTLT, Air Assault School or Airborne School during their summers. In all, Army ROTC challenges these brave young men and woman in many ways past that of an average college student. Those who make it to their graduation dates will not only have earned a Bachelors Degree in their chosen studies, but a Commission into the United States Army as an Officer.

Athletics and mascots

Hofstra Pride logo

Hofstra University teams had the unofficial nickname of the Flying Dutchmen (or Dutchmen or just Dutch). Upon discovering that name's relation with a former slave ship, 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. 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 Jerseymarker.

Greek Life

Fraternity & Sorority Life at Hofstra University empowers members of Greek-letter organizations to promote and preserve the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, campus involvement, and brotherhood/ sisterhood. Membership in Fraternity & Sorority organizations promotes personal development and a strong sense of identity with the institution, as well as post-graduate association. Fraternity & Sorority chapters enhance the quality of life for students on and off campus by providing a range of opportunities for meaningful individual involvement and growth.







Presidents of Hofstra University

  1. Truesdel Peck Calkins (1937-1942)
  2. Howard S. Brower (1942-1944)
  3. John Cranford Adams (1944-1964)
  4. Clifford Lee Lord (1964-1972)
  5. James H. Marshall (1972-1973)
  6. Robert L. Payton (1973-1976)
  7. James M. Shuart (1976-2001)
  8. Stuart Rabinowitz (2001-Present)

Notable alumni

Honorary degree recipients

Notable faculty

Student newspaper

The Chronicle is the official 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.


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  3. About the School - School of Medicine - School of Medicine - Hofstra University

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