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The Hofstra University Undergraduate Viewbook.


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  • College is about more than preparing for a specific career. Its about discovering what excites and motivates you about seeing what the future has to offer and discovering what you bring to the table. Your unique combination of personal talents and traits that will help you leverage what you learn to get where you want to be. Your edge.

    For 75 years, Hofstra University has sharpened the minds of students in pursuit of their dreams even those they didnt know they had. Since our founding in 1935, we have become a nationally and internationally recognized educational institution, and one of only four universities in New York state with schools of law, business and, beginning in 2011, medicine. Our inspiring professors, 91 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their fields, offer a broad and challenging curriculum to help you expand your horizons.

    And the Hofstra campus is not just another pretty place. Were an officially designated arboretum and a member of the American Public Gardens Association. Weve blended natural beauty, sculpture, architecture and state-of-the-art technology to create an ideal environment for learning. Hundreds of experiences await you in sports, the arts, and a huge array of organizations and events. Best of all, Hofstras secure suburban enclave is only a short train ride from everything New York City has to offer including unmatched internship and job opportunities.

    Simply put, theres no better place than Hofstra University to find your edge and jump-start your future!

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    Dear Students:

    Thank you for your interest in Hofstra University. As you consider what will be one of the most important decisions of your life thus far, I hope the information here and on our website at hofstra.edu will provide you with a glimpse of the excellent education and campus experience that Hofstra has to offer.

    You are looking at Hofstra at a very important point in our history. As we celebrate our 75th year, the University has emerged as a major university with national reach and international perspective. Our political and policy symposia have earned the attention of scholars and media alike, culminating in the University hosting the third and final U.S. presidential debate and offering our students an extraordinary opportunity to participate in one of the most talked about events of the last decade. We have partnered with the nations third-largest health care system to launch the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University in 2011 New York states first medical school to be built in the last 40 years. And throughout our campus, students in the arts, sciences, humanities, business, and other programs are discovering and developing their potential.

    As a safe, energized and active suburban campus with strong ties and easy access to everything New York City has to offer, Hofstra has become increasingly attractive to career-oriented students. Our exceptional faculty, many of whom are national leaders in their respective fields, are teachers first and foremost, ready to help launch you into a career you love while instilling a deeper appreciation of how the diverse elements oftodays world interconnect.

    If you are ready to work hard, learn from the best, and enjoy a college experience full of fun, excitement and opportunity, I encourage you to take the next step right now. Call our Admission Office to set up an interview, take a personal tour of our campus and discover for yourself just what a great experience awaits.


    Stuart Rabinowitz

    from the office of the President

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    Find Your First Step If every journey begins with a single step, youll want to make it the right one. And when it comes to choosing a college, the right first step is one that lets you discover your own potential while you explore your place in the world. Whether you are sure of your destination or still searching, Hofstra is the perfect place to start. Weve put together all the elements that make for not only a good education but also a great educational experience at every level.

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  • Find YourPassionAcclaimed American mythologist, author and lecturer Joseph Campbell famously urged students to follow your bliss to discover your own personal passions and pursue them tenaciously. Hofstras broad array of programs, as well as our incredible variety of clubs, organizations and volunteer opportunities, gives you the opportunity to follow a path of your own choosing to the future you desire.

    But what if you arent sure what career you want to pursue after college? At Hofstra University, youll be in good company. In fact, 25 percent of our students begin as undecided and choose a major by their sophomore year. Who knows? You might nd yourself in passionate pursuit of a dream you didnt even know you had! For example

    Immerse yourself in the world of the nancial analyst, working the markets with near real-time data in our state-of-the-art simulated trading room.

    Rush to gather news and prepare live and recorded radio, TV and online programming in our digital newsrooms and studios.

    Hone your language skills in our digital Language Learning Center as you prepare for an international career.

    Create magic as a performer, designer or technician working on our world-class stages.

    Experience history up close and personal as you meet and network with prominent political, business and academic leaders at our acclaimed conferences.

    These are just a few of the exciting roads that start at Hofstra University. To nd out more, go to hofstra.edu/admission.

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    One of the things I like best about Hofstra is the teachers. Theyre willing to work with you outside the classroom. One of my teachers, Professor [Joel] Evans, told us to come see him not only if we had questions about class but also if we had any questions about Hofstra or about life. Its great when you have teachers who really love what they do.

    Adera Douglas-Freeman, Class of 2012 Major: MarketingHometown: Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

    Hofstra helped me prepare for the workforce by giving me some fundamental tools in the classroom that I also managed to apply to my everyday campus life, such as being the Student Government Association (SGA) president and being part of a cabinet overseeing 170 clubs and organizations.

    Sean Hutchinson, Class of 2010 Major: MarketingHome Country: Jamaica, Greater Antilles

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    As the academic director of the Zarb Schools Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, I am proud that Hofstra students receive hands-on experience with world-class resources such as the Bloomberg Professional terminals. I am excited to teach in the trading room, and our students are extremely motivated to take courses in this unique learning facility. The skills they learn in the trading room make them eve