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Hofstra University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB- Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueB University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Broken Spirit, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Oct 05 2011
Major: Communications (This Major's Salary over time)
Okay, it's college application/acceptance time and I'm sure there are many '12 high school seniors here. I am going to tell you what I have noticed as a graduating senior. This is the stuff that they will NOT tell you on a college tour.

?Eateries: We have a California Pizza Kitchen, Red Mango, Au Bon Pan, two Starbucks coffee kiosks, and a Bits & Bytes where you can get a tossed salad, pizza/pasta, a panini or a burger and fries (this is where the aforementioned Red Mango is). There are also Hofstra USA (Newly renovated, try googing it if you want an image) and a Dutch Treats, a mini-convenience store on campus.

?Dorms: There are high rises which have singles, doubles and triples. Bathrooms are cleaned daily. In the Netherlands, Colonial Square and Nassau/Suffolk you clean the bathrooms yourself. None of the dorms look modern.

?Campus size: Quite big for a private school. There's a large gym for weightlifting, running and sports, as also an athletics center to watch school sports. There are sports fields aplenty too. Also, many trees and flowers are on both sides of campus.

?Surrounding town: Within walking distance are Nassau Colosseum, a Starbucks, Popeye's (although reports of fatal shootings have made the news), a Dunkin' Donuts, a Subway/liquor store, several bars, a Chipolte, McDonalds, a gun store, another liquor store, a deli, a Papa John's, an italian ice place, and I think that just about covers of it. I myself have walked to Roosevelt Field, an enormous mall?this is about a 30 minute walk if you don't mind it. Within driving distance, it's just a basic commercial town (Target, K-Mart, malls, bars, movie theaters). Not much in the way of cultural life. ?Availability to New York City: Before 6PM, the shuttle bus will take you to Hempstead. This is a 53 minute train ride. After 6, it also goes to Mineola, which is just 35 or so minutes. ?Student life: About half the student body commutes. All extracurricular activities start no earlier than 8PM. ?Sports: Basketball is pretty big, everything else doesn't get too much attention. We have no football team (The school couldn't afford to keep it). ?Class sizes: I think the largest is about 70 people, and that's really for beginner-level lectures. My upper level classes have just 15 people in it. ?Students with disabilities: If you have one, you can easily be accommodated. ?Who comes to campus? This past fall, Louis CK, Taking Back Sunday, Rick Ross, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Big Boi came this past Spring and Girl Talk came last fall. These comings are rather sparse though.

?School breaks: The large Jewish population ensures Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah off. There is a four-or-five day weekend for Thanksgiving and six weeks for winter breaks.

?Study abroad: ONLY can be done through the school in January for three weeks or over the Summer for a month. Should you spend an actual full semester abroad, you'll have to apply to another school, see if they'll accept you and then hope your credits would transfer back to Hofstra.

?Exterior of the student body: Not everybody wears Prada, Gucci, Armani or whatever the other comments seem to indicate. Quite a few wear sweats year round. Some people look nice, more people look like you should be thankful to breathe the same oxygen as they do. ?Professor availability: Some will respond to an e-mail in five minutes. Others in a week, and some not at all. ?Challenging classwork: I'd say the ratio of easy to demanding classes is 1:2. ?Social scene: People hang out in groups and cliques. I have not had much success in meeting with people individually; I have to sit with their friends as well. I haven't always minded though. Bars are huge on weekends (Unlike the local liquor stores, they don't card).

Anyway, that's all I wanted to get out of the way. All I will say about my experience at Hofstra is that I will get through it and May 21 cannot come soon enough.

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