It's beautiful. We have every type of tree and flower
that can grow in the northeast, and it's truly gorgeous
in the spring. There are two sides to campus: north
and south. North is where the you'll find most dining
services, all the residence halls, and the gym. South side
is home to all the academic buildings and a few
food options. The two sides of campus are separated by
three unispans, which are bridges that go over the main
road that separates the two sides of campus. Both sides
are compact, and you'll never have a far walk for
class or to get back to your dorm.
a great variety of classes here. There's really not much
you won't be able to find. I've taken a wide
variety of classes, ranging from medieval english history to an
entire class on John Milton's Paradise Lost. The class size
is also very nice. Your biggest class will probably be
Psych 1 or Bio 1, which run about 65 students.
Everything else will be 35 or smaller. My french 3
class is about 15 students, while my english class last
semester was only 7.
Professors: The professors here are absolutely
wonderful. They really care about their students, and go out
of their way to help you. The professors really know
their subject matter, and class discussions can become very in-depth
and exciting. There are plenty of office hours, and if
you can't make it, most professors will be happy to
make a separate appointment. Professors here are very involved with
their students. Last semester, I became used to my english
professor texting me to discuss a paper I was writing.
You are definitely not a number to them. Just be
careful, of course. Check ratemyprofessor before you choose your classes.
It is a very helpful website.
People: You'll find a
very wide variety of students here. There will be people
in your classes that make you wonder why they're even
in college, and there will also be your best friends.
With such a diverse population, you can't really expect anything
Activities: The Office of Student Leadership and Activities
really goes out of its way to give students something
to do. Whether it's a free trip into the city
to see a show or a ballgame, or a “build
a bear” event in the student center, they really make
you feel welcome. There are also some very nice shows
to see on campus. There's a yearly Shakespeare festival, and
this year, I attended a very wonderful production of Antony
and Cleopatra, and a wonderful 1 hour version of Romeo
and Juliet. There's also a few musicals and dance shows
each year, which usually don't disappoint.
Clubs: This is
one thing that Hofstra really excels in. From your typical
academic clubs to club sports to performance clubs to things
like Humans vs Zombies and quidditch, everyone will be able
to find a place where they will fit in.
This is by far the best part of Hofstra for
me. The team is currently 9th in the world out
of a couple hundred teams. I've met my closest friends
here through quidditch. From spaghetti dinners to traveling to Maryland
for a tournament, we have a lot of good times.
If you're interested in playing quidditch, Hofstra really is the
place to be.
Surrounding Area: Hempstead is not the best
college town. It's actually a bit dangerous. There are some
very interesting cultural restaurants, though. I was taken to one
by the Dean of Students, where I ate a variety
of food: liver, ox tail, and pig's feet. If you
and your friends want to try something different, you won't
be disappointed. If you're not up for such strange cuisines,
there's a few great pizza places and chain restaurants. The
Blue Beetle, the Hofstra bus, also makes rounds on the
weekends to a very nice mall, along with a few
other general stores and grocery stores. And of course, for
around $20, you can take the train into the city,
which has endless possibilities. If it's a nice summer day,
you can also go to Jones' Beach, which is a
30 minute drive from campus, and is very nice, albeit
Dorms: The dorms are very average. I live
in one of the towers, and I really can't complain.
I have a single, and it's a bit small, but
still plenty of room for one person and his/her belongings.
Every room is fully equipped with heating and AC, but
it can be a bit wonky. The showers really aren't
that bad. Just be sure to wear flip flops!
This is my biggest complaint. Hofstra uses a “dining dollars”
system. Everything costs actual money, there's no buffet style. The
student center food is very iffy. Sometimes it's great, other
times it's barely edible. The restaurant on south campus, Bits
N' Bytes, is the best food on campus. From pasta
to make your own salad to burgers and fries to
even a Red Mango, it's definitely the most delicious food
you'll eat. There's a very overpriced 24/7 convenience store, but
it has very good sandwiches. There's also a “sit down”
style restaurant, HofUSA (pronounced hoffoosa), which is also very expensive,
but quite tasty.
Cost: While Hofstra looks very expensive, it's
actually not. Most people receive very generous scholarships and grants,
which make it very affordable. Don't discount the school until
you've received your financial aid package.
Honors College: The honors
college here is definitely one of the best aspects of
the school. If you're not accepted as an incoming freshman,
don't fret, you can still get in with a 3.4
GPA after any semester. For your first two semesters, you'll
be taking a class called Culture and Expression, which is
a survey of ancient literature in the fall semester to
more recent literature in the spring. While the class is
very work intensive, you learn a lot, and every other
class at Hofstra will seem easy after you're done with
it. The honors college provides endless opportunities. You can get
exclusive internships, job offers, go on great trips, and even
live in an exclusive honors dorm. You can also take
honors seminar classes, which are wonderful. The topics are extremely
interesting, and change every semester. For a little taste, next
semester, they're offering a class about alien life, and last
semester, an entire class on the city of Pompeii. If
that's not for you, you can also do an “honors
option” for regular classes. This means that you meet one
on one with your professor, where you go more in-depth
in the class and learn a lot more.
Hofstra is very lacking with study abroad. They do not
offer any semester/year long programs, so you'll have to go
through a different school or company if you want to
do this. They do, however, offer summer abroad programs in
a variety of countries. So if you want to travel
but only for a few weeks, this may be for
you. You also get to keep your scholarship, so studying
abroad doesn't cost more than staying on campus.
teams here really aren't that great. There's a lack of
school spirit here. That being said, I've been to a
few of the women's basketball games, and while they'll never
win March Madness, it's still very fun, and the players
really appreciate you being there. You can also get plenty
of free t shirts.
Advisement: The advisors here aren't all
that great. They've been known to make mistakes and not
really know what classes you should be taking. However, there's
a very nice way to check yourself what you need
to take to graduate, so it's not a big deal
as long as you check your facts. If you want
advice on what you should take, you're better off talking
to your professors.
Weather: The weather here is very iffy.
It will be beautiful and warm one day, and then
snow 3 inches the next. It also rains a lot,
but it's not that big of a deal, really.
As Hofstra is mostly a commuter school, they are quite
good about parking. Getting a parking pass is free for
everyone. It is notoriously hard to find parking on the
academic side of campus, but there's more than plenty of
spaces on the north side of campus.
Overall: I would
definitely recommend Hofstra. It has its flaws, but so does
every school. Definitely consider coming here. Come in with an
open mind and a friendly attitude, and you'll probably really