Hofstra recognizes the role of academic advising as a critical component of an undergraduate education. Students have the ultimate responsibility of satisfying the entire sequence of courses required for their degrees, but the process is enhanced by careful and informed discussions with the appropriate professionals who work in partnership with the students.
Under the Division of Student Affairs, the Center for University Advisement supports Hofstra undergraduate students in the pursuit of their educational goals by assisting them in making informed academic decisions. The Center for University Advisement provides general academic advisement to current and prospective undergraduate students, both full- and part-time, from admission through graduation. All undergraduate students are assigned a dean in University Advisement to serve as their general academic adviser throughout their time at Hofstra. In addition, when students declare a major, they will also work closely with a faculty adviser in their academic department for all concerns related to the major.
Hofstra students who are continuing their studies during the summer may speak with their advisement dean in Memorial Hall, Room 101 or the Student Center, Room 107. Advisement deans will address non-major specific academic questions or concerns students may have about academic program planning, degree progress, academic policies, procedures and deadlines. For major-specific questions in these areas, students should meet with their faculty adviser in their major department.
Visiting students may meet with an advisement dean to discuss any question or concerns about their course selection for the Hofstra summer session. Students are responsible for consulting with their college or university for approval of transfer credits to meet home school degree requirements.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Center for University Advisement is open Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer, beginning May 19, hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deans in University Advisement are available during the summer on an appointment-only basis. Students with quick five-minute questions can come during drop-in hours: Monday through Friday 8 to 9 a.m. and Monday to Thursday 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For further information or to set up an appointment students can call University Advisement at (516) 463-6770/(516) 463-7222 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hofstra University Continuing Education students, once admitted to one of the certificate programs in accounting, finance, general management, human resources management, international business, labor studies, marketing, information technology, or the post-baccalaureate premedical program, should go the academic department administering of their certificate program for advisement questions or concerns.
Hofstra University libraries’ collections are housed in four locations on campus. The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library on the south campus, our main library, houses circulating book and journal collections, the Harold E. Yuker Reference Library, the John W. Wydler Government Document Depository and Special Collections. The Barbara and Maurice A. Deane Law Library is located in the Seryl and Charles Kushner Hall of the Law School. The Curriculum Materials Center is located in Hagedorn Hall, and the Film and Media Library is in Memorial Hall. The University Libraries’ collections include approximately 1.2 million print volumes and extensive online resources and non-print media.
The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library: print collections total approximately one million volumes housed on six open-stack floors. The print periodicals collection of some 2,500 titles is housed on the ground floor. Most current periodicals are available on open shelves, and the remainder of the collection is in closed stacks with paging service provided. Library holdings can be searched through LEXICAT, the online public catalog (libweb.hofstra.edu/search/Y). Your HofstraCard serves as your library card. Students can check out books in the circulating collection for four weeks. Students are responsible for items they check out. The Axinn Library houses these additional collections:
The Harold E. Yuker Reference Library: located within the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, contains a comprehensive reference collection of over 40,000 volumes in a quiet, convenient setting with individual lighted carrels. Additional electronic resources are available through remote access at any time, from any location. In addition to full-service stationary computers, the Yuker Reference Library is fully Wi-Fi, and provides electrical plug-ins for laptops, comfortable seating and study tables. Services include in-person telephone and e-mail reference services (including instruction on the use of specific databases), interlibrary loan services and document delivery. Reference and Collection Development faculty also provide information literacy instruction through a variety of assignment-based classes and credit-bearing courses.
The John W. Wydler Government Documents Depository: located on the second floor within the Axinn Library, houses approximately 170,000 federal and state government publications in a variety of formats (print, microform, CD-ROM) and provides access to a wide variety of electronic government information.
Special Collections: located on the lower level within Axinn Library, includes three separate divisions with their own print and manuscript collections. All of these materials are available to faculty, students and the general public for use within the library:
Long Island Studies Institute: houses significant collections for the study of Long Island’s history from before the American Revolution to the present, including books, periodicals, photographs, newspapers, maps, census records and archival collections. The Institute is open to the general public as well as to Hofstra students and faculty.
Rare Books and Manuscripts: collections include the art and history of the book, the history and teaching of reading, the rise of Nazi propaganda in Germany, the Weingrow Avant-Garde Art and Literature Collection, and examples of books from a variety of private presses.
University Archives: maintains historical non-circulating records of Hofstra University. Official publications, audio and video tapes, and papers of selected members of the Hofstra community are available for research use. The Archives maintains its own indexes, shelf lists and guides to the collections.
Special Collections maintains its own indexes, shelf lists and guides to the collections.
The Barbara and Maurice A. Deane Law Library: The Barbara and Maurice A. Deane Law Library contains more than 560,000 volumes and provides online access to a variety of research databases via a wireless network.
The Hofstra Electronic Library: provides 24/7 online access from campus or home to 146 databases, 47,000 full-text journals, and 36,000 electronic books via the Internet. Among the online databases available are: Academic Search Premier, ARTstor, Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete, Congressional Universe: Congressional Hearings Digital Collection and U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection, Early English Books Online (EEBO), Education Full Text, Factiva, Film Literature Index, GeoRef, Grove Music Online, JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, Naxos Music Library, New York Times Historical, PsycINFO, Women and Social Movements in the United States, WorldCat and many others. All electronic resources can be accessed through the University Libraries Web page (hofstra.edu/Libraries).
The Curriculum Materials Center: located on the lower level of Hagedorn Hall, is geared to the needs of students and faculty in Hofstra’s School of Education, Health and Human Services. The collection consists of both print and non-print items. Print materials include curriculum guides, textbooks, professional books, children’s and young adult literature, periodicals and master’s theses in teaching math, science and technology. Non-print items include software, videocassettes, DVDs, and a variety of games, kits, puppets and manipulatives. The collection covers pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in every subject area as well as materials related to special education and counseling. Most materials are interfiled regardless of format and arranged on open stacks to provide both ready access and the ability to browse in a particular subject area.
The Film and Media Library: in Memorial Hall, provides faculty and students with audiovisual services supporting classroom instruction and student projects. The collection of approximately 10,000 non-print items — mainly VHS and DVDs — can be searched through LEXICAT. In-house facilities for use of these materials include individual carrels and small-group rooms equipped for use of all formats represented in the collection. Video editing and duplication (within compliance with U.S. copyright law) are available.
Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center
The Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center provides a multifaceted program of social services which consists of two independent, but complementary components:
The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute serves children from eight weeks to five years of age. In cooperation with the School of Education, Health and Human Services and other academic departments, the program offers a nurturing curriculum for young children. The Institute is open to all members of the Hofstra family as well as to the general community, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While the program is predominately full time, there are a few part-time slots available for Hofstra students, staff and faculty. For an application or additional information, call (516) 463-5194.
The Clinical Services Division is comprised of four specialized clinics and institutes:
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, (516) 463-5234
Reading/Writing Learning Clinic, (516) 463-5804
Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, (516) 463-5656
Psychological Evaluation, Research, and Counseling Clinic, (516) 463-5660
Student Counseling Services, (516) 463-6791/6793
For more information about Clinic services, call (516) 463-6535.
During the fall and spring semesters, there are 175 PCs available in two open-access labs on campus in Calkins Lab and Hammer Lab. These labs provide access to more than 140 software applications, laser printers and scanners. Trained student assistants are available to answer questions and assist as needed. In addition, more than 22 specialized computer labs are available in various academic departments. These computers are for research, completing class assignments and accessing the Internet.
During summer sessions the open-access Hammer Lab is available 24 hours, seven days a week for student use. Calkins Lab is closed during the summer sessions. Access to the computer labs requires a validated HofstraCard. The Hammer Lab has 86 PCs and a print center. Additionally the Computer Repair Center is conveniently located outside Hammer Lab and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Hammer Lab is located across from the main entrance to the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library.
Student Computing Services supports the open-access labs, student network accounts and residential computing services. All registered students in good standing are provided with individual e-mail and network accounts. Using the network account, students access the my.Hofstra.edu portal. The my.Hofstra.edu portal provides access to Hofstra e-mail, saved files, the Hofstra Online Information System, Blackboard and a wealth of other information. Student e-mail accounts remain active until a student graduates or leaves the University.
For further information please visit the Student Computing Web site or call (516) 463-7777.
Student Counseling Services
Student Counseling Services provide psychological, vocational and educational counseling within an active short-term treatment approach. Services are provided for Hofstra students by a professional staff in a relaxed and confidential environment. Counseling is available to all students free of charge for a limited number of sessions. General information may be obtained by calling (516) 463-6791 or by visiting the Saltzman Community Services Center located on the South Campus. During the summer, the office of Student Counseling Services is available to students, Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Emergency screening
and counseling during hours that Student Counseling Services is not open can be initiated by contacting Public Safety at (516) 463-6606.
The Career Center provides career planning and employment services to all undergraduate and graduate students, with the exception of graduate business and law school students. The latter are served by Graduate Business Career Services, housed in The Career Center building, and Law Career Services, housed in Axinn Hall. Services of The Career Center are designed to assist students to select or refine their career objectives, effectively communicate their goals and plan their job search campaigns or graduate school applications. Individual consultations are encouraged; call (516) 463-6060 to schedule an appointment.
Summer Employment Opportunities: Students who are interested in working while attending classes can take advantage of the large number of part- and full-time jobs that are available off-campus in companies in the metropolitan area.
Summer Internship/Externships: Students are encouraged to participate in opportunities which provide practical experience in their chosen career field, internships are available in companies throughout the area including New York City.
For further information on summer employment off-campus, visit hofstra.edu/career or visit The Career Center in M. Robert Lowe Hall, located directly behind Monroe Lecture Hall on the southeast corner of the campus. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. For summer jobs on campus please note there are a large number of part- and full-time jobs available throughout the campus. For more information about on-campus jobs, please refer to the Office of Student Employment below.
Office of Student Employment
Students who are interested in working on campus while attending summer classes can take advantage of the large number of part- and full-time jobs that are available throughout the University. Jobs are posted on the Hofstra Web site under ‘Job Opportunities.’ The Office of Student Employment, located in the Human Resources Center, across from the Student Center near the main entrance to North Campus, is available to assist you on a walk-in basis during regular business hours. For further information call (516) 463-6782.
In the summer, as well as during the rest of the year, the hub of student activities is the Student Center. Located on the North Campus, the Student Center is the main communication center for all students. To find out what’s happening on campus, stop by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, located in Room 260.
Students are welcome to stop by the Dean of Students Office located on the second floor with any questions or concerns. The Student Center is a great place to meet people and become involved in campus life. Below are a few of the services available within the Student Center:
Bookstore: Located in the Student Center Atrium, the Bookstore carries a complete line of academic supplies and books, as well as clothing, toiletries, greeting cards, magazines and candy. The Bookstore is open daily during all summer sessions, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are extended hours for the first week of each summer session.
Hair Salon: Hofstra’s Hair Express, located on the second floor of the Student Center, is a reasonably priced, unisex salon. Periodic ‘Cut-a-thons’ are a best bet, as a student can receive the same high quality haircut at a reduced price. Manicures are also available at Hair Express. The phone number is (516) 463-7647.
Post Office: Located on the lower level of the Student Center is the Hofstra University Post Office where students can purchase stamps or send packages. The summer hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Also located within the Student Center are the Office for Student Leadership and Activities, student organization offices, the Chaplains, Residential Programs, Office of Orientation and New Student Programs, the Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs, Commuting Student Affairs Office and Event Management.
Hofstra’s Recreation Center is open throughout the year, Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to midnight, Fridays 6 a.m to 10 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Summer programming includes intramural softball for faculty, staff and students, scheduled volleyball tournaments and spontaneous 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. The Center offers weight training facilities, an aerobics room, state-of-the-art exercise machines and an indoor track. Students must present a valid HofstraCard to use the facility. For recreation information, call (516) 463-6958 or visit our the student affairs link on the Hofstra Web site.
The Hofstra Swim Center offers a 50-meter, Olympic-sized pool (located on the south end of the Physical Fitness Center) and is open for recreational swimming throughout the year. The pool will close for renovations on Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, June 8 at 6 a.m.
Upon reopening, the Swim Center hours are: Monday through Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Noon to 5:40 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 5:40 p.m.
From Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 14, the pool is available weekdays from 6:15 to 9 a.m., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and 4 to 8 p.m. Weekend hours remain the same throughout the summer. Regular weekday hours (6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.) will resume on Monday, August 17.
Students must present a valid HofstraCard in order to use the pool. For further information, call (516) 463-5081.
David S. Mack Public Safety and Information Center
The David S. Mack Public Safety and Information Center is located at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and California Avenue. It is the headquarters for the Department of Public Safety which works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure the well being of the Hofstra community. Several of the services provided by Public Safety are listed below. For assistance or information, call (516) 463-6606.
Campus Bus Service: The mission of the Department of Public Safety’s transportation program is to provide a safe, efficient and reliable transportation system for the Hofstra University Community. This is accomplished by providing the following services:
Campus Train Bus Shuttle - operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The shuttle makes daily scheduled trips to and from the Long Island Rail Road stations located in Mineola and Hempstead.
Campus Shuttle Bus - loops around the campus and operates 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, providing shuttle service to key points on the campus. On Saturday and Sunday there is a shuttle providing transport to local shopping and entertainment centers. These include Stop and Shop supermarket, Roosevelt Field mall, Target, Roosevelt Raceway movie theater and The Source mall. Campus shuttle bus schedules can be viewed and downloaded from this link. Campus shuttle schedules are subject to change when there are changes in the train schedule or for any unforeseeable circumstances.
Lost and Found: Located in the Hofstra Information Center and open 24 hours a day. Items can be claimed by producing proper identification.
Student Escort: From dusk to dawn, upon request, a Public Safety employee will escort you to your car.
Hofstra University has eight on-campus dining facilities open during the summer. They are:
Bits & Bytes Café Bistro: Located on the south campus offers a wide range of food concepts.
The Hofstra Deli: Located just north of the School of Law has a full service sandwich counter, a grill offering quarter-pound burgers, grilled chicken, turkey and veggie burgers.
Café on the Quad: Featuring Starbucks coffee is located on the south campus.
Cyber Café: Located in Hagedorn Hall, on the south campus, offers specialty sandwiches and salads, fresh-brewed coffee and an assortment of freshly baked muffins and pastry.
Student Center Café: Is centrally located and offers rotisserie chicken, omelets, crepes, vegan, vegetarian and organic food, authentic Chinese food, wraps and sandwiches made to order and Charcoals Grill with southwestern steak sandwich and the Blue Bog Burger.
Maui Tacos & Pizza Exchange: This recently renovated kiosk, located in the atrium of the Student Center, offers the bold tastes of Mexico with the flavors of Hawaii. Pizza Exchange has personal-size pizza topped-to-order and pizza salad bowls.
Pura Vida: This recently renovated coffee shoppe, located in the atrium of the Student Center, sells only Fair Trade Coffee, donating its resources to build schools and fund scholarships for needy children.
Kobricks Coffee Kiosk: Located on the first floor of the Axinn Library.
Health and Wellness Center
Located on the North Campus on the first floor of Republic Hall. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The Health and Wellness Center is staffed by physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners. Appointments can be made by calling (516) 463-6745. A current HofstraCard must be presented at the time of medical care. All medical care is confidential.
Visits to the Health and Wellness Center and many medications provided by the staff are covered by the student fees. Prescriptions, consultation fees, laboratory fees and X-ray charges are the responsibility of the patient.
New York State law requires all college and university students born on or after January 1, 1957, who register for six or more credits, to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. This includes the measles vaccine (two doses) and one dose each of the rubella and mumps vaccines. Vaccines must have been received on or after a student’s first birthday. In addition, all students are required by New York state law to complete the Meningococcal Meningitis Information Response .
Proof of immunity must be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center either prior to or at the time of registration. Registration is considered finalized only when all documentation is submitted and approved. A form is provided at the link above for this purpose. Students may send the form directly to: Health and Wellness Center, 275 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-2750. Copies of official health records from a former school or physician-documented history of measles or mumps are also acceptable. Serologic evidence of immunity must be accompanied by a copy of the laboratory report.
Students whose religious beliefs prohibit immunization or who qualify for a medical exemption must provide documentation from an appropriate authority. Questions concerning the immunization requirements should be directed to the Health and Wellness Center at (516) 463-6745. Medical records may be faxed to (516) 463-5161 and the original mailed to the Health and Wellness Center at the address above.
All students are required to have a HofstraCard. This card is necessary in order to withdraw books from the libraries, gain access to the Recreation Center, Swim Center, residence halls, Computer Center and other facilities of the University. The card also serves as a meal card for those individuals who are meal plan holders. Meal points can be used only in the dining facilities on campus. You may also add Dutch Debits to your card which can be used at the bookstore, copiers, drink and snack vending machines, laundry rooms and special events except in the dining facilities. New cards are issued at the Office of HofstraCard Services, Student Center Room 104 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, at which time a picture is taken. A valid picture ID (drivers license or U.S. passport) required for proof of date of birth. Cards become inactive upon completion of affiliation with the University. There is a replacement fee of $10 for lost, stolen, or damaged cards if the damage is not a result of normal wear and tear. For further information, call (516) 463-6942 or visit us online.
Whether a member of the Hofstra community or a visiting guest, you must obtain a parking permit. If you are visiting the Hofstra Admissions Center, you may obtain a temporary permit from the Center. In all other instances, permits are issued by the Department of Public Safety at the David S. Mack Public Safety and Information Center located at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and California Avenue; open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must have your Hofstra ID Card and the car must be parked in the Public Safety lot in order to obtain your permit. There is no fee for this service.