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Educational Services and Facilities
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.
Center for University Advisement
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.
The Center for University Advisement provides a variety of services designed to support students’ academic progress. These include major and career exploration, study skills assistance, and academic support for student athletes, first-year students, and students in academic jeopardy. In addition, pre-professional advisement is available through this office for students contemplating graduate studies in either law or health-related professions, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, podiatry or veterinary medicine. Such students should register immediately with the Center for University Advisement and meet with the pre-law adviser or the pre-health adviser to discuss choice of major and requirements necessary for entering the various schools. For more information please see the pre-law or pre-medical/pre-health professional studies sections in this Bulletin.
The Center for University Advisement is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and when classes are in session, has extended evening hours Monday and Thursday until 7 p.m. The Center has two main locations on campus: 101 Memorial Hall and 107 Mack Student Center, and can be reached by calling 516-463-6770 or 516-463-7222.
Academic Success Program
Hofstra’s Academic Success Program (ASP) is a new venture under the Center for University Advisement. It is founded on the successful practices and principles of the University Tutorial Program (UTP), which provides free tutoring for Hofstra undergraduates and is accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). While the Academic Success Program was founded in UTP, it now reaches far beyond tutoring.
The objective of the Academic Success Program is to provide convenient and innovative support for our current generation of learners. The program’s creation is a direct response to what students express as their most important academic concerns. Our comprehensive website, which makes vital academic strategies and tools accessible to students 24/7, and our in-person workshops running throughout the semester, all provide solutions that target these specific challenges. The topics include:
- Time management
- Learning styles
- Study skills and test-taking tools
- Goal-setting and motivation
- Stress management
- Communication and etiquette with professors
- Public speaking
Basing the program on what students want and need from their education, the ASP helps students “learn to learn” – a skill that will propel them into success, and last a lifetime. Whether a student is doing well in school or is struggling, he/she can attend the ASP workshops and use the ASP website to increase their strengths and confidence. All of this is further bolstered by our time-honored Tutorial Program, which is now under the umbrella of the Academic Success Program and has been providing individual and group-based tutoring sessions since 1981.
University Tutorial Program
The University Tutorial Program (UTP) is a unit of the Academic Success Program, under the auspices of Center for University Advisement (CUA) designed to provide academic support to Hofstra undergraduate students. Individual and group tutoring are available, with professional academic advisors on hand to provide additional guidance when necessary.
How can I get started?
You can make an appointment with a tutor through TutorTrac by logging in to the Hofstra portal. Instructions for making an appointment can be found on our website.
When can I receive tutoring?
Students can begin scheduling tutoring appointments in the second week of each academic semester, and continue until the last week of classes.
What subjects offer tutoring?
The UTP works to assist all undergraduate students in all subjects to the best of its abilities. While most classes have one-on-one tutoring available, some classes are offered in a group tutoring format. If a student can’t find the tutor or subject they’re looking for, they should come to UTP to let us know! We will work to find a tutor for that specific course.
How many classes can I be tutored in during a semester?
Students are provided individual tutoring in up to three classes per week, and are entitled to 1.5 hours of tutoring per course, per week. Individual tutors are not offered for courses in quantitative methods (QM), chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, and some biology, but students may attend group tutoring in these subjects for as many hours as needed. The group tutoring schedules are updated every semester and can be found online or via Tutor Trac.
Other programs that work with the UTP include:
- NOAH (New Opportunities at Hofstra) Program (The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program)
- Academic program for student-athletes
- Services for Students with Disabilities
Certification: The UTP is internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). This provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ successful work. In addition, CRLA’s tutor certification process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors.
Students requiring assistance and/or additional information may visit the University Tutorial Program in 012 Memorial Hall or call 516-463-4953.
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
The Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic provides clinical services to individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing any type of relationship problem. The Marriage and Family Therapy approach to treatment is one of empowerment that encourages persons to develop effective ways of achieving fulfilling and satisfying relationships. Typical issues addressed at the Clinic include: parent/child relationships, anxiety or depression stemming from relationship problems, couple issues, sexual performance, chronic illness, and bereavement. Psychoeducational and support groups are available for adults and children experiencing difficulties with transitional life events. The Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic is staffed by graduate students who are directly supervised by New York State Licensed Practitioners. The Clinic provides low-cost fees to enable all members of the Long Island community to afford its services. The Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic is located in the Saltzman Community Services Center.
Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling Clinic
The Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling Clinic offers diagnostic, counseling and therapy services to children, adolescents, adults and families exhibiting a wide variety of problems related to learning, job performance, personal adjustment, stress and family harmony. The Clinic is staffed by supervising psychologists and graduate students in the clinical and school psychology and school/community psychology doctoral programs. Low-cost fees enable the Clinic to provide important psychological services to the Long Island community. The Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in the Saltzman Community Services Center.
Reading/Writing Learning Clinic
The Literacy Program in the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic at the Saltzman Community Services Center provides school-age children and adults with the opportunity to participate in authentic reading and writing experiences. Literacy specialists work closely with learners to build on their strengths and support their literacy needs. All of our classes are taught by New York state-certified educators. Each session is carefully crafted to develop a flexible set of reading and writing strategies to use while reading or composing texts and to ensure that reading and writing remain enjoyable and meaningful. The Reading/Writing Learning Clinic is affiliated with the Literacy Studies program of the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership .
Special Education and Rehabilitation Center
An administrative unit within the areas of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, the Center is concerned with research and special projects in rehabilitation counseling and in the education of children and adults with disabilities. Center activities include short term training institutes, consultations with schools and agencies in the community, research and demonstration projects.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic, therapeutic, counseling and referral services to children, adolescents and adults exhibiting a wide range of speech, language communicative disorders. Comprehensive audiological evaluation, hearing-aid evaluation and aural rehabilitation programs are offered. The services of the Clinic are available to Hofstra students, faculty, staff and to the community at large. Referrals by self, faculty or other professionals are accepted. The Clinic is staffed by certified professionals who provide direct supervision to graduate students fulfilling practical requirements. The Clinic, located in the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; some evenings until 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings. The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provides clinical education for the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences whose program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Located in McEwen Hall, the University Computer Center provides computing services to all sectors of the Hofstra community. The Center’s staff is committed to providing professional information technology support for all members of the Hofstra community. The Computer Center houses all of the University’s central computing resources, which support more than 5,500 computers in labs, faculty offices, residence halls, and administrative offices. Research computing is supported by a 96 CPU, 200 Gigaflop, Linux Beowulf cluster, and a grid computing is also available as a resource to our students and faculty.
Student Computing Services provides software and hardware support for commuting and residential students. Additionally, Student Computing Services manages two conveniently located, open-access campus computer labs. These labs are staffed by trained assistants and are available to all students with a valid HofstraCard. Students use these labs for general use, completing class assignments and to increase their personal computer skills. These labs provide students on campus with access to over 165 PC workstations. Hammer Lab is located on the first floor of the East Wing of the Axinn Library, and is open every day (excluding holidays), 24 hours a day. Calkins Lab, is located in Calkins Hall, is also open extended hours.
In addition to the open-access labs, there are approximately 48 specialized computer labs with over 1,100 computers, which are managed by different academic departments across campus. Examples of these labs are: Fine Arts Lab (containing Macintosh G5s) in Calkins Hall with an extensive collection of multimedia and graphics software; the Language Lab with over 65 workstation and specialized software for a multitude of languages; the Dionne Lab located in McEwen Hall, is a specialty lab featuring the most current PC multimedia software and hardware. C.V. Starr Hall contains 15 technology-enriched classrooms with more than 350 computers for instruction. Hagedorn Hall features wireless access throughout, SmartBoard interactive whiteboards in every classroom, portable laptop labs and a state-of-the-art video conferencing facility as well as a PC computer lab. Many classrooms on campus have information technology resources available for instruction.
Wireless access is extensively deployed around the campus. Wireless hotspots can be found, in most common areas, athletic fields, the arena and stadium and in all of the residence halls.
Faculty Computing Support provides specialized services to faculty to assist in the application of information technologies in the learning process. The staff of Faculty Computing Services (FCS) continually searches for tools and techniques that instructors can use in their courses. Even the basics, such as Blackboard, Sympodiums and word processing software, can be used in many different ways to students understand new ideas and learn new skills, and to accommodate different learning styles.
Faculty Computing Support (FCS) maintains a large collection of software for student and faculty use. Major programming languages (C, C++, Java, Visual Studio) are supported, as well as popular application software such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, web development software along with specialized tools such as Blackboard, podcasting and Smartboard technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience. FCS also offers software and support for multimedia programs, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere, and Macromedia Director, Flash, Fireworks and Dreamweaver, which are available in select labs.
The Help Desk is available for telephone information technology support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The Help Desk can be reached by calling 516-463-7777 (x3-7777 on campus). The Help Desk is located in 108 McEwen Hall, Walk-in hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Students can also find support in Calkins and Hammer Lab and in room 110 of the Student Center. Walking hours vary by location.
In addition to serving as a call center for tech support, the Help Desk and Student Computing Services provide scheduled training seminars and one-on-one training sessions. For more information about training seminars for students, please contact Student Computing Services at x3-7777 or by visiting hofstra.edu/scs. Faculty can contact Faculty Computing Support at x3-6894 or via e-mail at FCSTraining@hofstra.edu, or the Help Desk at Training@hofstra.edu.
Drama and Dance Space
The Drama and Dance Department has five acting/rehearsal/movement/dance classroom spaces. The spaces vary in size but are all equipped with dance flooring, full-length rehearsal mirrors and dance bars. Performances take place in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse (an 1,105 seat proscenium theater with orchestra and balcony), the Black Box Theater (the space is a 50 foot, clear square with 20 feet of vertical clearance, with seating for 140 to 200 patrons, a technical mezzanine level surrounding the entire space, and a state-of-the-art lighting system), or the off-Broadway-sized Spiegel Theater (which seats 108). The department also maintains special areas for scene and costume construction.
Language Learning Center (LLC)
The Language Learning Center (LLC) is located in 207 Calkins (44 PCs), 205 Calkins (12 PCs), and 215 Calkins (a wireless room equipped with a Smartboard and seating for 12 students. Both 205 and 215 Calkins are reserved for advanced language courses. The LLC offers a variety of opportunities and resources to students learning world languages, including English as Second Language (ESL). The Center provides students and faculty (within password protected environment) seamless intranet and Internet access to audio and video language resources in Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. The LLC is available for students around the clock both on and off campus. Many students find it more convenient to come to the center because it is a quiet environment with state-of-the-art facilities where they can get their work done.
Hofstra University Libraries’ collections are housed in five 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 Hofstra Law Library is located in the Seryl and Charles Kushner Hall of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. The Health Sciences Library is located in the Hofstra North Shore – LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University. 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: The main 11-story library building located at the south end of the Unispan across Hempstead Turnpike, houses the circulating book collection (floors 3-8), the Harold E. Yuker Reference Library on the main floor, the Periodicals Reading Room on the ground level, and Special Collections and Archives, also on the ground level. There are small group study rooms on floors 4-8 which can be reserved at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. Carrels for private study are available in the Reference Reading room on the main floor, group study areas are available on the main floor and ground level. Two student lounges and areas for group study are available on the second floor and on the ground level, and the ground level lounge includes an open-access reading collection and an art gallery for student work. The main floor contains a café, and there is a computer lab and a 24-hour study area across the east lobby on the main floor. The library contains approximately 1 million volumes. Access to online information databases is available throughout the library via a wireless network and wired workstations, and more than 150 databases and 53,000 journals are available online. The Axinn Library houses these additional collections:
- The Harold E. Yuker Reference Library: Located within the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library is a comprehensive reference collection of more than 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 electronic 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 provides access to a wide variety of electronic government information.
- Special Collections: Located on the lower level of Axinn Library is three separate divisions with their own print and manuscript collections. All these materials are available to faculty, students and the general public for use within the library and have separate finding aids and shelf lists:
- 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.
- 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 Dada and Surrealist Collection as well as the Avant-Garde Art, Poetry and Literature Collection, examples of rare books from different centuries and a variety or private presses.
- University Archives: Maintains the historical non-circulating records of Hofstra University, including materials documenting various events on campus, official publications, newsletters and bulletins, audio and video tapes, photographs, and papers of selected members of the Hofstra community.
The Hofstra Law Library: The Hofstra Law Library contains more than 592,000 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 150 databases, 53,000 full-text journals, and 70,000 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.
The Health Sciences Library: Located on the second floor of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, this library provides access to more than 35,000 current online journals, more than 1,100 online books, 33 databases specific to the health sciences, and a curriculum focused print book collection. The library is open 24/7 for use by medical school students, faculty, and staff. The space includes study carrels, individual study rooms, computer workstations and areas for collaborative learning.
The Curriculum Materials Center, located on the lower level of Hagedorn Hall, is geared toward the needs of students and faculty in Hofstra’s School of Education. 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 video content supporting classroom instruction and student projects. The collection of approximately 10,000 non-print items (mainly VHS’ and DVDs) can be searched through LEXICAT. An additional 10,000 titles are available online in steaming format; these are also included in 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.
Music Rehearsal and Practice Space
Students in the Department of Music enjoy practicing in our state-of-the-art rehearsal space. This facility is acoustically exceptional, and doubles as an intimate performance venue for both small ensemble and solo recitals. Practice rooms are numerous, well equipped and comfortable. Several practice rooms offer two pianos to rehearse piano duets and others are large enough to accommodate small groups. Monitored practice rooms are available to students 24/7. The department maintains an extensive recording studio, keyboard laboratory, and two fully equipped percussion rooms. The Music Library houses an extensive on-line Naxos Music Library. Performances are scheduled in either the recently renovated Helene Fortunoff Stage in the Monroe Lecture Center or Adams Playhouse. Both sites are well maintained and provide the perfect atmosphere for our small ensemble, large ensemble, and opera productions.
Office of Educational Support Services (SOE)
This office advises teacher education, pupil services personnel and education administrators about program and certification requirements. Studies offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, advanced certificate, and doctoral levels are available in the following school-based areas: early childhood (birth-grade 2); elementary education (grades 1-6); secondary education (grades 7-12); special subjects: fine arts, music, health, and physical education (all grades); students with disabilities, TESOL, bilingual, literacy, and speech and language disabilities. Non-classroom areas include pupil personnel services and school building, district and school district business leadership.
Upon the successful completion of a Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. There will be opportunities to attend a certification workshop during the student’s final semester, to receive all the necessary information regarding applying for certification. Students who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.
All prospective early childhood (birth-grade 2), elementary (grades 1-6), secondary (grades 7-12) and special subjects teachers are required to pass the New York State Teacher’s Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). We anticipate that Teacher and School Building Leader candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014, will be required to take certain new exams. Candidates who graduate and apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014, but do not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will also be required to pass the new exams. Candidates will not be permitted to mix and match examinations from the old and new tests. Please contact the Office of Educational Support Services at 516-463-5747 or visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsl2012.html.
Students should consult with the Office of Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study.
Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, the Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE), requires that applicants for teaching and administrative certification and prospective employees of covered schools (school districts, charter schools and BOCES) undergo a fingerprint-supported criminal history background check. However, many school districts and institutions across the metropolitan New York area are requiring that all student teachers, observers, interns or externs receive fingerprint clearance before they are permitted to enter a school setting. Obtaining fingerprinting clearance will facilitate our ability to place you in educational settings that are required for a degree program. Therefore, we request that you apply for fingerprint clearance upon acceptance to a program. Fingerprinting can be completed through Hofstra University’s School of Education using LIVESCAN technology, scheduled by the Office of Educational Support Services each semester. You may call us at 516-463-5747 or visit 129 Hagedorn Hall. You may also register on the website. Fingerprint clearance is also required for New York state teacher certification.
In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioners Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:
- Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
- Fire and Arson Prevention
- School Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse
- Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction
New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification in special education, speech and language disabilities or school administrators working with students with disabilities, to have training in the area of children with autism. Hofstra University offers the above listed educational law seminars through the Office of Educational Support Services. All of these seminars must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Facilities
Located west of the Roosevelt Quad is The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication , which is composed of the Departments of Radio, Television, Film ; Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations ; and Rhetoric . It also houses a highly sophisticated television production/post-production facility with two large studios and over 30 non-linear digital editing workstations (Avid and Final Cut). In addition to the studio facilities, the students utilize the latest professional-quality field production equipment for film and video. In the “NewsHub” there are specialized news services available for research such as the Associated Press, Avid iNews, and CNN NewsSource. The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication also supplies the entire campus with almost 100 channels of DirecTV as well as student-produced programming on Hofstra’s own cable system. Also located here is the University’s radio station (WRHU-FM/88.7), audio production studios, Protools editing, a film/video screening room, film editing rooms, a computer laboratory, and classrooms.
- The Department of Biology has eight teaching laboratories. All teaching labs are equipped with computer technology, internet access, and various projection facilities to provide students with the latest technologies for studying biological processes. Teaching labs include various equipment for the study of animal behavior and inter species interactions; cell and tissue structure and function; characterization of sub-cellular and molecular components through genetic and protein analysis, Supporting teaching and research activities are infrastructure facilities which include a greenhouse, animal facility, autoclave room, electron microscopy suite, and computer facility.
- The Department of Chemistry houses sophisticated laboratory instrumentation such as:
- JEOL ECS 400 MHz FT-NMR spectrometer
- Agilent LC-MSD
- Agilent and Waters HPLCs
- Hewlett-Packard GC-MS
- gas chromatographs equipped with flame-ionization and thermal-conductivity detectors
- FT-IR spectrophotometers
- Varian fluorescence spectrophotometer
- Varian atomic absorption spectrophotometer
- UV-Vis spectrophotometers
- Bio-Rad capillary electrophoresis
- Perkin-Elmer differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)
- Melles Griot Argon laser
- Wyatt Laser Light Scattering Photometer
- Waters Size Exclusion Chromatograph
- Brookfield Rotational Viscometer
- a thermal gravimetric analyzer
A small computer laboratory is maintained within Berliner Hall by the Chemistry and Physics departments. Students have access to all the American Chemical Society journals as well as other selected chemical literature on-line, in addition to the large collection of chemical books and journals available in the University’s main library.
- The Geology, Environment and Sustainability Department facilities include a micropaleontology laboratory with dual-head stereoscope for foram separation and teaching species identification; an x-ray mineralogy laboratory equipped with computer-controlled panalytical x-ray fluorescence spectrometer for chemical anaylsis of rocks and minerals, and computer-controlled twin goniometer x-ray diffractor for mineral identification and for mineral unit cell refinement; a thin-section preparation laboratory with ingram rock-trimming and grinding equipment needed for petrographic thin-section preparation, and lapidary equipment for preparation of polished thin sections; a geochemistry laboratory equipped with a dry and wet chemical testing facility and a dedicated computer system, mineral powders, standard storage and equipment; a petrotography laboratory with stereoscopic and petrographic microscopes with digital camera and dedicated computer; a cartography laboratory with computer-driven flat bed and film scanners, drawing tablet and xerography equipment; a rock-cutting laboratory equipped with rock saws, rock-crushing, and particle-sifting and sorting apparatus; and a sedimentology/paleotempestology laboratory equipped with fume hood and positive pressure clean bench for sample preparation.
- The Department of Physics and Astronomy has dedicated laboratory classrooms, a shared computer lab and a well equipped Laser Research Laboratory which supports research in laser spectroscopy. The Advanced Physics Laboratory houses benches and high-end PCs for advanced student projects. The Hofstra Observatory is a teaching observatory located on the roof of Herman A. Berliner Hall. The Hofstra Observatory includes various sized Celestron telescopes, a Coronada solar telescope and computerized CCD cameras.
- Facilities for the Engineering include eight laboratories, two for all engineering majors and six designed to support the specific needs of the individual majors as listed:
- Biomedical Engineering: Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab – This lab contains the following equipment:
- HR-1 Discovery Rheometer – Demo Model, HR-2 Discovery Rheometer
- DHR & AR-Series Smart Swap Peltier Plate
- 260 Connex 3D Printer Bundle
- BF 200 with 200 well interface
- Primo Vert with integrated monitor
- Axio Observer Z1 Stand Mot.
- Scanning Stage 130x85 mot. P; CAN
- X-Cite 120Q Iris FL Light Source
- Incubator XL S1 with CO2 Kit for Axio Observer
- ApoTome.2 slider for Axio Observer
- Axio Observer.A1 12V/100W Package
- Attune Acoustic Focusing Cytometer
- Stepone Plus 96 Well RT PCR System, Laptop
- BD FACSVerse 2L 6c System with Acc Kit
- MFP-3D-BIO Atomic Force Microscope
- Nanodrop 2000 with Laptop
- CorSolutions PeriPump
- Civil Engineering: Civil/Environmental Engineering Lab – This laboratory is used for instruction and experiments in the environmental engineering component of the civil engineering program. In the lab, the measurement of engineering properties of soils and for examining the selected environmental treatments for water and wastewater.
- Sieve Shaker
- Proctor compaction apparatus
- Hach Spectrophotometer
- Armfield Aerobic digester
- Electrical Engineering: Electrical and Signal Processing Laboratory – This laboratory is used for the teaching of introductory and advanced level electrical engineering concepts, including the design of electronic and digital circuits. All engineering students utilize this lab in their introduction to electrical engineering through hands-on instruction in oscilloscope use, transient and steady-state analysis, and the design of operational amplifiers.
- Digitized Oscillisopes with Spectrum Analyzers
- Digitized Function Generators
- Digitized Power Supplies
- Digital Circuit Design and Microcontroller Boards
- Computers for Data Acquisition and Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Engineering: General Engineering – This laboratory is used for teaching of the lab sections of ENGG 015: Designing the Human Made World . Students in the course meet in teams weekly in the lab and perform hands-on design experiences. These design experiences culminate at the end of each semester in the grand design challenge, a team-based design competition.
- Engineering: Engineering Computer Lab – This laboratory is used for the instruction of specific engineering-based software packages. When the laboratory is not being utilized for instruction, it serves as a general computer laboratory for all engineering students.
- 40 work stations
- Software includes: AutoCAD
- Other engineering design software
- Mechanical Engineering: Fluids Engineering Lab – In this laboratory, mechanical engineering students perform experiments in fluid mechanics. The subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels as well as the water channel and water table are used for hands-on instruction in laboratory experiments.
- Low turbulence subsonic wind tunnel and Mach 3.2 supersonic wind tunnel (with data acquisition)
- Water channel for open channel hydraulics
- Water table for flow visualization and shock simulation
- Mechanical Engineering: Materials Lab – This laboratory is utilized by all students in the civil and mechanical engineering programs in a laboratory course on the experimental determination of the properties of engineering materials. The laboratory equipment is used to apply axial, flexural, and torsional stresses to test samples as well as non-destructive testing of materials.
- Tinius Olsen testing machines (one large frame, one small frame)
- Heat treatment furnace
- Com-ten bench-top materials test stand
- Rockwell hardness tester
- Metallurgical sample preparation equipment
- Metallurgical microscope
- Mechanical Engineering: Thermal Engineering Lab – This laboratory is used for instruction of mechanical engineering students in the design of systems that produce power or refrigeration. Laboratory experiments are designed for applying the theories of thermodynamics and thermal engineering with thermal and energy equipment.
- Heat exchangers
- Air conditioner design testing unit
- Heat pump
- HVAC design tools
The Writing Center is administered by the Department of Writing Studies and Composition . The main Center, located in 102 Mason Hall and our satellite in Axinn Library offer free support to all members of the Hofstra community who wish to develop their writing skills. The Writing Center faculty, graduate fellow, and peer tutors come from many academic disciplines and provide assistance with all parts of the writing process, including discovering ideas, developing paragraphs, organizing discussions, improving grammar and usage, editing papers and revising drafts. Rather than proofreading papers, the Writing Center staff help students learn to identify errors and revise and edit their own work with the goal of producing not only better writing but also better writers. For further information, you may call the Writing Center at 516-463-4908; to schedule an appointment with a tutor, visit www.hofstra.edu/writingcenter/ and register and log in with your Hofstra username and password .
Student Services and Facilities
The Office for Development and Alumni Affairs serves as the main link between Hofstra University and its 118,000+ alumni who are spread throughout all 50 states and in more than 100 other nations. It is located in Libby and Joseph G. Shapiro Alumni House, next to James M. Shuart Stadium. The staff works closely with the Hofstra University Alumni Organization, which represents all alumni and is the official body through which former students can remain involved with their alma mater.
A variety of events, programs and services enable alumni to direct their energies toward specific areas of interest. Reunions, homecoming, networking receptions, and regional gatherings provide opportunities to meet fellow alumni and friends of the University. While many alumni in the New York/metro region take advantage of their proximity to campus, those who live further away may participate in regional chapters established in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Florida West Coast (Tampa/Clearwater), South Florida, Boston, Nassau County (NY), Suffolk County (NY), and New York City. From time to time alumni gatherings are held in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Westchester County (NY), and other areas.
Alumni may use select campus facilities once they have obtained an Alumni Card with a gift of $50 or more ($25 or more for Graduates Of the Last Decade-GOLD). Some of the benefits of an Alumni Card include a modest discount to the campus bookstore, the opportunity to register for AlumNet-the electronic alumni newsletter, an annual calendar of University-sponsored events as well as limited access to Axinn Library and other campus facilities. For more information on the Alumni Card, contact the Alumni Affairs Office.
Hofstra University alumni stay connected with one another by volunteering to serve as committee members for their reunions, by visiting the Hofstra website where they link to University events and news as well as the alumni section. Alumni can update their contact information online, as well as make a gift to the University, request a transcript and review job listings. Be sure to view the Alumni of the Month section of the website to see a detailed Q&A with a fantastic alumnus each month.
The Alumni Organization has unique opportunities to remain involved with former classmates, current students, and new friends. Be sure to visit hofstra.edu/alumni, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs at 516-463-6636.
Hofstra athletic teams play and practice in state of the art facilities. The 12-year old 90,000 square foot David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex serves as home to the Pride men’s and women’s basketball programs and the wrestling program.
The 13,000-seat James M. Shuart Stadium, formerly Hofstra Stadium, and the Margiotta Hall training facility are home to the Pride men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. The 1,000-seat Physical Education Center is home to the Hofstra women’s volleyball program. Even though the Physical Education Center is a multipurpose arena, the recently renovated volleyball venue gives the Pride one of the best, dedicated volleyball facilities in the east.
The Pride men’s and women’s soccer programs play in the 1,600-seat Hofstra Soccer Stadium, adjacent to the Physical Education Center and the Swim Center. The Hofstra Soccer Stadium features a FieldTurf playing field, the preferred artificial playing surface of professional and collegiate teams worldwide, and a state-of-the-art lighting system for night-time television broadcasts. In 2007 the Hofstra field hockey team began play in their new complex on the North campus across from the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium includes bleacher seating, a scoreboard, a press box and a turf field.
University Field, which serves as the home field for the Pride baseball team, has recently received a new scoreboard in right-center field, a 400-seat grandstand and press box behind home plate and a reconfiguration of the outfield fences that increased the dimensions of the ballpark. The field is slated to have its artificial turf replaced in 2013.
The 12-year old Hofstra Softball Stadium, adjacent to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, is one of the top facilities in the northeast. The Stadium has 1,000 seats, batting and pitching cages, a press box and a new lighting system for night games.
The nine-court Hofstra Outdoor Tennis Center, adjacent to the Hofstra Swim Center and the Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University, also serves as home to Pride teams. Hofstra Athletics also has approximately 6,000 square feet of weight training and conditioning space in two facilities for the exclusive use of its student-athletes.
Located in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, the Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, provides a wide variety of merchandise and services. Look for textbooks (rental, used, new and digital), general reading books, Hofstra apparel and gifts, sundries, supplies, magazines, candy and greeting cards. Visit us online at hofstra.bncollege.com, like us on Facebook (search for “Hofstra University Bookstore”) or call us at 516-463-6654. We also stock a full line of text books and reference materials for the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. A full-service post office is also available, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular semester hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Check our website for special hours and updates.
The Career Center
The Career Center, located in M. Robert Lowe Hall on the southeast campus, provides career planning and job and internship search services to all students, aimed at helping them select their career objectives, effectively communicate their goals, and plan for their job search or graduate school search. Services include individual career advisement, employment interview programs, job and internship postings, online resources, credential files, job fairs, and workshops and webshops on resume preparation, interview skills and other aspects of planning for life after Hofstra.
Career Counseling Appointments: Career counseling appointments can be made by visiting or calling The Career Center at 516-463-6060. Hours are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Daily drop-in/quick question hours are also available during the semester.
Career Counseling Services: Self-assessments are one of the first steps in career planning and are meant to assess your interests, skills, accomplishments, and work values. The Career Center at Hofstra University administers several assessments by appointment in our office. The Career Center encourages all students to contact The Career Center to make an appointment for an appropriate assessment, whether you are deciding on a major, deciding what to do after college, or undergoing a career change. Call us at 516-463-6060.
Job and Internship Services: Thousands of job and internship notices from regional, national, and international employers are made available via the online Pride Career Management System, accessed through Hofstra Online. These specific announcements of current opportunities are supplemented by extensive online career resources listed on The Career Center home page and Hofstra Online.
On-Campus Recruitment: Each year The Career Center hosts hundreds of employer visits for the purpose of interviewing students for internships or full time jobs, through various on-campus interview programs, education recruitment, networking events or career fairs.
Special Events and Webshops: The Career Center offers a variety of special events throughout the year, covering a wide range of industries and topics, including various job fairs and career nights, major and career exploration, resume writing, job search skills, interview preparation, and professional etiquette. A calendar of events can be found on the Hofstra homepage. Additionally, via The Career Center homepage, students can register for The Career Center class on Blackboard, located on Hofstra Online, allowing them to watch a large variety of career preparation webshops online.
Credentials File Services: Any student or alumnus may open an online credentials file to request, store, and mail letters of recommendation. This service is best utilized by undergraduates and alumni seeking admission to graduate and/or professional schools, candidates seeking teaching positions, and doctoral degree candidates/recipients seeking professional positions. This service is available via The Pride Career Management System.
The Office of Community Standards is responsible for the development and oversight of the Code of Community Standards. The Code exists to define standards of behavior and to uphold the rights and privileges of all members of the Hofstra community. The office also works with students who have violated University policy to assist them with decision-making skills and personal choices.
It is every student’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with Hofstra’s Student Conduct Codes and all other University and departmental policies. Furthermore, it is expected that all students abide by these policies and guidelines and encourage all other community members to do the same. A complete version of the Hofstra University Code of Community Standards is available in The Guide to Pride. We encourage students to stop by 240 Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center or email us with any questions or concerns they may have about their rights and responsibilities as members of the Hofstra community.
Dean of Students Office
Located in 240 Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, the Dean of Students Office is responsible for the administration of the following offices Residential Programs, Community Standards, Student Leadership and Activities, Recreation and Intramural Sports, Multicultural & International Student Programs, Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services and the Interfaith Center. The Dean of Students Office also serves as a liaison for students to other areas of the University. Any questions, problems or suggestions regarding any facet of student life may be discussed with the dean or one of the associate deans. The Dean of Students Office is ready to assist you with any problems and/or direct you to someone who can help. Contact the Dean of Students Office at 516-463-6913 or by email.
Available to the Hofstra community are the dining facilities listed here.
Health and Wellness Center
At the Hofstra Health and Wellness Center, located on the North Campus in Republic Hall, confidential medical care is available to all Hofstra students with a valid Hofstra Card. During the academic year, the Health and Wellness Center is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., with shortened hours during January session and summer sessions. Health care providers are available for appointments during these times. Women’s health services, an allergy clinic, and immunization services are also available.
An appointment may be obtained for any of these services by calling 516-463-6745. Medical information is not part of the student’s academic record. All Hofstra students are required to have a student medical form on file at the Health and Wellness Center. New York state law requires that each student provide, to the University, documentation of having two measles, one mumps and one rubella vaccine as well as documentation concerning knowledge of the availability of the meningitis vaccine. Visit us online.
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Hofstra’s Division I athletic teams have grown into nationally competitive programs, and in turn enthusiasm surrounding the Pride has increased as well. The Hofstra University Athletics program is proud to be a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), one of the nation’s top athletic conferences, featuring members from South Carolina to Boston.
Hofstra sponsors 17 intercollegiate athletic programs with eight men’s sports and nine women’s sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.
Hofstra sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division I level in the Colonial Athletic Association. Pride teams have had a great deal of recent success, winning several conference championships and advancing to postseason play including trips to the NCAA Tournament in softball, volleyball, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and wrestling, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in men’s basketball and the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in women’s basketball. Numerous Pride student-athletes have earned All-America accolades including former men’s basketball standout Charles Jenkins, who was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA Draft and now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, former women’s basketball star Shante Evans, who was a member of Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Games, former baseball star Danny Poma, who now plays in the Arizona Diamondback organization and graduated softball pitcher Olivia Galati, who owns every pitching record in program history.
Hofstra University hosts approximately 150 intercollegiate athletic events annually at its numerous facilities. Students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge to all regular season athletic events.
To be eligible for intercollegiate competition, a continuing student must meet all applicable Progress Toward Degree requirements as per NCAA legislation. Specifically, students who are entering their second year of enrollment must successfully complete 24 credit hours and achieve a minimum 1.8 cumulative grade point average. Students who are entering their third year of full-time enrollment must have a declared degree, successfully complete 40% of that degree and achieve a minimum 1.9 cumulative grade point average. Students who are entering their fourth year of enrollment must successfully completed 60% of the declared degree and achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students who are entering their fifth year of enrollment must have successfully completed 80% of the declared degree and achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students must also pass six credits in order to be deemed eligible for the next term and achieve 18 credit hours each the academic year (fall and spring). A first-time freshman must receive a full academic and amateur certification result in order to be eligible for practice, competition and athletic aid (if applicable).
Hofstra athletic teams play and practice in state-of-the-art facilities. The 12-year old 90,000 square foot David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex serves as home to the Pride men’s and women’s basketball programs and the wrestling program. The 13,000-seat James M. Shuart Stadium and the Margiotta Hall facility are home to the Pride men and women’s lacrosse programs. In 2007 the Hofstra field hockey team began play in their new complex on the North campus across from the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium includes bleacher seating, a scoreboard, a press box and a turf field. The 1,000 seat Physical Education Center is home to the Hofstra volleyball program, which had their competition court renovated in 2008. The Pride men and women’s soccer programs play in the nine-year old, 1,600-seat Hofstra Soccer Stadium, adjacent to the Physical Education Center and the Swim Center. The Soccer Stadium was renovated in 2009, as a press box was installed as well as chairback seating. University Field, which serves as the home field for the Pride baseball team, has recently received a new scoreboard in right-center field, a 400-seat grandstand and press box behind home plate and a reconfiguration of the outfield fences that increased the dimensions of the ballpark. The 12-year old Hofstra Softball Stadium, adjacent to the Mack Sports Complex, features 1,000 seats, a inning-by-inning scoreboard, batting and pitching cages, and a press box which gives the Pride one of the top collegiate softball facilities in the Northeast. In 2011 a lighting system was installed that will enable the team to play night games. The Hofstra Outdoor Tennis Center, adjacent to the Hofstra Swim Center, serves as home to men’s and women’s tennis team. Hofstra Athletics also has approximately 6,000 square feet of weight training and conditioning space in two facilities for the exclusive use of its student-athletes.
The Interfaith Center, located in the Student Center, is run by Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant Chaplains at Hofstra University who work closely with each other and with students. Spiritual guidance and assistance is offered; social events, dinners, religious services, celebrations of holidays, guest speakers, community service projects, retreats, international trips are only a few of the very diverse offerings of the Center.
Multicultural & International Student Programs Office (MISPO)
The Office is responsible for planning and implementing cultural awareness and diversity education programming for the campus community at Hofstra. Working closely with a variety of campus constituencies to ensure that Hofstra University remains a diverse campus that embraces its multicultural identity, the office coordinates many cultural-themed heritage months for the University, including Latino Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ History Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Black History Month, Women’s Herstory Month, and Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The office staff also advises 20 student cultural and religious clubs and organizations.
With more than 850 international students from more than 71 countries in attendance at Hofstra University, the Office provides advisement on immigration and other specific issues international students face. The Office offers a variety of transition programs and services to aid the international student community with their cultural adjustment academically, socially and culturally.
For more information, visit our website, join us on Facebook, come by 242 Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, or call 516-463-6796.
Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services
The Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services provides a wide range of resources, services, and programs designed to enrich the educational experience of off-campus students. The office strives to provide an environment that helps connect students with their peers and to campus. Information about the MTA and schedules, off-campus housing options, and a ride-sharing service can be found in the office. In addition we host various seminars and round-table discussions to inform our commuting student population of services available to them, as well as commuter-friendly programs. Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services also provides resources to help students living in the surrounding community. We are located in 221 Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center and can be reached at email@example.com. We encourage all commuting students to stop in and register with the office!
Office of Student Employment
Students who are interested in working on campus while attending classes can take advantage of the large number of part-time jobs that are available throughout the University. The Office of Student Employment provides job information and a listing of positions for undergraduate and graduate students, for both institutionally funded and Federal Work-Study jobs. Information and current openings are listed at the Hofstra Web site under Job Opportunities. For information regarding off-campus part-time employment or internships, please see the description for The Career Center.
Parent and Family Programs
The Office of Parent and Family Programs educates, informs and serves parents and families of undergraduate students about Hofstra University services, programs and deadlines through the Parent and Family Programs’ website; Family Link, a monthly e-newsletter; the Parent and Family Handbook, distributed to parents of incoming first-year students; Family Connection Blog; and the Hofstra Parents Facebook page. The Office of Parent and Family Programs organizes events such as Parent Orientation, Family Weekend, and Siblings Day. Parents and family members are urged to email the office to subscribe to the e-newsletter or to volunteer. All publications are archived at hofstra.edu/parents.
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 be¬ing of the Hofstra community. Several of the services provided by the Department of Public Safety are listed below. For assistance or information, call 516-463-6606. In an emergency, call 516-463-6789.
- Transportation: The Hofstra University shuttle bus provides transportation throughout the campus to members of the Hofstra community. There are also scheduled stops at the Hempstead and Mineola Long Island Rail Road stations as well as at local shopping and entertainment centers, including Stop and Shop super¬market, Roosevelt Field mall, Westbury Gallery, Target, Roosevelt Raceway movie theater and Fairway market. For schedules and information, visit hofstra.edu/shuttle. 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 may be claimed by producing proper identification.
- Student Escort: Available from dusk to dawn to walk any member of the Hofstra community to his or her car or residence hall.
- Emergency Telephones: There are 48 emergency telephones located throughout the campus.
- Campus Alert Notification Network (CANN): A comprehensive notification structure to alert the campus community in the event of an emergency. Sign up online at My.Hofstra.edu by providing your personal telephone contact information. CANN includes the following methods of communication:
- Public address system
- Voice or text message
- Campus alert page of the Hofstra website
- Email alert sent to your Hofstra email account
- HOFCAST network
- The Hofstra television service and Hofstra radio station (WRHU-88.7FM)
- Campus alert hotline: 516-463-1234
- Parking: If you are visiting the Hofstra Admission Center, you may obtain a tem¬porary 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, Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the summer. During the fall and spring semesters, parking permits are issued Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must have your HofstraCard (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.
Recreation and Intramural Sports
Students, faculty and staff are provided with opportunities to develop leisure interests through a wide variety of activities designed to complement academic pursuits. The newly renovated David S. Mack Fitness Center offers state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment, a new track surface, extended weight room, cycling studio, aerobics room, Yoga/Pilates studio, lounge/computer stations, and much more! We are located on the northeast side of campus, next to Colonial Square and behind the baseball field. Monday through Thursday, the Mack Fitness Center is open from 6 a.m. to 10:50 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-8:50 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7:50 p.m. To use the Mack Fitness Center, everyone must always present his or her HofstraCard upon entering the facility. Please view our website for additional information about the facility and our program offerings.
Each semester we offer at least three different sport leagues. Some of our most common includes basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, flag football and softball. Students (male and female) are encouraged to join with a team or as individuals. Both recreational and competitive leagues are available to accommodate all skill levels of play.
On average there are 20 active sports clubs each semester. Students who are looking to compete on a higher level can join and take their game to the next level of competition. Offerings include:
- Ice hockey
- Lacrosse (Men/Women)
- Roller Hockey
- Rugby (Men/Women)
- Soccer (Men/Women)
- Ultimate Frisbee (Men/Women)
Group Exercise Classes
If you prefer to work out in a group setting, our group exercise classes are for you. Listed below are some of the classes offered during the year. Register online, or sign up in person 30 minutes prior to the start of the class at the Mack Fitness Center front desk. Please be sure to arrive five minutes prior to the start of the class; otherwise, your spot will be forfeited.
- Body Circuit Training
- Personal training
Some of the special events held throughout the semester include: the HU Strongest Bench Press Competition, dodge ball tournaments, basketball shootouts, kickball games, and more!
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- Six basketball hoops
- Weight room
- Cardio area
- ADA-certified equipment circuit
- Cycle studio
- Yoga/Pilates studio
- Aerobics studio
- Indoor track
- Lounge/computer station
Think Fit. Get Fit. For additional information, please call 516-463-6958 or visit us at hofstra.edu/recreation.
Hofstra’s residence halls offer a variety of living environments that focus on student and community development. . Six of the residence halls are traditional, corridor style high-rise buildings. Liberty and Republic are low-rises offering traditional, corridor-style environments and an academic honors living learning community. There are also four suite-style residence halls. Stuyvesant Hall is a four-story building reserved for first-year students with two common area lounges and laundry facilities on each floor. Nassau and Suffolk halls, home to the Themed-Living Communities, are six-story buildings, each containing a common area lounge on the main floor and floor lounges at the end of each hallway. Colonial Square is also a suite-style complex consisting of 14 individual houses. Each house has approximately 16 suites; students have the option of choosing suites with or without lounges. The Netherlands is similar to Colonial Square, with 11 houses in total, all of which are reserved exclusively for first-year students. In the Netherlands, we have living learning communities in business; leadership; performance arts; fine arts; wellness; health sciences; and math, science and engineering.
Undergraduate students can apply for housing in any of the residential buildings except for the Graduate Residence Hall. Graduate, law school, and medical student housing is offered in the Graduate Residence Hall and in Newport, Plymouth, and Jamestown Houses, located in Colonial Square. Amenities in each residence hall include modern laundry facilities with unlimited usage and online monitoring, vending machines, kitchenettes, lounges and study areas. All residence hall rooms offer wireless internet access. Cable and telephone services are also available in all residential buildings to provide optimum service to resident students.
Residential Programs has a live-in staff, including resident directors and resident assistants who are available to assist students and initiate activities and programs for students. These programs, facilitated on a regular basis, assist students in many areas including social, educational, and recreational. The Resident Student Association (RSA) is governed by the resident students themselves. RSA organizes a wide range of social and cultural events throughout the year, and serves as advocate for the rights and concerns of resident students in matters involving the University.
For further information on the residential program at Hofstra, visit our website or contact us as follows: 200 Hofstra University, 244 Student Center, Hempstead, New York, 11549. Phone: 516-463-6930; fax: 516-463-4107; email.
Services for Students With Disabilities
Services for Students with Disabilities, SSD, works to ensure that Hofstra University is an accessible environment where individuals with disabilities have equal access to programs, activities, and all other opportunities. Students who have a disability and register with SSD may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to University programs, policy, and practice that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities. Examples of reasonable accommodations include extended time on in class exams, testing in a separate proctored environment, and supplemental note-taking services. Accommodations are based on the students’ individual disability related needs and careful review of comprehensive disability documentation. The student’s program requirements are also taken into consideration because not all accommodations are appropriate for all programs or courses.
Reasonable accommodations are free of charge to all eligible students who complete the SSD registration process. For more information about applying for reasonable accommodations through SSD, call 516-463-7075 or by e-mail.
In addition to the reasonable accommodations afforded to all qualified students, SSD offers the following optional, fee-based services:
Program for Academic Learning Strategies (PALS)
In 1979 Hofstra University established the Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS). The program was built on the belief that Hofstra students with diagnosed learning disabilities would benefit from the combination of skills instruction and academic accommodations.
Today, under the umbrella of Services for Students With Disabilities (SSD), PALS continues its commitment to serving this student population. PALS employs learning specialists who meet weekly with students in one on one sessions to assist them in developing supplemental learning strategies. These strategies are based on each student’s specific learning disability diagnosis and disability documentation. Because consistency is important in skill development, each student is assigned a learning specialist to work with for the full academic year. Meeting with a learning specialist is a first year mandatory component of PALS.
This element of the program is designed to provide the PALS student with long term skills they can apply directly to their coursework as well as use in the future. It is a gradual process aimed at helping them become independent lifelong learners. Students must indicate their interest in PALS when they apply to the University. Although there is no extra fee for reasonable accommodations, there is an additional fee for PALS for the first year only.
This fee is in addition to other University tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year. For additional information about PALS documentation requirements, please visit our Web page, call 516-463-7075 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hofstra students who are registered with SSD can enroll in academic coaching on a semester-by-semester basis.The program is designed to assist participants in developing their academic and study skills through regular one-on-one appointments with a learning specialist.The student and learning specialist will develop a customized individual action plan and work on mutually agreed upon goals over the course of the semester. The program is designed for returning students, or for incoming students whose disability is outside the parameters of those served by the PALS program.
Depending on the student’s individual needs, topics addressed by the action plan may include (but is not restricted to):
- Social adjustment to the college environment and its demands
- Time management
- Problem solving
- Executive function/planning strategies
- Note-taking, text reading and/or test-taking strategies
- Disability management skills
The fee for the academic coaching program is in addition to other University tuition fees. For additional information, please visit us online, call us at 516-463-4999, or drop us an email.
Student Leadership and Activities
The Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA) provides services to welcome all new undergraduates and ease their transition to the academic and social communities at Hofstra, works to engage all students in cocurricular life and leadership opportunities, and establishes and promotes campus traditions to foster campus community. Students’ contact with the office begins with New Student Orientation and Welcome Week, which serve to acclimate new students to the Hofstra campus and develop the tools they will need to be successful students.
The office strongly encourages student involvement through participation in one or more of the nearly 200 clubs and organizations we offer, engaging in our numerous leadership and community service opportunities, spirit support programs, and attending some of the hundreds of conferences, lectures, workshops, cultural programs, seminars, concerts, dance parties and socials that take place at Hofstra each semester. Students are also encouraged to attend our traditional Hofstra events, including Fall Festival, Hofstra Celebrates the Holidays, and programs especially designed for each class.
The office also provides services designed to ease the transition of new undergraduate students into the academic, social and extracurricular communities of the University. New Student Orientation is a three-day/two-night program during the summer in which new students are invited to live on campus and begin preparation for the fall semester. Welcome Week is a five-day event prior to the first day of classes that allows students to continue to become more familiar with services and programs offered at Hofstra. Students entering Hofstra in the spring semester are invited to attend a two-day orientation called Winter Welcome before the beginning of the semester.q
During the fall semester, OSLA coordinates outings and events through the Explore Next Door (END) Program. END trips have included outings to Broadway shows, professional athletic events, museum trips, hiking excursions, and visits to historical sites, to name a few. These trips offer new students an opportunity to meet other new students while being entertained. They also offer an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the surrounding areas, including New York City and Long Island.
With all that Hofstra offers, all you need is the motivation and desire to get involved. Through your involvement, you will not only enjoy your college experience, but you will develop invaluable leadership, organizational, and communication skills. There are many clubs and organizations in the following categories: academic, cultural, fraternity and sorority, media, performance, political, pre-professional, social and sports clubs. For more specific information on organizations please log in to Hofstra Online, click on “my apps” and then choose “Collegiate Link.”
The Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center provides the facilities within which the cultural aspects of our academic-social community can develop. It is the focal point of campus community life. Here commuter and resident students meet for meals, socializing, and the business and pleasure of student government, publications, clubs, hobbies and a wide variety of special events. In addition to dining halls, meeting rooms, the Rathskeller, Service Desk, Bookstore, Student Center Theater, a game room, a beauty parlor and several congenial lounge areas, the Center houses the following offices: Dean of Students, Office of Student Leadership and Activities, Office of Residential Programs and Community Standards, Muticultural & International Student Programs, Commuting Student Affairs, Hofstra Cultural Center, Residential Computing, HofstraCard Services, Office of Event Management, Office of Audio Visual Services, Conference Services, Scheduling, and the Interfaith Center.
Student Counseling Services
Hofstra University Student Counseling Services provides psychological and educational counseling to students in an effort to facilitate meaningful personal growth and the fullest educational development of each individual. Individual and group counseling is available to students who are having difficulty with emotions, behavior, academic or adjustment goals. The collaborative counseling process is used to clarify problems, establish realistic goals and develop active, short-term treatment solutions.
Any full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or law school student currently enrolled at Hofstra University may use our services. Personal and educational counseling are available to all students free of charge for the first three sessions. A fee of $30 is charged for each counseling visit beyond the third session. Workshops, and psycho-educational groups are provided free of charge.
Student Counseling Services is located in the Saltzman Community Services Center, which is on the south side of Hempstead Turnpike, at the Oak Street entrance.
During the academic semester, counseling is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. To obtain further information or to arrange an appointment, Student Counseling Services may be reached by telephone at 516-463-6791.
The indoor Olympic-sized pool occupies the South wing of the Physical Education Center. It includes four diving boards, two moveable bulkheads that can divide the pool for separate activities and complete support facilities: locker rooms, showers, bleachers and offices. The pool also includes an underwater observation window and accessibility for the handicapped. A complete range of recreational, instructional and competitive aquatic activities are available. The Swim Center is open from 6:15 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5:45 p.m. on weekends. There are limited hours during the summer. Hofstra faculty, staff, students and trustees have free access to the pool with their Hofstra ID cards. Family memberships are available to these individuals for $25 annually. Students may bring up to two guests to the Swim Center for $5/person/visit. All others may bring up to two guests per visit for $10/person/visit. For further information, please visit the Swim Center link on GoHofstra.com, call the Swim Center at 516-463-5081, or email Tara.Coppola@hofstra.edu.
Located in David S. Mack Hall, the University Club is a private membership club for members of the Hofstra community (faculty, staff, graduate students, alumni, friends and trustees). The Club offers excellent food, attractive and comfortable meeting and dining facilities as well as special events. The Club is also available on a contract basis for private social functions and business meetings. Located near the entrance to the North Campus.
University Technical Services
A division of Faculty Computing Services that is responsible for installing and maintaining audiovisual systems in classrooms and conference rooms throughout Hofstra University. For standardization purposes, UTS reviews and approves audiovisual purposes. The unit installs and repairs all security systems on campus.
Hofstra Cultural Center (HCC)
The Hofstra Cultural Center (HCC) is an internationally renowned organization that includes a conference and symposia program, music and theater Programs and the publications of the proceedings of the Hofstra Cultural Center conferences. The activities of the Hofstra Cultural Center augment the offerings of the academic departments of the University.
The conference and symposia program develops educational programs related to the cultural and interdisciplinary experience of students, faculty, staff, alumni and international scholars; plans and coordinates conferences in the fields of the humanities, business, law and the sciences to promote the University as an international arena of scholarly thought and to foster Long Island as a cultural entity. The Center has sponsored more than 150 conferences and has won international recognition for its Women Writers’ Conferences and for its Presidential Conference Series, which began in 1982 with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Centennial Conference, continued thereafter, with conferences on Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton. A regular series of conferences on popular culture personalities have also been included with conferences on Babe Ruth, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, James Bond and the New York Mets. Conferences have focused on John Steinbeck, the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg, Don Quixote, Primo Levi, Jean Cocteau, Margaret Thatcher, Oscar Wilde and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Forthcoming conferences will include the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, soccer, Michel Foucault, Martin Luther King, and the George W. Bush Presidential Conference.
The music program of the Hofstra Cultural Center includes the Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series and special musical events in conjunction with the conferences and symposia.
HCC Administrative Offices: The main offices of the Hofstra Cultural Center is housed in 243 Gallon Wing, South Campus. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For information about our programs please visit the HCC website or call 516-463-5669. Follow us on Twitter or Tumblr, and like us on Facebook.
Hofstra University Museum (HUM)
The Hofstra University Museum is the only American Association of Museums (AAM)-accredited university museum on Long Island. This honor is currently awarded to only 4% of the nation’s museums as recognition of the high level of professional standards and excellence within the museum field. HUM is a dynamic fine arts museum serving the students and faculty, as well as the entire Long Island region. The HUM has more than 23,000 visitors annually. HUM includes two dedicated indoor exhibition galleries and spaces as well as an outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s north and south campus areas. The Hofstra University Museum collection is one of the most valuable university collections in the New York area, and it contains approximately 5,000 objects spanning 5,000 years and six continents that include major works of art by American and European modern era artists in painting, sculpture, photography, prints and other works on paper, along with Asian, Oceanic, African and Pre-Columbian art. The HUM maintains approximately 70 outdoor sculptures by renowned artists such as Paul Manship, Henry Moore and Seymour Lipton, at various locations throughout the 240-acre campus. Outdoor sculpture exploration back packs and art capers are available in the Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery. The HUM functions as a learning laboratory for campus classes. Each year the HUM showcases about six changing original exhibitions as well as providing related interpretive materials such as Gallery Guides, iPod tours, and interactive touch-screen materials. Public educational programs include concerts, lectures, performances, symposia, and other outreach. HUM is an active educational and cultural partner throughout the campus. The Hofstra University Museum’s dedicated indoor exhibition areas include the Emily Lowe Gallery (located behind Emily Lowe Hall) and the David Filderman Gallery (ninth floor of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library). Information about exhibitions, programs and the collection can be found on the HUM website.
Emily Lowe Gallery: Located on south campus behind Emily Lowe Hall, this gallery space is HUM’s primary site for a variety of in-depth exhibitions that deal with multicultural, contemporary, and art historical themes, as well as issues of topical importance. Emily Lowe Gallery is also home to the Hofstra University Museum’s extensive collections of approximately 5,000 works of art and cultural artifact. Each year, major changing exhibitions serve the educational needs of the University’s students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community. In recent years, the HUM has developed strong partnerships that link exhibition content to core curriculum in a variety of disciplines. Each year, numerous educational and public programs that enhance learning experiences and provide opportunities for personal engagement are offered to all members of the University and the public. Admission is free to all exhibitions; some public program fees may apply. During exhibitions the Emily Lowe Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Emily Lowe Gallery is closed during University holidays and recesses. Summer hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
David Filderman Gallery: Located on the ninth floor of the Axinn Library, this gallery space features exhibitions of artistic, social, historical, and topical relevance in a variety of subjects that often relate to University events and conferences, seminars, lectures and courses. Exhibitions often focus on aspects of the Hofstra University Museum’s permanent collections, but may contain works from the Axinn Library, from holdings of other institutions and as well individuals. Admission is free to all exhibitions; some public program fees may apply. Year-round during exhibitions the David Filderman Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The David Filderman Gallery is closed during University holidays and recesses.
HUM Administrative Offices: The main offices of the Hofstra University Museum are currently housed in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse; Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information about exhibitions, programs and the collection can be found at the HUM website or call 516-463-5672 for further information or program registration.
All musically qualified students are invited to join the musical organizations on campus: University Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Mixed Chorus, University Chorale, Collegium Musicum, Opera Theater, Jazz Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and the Chamber Singers. Details regarding auditions, rehearsal schedules, etc., are available from the Music Department. Semester-hour credit is optional and available up to a maximum of 6 semester hours on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. Credit for Collegium Musicum, Opera Theater, Jazz Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Opera Theater and the Chamber Singers is earned through MUS 020 - (CP) Ensemble .
Music Listening Room
Augmenting the music reference and circulating collections in the Axinn Library, the Music Library’s collection of books, scores, periodicals and sound recordings supports the curriculum of the Department of Music and provides material for general use by the Hofstra community. Books and scores may circulate outside the library; recordings do not, but can be used in the listening room.
The Music Library includes a reference/information center and has access to the Internet via six computers and four ports for laptops/ The listening room, with individual carrel seating for 13 users, features equipment for listening to CDs, LPs and audio cassettes. The collection of sound recordings includes more than 4,000 LPs and approximately 500 CDs. It consists of primarily classical recordings with a reasonable representative collection of opera, jazz and electronic music. In addition, access to the Naxos online music library, with its more than 8,800 recordings, is available through the Research Databases link on the Axinn Library Web page.
The Music Library is located on the lower level of the Monroe Lecture Center, in room 014. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekend ours vary. Call 516-463-5492 for additional information.
Radio Hofstra University, broadcasts 30 miles in all directions to much of Long Island and New York City as well as to parts of Connecticut and New Jersey. WRHU’s federally licensed frequency is 88.7 FM with a power of 470 watts. The station’s community radio programming has multiple formats, is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and reaches a potential audience of three to four million people. WRHU-FM is the flagship radio station of all 2010-2011 NY Islanders NHL radio broadcasts which are produced and in part hosted by current Hofstra University students. WRHU-FM has a morning talk show focused on Long Island life, national news, and international issues. WRHU-FM also airs a daily half hour live local news show called Newsline which has won multiple awards from Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and other prestigious organizations. With the exception of four professional administrators and certain community volunteer specialty show producers, the station is student-staffed and operated. WRHU is an integral part of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and the station’s digital quality broadcast facility is also used for academic work and professional recording projects, for which qualified students can receive stipends. The station offers a free noncredit course in audio-engineering, announcing, and production to students who are selected through an interview process. Regular work at WRHU is recommended as one of the most effective methods of learning the business of radio broadcasting and audio production since it offers a practicum not generally available in regular academic classroom learning. WRHU has an operating staff of approximately 200 people. The WRHU Radio Alumni also offer station participants financial and job-related assistance through The Jeffrey C. Kraus Radio Scholarship Fund.