Hofstra University is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian institution of higher learning located in the Village of Hempstead, New York
Hofstra University in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) called “Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island”; in 1937, the institution separated from NYU and gained independence as Hofstra College, and in 1963, Hofstra College gained university status. Comprising ten schools, including a School of Medicine and a School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences, as well as being selected to host United States Presidential Debates in 2008 and 2012. The university organizes a wide range of other international academic conferences (many under the aegis of the Hofstra Cultural Center), holds an annual Shakespeare festival in its own replica of the Globe Theatre, and has both an arboretum and bird sanctuary.
Hofstra is a national university, presently ranked at #135, according to the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report. It has been slowly falling in the U.S. News & World Report rankings with it being ranked at #134 in 2012, and #128 in 2011. At present it has not been ranked by the QS World University Rankings. It holds full accreditationin 19 academic areas. Nationally, fewer than 100 colleges and universities match this achievement.
The Hofstra University Honors College, whose admissions policy is more selective than that of the university as a whole, offers rigorous educational opportunities for high-achieving students. The School for University Studies provides a program for students whose abilities are not reflected in standardized test scores; while New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) is designed for students whose educational progress to date has been restricted by limited educational opportunities or economic status.
In the fall of 2011, the university welcomed the first class of students in its new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. In 2012, it established its School of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring programs that partner with regional industry leaders, and its School of Health Sciences and Human Services, housing a new master of public health program.
Current Hofstra faculty have founded and edited a number of leading national and international academic journals, among them Twentieth-Century Literature and the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS). In the field of law, the university hosts and/or supports the Hofstra Law Review, the Family Court Review, the Journal of International Business and Law (JIBL), and the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, widely regarded as one of the premier authorities in the fields of labor and employment law and as one of the preeminent specialty journals in the United States.
Hofstra has hosted an annual festival of William Shakespeare plays for more than half a century. The regular Shakespeare productions are performed in Hofstra’s own Globe Theatre replica in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse (named for the educator who served as Hofstra University president during its first period of major growth). The university also hosts an annual Irish Festival and an annual “Italian Experience,” which has grown to be a popular Long Island tradition as well as one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States.