Hofstra University is well-known for its wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, which are consistently recognized by prestigious college rankings. But here are a few fun facts that you might not know about this Long Island, New York-based university.
Hofstra’s alumni include Academy Award-winning filmmakers and actors, successful business executives, authors and athletes. Among them are:
- Academy Award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (drama), whose resume includes movies like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
- Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports 1 television personality Katie Nolan (public relations), host of the weekly sports talk-comedy show Garbage Time, and the Foxsports.com web series No Filter with Katie Nolan.
- Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton (drama), who earned that honor for his work on the television show Scandal. He has also appeared on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award, and in films such as American Gangster and Speed.
- President and CEO of The Island Def Jam Music Group, Steve Bartels (marketing), who has helped to develop and promote such diverse talent as Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber and Jay Z.
- Bestselling author Nelson DeMille (history & political science), whose novels include The General’s Daughter, Plum Island and The Gold Coast.
- Undefeated mixed martial arts fighter and UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (psychology).
Hofstra is the only university ever to host three consecutive presidential debates.
But Hofstra’s presidential history began long before 2008, 2012 and 2016. The university has hosted 12 presidential conferences, on every president from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to George W. Bush, and five presidents have visited campus: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Hofstra is also home to the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, which boasts former 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard B. Dean as a presidential fellow who guest lectures several times each semester.
Hofstra is host to thousands of events each year, ranging from its popular heritage festivals and poetry readings to conferences, theatrical performances and much more.
The university’s annual Fall Festival weekend has hosted musical acts such as Ludacris, Cobra Starship and Fetty Wap, as well as comedians like Jimmy Fallon, Aziz Ansari and Kathy Griffin.
In recent years, an impressive array of guest speakers have visited campus, including former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, soccer legend Pele, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Lizz Winstead, former head writer of The Daily Show, and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.
Presidents Week is the ideal time to get to know Hofstra even more. Expanded visit opportunities will be offered February 18-28, and the special visit program allows you to learn about admission, scholarships and financial aid; hear from current Hofstra students; meet with faculty members; and tour the campus.
Information sessions are held Monday through Friday at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you prefer to visit on a weekend, Saturday sessions are held at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. However, please note information sessions will not be offered on Sunday, February 26, and faculty are only available on days when classes are in session.
To view our campus visit opportunities and to schedule an information session and tour during Presidents Week, please visit hofstra.edu/PWvisit or call 516-463-6700.