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Your chances of getting into Hofstra University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Hofstra University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Hofstra is 67.8%.  Its admission rate is the 60th lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Hofstra and can you get accepted?

Hofstra is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 16,862 out of the 24,886 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 21 percent on standardized admission tests. Hofstra University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.74. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Hofstra?

68% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Hofstra University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.74 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1280 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Hofstra GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Hofstra University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Hofstra are to have around a 3.74 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Hofstra accepts 68% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Hofstra is 3.74 on the 4.0 scale. 31% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #20 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Hofstra is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Hofstra University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 31.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 20.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 19.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Hofstra SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Hofstra University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 37% of students submitted SAT scores and 8% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Hofstra University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 590
Composite 25th Percentile 1180
SAT Scores for Hofstra University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 690
Composite 75th Percentile 1370
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Hofstra University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Hofstra is 1280 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1180-1370. Students who get into Hofstra University score in the top 27 percent of all SAT test takers..  Hofstra ranks #27 in the state of New York and #183 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1280 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Hofstra regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1180, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1080, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Hofstra University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1280 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1275, you have around a 68% chance of being admitted. A 1370 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 80% chance of getting in.

Hofstra University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1370 and Above Good >80%
1275 to 1370 Avg + 68%-80%
1180 to 1275 Avg - 53%-68%
1085 to 1180 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 1085 Low <37%
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Hofstra ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Hofstra University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 25
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for Hofstra University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 30
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Hofstra?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Hofstra is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 31.  The school ranks #23 in New York and #146 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 25.

8 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Hofstra University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Hofstra University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Hofstra for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 68% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 80% with a 31 ACT score.

Hofstra University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >80%
29 to 31 Avg + 68%-80%
27 to 29 Avg - 53%-68%
25 to 27 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 25 Low <37%
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High School Class Rank

61% of Hofstra University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 32% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Hofstra University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 32%
Top 25% of class 61%
Top 50% of class 88%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Hofstra University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,423 9,463 24,886
Accepted 10,672 6,190 16,862
Acceptance Rate 69% 65% 68%
Enrolled 1,002 657 1,659
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 11% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Hofstra University is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Hofstra University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Hofstra University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Hofstra University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Hofstra is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.74 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1280 on the SAT and 29 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=191649 IPEDS survey data for Hofstra University.


Does Hofstra University prefer SAT or ACT?

37% of students submit their SAT scores to Hofstra. 8% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Hofstra University?

68% of those who apply are granted admission to Hofstra. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Hofstra University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1370. The average SAT score is 1275. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Hofstra University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.