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Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

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History of the University 

Founded in 1935 as a college affiliated with New York University (NYU), Hofstra separated from NYU in 1939 and was granted an absolute charter a year later. With the approval of the New York State Board of Regents, Hofstra became Long Island’s first private university in 1963. In 1966, the Board of Regents authorized Hofstra University to offer doctoral degrees and, in 1973, Hofstra was granted a Phi Beta Kappa charter. Today, almost 11,000 students learn from 500 full-time faculty members on a 240-acre campus. Hofstra faculty members are leading scholars in their disciplines. Each semester, students choose from approximately 1,500 courses within 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs.

The University, since its inception and central to its mission and core values, has committed itself to excellence in teaching grounded in the liberal arts. At Hofstra, teaching is intertwined with research and scholarship. Indeed, the teaching and mentoring of students is informed and enhanced by the faculty’s scholarship and publications. This commitment extends to the University’s graduate programs. Today, ninety-two percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees in their field, and many have awards and accomplishments to their credit. From Guggenheim Fellows to Emmy Award winners to National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation grant recipients, faculty members pursue excellence in their academic disciplines while maintaining a commitment to teaching and mentoring their students.

In addition to the School of Medicine, the following schools comprise Hofstra University: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, School of Education, Honors College, School of Health Sciences and Human Services, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and School for University Studies. Recently, the University has added programs in health professions, including a certificate program in Medical Education, and Master’s programs in Public Health and Medical Physics.

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