A Look Back at the Evolution of Hofstra University and the Zarb School of Business

In this post, we take a look back at the fascinating evolution of Hofstra University and the Zarb School of Business.

Hofstra University Over the Years

Did you know that Hofstra University’s history goes back to the turn of the 20th century?

William Hofstra and Kate Davidson Hofstra

William HofstraKate Davidson


Property on the south side of campus acquired in 1903

Hofstra Property

The original Hofstra house constructed in 1904

Hofstra home

1935: Deed of Hofstras’ property transferred to what is now Hofstra University

Hofstra Deed

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.

Hofstra University today

Hofstra today


The Hofstra School of Business (Today, known as the Frank G. Zarb School of Business )


  • In 1994, the School of Business at Hofstra was renamed the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.zarb logo
  • Over the past decade, most Zarb School classes have been offered in C.V. Starr Hall, a cutting-edge teaching and learning facility that features one of the most advanced academic trading rooms in the nation and Internet access at every student seat.


  • To stay at the forefront of business education, the Zarb School has added several new programs over the past 15 years, including:
    • Master of Science programs in each department
    • Executive MBA program
    • Full-Time MBA program
    • Online MBA program
    • Manhattan MBA program
    • Study abroad programs
    • And more!!
  • The Zarb has achieved numerous recognitions, including those shown below.

Ranking logos 10-14

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