Ten Keys to Herbert School Success


Follow these ten steps and you’ll be well on your way to a Herbert School degree and successful entry into the fields of media and communications.

Earn an average of 15.5 credits per semester. All full-time students in good academic standing are entitled to enroll for 12-17 credits for one flat tuition rate. Earning 15.5 credits over the span of four academic years (eight semesters) will bring you to the 124 minimum total credits needed for all BA and BS degrees offered by the Herbert School. NOTE: Students attempting an 18th credit will be charged an additional one credit fee.

Carefully review your degree audit each semester. The degree audit is the ultimate tool form confirming your specific degree requirements based on your major(s) and minor(s). The degree audit highlights which requirements are completed, in-progress, and deficient. Reviewing the degree audit empowers you to always be aware of your academic progress.

Meet with your assigned faculty advisor. All Herbert School students have an assigned a faculty advisor. Meeting with your faculty advisor each semester provides an opportunity to review your academic progress and discuss important information about the school’s internship program, graduate school, and pre-professional opportunities on and off-campus.

Take advantage of the Career Center. The Career Center is an exceptional resource available to assist with the internship (and job) search. Schedule an appointment to see one of their counselors to discuss the optimal structure and format for your resume/cover letters and to learn out about great resources like their Career Hub and annual career fairs.

Review the University Bulletin. The online bulletin contains detailed information regarding Hofstra policy and procedure, majors and minors, and the descriptions of all courses offered by the university.

Stay connected! The Herbert School uses multiple social media platforms to share the latest news and opportunities connected to our school. Connect with us via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and keep an eye on digital resources like HerbertSchool360 and SCOSCOOP.

Become active in student media. There are numerous student media clubs and organizations that provide an opportunity for you to grow as a leader outside of the classroom. Some of the most active ones are Hofstra Entertainment Access Television (HEAT), Hofstra Filmmakers Club (HFC), Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), The Hofstra Chronicle, and WRHU – Radio Hofstra University.

Take advantage of campus resources. Students who encounter any academic or emotional roadblocks are encouraged to take advantage of Hofstra’s many campus resources. They include the Center for Academic Excellence, the Writing Center, the University Tutorial Program, Student Counseling Services, the Health and Wellness Center and many more.

There’s a form for that! From registration overrides to declaring your major/minor, there are numerous printable forms you can access via the Hofstra website.

Keep in touch with faculty, staff and administrators. The employee search feature allows you to easily find the contact information of all university employees allowing you to easily stay in touch with members of the Hofstra community.

Cristina Vintimilla (Journalism ‘ 17)