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What Is Hofstra University, the Host of the First Presidential Debate?

hof-2Hofstra University will host the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump next Monday night.

It is widely expected to shatter records for televised debate viewership and could play a significant role in the fortunes of the candidates’ poll numbers, which are currently neck and neck in several key swing states.

Hofstra is a private, non-religious, co-ed university located in Hempstead, New York on Long Island, about 25 miles east of New York City. It was founded in 1935.

Its enrollment last year was over 6,800 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students.

Hofstra will be the only college to host presidential debates in three consecutive elections (2008, 2012, 2016). It last played host to the third and final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Hofstra was not originally slated to host the first debate. That distinction belonged to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Wright backed out in July, citing concerns about security and cost overruns.

The debate will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 and will be broadcasted on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC among networks.

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