Garden City, New York
Adelphi University provides students with a personalized education that fully prepares them for successful, fulfilling careers. Adelphi students graduate with the knowledge and ability to compete and excel in their chosen fields and address the needs of their communities. Internships, many of them paid, are central to an Adelphi education and help students refine their career objectives, make connections, and gain work experience.
Welcoming one of its most diverse classes ever in the fall of 2019, Adelphi has students from 41 states and 58 countries, providing an environment that encourages cultural and personal growth. New York City is a short train ride away, so students further benefit from the city’s rich intellectual and social opportunities.
Committed to making its investment pay off, Adelphi offered $78.5 million in merit- and need-based financial aid to its undergraduate students in the 2018-2019 academic year. Among first-year, full-time students, 98.9 percent receive some form of financial aid, and 87.2 percent receive generous grants and scholarships.
Get to know Adelphi University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
Adelphi University offers many specialized programs for students eager to challenge themselves.
Levermore Global Scholars (LGS) is a program of distinction designed to enrich both the social and international dimensions of a college education, placing an emphasis on civic engagement and leadership. Adelphi’s nongovernmental organization status allows students to attend special briefings at the United Nations; three-quarters of those students participate in special activities with the U.N. each year.
LGS students have studied globalization while traveling in China, immersed themselves in sustainability in Costa Rica, visited schools to better understand education’s role in Cuba, and explored issues of conflict transformation and the arts in Kosovo.
“Study abroad for me was one of the most eye-opening experiences. Every day was a new adventure.” – Sabrina Davis, junior, history major
Students from around the world pursue studies in the prestigious and challenging Honors College. The highly personalized program promotes intellectual growth and social interaction, including original student research-driven projects and excursions in the New York metropolitan area. Students can also choose to live in a living-learning community with other Honors College students.
Internship opportunities are available for every type of student, no matter what they decide to study. Through the signature Jaggar Community Fellows Program, students are paired with nonprofits across Long Island and New York City for paid internships throughout 10 weeks during the summer.
Overseen by Adelphi’s Center for International Education, study abroad opportunities are offered in more than 90 approved destinations in 40 countries. For either one semester or a full academic year, students live and study in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia or New Zealand. They may also participate in a variety of short, faculty-led trips to Europe, Asia, and Central America as well as alternative spring break adventures in places such as Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Adelphi takes great pride in providing undergraduate students with a variety of opportunities to pursue original research. The annual Research Conference, which marked its 16th year in April 2019, will be renamed the Scholarly and Creative Work Conference in 2020. Adelphi celebrates faculty-mentored research by students in virtually every discipline, from the arts and sciences to psychology and education. Through its McDonell Fellowship program, Adelphi provides a select number of science majors with paid, full-time summer research opportunities in University labs. Honors College students are also eligible for sponsored summer research fellowships in any discipline. Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology supports undergraduate student research through its yearlong Emerging Scholars Program.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 124 | 10-19: 384 | 20-29: 372
30-39: 193 | 40-49: 40 | 50-99: 17 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 9%
White, non-Hispanic: 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 7%
“I have the latitude to be as inventive and creative as I want to be in the classroom.” – Salvatore Primeggia ’64, M.A. ’66, Ph.D., professor of sociology
OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW
Great teaching is a hallmark of Adelphi University. At Adelphi, students have the opportunity to work closely with knowledgeable, dedicated professors who care about their academic success and intellectual growth. Students get to know their professors through small classes, research opportunities, and independent projects. Adelphi students are encouraged to conduct research alongside renowned scientists and liberal arts scholars or to create with award-winning visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors and directors.
One of the most exciting and intellectually challenging aspects of the first-year experience at Adelphi is the First-Year Seminar (FYS). Each year, faculty members from across the University create seminar courses on topics they are passionate about. All seminars focus on the reading of theoretical material and the consideration of its underlying questions, implications, and significance. Along the way, seminar participants become teachers themselves, leading class discussions and giving presentations. This focus on reading, writing, and speaking well in public reflects Adelphi’s belief in the influence those skills hold over success in college and for effective citizenship and leadership. In addition, a first-year English composition course allows new students to focus on the writing skills that are essential to clear thinking.
The Adelphi University Mentoring Program, created to help ensure academic success for students at any phase of their undergraduate careers, is open to all students and noted as crucial for the first year. Transfer students are also encouraged to apply. In 2019, for the second year in a row, Adelphi’s Mentoring Program was honored with an Eduventures Innovation Award—this time for the success of its Mentoring Program for first-year students.
The program offers special focus for members of these campus groups:
- Students of Color—These underserved students will have the opportunity to explore all diversity, social, and academic concerns with their mentors.
- LGBTQ+ Students—These students can join a support group to discuss LGBTQ+ matters in a civil place with Safe Zone-trained mentors.
- Veterans—These students will be paired with mentors who can help guide and nurture them to ensure their collegiate success through training, structured group activities, and ongoing conversations.
- First-Generation Students—These students, who are the first in their families to attend college, will be able to share any concerns within a one-to-one model with mentors and their peers. About 30 percent of Adelphi students are first-generation college students.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
Learning Resources program
Adelphi appeals to students who are career focused and community minded. Through real-world experiences, vibrant performance series, and international partnerships, students gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in their future pursuits.
“Just walking onto the Adelphi campus, I had an uplifting sense of the aura around the whole place. This is a remarkable place and I attribute it to the people.” – Tim Gunn, television host, producer and mentor, addressing the Adelphi community during a lecture
LEARNING EXTENDS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Experiential learning through internships, service programs, research, and creative work allows students to stand out to future employers and graduate programs. Adelphi’s Jaggar Community Fellows Program and Panthers with a Purpose program offer paid internships for students to work and train with regional nonprofits.
Service-learning is an integral part of the Adelphi experience. Incoming students volunteer through the First-Year Community Action Program (FCAP) for local service projects. Students can also pursue service-learning via various faculty-led study abroad programs during spring and summer breaks, such as community outreach efforts in Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Adelphi’s seven residence halls include special housing options:
- First-Year Living-Learning Communities—The Leadership Community and the Service-Learning Community are great ways to make friends, earn required credits, and be a part of student life from the very first day at Adelphi.
- Honors College Suites—These can accommodate about 30 Honors College students. The suites, each with a semi-private bath and common living area, are in Earle Hall, as are Honors College classrooms, study lounges, and computer rooms. In addition, Adelphi offers an Honors Residential Community for First-Year Students.
- The Arts District—These rooms, also in Earle Hall, are open to all Adelphi students, regardless of major, who have an appreciation of the performing and visual arts. There are opportunities to interact and collaborate with other student artists and faculty in art, dance, music, and theatre.
- Gender-Inclusive Housing—This refers to rooms where people of any sex or gender identity can live together. This option helps create an environment that acknowledges, respects, and appreciates the diversity of the student body. Students may especially benefit from Gender-Inclusive Housing if they identify as transgender or do not wish to be identified by any gender identity.
- Greek Life and Social Fellowship Residential Learning Community—This community, located in Residence Hall B, is designed for students in Greek organizations and social fellowships.
With more than 80 clubs and organizations, students can find a niche and connect with others who share their interests. And, if students have ideas for clubs that don’t yet exist, they can start their own.
Adelphi’s $76 million, 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building is home to the College of Nursing and Public Health as well as technology-rich classrooms for all Adelphi students. In 2009, Adelphi added 120,000 square feet of recreational, athletic, and performing arts spaces to its campus—a $120 million investment. Adelphi offers 23 Division II competitive athletics teams and also intramural sports, including flag football, indoor and outdoor soccer, coed volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Adelphi University’s main campus is located on 75 acres in historic Garden City, New York, just 45 minutes from New York City. There are also centers in Manhattan, Suffolk County, and the Hudson Valley.
Students can express their “Panther Pride” and join one of the 23 Division II competitive athletics teams—including the women’s lacrosse team that’s claimed the national title nine times since 2004—or cheer for them and the other teams from the sidelines. Teams include men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s bowling, women’s field hockey, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball.
In addition, students can form a team with their friends and compete in such intramural sports as 3-on-3 basketball, 5-on-5 basketball, outdoor soccer, indoor and outdoor volleyball, and flag football. Sports clubs include the Baseball Club, Equestrian Club, Men’s Soccer Club, Women’s Soccer Club, Men’s Basketball Club, and the Strength and Fitness Club.
Colors: Brown and Gold
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 35%
Campus housing options.
Special housing for disabled students
Honors College suites
Green Living-Learning Community
Gender Inclusive Housing
“As a student-athlete at Adelphi, I was grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that made me into the person I am today. I was able to travel around the world, excel in the classroom, acquire internships, and land a full-time job. I made the best decision going to Adelphi.” – Danielle Cutuli ’16, M.B.A. ’18, Adelphi’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
Adelphi is relentlessly dedicated to fostering the success of its students in college and beyond. All Adelphi undergraduates complete a capstone course or project as part of their major. Depending on the major, these may include portfolios of creative projects, senior seminars, and significant research papers and projects. The goal is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a comprehensive and meaningful way.
CAREER AND GRADUATE SCHOOL GUIDANCE
The University’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers students and alumni a robust array of programs designed to develop professional skills. Frequent résumé and interview workshops, a comprehensive on-campus recruitment program, and a yearly job and internship fair are just a few of the opportunities available to students. Adelphi’s career portal lists more than 1,000 internships at leading companies and organizations in both New York City and Long Island.
About 94 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
The Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships provides support and individual advising for current students and recent graduates who are seeking admission to professional school. Many Adelphi graduates have continued their education at such schools as Harvard Law School, Boston University, Georgetown University, and Cambridge University.
FIRST-YEAR COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM
Even before they begin to take classes, Adelphi students understand their connection to the community. The First-Year Community Action Program (FCAP) offers incoming first-year students experiential opportunities right from the start with a weeklong experience of volunteer work with local organizations. Community service is a hallmark of an Adelphi education.
Lasting relationships are created and maintained at Adelphi through many different forms. The COACH (Count on Alumni for Career Help) program, for example, provides Adelphi alumni the opportunity to be mentors or resources to current students who are interested in their field of expertise.
The Adelphi alumni network is more than 115,000 strong. Notable alumni include New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.); the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of RENT, Jonathan Larson ’82; the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz ’78 J.D.; Al Trautwig, Olympics and sports TV announcer; and Robert G. Darling, M.D., White House physician to former President Bill Clinton.
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | Volunteer work
Interview | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 27
Applying for admission to Adelphi is easy and straightforward. The following are needed for an Adelphi application:
- Completed online application and application fee
- Personal statement and essay
- Official high school transcript(s)
- Official copies of SAT or ACT test scores
- At least one letter of recommendation
Tuition & Cost
All the information for Fall 2019–Spring 2020 financial aid, as well as Adelphi’s scholarships and grant programs, can be found at financial-aid.adelphi.edu.
Visit admissions.adelphi.edu/freshman/how-to-apply to learn more about Adelphi’s admissions requirements. The Office of University Admissions is available to help anyone throughout the application process.
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