From the School

Adelphi University has a rich history, an exciting present, and a limitless future. Founded in 1896, Adelphi University is Long Island's oldest private coeducational institution of higher learning. As Adelphi grows, our academic programs evolve to reflect the needs and interests of our close to 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. Recent program additions include a B.F.A. in studio art for aspiring visual arts professionals, as well as new and updated bachelor's programs in criminal justice administration, computer management and information sciences, and school psychology. The university has recently made significant investments in its 75-acre Garden City campus, including an extensive new performing arts, recreation, and sports complex, which opened in fall 2008. Adelphi opened an 18,000-square-foot fine arts building in 2006 and a new residence hall in 2003. Our student-athletes compete in 21 Division I and II intercollegiate sports as well as in an array of intramural activities. Students also benefit from Long Island’s many resources, and are a 40-minute train ride from New York City. Through its schools and programs-the College of Arts and Sciences, the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Adelphi University Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work-Adelphi offers more than 100 career-advancing undergraduate and graduate programs of study at our main Garden City campus and at off-campus locations in Hauppauge, Manhattan, and Poughkeepsie.


From The School

If you can see yourself at Adelphi, we encourage you to apply. To be considered for admission, you must graduate from a recognized four-year high school or academy and complete 16 units of college preparatory course work or an equivalent preparation. Your cocurricular activities, interests, and your personal interview are important to us as well.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Five Year Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs Scholars Teacher Education Program (STEP) Childhood Education Adolescence Education Social Work Pre-Professional Opportunities Pre-dental Pre-engineering Pre-law Pre-medicine Pre-optometry Pre-physical therapy/allied health

Majors and Degrees Offered

Programs of Study Accounting African American and Ethnic Studies Anthropology/Forensic Anthropology Art* Art History Fine Arts (ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture) Graphic Design Art Education* Asian Studies Biochemistry Biology Business Chemistry Communications Communication Sciences and Disorders Computer and Management Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice Dance Economics Education Studies Childhood Education (STEP) Adolescence Education (STEP) English Environmental Studies Exercise Physiology Finance Foreign Language Studies French Gender Studies History Interdisciplinary Studies International Studies Journalism Latin American Studies Management (Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems) Mathematics Music Nursing Performing Arts Acting Design Tech Philosophy Physical Education Physical Education/Health Education Physics Political Science Psychology Public Service Social Work Sociology Spanish Sport Management Undecided * Art portfolio required

Students Say

If you are looking for a beautiful campus that is an easy train ride from the excitement and opportunity of New York City, Adelphi is the answer. Located on Long Island in Garden City, New York, this school is small enough to provide personalized relationships without limiting access to what students call “an impressively wide range of programs and majors (such as an Honors College, School of Business, and School of Nursing.)” The college is responsive to the needs of today’s students, providing generous financial aid and scholarships, staff and faculty that are “great and very accessible” and has designed an educational system that rewards the students who take advantage of opportunities by letting them “help shape the University setting and create their own overall experiences.” As one student tells us, “Get involved and study hard, and you’ll love this campus!!!” When describing professors, one student says, “I have a repertoire of odd, interesting mad geniuses”, and another states, “4 out of 5 professors I really enjoy. But there is always that one. And the classes that go along with the good professors I enjoy. I don’t even understand the point of the one class with the one bad professor.” Overall, students agree, “Because of the small classes, the teachers get to know the students better.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Science
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce

Alice Hoffman
Best-selling Author

Johnathan D. Larson
Writer, composer and lyricist of "Rent"

Brian D. McAuley
co-founder, Nextel Communications

Carmen Ortiz
US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

John J. Phelan
retired Chairman and CEO, New York Stock Exchange

Dorothy (Dot) Richardson, M.D.
Olympic Gold Medalist (1999), women's softball

Academic Rating

Career overview

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

2007–2008 Adelphi University Typical Costs* Tuition and fees $23,000 Typical double room $6,700 Basic meal plan $2,200 Average financial aid package $14,900** *Annual rates listed. Tuition and fee, and room and board are subject to change **(2006-2007 average financial aid package per full time student)

Financial Aid

Financing your education may be one of biggest decisions you and your family will make together. Scholarships, loans, and grants can sometimes be a deciding factor in which college you choose to attend. As one of the most important investments you will make, Adelphi’s Office of Student Financial Services is dedicated to providing sound financial guidance and ready to help you explore the full range of financial alternatives available to you. We are committed to making private higher education affordable and to providing you with the best value for your tuition dollar. That’s one reason why the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges named Adelphi a “Best Buy” in higher education in both 2007 and 2008 editions. Adelphi is one of only 26 private universities nationwide and the only private university on Long Island to earn a “Best Buy” distinction.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Take part in or watch your classmates in our thriving cultural arts programs, including plays, art exhibits, concerts, and lectures. Attend a sporting event with friends, or check out the comprehensive sports and fitness services available, including intramural athletics and group classes in pilates and yoga. With more than 80 student organizations, including community service, academic, cultural, and religious clubs, student-run media, seven Greek-letter social sororities and fraternities, and 20 academic honor societies, there’s something for everyone.

Students Say

When asked about a ‘typical student’ one Junior tells us, “I can’t think of a typical student because everyone is different. It seems like students fit in pretty well. I have a variety of friends from different backgrounds.” Another student explains that typically, students are, “very motivated to do work but [like] to have fun. They fit in by joining clubs and doing community service activities together.” Active Greek communities and other campus organizations round out the experience. There is something for everyone at Adelphi.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



70% female
30% male
7% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time


From The School


Could there be a better location for a college campus than ours? Nestled in beautiful suburban Garden City, New York, Adelphi’s home is in the heart of Long Island. Shops, banks, and restaurants are within walking distance, and legendary beaches, museums, entertainment venues, and premiere shopping destinations are a short car-ride away. A short-walk and 45 minute train ride will bring you into New York City, the financial and cultural center of the world.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

While you’re changing and growing, we are, too. That’s because we’re building your future even as we’re building ours. The new Performing Arts Center, opening in May, 2008, will showcase our prestigious programs in acting, design/technical theatre, music, and dance together under one roof. The new Center will feature a 500-seat music performance hall, dance recital rooms, music practice rooms, temperature-controlled instrument storage rooms, and a Black Box theatre. Opening in April, 2008, the Recreation and Sports Center will become the new home of Adelphi’s successful athletics programs. The Center’s three story, three court gym, which converts into a 2,200 seat arena for basketball games and other events, will accommodate recreational and intercollegiate athletes and health and physical education students, and can host NCAA tournaments and championships. Other recent and planned additions to the Adelphi campus include: A new Alice Brown Early Learning Center, a learning lab for students in education, psychology, and healthcare programs, which will provide age appropriate classrooms plus indoor and outdoor space for children ages one and a half to five. A new residence hall, scheduled to open in 2009. Our newest residence hall will join our six current halls that are home to more than 1,200 students. The new Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts, dedicated in November 2007, features ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and painting studios, and exhibition space.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Our students take full advantage of the benefits of our location and learning outside the classroom is truly a part of the Adelphi experience, in formal internships, field placements, and clinical training as well as the informal interaction of our students with the riches of Long Island and metropolitan New York. In virtually every major, Adelphi students have access to world-class resources—museums, theaters and galleries, healthcare and research facilities, corporate headquarters, and government facilities on Long Island and New York City.

Student Organizations & Activities

Take part in or watch your classmates in our thriving cultural arts programs, including plays, art exhibits, concerts, and lectures. Attend a sporting event with friends, or check out the comprehensive sports and fitness services available, including intramural athletics and group classes in pilates and yoga. With more than 80 student organizations, including community service, academic, cultural, and religious clubs, student-run media, seven Greek-letter social sororities and fraternities, and 20 academic honor societies, there’s something for everyone.

Students Say

Adelphi is a school that provides flexibility and diversity, but even more important: accessibility. Many students commute to school, but the on-campus community is outgoing and welcoming. The size of the student body allows for many leadership opportunities on campus as well as more personalized attention from faculty and staff. One freshman states, “It had a great community feeling, [making] the transition to college easy.” Another student adds, “There are opportunities available to every student no matter where they came from”. Most students join a minimum of one club or organization on top of their classes, “obtaining a good balance of labor and leisure.” There is a place for everyone to feel connected to the school. .” Commuters and on-campus students appreciate the flexibility in scheduling and the ease of getting around, both on and off-campus. An incoming student tells us, “From the moment I arrived at the Nassau Blvd. train station and stepped foot on the bus until the moment I got back on the train, I felt like I was part of the family. Everyone is very personable here, and it is clear that students and faculty connect and make lifelong friendships. But friendliness is only the beginning! The campus is gorgeously landscaped and designed with nature in mind. Its proximity to NYC provides students with so many opportunities as well.” While many feel the campus becomes deserted on the weekends, most appreciate the proximity to NYC for shopping, entertainment, and sporting events, and take advantage of public transportation to experience all that the city has to offer.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Susan Spencer

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III or IV, WJ-III, Specific LD diagnosis with psychoeducational evaluation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Comprehensive evaluation with written interpretive report.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

15% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Panthers)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups: LGBTSSA was established to promote awareness within the Adelphi community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered issues and to establish a network by providing information and support for students.

Minority Support Groups: African Peoples Organization, Asian Student Association, Caribbean Cultural Awareness Club, Latino Students United, NAACP

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Hofstra University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: New York Institute of Technology


Thirty-six percent water-use reduction; 100 percent energy offset through wind power; 100 percent pesticide-free grounds—these numbers only begin to capture the green transformation going on at Adelphi University. Adelphi has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its green power purchasing. Its recent purchase of more than 21 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits have helped offset an amount of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to that produced by nearly 3,000 cars or 2,000 average American homes. Adelphi is also home to one of the first geothermal heating and cooling systems on Long Island. The university has committed to using geothermal heating and cooling systems in the residence halls, Center for Recreation and Sports, and Performing Arts Center. Adelphi has also installed solar panels on the roof of the library, which provide an estimated 57,000 kilowatt hours per year. But the feather in Adelphi’s green cap has to be its LEED-certified Center for Recreation and Sports and Performing Arts. The building features bicycle storage areas, low-flow plumbing fixtures, building materials from responsibly managed, often local, sources, and even skylights! The building has reduced Adelphi’s fossil energy use by 20 percent. One hundred percent of the cleaning products used to keep these spaces in tip-top condition are Green Seal-certified, and all of the campus grounds are maintained organically. Recycling areas are provided in each building on campus, and thanks to plenty of alternative transportation options on campus, almost one-third of student trips to and from class are environmentally responsible. Currently, the university is installing four electric vehicle charging stations. Adelphi University received well-deserved recognition for its commitment to sustainability when the EPA awarded it second place in the NE-10 Conference as part of its Green Power Partnership.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

For systems: Dell and Apple give special educational pricing which is lower than public pricing but not as low as institutional rate. For hardware: CDW gives special pricing.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Christine Murphy
Director of Admissions

1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ruth S. Harley University Center
UnderGround Cafe
Swirbul Library
New Fine Arts Building
New Recreational Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
New York City
Jones Beach
Roosevelt Field/The Source Malls
Eisenhower Park
Nassau Coliseum

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 11AM to 3 PM, selected Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Select Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports: JFK International Airport and Laguardia are the two closest airports. Train: Amtrak to Penn Station. Long Island Rail Road (Hempstead Line) to Nassau Boulevard Stop. Adelphi is a 5 minute walk east on South Avenue.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From North of Long Island: Take I-95 South to 295 (Throgs Neck Bridge, Eastern Long Island). Go over Throgs Neck Bridge, bearing right and exit onto the Cross Island Parkway towards Long Island. Take the Cross Island Parkway to the Long Island Expressway - East (Route 495). Take Exit 34 S (New Hyde Park)on the Long Island Expressway. At the first light, turn right onto New Hyde Park Road. Travel 3.2 miles on New Hyde Park Road and turn left onto Stewart Avenue. At the fourth light, turn right onto Nassau Boulevard. After crossing the railroad tracks turn left onto South Ave. Adelphi is about a third of a mile on the right. From points South: Take I-95 North (New Jersey Turnpike) to Exit 13 (Goethals Bridge). After crossing Goethals Bridge, continue on the Staten Island Expressway to the Verrazano Bridge. After crossing the Verrazano Bridge, take the Belt Parkway. Take the Southern State Parkway from the Belt Parkway. Continue on the Southern State Parkway to Exit 17N (Hempstead Avenue). Turn left at the second light (Nassau Boulevard). Travel 2.5 miles to the ninth light, turn right onto South Ave. Adelphi's campus is about a third of a mile on the right.

Local Accommodations
Twelve hotels are listed at the following website:
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Key Stats

Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists