Adelphi University


Adelphi University is a private university in the United States. With a history of over 110 years, it is the oldest higher education institution on Long Island. The university has an enrollment of about 8,603 students now. It was awarded the 2010 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and was named as one of the 2010 Best College in the Northeastern Region by the Princeton Review.

Adelphi University was founded in 1896 as a liberal arts college for the City of Brooklyn. It became a women’s college in 1912, and became co-educational in1946 after World War II. The campus is located in Garden City, New York, housing a range of buildings, including the main halls, residence halls, and so on.

The college offers degrees in associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs. Besides, some combined-degree programs, like scholars teacher education program (STEP). The average freshman retention rate is 80 percent, and the 4-year graduation rate is 58 percent.

The mission of Adelphi University is:

Adelphi University comprises a small liberal arts college and a cluster of professional schools that have grown up in close relationship to the needs of the region. Our mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and to offer professional preparation of the first rank in arts, education, business, clinical psychology, social work, nursing and other health sciences. The University prepares a broad spectrum of graduates and undergraduates for a wide range of life pursuits while fostering a passion for knowledge; an understanding and a questioning of cultural values; and a view of themselves as independent, lifelong learners, and contributors to knowledge and service in an ever-changing world. Adelphi University is committed to providing a high-quality education for all of its students: for undergraduates and graduates, for those coming directly from high schools, and for those who transfer from community and other colleges, for those studying the liberal arts and sciences, for those pursuing specific career preparations in the professional schools, and for those nontraditional students seeking access to higher levels of learning.


The university is chartered by the University of the State of New York, and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and receives specialized accreditation from a range of other agencies or programs.


Adelphi University comprises 11colleges and schools:

  • Center for Health Innovation
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • General Studies Program
  • Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
  • Honors College
  • Joint Degree Program
  • Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
  • Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • University College

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Health Professions and Related Programs
  2. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  3. Education
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Psychology

The university is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as No. 152 among Tier 1 National Universities.

As a leading private university, Adelphi university treasures personal achievement as importantly as ethics, character and goof citizenship. High-level student leaning and graduation rate is assured by exciting and challenging teaching, individual attention paid to students, and high-quality library, laboratories, and technology.


Applicants are required to supply completed application either online or in paper format, a application fee of $40, a personal statement or essay, official high school transcripts, official copies of SAT or ACT scores, and recommendation letters from a teacher, school-based administrator, or a guidance or college counselor.


The tuitions and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is USD 28,460, with the room and board cost USD 11,420.

About 67 percent full-time students get financial aids at Adelphi, and a variety of need-based financial aids or grants are offered. The average need-based scholarship or need-based financial aids is USD 6,722 every academic year.

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