Quick Facts About Adelphi University
Our numbers tell a compelling story of our students and their success.
- Average undergrad class size: 20.8
- The student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
- 5,266 Undergraduate Students
- 43 States Represented (including US territories)
- 57 Countries Represented
Admission and cost of attendance
- Average High School GPA: 3.5
- 1155: Average SAT Score (Combined Math + Evidence-Based Reading and Writing)
- 50+ Programs of Study (Undergraduate)
- $37,170 in Tuition and Fees
- 73% Applicants Accepted
- 94.9% of freshmen students receive financial aid
- $14,360 Room and Board (annual cost of standard double + resident activity fee) + Meal Plan (annual cost of the gold plan)
- 23 Division II Sports
- 4 Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup
- 81 Northeast-10 Conference Championships
- 213 NCAA Tournament Appearances
- 16 National Championships
Awards and Recognition for Adelphi University
Adelphi is proud to be recognized by top organizations.
Adelphi University has been nationally recognized and cited by several well-respected organizations and publications such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Fiske Guide to Colleges and Forbes as a top choice for quality education. At a time when higher education is under intense scrutiny to demonstrate its relevance and value, we’re proud to know that other people are taking notice of the great things happening at Adelphi.
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report listed Adelphi as a Best College in its 2017 critique of 1,600 institutions, ranking the school in the top ten percent nationwide. Schools in the National Universities category evaluated by the publication offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus Masters and Ph.D. programs. These colleges are also noted for the commitment to groundbreaking research.
U.S. News has also named Adelphi to its Best Graduate Schools list for our programs in Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology, Clinical Psychology, Audiology and Social Work; we have also been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans.
The Princeton Review has ranked Adelphi University among the Best Northeastern Colleges as well as it’s a list of Green Colleges for exceptional commitments to sustainability based on academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.
Fiske guide to colleges
Adelphi has been recognized by the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” institutions and for 11 consecutive years has been listed among a select number of Best Buys in higher education. Only 25 private institutions in the country receive this distinction each year. Accolades such as this offer an independent evaluation of how the school fares on the tuition-centric topic of return on investment.
Colleges of distinction
Adelphi has again been recognized by the Colleges of Distinction organization for our excellence in four areas: Engagement, Teaching, Community and Outcomes. Their evaluation includes factors such as being respected by education professionals, having a strong focus on teaching undergraduates, providing a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, promoting an active campus life and offering an undergraduate education that is highly valued by graduate programs and employers.
USA Today College
USA TODAY College tabbed Adelphi as a top-10 school in the United States in the area of social work. Adelphi ranked sixth in the nation out of 513 accredited Bachelor in Social Work programs, an exceptional ranking for a school roughly one-tenth the size of most of the other top nine. This list was based on student outcomes and the ability to find a job. With B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D. and certification programs, the School of Social Work trains practitioners to improve lives and advocate for social justice and ethical social work practice.
As one of Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges, Adelphi has been endorsed for what its students get out of their education as opposed to what gets them into the school. Forbes showcases the colleges and universities that deliver the best return on your education investment dollars: low student debt, on-time graduation, quality academics, high earning potential and career success.
Adelphi University has been recognized among College Choice’s “50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities” in 2017 for having shown “a consistent value and priority for meeting the physical, social and academic needs of students with learning disabilities and special needs.”
Crain's New York business
Crain’s New York Business hailed the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business as one of the largest M.B.A. programs in New York-based on enrollment.
Money magazine has named Adelphi University on its list of Best Colleges for excellence in educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. As one of the best choices families can make, Adelphi University provides students with a global learning experience that fully prepares them for successful, fulfilling careers through innovative programming, dedicated faculty, comprehensive support and services, and diverse learning opportunities. Adelphi students graduate with the tools to compete and excel in their chosen fields, and the skills to address the needs of their communities. Lasting relationships are created and maintained at the University through many different forms. The Adelphi alumni network is more than 100,000 strong.
Bethpage Best of Long Island
Every year, the Long Island Press asks readers to vote for their favorites for the paper’s Best of Long Island Awards. In 2017, Long Islanders voted Adelphi no. 1 in seven categories: Best College or University—ahead of 19 other colleges—Best Public Garden, Best Concert Venue, Best Local Live Theater, Kali Chan for Best Publicist and Dominic Scala for Best College Sports Coach. And our president, Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., was named Best College President.
Center for world university rankings
Adelphi University’s Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology has been ranked fourth worldwide among psychology and psychoanalysis schools by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). More than 26,000 degree-granting institutions were included in the annual ranking.
Military and veterans
As a Military Friendly School®, Adelphi is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The list recognizes only the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has named Adelphi as a Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program school. This means that qualified veterans can attend Adelphi at little or no cost.
As a recipient of the 2010 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, Adelphi University has been named in the recently released 2015 list of designated honorees. Awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this announcement solidifies Adelphi’s commitment to its larger community for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
Adelphi is one of 361 institutions that now hold the Community Engagement Classification, recognizing the University’s engagement and contribution to important community agendas. The University is one of only 24 institutions selected from New York.
Northeast -10 Conference Presidents' Cup
Adelphi’s athletics program was once again honored with the Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup in 2017. The Presidents’ Cup is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points, based on finishes in the regular-season standings, from all of its programs competing in league championships. Adelphi joined the Northeast-10 in 2009.
President's higher education community service honor roll
For the fifth year in a row, Adelphi has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is a national award given in recognition to colleges and universities that have shown excellence in developing and implementing effective community engagement and community service programs at their institutions. Again this year, Adelphi was additionally honored by receiving the award “With Distinction,” a ranking reserved for “top tier applicant institutions” in the categories of General Community Service and Education.
Payscale.com lists Adelphi as a leader among national universities in regard to the all-important return on investment factor (ROI). It details the outcomes of students, analyzing the average salary of undergraduates and graduate-level students and which employers are hiring graduates in which geographic locations. This data was also used by AffordableCollegesOnline.org which identified Adelphi as one of 84 colleges in New York where the degrees paid off and students earned more over their lifetimes than other institutions. Payscale’s annual college tuition return on investment (ROI) report finds Adelphi with the highest annual percentage ROI—when financial aid is figured in—of any college on Long Island. Adelphi graduates are experiencing a 10.6 percent annual tuition ROI and a 30-year net return of $545,000.
Top management degrees
Adelphi University’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business is ranked No. 16 among Top Management Degrees’ Top 25 M.B.A. Programs in New York for 2017 and is ranked among Top Management Degrees’ Top 25 Undergraduate New York Business Schools in 2017. Adelphi’s M.B.A. is recognized for its “combination of educational excellence and affordability,” while its undergrad program is cited for accreditations by AACSB International and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, as well as its prestigious rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review.
The Education Trust
The Education Trust has noted that Adelphi is a “Top 25 gainer in Hispanic student graduation rates among private institutions.” The report—subtitled “Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students”—indicated that Adelphi has made strong gains in improving outcomes for Latino students.
In 2003, the United Nations’ Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information approved Adelphi as a non-governmental organization in recognition of the University’s commitment to bringing “global awareness of international issues and the United Nations to the University community and the public.”
Teacher education recognition from NYCDOE
Adelphi tied with another regional school for the highest percentage of teachers—12 percent—considered to be highly effective in student improvement on standardized math and English tests between a fourth and eighth grade in the Teacher Preparation Program Reports from the New York City Department of Education. This recognition was written about in The Wall Street Journal and on the Politico website.
Adelphi was featured in MyMajors magazine as one of the Top 20 schools with the most matched majors. Potential students take the MyMajors quiz and are matched to schools from their database of 7,200 institutes of higher education.
The Hearing Review
The Hearing Review named Adelphi University and its partners in the Long Island Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Consortium to its Best of List for Hearing Healthcare Professionals.
Adelphi’s main Garden City campus is a registered arboretum, part of why the Sierra Club named the University a “Cool School.”
Adult learning-focused institution of higher education
Adelphi’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies (formerly University College) is a member of the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). College of Professional and Continuing Studies is just one of three ALFI member institutions in New York State.
Emergency management degree program guide
The Emergency Management Degree Program Guide ranked Adelphi University #10 as a top college for online emergency management master’s degrees.
Women's choice award
The Women’s Choice Award has included Adelphi University as one of the top 300 colleges for women based on criteria including campus safety, reputation, student to faculty ratio, depth of education and four-year graduation rates.
Animation career review
Adelphi University has been named to the list of Top 50 Schools in the US for Game Design and Development by Animation Career Review.
Best university performing arts centers in the U.S
ClickitTicket named the Adelphi PAC one of the 35 Best University Performing Arts Centers in the country, citing its superb technology and creativity.
Top 50 online sports management programs
Adelphi University has been named to the list of the nation’s Top 50 Online Master’s in Sports Management Programs 2018 by the online business education and career guide Top Management Degrees.
Reflecting on the exceptional distinctions bestowed on the school, Adelphi is proud to stand on its reputation for excellence in academics, athletics experiential learning and return on investment. The University will continue to challenge itself to offer exceptional learning and service opportunities that allow students and our community as a whole to grow.
Teacher.org’s August 2016 Best Colleges for Master’s in Education ranked Adelphi University No.13 on their list out of 352 qualifying schools.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected 115 U.S colleges and universities for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Adelphi University was a recipient.
On the U.S. News & World Report National University Rankings, Adelphi University is ranked No. 146 in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities.
Forbes ranked Adelphi University No. 381 on its America’s Top Colleges list.
Adelphi University at a Glance
A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.
Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.
Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.
More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.
History of Adelphi University
See how Adelphi has transformed into a powerful institution.
Adelphi University’s roots reach back to 1863 and the founding of the Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, New York. The Academy was incorporated in 1869 and its Board of Trustees was charged with establishing a first-class institution for the broadest and most thorough training, and to make its advantages as accessible as possible to the largest numbers of our population. The school quickly gained a reputation for its innovative curriculum, particularly in physical culture and early childhood education.
The appointment of Charles H. Levermore, Ph.D., as the head of the Academy in 1893 was an important moment in Adelphi’s history. Realizing the city of Brooklyn was without a liberal arts college, Levermore seized the opportunity to establish Adelphi College. Through the efforts of Timothy Woodruff, former lieutenant governor of New York State and future president of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, Adelphi College, with 57 students and 16 instructors, was granted a charter—one of the earliest charters granted to a coeducational college by the Board of Regents of the State of New York—on June 24, 1896. Henceforth, degrees issued bore the seals of Adelphi College and of the University of the State of New York and were signed by the officers of the College and by the chancellor and the secretary of the University. For the next 25 years, the Academy remained intact yet separate from the College.
Over the course of the next 100 years, Adelphi grew and changed significantly. In 1929, Adelphi University became the first private, coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island. Since that time, more than 100,000 students have passed through our doors, leaving their mark on the University and the world beyond.
Today, Adelphi is thriving. Our colleges and schools include the College of Arts and Sciences; the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology; the Honors College; the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business; the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education; the School of Nursing; the School of Social Work; and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. We have reinvigorated our academic community and invested in our future. Our faculty are leading the way to ensure that our students receive the finest education in the region and that Adelphi continues to serve as a vital resource to our local communities. As we turn our strategic plan into a vision for our future, the campus community has come together to accomplish mutual goals centered on scholarship and student achievement.
While universities around the country have been eliminating faculty, Adelphi has hired more than 280 new professors since 2001. Current full- and part-time faculty total 956, with a student/faculty ratio of 10:1. To ensure that our scholars have the resources needed to reach their goals, we have invested millions of dollars in infrastructure. We have renovated our facilities; upgraded our technology and created smart classrooms; dramatically improved our libraries—both facilities and collections; and invested in new equipment, including state-of-the-art lasers for two new physics laboratories, an atomic scanning microscope and a nuclear magnetic resonance machine for the chemistry program, new pianos from Steinway & Sons, and enhanced digital music facilities to support our music and performing arts programs. An ambitious campus expansion project has, over the last decade, resulting in the completion and opening of the Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts with space for painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics; the Center for Recreation and Sports, containing gyms and an indoor track; the Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) includes a 500-seat Concert Hall and additional performance, rehearsal and classroom space for music, theatre and dance; an outdoor sports complex; a complete renovation of Woodruff Hall with a modern exercise room, pool, teaching gym and classroom; the Alice Brown Early Learning Center; and additional parking.
Scholars throughout the University are making significant contributions to their disciplines. In recent years, Adelphi faculty members have been recognized as Fulbright and Hartford Scholars, and have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The School of Social Work is accredited for the maximum time that the accrediting agency grants. In fact, our School of Social Work was reaccredited with no recommendations for improvement by the Council on Social Work Education’s site evaluation committee, and the School’s self-study document so impressed the council that it is now used as a model in reaccreditation training sessions for other programs.
Currently, nearly 8,000 students are thriving in our classrooms, in our programs, on our sports fields at the main Garden City campus and at centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie. Our students have gone on to achieve awards and national recognition for their scholarship, service and leadership.
Adelphi also seeks to serve its locality, state and nation through the research and practice of its faculty; the strengthening of ties between the professional schools and community; the staging of distinguished cultural events at its campuses; and most essentially, the education of a generation of future leaders and informed citizens, professionals, and community members.
Adelphi University Mission and Vision
Our University transforms the lives of all students by creating a distinctive environment of intellectual rigor, research, creativity and deep community engagement across four core areas of focus: arts and humanities, STEM and social sciences, the professions, and health and wellness.
We will become a nationally respected leader—a standard-bearer—for redefining the practical and personal value of education for students, helping them define their success in the classroom, on campus, in careers and communities, and beyond.
We are guided by six core values that exemplify the type of community we seek to create:
- Academic excellence
- Creativity and Innovation
- Community and collaboration
- Global awareness and diversity
- Respect for the individual
- Truth and integrity