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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1896
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 1 South Avenue, Garden City, New York, United States, 11530
    • Phone:
    • +18002335744
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town
  • The History of Adelphi University

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.

Academic Highlights

  • College of Arts and Sciences: B.A., B.S., B.F.A., M.A., M.S., M.F.A.,
  • College of Professional and Continuing Studies: A.A., A.S., A.A.S., B.A., B.S., Post-baccalaureate Certificate, M.S.
  • Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology: B.A., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., Psy.D.
  • Ruth S. Ammon School of Education: B.A., B.S., M.A., Advanced Certificates, Au.D., Ph.D.
  • Robert B Willumstad School of Business: B.S., B.A., B.B.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.S./M.B.A. (with School of Nursing).
  • College of Nursing and Public Health: B.S., M.S., M.S./M.B.A. (with School of Business), Ph.D.
  • School of Social Work: B.S.W., M.S.W., D.S.W., Ph.D.

Life in Adelphi University

The Bridges to Adelphi program is a fee-based program that specializes in social, academic and vocational services for students with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities or difficulties with executive functioning, time management skills, etc.  The Adelphi Panthers are the athletic teams of Adelphi University. The Panthers compete at the NCAA Division II level for all sports and has been a member of the Northeast-10 Conference since 2009. The Panthers have won 18 NCAA Division II National Championships in three different sports.

School Ranking

In 2015, Adelphi University was ranked #17 in New York State by average professor salaries.


For semester and academic year direct exchanges with Adelphi partners, students can use 100% of their federal and institutional aid. For programs that are not directly associated with Adelphi, but are from accredited institutions and are approved by the Center for International Education, students can use all of their federal aid, and 75% of their Adelphi institutional aid—all while remaining enrolled there on campus.

Notable Alumni

  • Chris Armas – professional soccer player, Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and current women's soccer coach at Adelphi
  • Michael Balboni – Deputy Secretary for Public Safety for the State of New York
  • Ron Bruder – American entrepreneur who runs Middle East education non-profits, named on the Time 100
  • Melanie Chartoff - actress and comedienne
  • Chuck Connors – American athlete and actor

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Other Campuses
    • 19 Baker Avenue, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
    • 55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge, New York, United States
    • 75 Varick Street, New York City, New York, United States



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