Adelphi University is a private university in Garden City, New York. Adelphi also has centers in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County. It is the oldest institution of higher education in suburban Long Island. It currently has a population of 8,146 students (undergraduate and graduate students.)
|Motto||Vita Sine Litteris Mors Est |
(from Epistulae morales ad Lucilium by Seneca the Younger)
Motto in English
|Literal translation: "Life without learning is death"|
"The Truth Shall Make Us Free"
|Established||June 24, 1896|
|1,013 (336 full-time, 677 part-time)|
|Students||7,859 (6,154 full-time, 1,705 part-time)|
|Undergraduates||5,103 (4,525 full-time, 578 part-time)|
|Postgraduates||2,756 (1,629 full-time, 1,127 part-time)|
|Campus||Suburban, 75 acres (300,000 m2) (304,000 m²)|
|Colors||Brown and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – NE-10|
|Sports||23 Varsity Teams|
Adelphi University began with the Adelphi Academy, founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1863. The academy was a private preparatory school located at 412 Adelphi Street, in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, but later moved to Clinton Hill. It was formally chartered in 1869 by the board of trustees of the City of Brooklyn for 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." One of the teachers at the Adelphi Academy was Harlan Fiske Stone, who later served as the Chief Justice of the United States.
In 1893, Dr. Charles Herbert Levermore was appointed as the head of Adelphi Academy. Seeking to establish a liberal arts college for the City of Brooklyn, Levermore received a charter from the Board of Regents of the State of New York, officially establishing Adelphi College on June 24, 1896. The college received its charter through the efforts of Timothy Woodruff, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and future first president of the board of trustees. Adelphi was one of the first coeducational institutions to receive a charter from the State of New York. At the time of its foundation, the college numbered only 57 students and 16 instructors. The Adelphi Academy continued to exist as a separate but nonetheless connected entity to the college. The new college was located in a building behind the Adelphi Academy, on the corner of St. James's Place and Clifton Place, in Brooklyn. The building that originally housed Adelphi is now used by Pratt Institute for their School of Architecture.
In 1912, Adelphi became a women's college. In 1922, the school raised over one million dollars to expand the overcrowded facilities in Brooklyn. In 1925, Adelphi College severed its ties with the Adelphi Academy, the latter closing in 1930. In 1929, the college moved from its founding location in Brooklyn to the current location of its main campus in Garden City, New York. The original "academy" continues to function as a P–12 school in Brooklyn. The original three buildings of the Garden City campus, Levermore Hall, Blodgett Hall and Woodruff Hall, were designed by McKim, Mead and White.
In 1938, the Dance Program was founded by the world-famous dancer Ruth St. Denis. In 1943, the School of Nursing was established in response to the need for nurses due to American involvement in World War II. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt presided over the opening of two federally funded residence halls on campus, in a speech entitled "The Challenge of Nursing for Young Women Today."
In 1946, after World War II ended, Adelphi reverted to a coeducational college and started admitting new students on the federal GI Bill. New sports teams were created following the readmission of men to the school. In 1952, the first program for clinical psychology was established at the school; it was the forerunner to the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, now the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology.
In 1963, the New York State Board of Regents granted the college university status, and the name was changed to Adelphi University. In 1964, the School of Business was founded. In 1966, the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies was founded. In 1973, the University established ABLE (Adult Baccalaureate Learning Experience) for the education of adults. Now known as the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, it was one of the earliest programs created for nontraditional students. In 1984, the Institute for Teaching and Educational Studies was founded; it became the School of Education in 1990. In 1993, the Society of Mentors was established, giving students faculty advisors that they could consult on an as-needed basis to assist them in their studies. In 1995, the Honors College was founded.
In January 1963, Adelphi Suffolk College (which had started out in 1955 offering extension courses in Suffolk County, New York) purchased the former W.K. Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale, New York. In 1968 it was spun off to Dowling College after its chief benefactor, Robert Dowling.
Adelphi faced a serious scandal in 1996, as the school celebrated its 100th anniversary. University president Peter Diamandopoulos and the board of trustees were accused of neglect of duty, misconduct and failure to carry out the educational purposes of Adelphi. The New York State Board of Regents was called in to investigate; Diamandopoulos, along with all but one of the board of trustees, was dismissed from office. The university was in dire financial straits until Dr. Robert A. Scott was installed in the position of President in 2000. Scott saved the school by decreasing tuition, increasing scholarships offered for the students, and launching an advertising campaign to increase enrollment. Since that time, the school has surpassed many of its previous gains, and is said to be undergoing a new renaissance. Adelphi University has been ranked as a "Best Buy" college by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for the last ten years for its quality education offered at a comparatively affordable price. Adelphi University also participates in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities's (NAICU) University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN).
College and university presidents
- Charles H. Levermore, 1896–1912
- S. Parkes Cadman, 1912–1915 (interim)
- Frank D. Blodgett, 1915–1937
- Paul Dawson Eddy, 1937–1963
- Paul Dawson Eddy, 1963–1965
- Arthur Brown, 1965–1967
- Robert Olmsted, 1967–1969
- Charles Vevier, 1969–1971
- Randall McIntyre, 1971–1972
- Timothy Costello, 1972–1985
- Peter Diamandopoulos, 1985–1997
- Igor Webb, 1997
- James A. Norton, 1997–1998
- Matthew Goldstein, 1998–1999
- Steven L. Isenberg, 1999–2000
- Robert A. Scott, 2000–2015
- Christine Riordan, 2015–Present
Breast cancer support program
The university's School of Social Work is home to the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, which marks its 30th anniversary in 2010. The program began in 1980 as the Woman-to-Woman Hotline, a free and confidential service to help women with breast cancer. It is the second oldest breast cancer hotline in the United States; over 100 trained volunteers offer information and emotional support for women and men suffering from breast cancer. There are professional social workers, bi-lingual Spanish-speaking staff and support staff, along with support groups, educational programs and individual counseling.
Levermore Global Scholars program
The Levermore Global Scholars program (LGS) is an academic program of distinction that enriches any major with an interdisciplinary global perspective through seminars and a variety of co-curricular activities, including cultural excursions, internships, study abroad, service projects, and activities at the United Nations. The program is a member of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and is an active participant in the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative. The program is named after Adelphi's first president Dr. Charles Herbert Levermore, an outspoken internationalist, friend and classmate of Woodrow Wilson, and recipient of the Bok Peace Prize (also known as the American Peace Award).
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In 2015, Adelphi University was ranked #17 in New York State by average professor salaries.
Colleges, schools and degrees
- 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.
- Honors College
On February 27, 2012, president Robert A. Scott announced a gift of $9.5 million from Adelphi Board of Trustees Chairman Robert B. Willumstad '05 (Hon.). The Adelphi University School of Business, established in 1964, was renamed the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business in his honor.
Joint degree programs
- Dentistry: New York University College of Dentistry (3–4 B.S./D.D.S.)
- Engineering: Columbia University,(3–2 B.A./B.S.)
- Environmental Studies: Columbia University (3–2 B.A./B.S. or 4–2 B.A./M.S.)
- Optometry: SUNY State College of Optometry (3–4 B.S./O.D.)
- Osteopathic Medicine: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (3–4 B.S./D.O.)
- Physical Therapy: New York Medical College (4–3 B.S./D.P.T.)
Adelphi has partnerships with outside providers who offer study abroad opportunities to students in approximately 120 different countries.
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.
Main campus buildings
Many of the buildings on the Garden City campus are symmetrical in nature. This is likely because garden cities are typically planned symmetrically. For example, Woodruff Hall has a second chimney solely to preserve the symmetry of the building.
- Alice Brown Early Learning Center
- Alumnae Hall
- Angello Alumni House
- Center for Recreation and Sports (home gym of Panthers volleyball and basketball)
- Blodgett Hall
- Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise (School of Business)
- Harvey Hall (School of Education)
- The Hy Weinberg Center (Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies)
- Klapper Center for Fine Arts
- Levermore Hall
- Nexus Building and Welcome Center (College of Nursing and Public Health)
- Performing Arts Center, which now includes the Olmsted Theatre
- Post Hall
- The Science Building
- The Social Work Building
- Swirbul Library
- The Ruth S. Harley University Center
- Woodruff Hall
- Chapman Hall
- Earle Hall
- Eddy Hall
- Linen Hall
- Residence Hall A
- Residence Hall B
- Waldo Hall
Recognized men's fraternities
Recognized sororities and women's fellowships
Recognized professional fraternity
Recognized organizations and clubs
- Circle K International (community service)
- Hellenic Society
- PAWS Web Radio
- The Delphian
- Student Government Association
- International Students Society
- Debate Society
- Psychology Club
- Works in Progress
- Accounting Society
- Biology Club
- Black Students United
- Chabad Jewish Student Club (Jewish)
- Anthropology Club
- Environmental Action Coalition
- Equestrian Club
- Chemistry Club
- Criminal Justice Club
- Adelphi Ballroom Club
- Future Teachers Association
- Females of Culture United for Success (FOCUS)
- Human Resources Society
- Math and Computer Science Club
- Nation Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
- Newman Club (Catholic)
- Spanish Club
- Latin-American Student Organization
- Pre-Law Society
- Muslim Students Association
- Sikhs United
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- South Asian Student Association
- Student Activities Board
- Student Appreciation and Recognition of Adelphi Pinoys (SARAP)
- Operation Smile Adelphi
Bridges to Adelphi
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 program is designed to make transition between high school and college easier. Students in Bridges to Adelphi individually meet with Bridges staff on a regular basis to help with their social and/or academic difficulties. The program also offers plenty of social groups and events.
It is located in the lower level of Earle Hall.
The Panthers have won 17 NCAA Division II National Championships in three different sports. The men's lacrosse team has won seven national crowns, their last coming in 2001. The women's lacrosse team has won an NCAA Division II-record nine, including three consecutive National Championships in 2009, 2010, 2011 and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. In 1974, the men's soccer team were the National Champions. They have also won numerous individual national championships in track and field.
Since transitioning to the Northeast-10, the Adelphi Panthers have become a powerhouse in the East Region. In 2013, just their fourth year in the conference, the Panthers were awarded the 2013 Northeast-10 Presidents' Cup. The Presidents' Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the Northeast-10. The honor is awarded to the institution that compiles the most total points from all of its programs competing in league championships.
- 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
- Nick Cummings – Ph.D. past president of the American Psychological Association and founding board chairman of Care Integra, and author
- Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour) – musician, author, lecturer, founder and frontman of the hip-hop group Public Enemy
- Gary Dell'Abate, "Baba Booey" – long-time producer of The Howard Stern Show
- Meredith Eaton-Gilden – American psychotherapist and actress
- Paul Ekman – American psychologist
- Clara Fasano – sculptor
- John Forslund – television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL
- Karen Fraction – Broadway dancer and actress
- Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. – New York State Senator, 8th District, representing the South Shore of Nassau and Suffolk Counties
- Arie Gill-Glick – Israeli Olympic runner
- Wes Green – professional lacrosse player, Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse, and San Jose Stealth of National Lacrosse League
- Alexander Greendale - Playwright and civic leader.
- Alice Hoffman – New York Times best-selling author
- Earlene Hill Hooper – New York State Assemblywoman, 18th District, representing much of Nassau County
- Jonathan Larson – creator of the Broadway musical Rent
- Michael Lindsay – actor and voice artist
- Suzanne Luna – producer and director on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Gee Malik Linton – director and screenwriter
- Leona Marlin-Romeo 5th Prime Minister of Sint Maarten
- Gregory W. Meeks – congressman from New York, 6th District, representing Queens
- Donna Orender (née Geils; born 1957) – women's pro basketball league all-star and current WNBA president
- Carmen Ortiz – former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
- Billy Phillips – professional soccer player and coach.
- Gary Sullivan – professional soccer player, Long Island Rough Riders of the USL First Division
- Al Trautwig – sports announcer, member of the Adelphi Athletics Hall of Fame
- Rebecca Tobey – sculptor
- Edolphus Towns – congressman from New York, 10th District, representing Brooklyn
- Steven Vincent – Broadway choreographer, dancer, and teacher
- Robert B. Willumstad – chairman and CEO, American International Group
- Mike Windischmann – soccer, captain of United States World Cup team in 1990
- Theresa Wolfson – labor economist and educator, won the John Dewey Award of the League for Industrial Democracy
- Jacqueline Woodson – award-winning author of children's literature
- Bob Beamon – American track and field athlete, world record holder in long jump for 23 years
- Flavor Flav – Rapper, member of the rap group Public Enemy
Notable faculty (past and present)
- Anagnostis P. Agelarakis, professor and chair of anthropology and vice president of the Mediterranean Archaeological Society whose discoveries of the remains of 4 women in Eleutherna, Crete, conferred a distinction in Archaeology's list of Top 10 discoveries of 2009
- Robert E. Bradley, president of The Euler Society and chairman of the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America
- Al Davis (1929–2011), served as former line coach for the Adelphi College football team from 1950 to 1951
- Loren Hightower - dancer, Metropolitan Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre; regular performer with the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway musicals
- Allen Krebs, sacked for expressing political views in class and went on to found the Free University of New York
- William Cranston Lawton (1853-1941), professor of Greek
- Jerry March (1929–97), organic chemist and professor of chemistry; authored March's Advanced Organic Chemistry text
- Paul Mattick Jr., professor and chair of philosophy. Author of Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism. Son of Paul Mattick Sr.
- Paul Moravec, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner in music composition
- Frances Perkins, professor of sociology, Labor Secretary under Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Lawrence Raphael, professor of communication sciences and disorders
- Alan R. Sadovnik, professor emeritus; Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Rutgers University
- WBAU (defunct) — the former student-operated radio station that used to broadcast on 90.3 FM.
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