Adelphi University

South Ave, Garden City, NY 11530-0701

School Details

More than 100,000 students have enrolled in Adelphi University since it opened its doors as a preparatory academy in Brooklyn, New York in 1863. By the end of the nineteenth century, Adelphi was recognized as a co-educational institution with a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Recognition continued as Adelphi became noted as the “first private co-educational institute of higher education on Long Island.” Today, the University continues to expand, hiring additional faculty, updating facilities, and installing modern technology. Adelphi University currently maintains four campuses, including the Garden City Campus, Manhattan Center, Hauppauge Center, and Hudson Valley Center, in addition to select programs at off-campus centers. Furthermore, the University houses eight schools.

  •     The College of Arts and Sciences
  •     The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
  •     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
  •     The University College

The University awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, along with Advanced Certificates and Postdoctoral postgraduate certificates. Over 7,800 students attend Adelphi University, including international students from 45 different countries, and class sizes average 20 students with a 10:1 student-faculty ratio.

Adelphi University is chartered by the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, in addition to accreditation by the New York State Education Department, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American Psychological Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The University also retains memberships with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the College Board, and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities New York’s Private Colleges and Universities. Adelphi has also received accolades, like the listing in America’s Top Colleges for 2011 and 2012 by Forbes.

The School of University College at Adelphi University, located on the Garden City campus, offers a variety of options for adult students returning to school. Students can complete Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with certificate programs, and non-credit coursework. Classes are offered in the evenings, weekends, online, and in blended formats. Accelerated courses and four-credit classes also accommodate busy lifestyles. In addition, University College evaluates prior learning and life experience for earned credits and supports students through small class sizes and personalized advisors. The University offers three programs online, including the:

  •     Associate of Science in Emergency Services Administration
  •     Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration
  •     Noncredit Certificate in English/Spanish Translation Studies

In addition, a large number of online courses in the fields of Humanistic Studies, Natural Science, Social Science, Emergency Management, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management and Communications, and Health Information Technology are offered each semester. Students pursuing a Master’s of Science in Emergency Management can also complete select classes online. Online classes are conducted in asynchronous formats and taught by highly qualified faculty.

Tuition for Adelphi students enrolled in University College is:

  •     Undergraduate students, $710 per credit hour
  •     Graduate students, $930 per credit hour

Tuition does not include additional fees, and students will need to pay a base fee of $1,485 for granted life experience credit. As a cost comparison, tuition for full-time undergraduate students enrolled in Adelphi is $14,135 per semester for tuition and fees for full-time students and $860 per credit hour for part-time undergraduate students.

Adelphi University sponsors various financial aid packages which include grants, loans, and scholarships for eligible students.

Grant programs include:

  •     Federal Pell Grant
  •     Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  •     Federal Work-Study
  •     New York State Tuition Assistance Program Grant
  •     New York State Part-time Tuition Assistance Program
  •     New York State Aid for Part-Time Study
  •     Bureau of Indian Education HIgher Education Grant

Loan programs include:

  •     Federal Stafford Loan
  •     Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  •     Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  •     Federal Perkins Loan
  •     Nursing Student Loan
  •     Nurse Faculty Student Loan
  •     Federal Consolidation Loan
  •     Alternative Loans

In addition, Adelphi University provides merit-based scholarships, like the Adelphi University Trustee Scholarship and the Adelphi University Presidential Scholarship, in addition to various scholarships offered by individual programs.

Adelphi University supports the educational endeavors of military personnel and veterans by  sponsoring a variety of benefits for qualifying students, including:

  •     Waiver of application fees
  •     Pre-enrollment advising
  •     Late admissions
  •     No academic penalty for early withdrawal
  •     Specialized education for adults over 21 housed in University College
  •     Support services through the Division of Student Affairs, Academic Services, and Career Planning
  •     Financial aid benefits, including the participation in Tuition Assistance via the Yellow Ribbon Program - Post 9/11 GI Bill.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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