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Adelphi University: A Brief History

Adelphi University, the first institution of higher learning on Long Island, was founded in 1896. Today, it is a growing institution dedicated to transforming student lives through its unique, personalized approach to teaching and learning. The University is an independent, doctoral granting institution. With more than 7,900 students, the University offers more than 100 different degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional levels.

Today, Adelphi is a growing university that prides itself on an unending commitment to diversity, personalized education and successful student outcomes. From its original Garden City, New York, footprint of three buildings, Adelphi’s main campus has grown to encompass 29 buildings on 75 pastoral acres in the heart of Nassau County. There are eight colleges and schools 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 College of Nursing and Public Health; the School of Social Work; and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Through the addition of these schools and programs, Adelphi has reinvigorated its academic community by continuing to invest in its future. Our faculty is 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 local communities. As the University turns its strategic plan—Momentum—into a vision for the future, the University community has come together to accomplish mutual goals centered on scholarship and student achievement.

Adelphi’s main campus is in Garden City, New York, located just 23 miles from New York City. Getting to New York City from Adelphi’s Garden City campus is very convenient. With the Long Island Rail Road within walking distance and free shuttles offered to and from local train stations, the greatest city in the world is just a short ride away. The campus community has access to local Long Island culture and iconic New York City venues such as Broadway, Central Park, Barclays Center, Ellis Island, Yankee Stadium, the Museum of Modern Art, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center, to name just a few.

Additionally, Adelphi has a thriving center in downtown Manhattan as well as hubs in New York’s Suffolk County and the Hudson Valley. New York City and the tristate area are attractive destinations for the world. New York City ranks in the top five of the fastest-growing cities in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau 2016), top five most visited cities (Forbes 2016), No. 1 most economically powerful city in the world (Business Insider 2015), No. 1 most influential city in the world (Forbes 2014), No. 1 city for finance (The Telegraph 2017) and No. 1 best city in the world (Time Out 2016).

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