Adelphi University

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Adelphi University
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"
Type Private
Established June 24, 1896
Endowment $175 million[1]
President Christine Riordan
Provost Sam L. Grogg (interim)
Academic staff
1,013 (336 full-time, 677 part-time)[2]
Students 7,859 (6,154 full-time, 1,705 part-time)[2]
Undergraduates 5,103 (4,525 full-time, 578 part-time)
Postgraduates 2,756 (1,629 full-time, 1,127 part-time)
Location Garden City, New York, U.S.
40°43′13″N 73°39′06″W / 40.7202°N 73.6517°W / 40.7202; -73.6517Coordinates: 40°43′13″N 73°39′06″W / 40.7202°N 73.6517°W / 40.7202; -73.6517
Campus Suburban, 75 acres (300,000 m2) (304,000 m²)
Colors Brown and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division IINE-10
Sports 23 Varsity Teams[3]
Nickname Panthers
Mascot Panther

Adelphi University is a private, nonsectarian university located in Garden City, in Nassau County, New York, United States. Adelphi also has Centers in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County. It is the oldest institution of higher education in suburban Long Island.[4] For the tenth year, Adelphi University has been named a "Best Buy" in higher education by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.[5] The university was also named a 2010 Best College in the Northeastern Region by The Princeton Review.[6] The institution was awarded the 2010 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[7] U.S. News & World Report ranked Adelphi University #153 among National Universities.[8]


Adelphi College

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.[9]

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.[10] 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 also the forerunner to the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies.

Adelphi University

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 University College, 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.[11] The university was in dire financial straits until the current president, Dr. Robert A. Scott, was installed in the position 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.[5] Adelphi University also participates in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities's (NAICU) University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN).[12]

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.[13] The program began in 1980 as the Woman-to-Woman Hotline, a free and confidential service to help women with breast cancer.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] 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).[18]


University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[19] 153
Washington Monthly[20] 82[21]

In 2015, Adelphi University was ranked #17 in New York State by average professor salaries.[22]

Colleges, schools and degrees

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.[23]

Joint degree programs

International programs

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 here on campus.

School facts

College and University Presidents

Adelphi College

Adelphi University

  • 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

School seal

The first school seal was developed with the foundation of the Adelphi Academy in 1869. Essentially, it was the current seal with several differences. First, the legend read "Adelphi Academy" and "Brooklyn, New York". Second, the letters in the emblem were "AA". Third, the eventual school motto, "The Truth Shall Make Us Free" did not appear. The motto was introduced in the second seal with the foundation of the college in 1896. At this time, the legend was changed to read "Adelphi College", the letters "AA" were changed to "AC", and the new date of foundation was introduced. The third seal removed the year 1869 from the emblem, reflecting the separation of the Academy and the college in 1925. The fourth seal was introduced in 1930 and changed the legend "Brooklyn, New York" to "Garden City, New York". The fifth and current seal was introduced in 1963, reflecting the school's University status. The legend now reads "Adelphi University" and the letters are "AU". The inscription Vita sine litteris mors est, meaning "Life without learning is death", appears on all variations of the school seal.

Main campus buildings

Main halls

Many of the buildings on the Garden City campus are symmetrical in nature. This is likely because garden cities are typically planned symmetrically.[25] For example, Woodruff Hall has a second chimney solely to preserve the symmetry of the building.

  • 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

Residence halls

  • Chapman Hall
  • Earle Hall
  • Eddy Hall
  • Linen Hall
  • New Hall A
  • New Hall B
  • Waldo Hall

Student organizations

Recognized Men's Fraternities

Recognized Sororities & Women's Fellowships

Recognized Professional Fraternity

Recognized organizations & 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
  • Anthropology Club
  • Environmental Action Coalition
  • 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
  • Oracle
  • Muslim Students Association
  • Sikhs United
  • Hillel
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • South Asian Student Association
  • Student Activities Board
  • C.A.L.I.B.E.R.
  • Operation Smile Adelphi


Main article: Adelphi Panthers
Official athletics logo.

The Adelphi Panthers are the athletic teams of Adelphi University. The Panthers compete at the NCAA Division II level for all sports except in women's bowling, in which they compete at the NCAA Division I level. Adelphi has been a member of the Northeast-10 Conference since 2009.

The Panthers have won thirteen 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 four, including three consecutive National Championships in 2009, 2010, 2011. 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.[26] Since arriving in the Northeast-10, the Panthers have won four regular season conference titles and 10 conference championships.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty (past and present)


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