Adelphi is a place of opportunity where students gain the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Adelphi prides itself on a distinguished 120-year history.
Adelphi has a long and impressive history of preparing students of all backgrounds through exceptional liberal arts and sciences education and professional training.
Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health began in 1943 as the first Central Collegiate School of Nursing, which became one of the largest units of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the residence halls built to accommodate the cadets in 1944. Today, the College of Nursing and Public Health is thriving and will move to a new home in the 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building and Welcome Center.
In 1972, Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies became the nation’s first university-based professional school of psychology. Since then, the Derner Institute has emerged as an internationally recognized leader in scientific and clinical psychology.
With one of the lowest tuitions among the 19 private colleges and universities on Long Island, Adelphi has been named a Best Buy by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for eight consecutive years. A low student-to-faculty ratio (10:1) enables Adelphi to carry out its commitment to personalized education. And Adelphi’s graduation rates—the highest of any comprehensive private college in the Long Island region—are proof of the effectiveness of its approach.
Adelphi students are making their mark across academic fields and country borders. Adelphi students have garnered Fulbright Fellowships for research and service abroad. They have been recruited to leading universities for graduate work and to premier global companies, such as Google, to pursue rewarding careers. They have won prestigious scholarships, such as the Goldwater Scholarship, for their research and innovation. Students in Adelphi’s highly regarded performing arts program have garnered numerous accolades from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance frequently has recognized students in the physical education program for their leadership, scholarship and community service.
Adelphi builds on a long tradition of global engagement dating back to its first president, Charles Levermore, Ph.D. As an outspoken internationalist, friend and classmate of Woodrow Wilson and recipient of the Bok Peace Prize, Dr. Levermore set an inspiring example. In 2006, Adelphi introduced its Levermore Global Scholars Program, an academic and co-curricular program designed to give select students across all majors additional exposure to global learning and service. Levermore Global Scholars can take advantage of global internships, programs with the United Nations, unique service projects and leadership training as well as individualized research opportunities. In recent years, Adelphi has expanded the study-abroad opportunities for all of its students. Today, students can choose from semester- and year-long programs as well as short-term, faculty-led intercession and summer courses in locations around the globe.