Awards and Recognition

We’re proud to be recognized by top organizations.

Adelphi University has been nationally recognized and cited by several well-respected organizations and publications such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Fiske Guide to Colleges and Forbes as a top choice for a quality education. At a time when higher education is under intense scrutiny to demonstrate its relevance and value, we’re proud to know that other people are taking notice of the great things happening at Adelphi.

U.S. News & World Report

Ubest-colleges-national-universities-2017.S. News & World Report listed Adelphi as a Best College in its critique of 1,600 institutions, ranking the school in the top ten percent nationwide. Schools in the National Universities category evaluated by the publication offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs. These colleges are also noted for the commitment to groundbreaking research.

Adelphi was also recognized in the report’s first-ever list of colleges in its National Universities ranking category that are overperforming in ensuring student success. In November 2012, Adelphi was ranked as a Top 15 Overperformer in undergraduate academic reputation.

U.S. News has also named Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health and School of Social Work to their Best Graduate Schools list; we have also been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

Fiske Guide to Colleges

Adelphi has been recognized by the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” institutions and for 11 consecutive years has been listed among a select number of Best Buys in higher education. Only 25 private institutions in the country receive this distinction each year. Accolades such as this offer an independent evaluation on how the school fares on the tuition-centric topic of return on investment.

Colleges of Distinction

colleges-of-distinctionAdelphi, the first private, coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island, has recently been recognized by the Colleges of Distinction organization. This evaluation includes factors such as being respected by education professionals, having a strong focus on teaching undergraduates, providing a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, promoting an active campus life and offering an undergraduate education that is highly valued by graduate programs and employers.

Forbes and Crain’s New York

crainsnyAs a Forbes magazine Top College, Adelphi has been endorsed for what its students get out of their education as opposed to what gets them into the school. Another outlet, Business Insider, ranks Adelphi as No. 18 of 25 underrated colleges in the country.

Another outlet, Business Insider, ranks Adelphi as #18 of 25 underrated colleges in the country. Crain’s New York hailed the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business as one of the largest M.B.A. programs in New York based on enrollment.

Money Magazine

Money magazine has named Adelphi University on its list of Best Colleges for excellence in educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. As one of the best choices families can make, Adelphi University provides students with a global learning experience that fully prepares them for successful, fulfilling careers through innovative programming, dedicated faculty, comprehensive support and services, and diverse learning opportunities. Adelphi students graduate with the tools to compete and excel in their chosen fields, and the skills to address the needs of their communities. Lasting relationships are created and maintained at the University through many different forms. The Adelphi alumni network is more than 100,000 strong.

Bethpage Best of Long Island

Every year, the Long Island Press asks readers to vote for their favorites for the paper’s Best of Long Island Awards. In 2017, Long Islanders voted Adelphi no. 1 in seven categories: Best College or University—ahead of 19 other colleges—Best Public Garden, Best Concert Venue, Best Local Live Theater, Kali Chan for Best Publicist and Dominic Scala for Best College Sports Coach. And our president, Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., was named Best College President.

Military and Veterans

yellow-ribbon-vaAs a Military Friendly School®, Adelphi is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The list recognizes only the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has named Adelphi as a Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program school. This means that qualified veterans can attend Adelphi at little or no cost.

Carnegie Foundation

Carnegie CEC sealAs a recipient of the 2010 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, Adelphi University has been named in the recently released 2015 list of designated honorees. Awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this announcement solidifies Adelphi’s commitment to its larger community for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Adelphi is one of 361 institutions that now hold the Community Engagement Classification, recognizing the University’s engagement and contribution to important community agendas. The University is one of only 24 institutions selected from New York.

Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup

In 2014, for the second consecutive year, Adelphi’s athletics program was honored with the Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup. The Presidents’ Cup is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points, based on finishes in the regular-season standings, from all of its programs competing in league championships. Adelphi joined the Northeast-10 in 2009.

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


For the fourth year in a row, Adelphi has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is a national award given in recognition to colleges and universities that have shown excellence in developing and implementing effective community engagement and community service programs at their institutions. Again this year, Adelphi was additionally honored by receiving the award “With Distinction,” a ranking reserved for “top tier applicant institutions” in the categories of General Community Service and Education. lists Adelphi as a leader among national universities in regards to the all-important return on investment factor (ROI). It details the outcomes of students, analyzing the average salary of undergraduates and graduate-level students and which employers are hiring graduates in which geographic locations.This data was also used by which identified Adelphi as one of 84 colleges in New York where the degrees paid off and students earned more over their lifetimes than other institutions. Payscale’s annual college tuition return on investment (ROI) report finds Adelphi with the highest annual percentage ROI—when financial aid is figured in—of any college on Long Island. Adelphi graduates are experiencing a 10.6 percent annual tuition ROI and a 30-year net return of $545,000.

The Education Trust

education-trust-logoThe Education Trust has noted that Adelphi is a “Top 25 gainer in Hispanic student graduation rates among private institutions.” The report—subtitled “Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students”—indicated that Adelphi has made strong gains in improving outcomes for Latino students.

United Nations

United Nations logoIn 2003, the United Nations’ Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information approved Adelphi as a non-governmental organization in recognition of the University’s commitment to bringing “global awareness of international issues and the United Nations to the University community and the public.”

Teacher Education Recognition from NYCDOE

nyc-doeAdelphi tied with another regional school for the highest percentage of teachers—12 percent—considered to be highly effective in student improvement on standardized math and English tests between fourth and eighth grade in the Teacher Preparation Program Reports from the New York City Department of Education. This recognition was written about in The Wall Street Journal and on the Politico website.

MyMajors magazine

my-majors-magazineAdelphi was featured in MyMajors magazine as one of the Top 20 schools with the most matched majors. Potential students take the MyMajors quiz and are matched to schools from their database of 7,200 institutes of higher education.

The Hearing Review

Hearing ReviewThe Hearing Review has named Adelphi University and its partners in the Long Island Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Consortium to its 2013 Best of List for Hearing Healthcare Professionals.

Sierra Club

Adelphi named a Sierra Club "Cool School"Adelphi’s main Garden City campus is a registered arboretum, part of why the Sierra Club named the University a “Cool School.”

Animation Career Review

Animation CareersAdelphi University has been named to the list of Top 50 Schools in the US for Game Design and Development by Animation Career Review.


Adult Learning Focused Institution of Higher Education

Adult Learning Focused Institution of Higher EducationAdelphi’s University College is a member of the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). University College is just one of three ALFI member institutions in New York State.


Emergency Management Degree Program Guide

Emergency Management Degree Program Guide ranked Adelphi University #10 as a top college for online emergency management master’s degrees.

Reflecting on the exceptional distinctions bestowed on the school, Adelphi is proud to stand on its reputation for excellence in academics, athletics experiential learning and return on investment. The University will continue to challenge itself to offer the exceptional learning and service opportunities that allow students and our community as a whole to grow.

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