Offering a first-rate university education involves creating rich learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom. Adelphi has given top priority to introducing innovative programs that extend student learning and engagement into new realms. An outstanding example is the Community Fellows Program. Introduced in 2010, Community Fellows places undergraduate students in paid summer internships at regional nonprofit organizations. Students gain crucial on-the-job experience and knowledge while also contributing their time, expertise and skills to assist vital community organizations. In 2014, Adelphi placed about 70 students at 41 nonprofits.
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.
Since 2003, Adelphi has been designated as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) by the United Nations in recognition of the University’s commitment to bringing “global awareness of international issues and of the United Nations to the university community and the public.” Adelphi students are invited to participate in annual conferences with the United Nations, and Adelphi regularly hosts lectures by U.N. ambassadors.
Service-learning opportunities abound at Adelphi. Through the popular Freshman Community Action Program, incoming students volunteer for local service projects prior to the start of classes. Continuing students can pursue service learning through a growing array of faculty- and administrator-led programs during the winter, spring and summer breaks, including community outreach initiatives in Guatemala and Costa Rica and the new green and local alternative spring break on Long Island and in New York City.
Adelphi’s proximity to New York City enables students to pursue diverse interests and gain unique experiences and exposure to cutting-edge global initiatives. Leading thinkers and artists regularly come to campus to speak and perform as part of the University’s cultural events series. Students, likewise, can easily travel to New York City to soak up culture and pursue internships with leading organizations and corporations in the arts, technology, finance, media, education, healthcare, and government sectors.
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 programs 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.