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Awards, Rankings and Recognition for Adelphi University

Adelphi is proud to be recognized by top organizations and publications.

Adelphi University has been nationally recognized and cited by many well-respected organizations and publications, such as U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Money, Forbes and The Princeton Review 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

U.S. News & World Report ranked Adelphi University as a Best College nationwide in the National Universities category (No. 147, up from 151 last year), and also among the Best Value Schools (No. 86) in its 2019 rankings. 

U.S. News ranked Adelphi’s Willumstad School of Business on its 2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs list. In addition, four of our graduate programs are listed on the 2019 Best Graduate Schools list: Social Work (No. 38, ranked in the top 15% in the nation), Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology and Clinical Psychology.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education: Top US College

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College ranked Adelphi a Top U.S. College in the 2019 rankings, which are based on student success and learning. Adelphi moved up 27 spots to the 251st position from a ranked list of about 1,000 colleges and universities. 

ForbesAmerica’s Top CollegeForbes Top Colleges 2018 Badge

Forbes magazine has once again included Adelphi in its list of America’s Top Colleges. Adelphi has been endorsed for what its students get out of their education as opposed to what gets them into the school. Forbes showcases the colleges and universities that deliver the best return on your education investment dollars: low student debt, on-time graduation, quality academics, high earning potential and career success.

The Princeton Review: Best Northeastern College

The Princeton Review has ranked Adelphi University among the Best Northeastern Colleges based on academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

The Princeton Review’s Best Regional Colleges, 2019. ©2018TPR Education IP Holdings, LLC. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

College Factual: Best College Nationwide

College Factual has come out with its annual rankings, and Adelphi moved up overall from the top 20 percent to the top 15 percent out of 1,779 colleges and universities included. Several programs made the cut for Top Rated Programs, including social work (No. 10, same as last year); nursing (No. 12, up one spot); health and physical education (No. 36, up from No. 48); criminal justice and corrections (No. 54, up one spot); business administration and management (No. 55, up from No. 67); and general psychology (No. 86, up from No. 111). 


Money Magazine: Best College for Your Money

Money magazine placed Adelphi at 251 on its Best Colleges for Your Money list, which evaluates “the 727 Best Colleges in America” for excellence in educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. This is an improvement of 52 spots from the previous year.

From MONEY Magazine, ©2018 Time Inc., Used under license. MONEY Magazine and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products of services of Adelphi University.

PayScale: Grads’ Salaries in the Top Third in the Nation

PayScalePayScale lists Adelphi as a leader among national universities in regard to the all-important return on investment (ROI) factor. Adelphi grads are in the top third in the nation for salaries. PayScale details the outcomes for students, analyzing the average salary of undergraduates and graduate-level students and which employers are hiring graduates in which geographic locations. Adelphi graduates are experiencing a 5 percent annual tuition ROI and a 20-year net return of $292,000.

Niche: Best Value College in America

Niche ranked Adelphi University overall in several categories: We are listed in the top 20 percent of Best Colleges in America, in the top 13 percent for Best College Locations in America, in the top 20 percent for Best Value Colleges in America and in the top third for Best Colleges for Performing Arts in America.

Colleges of Distinction: Teaching Excellence and Career Development

Adelphi has been recognized by the Colleges of Distinction organization for our excellence in four areas: Engagement, Teaching, Community and Outcomes. In addition, Adelphi has been recognized as a 2018–2019 Career Development College for the exceptional way in which our institution is equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in their lifelong career journey.

Diversity and Inclusion

HEED Award: Diverse and Inclusive Campus

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine announced that it has awarded Adelphi a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The award is presented to only 2 percent of American universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Adelphi is one of only four private colleges in New York state to win a HEED Award. It reflects excellence in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty, as well as the promotion of an open and welcoming campus climate. 

LGBT SportSafe: Gold Medallion Status

The Adelphi University Athletics Department has been awarded gold medallion status, the highest honor given by the organization, by LGBT SportSafe for its efforts in creating an LGBTQ+-inclusive athletic community. We’re one of the first two institutions from the Northeast-10 Conference to earn that status, placing us in the SportSafe Founder’s Club.

Campus Pride: LGBTQ+-inclusive Policy and Practice

Adelphi University’s Garden City campus was elevated to Premier Campus status by the national Campus Pride Index with a ranking of 4.5 out of five stars. This ranking recognizes Adelphi’s institutional commitment to LGBTQ+-inclusive policies, programs and practices.

College Choice: Best Disability Friendly College

Adelphi University has been ranked by College Choice in three areas: among the 50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities for having shown “a consistent value and priority for meeting the physical, social and academic needs of students with learning disabilities and special needs”; as one of the 30 Best Online Master’s in Emergency Management; and our Sport Management program is ranked one of the 10 best online master’s programs in the nation. 

Military Friendly® Schools: Best College for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report ranked Adelphi University among the 2019 Best Colleges for Veterans.

As 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 a Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program school. This means that qualified veterans can attend Adelphi at little or no cost.

Women’s Choice Award: Top Colleges for WomenWomen's Choice Logo

The Women’s Choice Award has included Adelphi University as one of the top 300 colleges for women, based on criteria including campus safety, reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, depth of education and four-year graduation rates.


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: Adelphi President Honored

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine honored Adelphi’s President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. as one of 25 Top Women in Higher Education Who Are Making A Difference. 

Long Island Business News: President, Alumnae Named to Top 50 List

Long Island Business News has named Adelphi University President Christine Riordan one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Women in Business awards recognizes Long Island’s top women professionals for their business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

Among the honorees are three Adelphi graduates, Regina Gil, M.A. ’82, of Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival; Kathy Munsch ’93 of the American Heart Association; and Lori Vavrinec ’82 of Fidelis Care. Alumna Ellen M. Labita ’82 of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, will be inducted into the hall of fame.


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