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International Profile

Adelphi University is dedicated to transforming students’ lives with a personalized approach to education—with small classes, hands-on learning, and innovative ways to support student success. 


We’re proud of the many accolades Adelphi has received, including being named one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes 2017; named a “Best College” in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 edition; listed in “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money magazine 2017; and voted #1 in seven categories, including Best College and Best College President, in the Bethpage Best of Long Island competition.

Adelphi, which was founded in Brooklyn in 1896 and moved to Garden City, New York, in 1928, is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves 5,200 undergraduate students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City—just 37 kilometers from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning sites in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County.

Our beautifully landscaped, 30-hectare Garden City campus, a registered arboretum, is another attraction—offering both a peaceful atmosphere for relaxing or catching up on your studies and an energetic university life. You can take classes in up-to-date facilities such as our new 100,000-sq. ft. Nexus Building, home to the College of Nursing and Public Health. More than 1,300 students are finding their home away from home in Adelphi’s seven residence halls—the newest added in 2011. Both the Center for Recreation and Sports and the Performing Arts Center opened in 2008. And from day one, you’ll be part of our powerful network of successful Panther alumni. Networking programs and events held throughout each year can help you land a job before you graduate. It’s no wonder 97% of our students are either employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

Small classes, big opportunities
Adelphi is big enough to give you choices yet small enough to feel like
home. We’ve welcomed our largest and most diverse first-year classes in the past two years, numbering 1,200—attracted by our reputation, increasing number of awards and accolades, wide array of 50+ programs of study, dedicated faculty, average of 21 students per class, and 10:1 student-faculty ratio. Adelphi is making the diversity of its students and faculty a priority with the recent formation of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. You can be part of that inclusive environment and a student body from 43 states and 57 countries.   

Whether your passion is dance, biochemistry, or international relations, you’ll find it here. We offer a wide array of undergraduate programs of study, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. You might visit a dinosaur dig, learn about trading on the stock exchange in New York City, or pursue environmental studies on a study abroad trip to Australia—whatever fits you and your interests best. 

Globally recognized scholars, researchers, and artists fill the ranks of accessible faculty members at Adelphi—totaling more than 1,000 full- and part-time professors. Our faculty members are Guggenheim Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. They win grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Institutes of Health. They are sought-after speakers at conferences worldwide. At Adelphi, faculty support extends beyond the classroom, with professors dedicated to giving you the advice and answers you need. You’ll be encouraged to pursue original research, collaborate with peers and mentors, and take advantage of hands-on learning experiences.

Adelphi offers a vibrant campus life, and getting involved is something our students are eager to do. Run for student government, play in the orchestra, or participate in any of our other 80+ student clubs and organizations. Or join one of our 23 Division II teams or play intramural sports. We also offer a full calendar of art exhibitions, theater, music, and dance as well as lectures.

International support at Adelphi
Adelphi has a strong commitment to international education. The Office of International Student Services assists in meeting legal requirements for entry into the United States and maintaining legal status while studying at the University. The office provides advice regarding requirements of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Social Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service. Information and advice are also offered concerning differences in government laws and regulations, language, customs, culture, and educational systems. 

For some international students, the move from high school or university in your home country to a degree program in the United States can be challenging—a new language, new ways of learning, and a new home. The Undergraduate and Graduate Accelerator Programs ease this transition by combining credit-bearing courses with additional academic support, language instruction, and cultural experiences. Together these facets of the program combine to create a learning-centered environment that promotes academic success, active involvement in campus life, and community engagement. 



Located in Garden City, New York, Adelphi University is a nationally ranked doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four-—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.


Type of SCHOOL: Independent comprehensive university comprising eight schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and Public Health, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, School of Social Work, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies

Size of Campus: 30 hectares in the suburban community of Garden City, New York

Number of Students: 5,205 undergraduates; 2,482 graduate and doctoral students; average undergraduate class size of 21 students

Number of Faculty: Student-faculty ratio of 10:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: See listing to the left.

Geographic Diversity: More than 7,600 students from 43 states and 57 countries

International Student Services: International student services and admission requirements can be found at

International Student Budget: $59,354/year (2018)

Financial Aid:
Merit scholarships are available based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

Test Score Requirements:
• A completed international application form with appropriate fee
• Official transcripts from all high schools/secondary, postsecondary schools, and universities attended (with English translation)
• Official TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher
• Written statement of purpose/personal essay (in English)
• Résumé suggested

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Fall semester—March 1
Spring semester—November 1
Application fee—$50

• Accounting
• Anthropology
- Environmental Anthropology
• Art
- Graphic Design
- Studio Art

• Art and Design Education
• Art History
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business
• Chemistry
• Communication Sciences and Disorders
• Communications
- Digital Production and Cinema Studies
- Journalism and Public Relations
- Media Studies

• Computer and Management Information Systems
- Game Development
- Information Security
• Computer Science
- Applied Sciences
- Foundations of Computer Science
- Game Programming
- Information Security
- Software Engineering

• Criminal Justice
• Dance
• Economics
• English
- Creative Writing
- Literature

• Environmental Studies
• Exercise Science
• Finance
• Fine Arts
• French
• History
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• International Studies
- Business
- Political Science

• Latin American Studies
• Liberal Studies
• Literature
• Management
- Finance
- Human Resource Management
- Management Information Systems
- Marketing

• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Music
- Composition
- Vocal Performance

• Music Education
• Natural Sciences
• Neuroscience
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Molecular Neuroscience

• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Physical Activity Studies
• Physical Education
- Teaching
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Social Science
- Psychology and Human Service Professions
- Social Cultural Studies

• Social Work
- Child and Family Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Sport Management
• Theatre Arts
- Acting
- Design/Technology

Online Program
• Emergency Services Administration

Joint-Degree Programs at Adelphi
• Accounting—BBA/MBA—leads to CPA
• Education (Scholar Teacher Education Program)
- Adolescent Education—BA/MA or BS/MA
- Childhood Education—BA/MA or BS/MA
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)—BA/MA or BS/MA

• General Psychology—BA/MA

Joint-Degree Programs at Other Colleges/Universities
• Dentistry
- New York University
• Pre-engineering
- Columbia University
• Law
- Albany Law School
- Drexel University—Thomas Kline School of Law
• Medicine
- New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Optometry
- SUNY College of Optometry
• Pharmacy
- University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Physical Therapy
- New York Institute of Technology
- New York Medical College
• Podiatry
- New York College of Podiatric Medicine
• Veterinary Medicine
- Ross University

• State-of-the-art classrooms with SMART boards
• More than 30 computer labs
• Computer, software, printing, 3D printing, and tech support in Swirbul Library
• Educational technology that makes course work convenient and efficient
• Clicker student response systems that make lectures interactive
• Web access in every residence hall

The University Libraries provide access to:
• 600,000 volumes
• 800,000 microforms
• 33,000 audiovisual materials
• 200,000 e-book titles
• 87,000 electronic journal titles
• 221 research databases
• Meeting space for group projects or tutoring