About Adelphi

Did You Know? Facts About Adelphi


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Adelphi is one of the most selective private institutions on Long Island, admitting only 70 percent of the freshman application pool. Currently, Adelphi enrolls 8,333 students from 40 states and 49 foreign countries.
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Adelphi can trace its roots to Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school located at 412 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, founded in 1863.
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Adelphi College, one of the first co-educational colleges chartered by the University of the State of New York and the oldest private liberal arts university on Long Island, was founded in 1896 through the efforts of Dr. Charles H. Levermore and Timothy Woodruff. Dr. Levermore became its first president. Mr. Woodruff, a former Lieutenant Governor of New York State, served as president of the Board of Trustees.
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Adelphi's Garden City campus, established in 1929, has five buildings designed by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Meade & White, and two buildings designed by the internationally-celebrated architect Richard Neutra. In 2002, the Garden City campus became a registered arboretum. In 2006, the new Fine Arts and Facilities Building opened on the south end of campus, providing state-of-the-art studio and exhibition space for the visual arts. Adelphi's new recreation and sports complex and performing arts center are slated for completion in 2008, which will again transform the appearance of the campus.
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In 1943, under the direction of Mildred Montag, Adelphi College created 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 Alumnae and Harvey Hall in May 1944.
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On June 1, 1957, Adelphi hosted the first National Wheelchair Games with team and individual events including javelin throwing, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, and archery.
image: Did You Know? Dr. Robert Allyn Scott, the ninth and current president of Adelphi, is one of the few people ever to hold all three top positions in higher education: head of an independent university, a public institution, and a state higher education coordinating board.
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Among Adelphi's 94,919 alumni are three of Long Island's state senators, two members of Congress, the Mayor of Hempstead, the former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, the current president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a former president of Allstate Insurance, a co-founder of Nextel Communications, CEO of Omnicom, and the former White House physician to President Clinton.
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Famous Adelphi alumni in the arts include Jonathan Larson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical RENT; Alice Hoffman, New York Times best-selling author; and hip-hopper Chuck D of Public Enemy. Well-known faculty include Frank Augustyn, host and co-writer of the Bravo ballet series Footnotes, and Paul Moravec, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
image: Did You Know? Adelphi athletes have been Olympic gold-medalists, including long jump world record holder Bob Beamon, 400-meter runner Mel Pender, and softball second baseman Dot Richardson. Other Adelphi athletes, such as soccer players Gary Sullivan and Chris Armas and basketball players Wayne Nelson and Carlyshia Hurdle, have all been drafted by professional teams.
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Each year more than 200 Adelphi students study or volunteer abroad in over 30 different countries. Adelphi offers undergraduate and graduate study abroad options all over the world during fall, spring, January intersession, spring break and summer sessions.
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In 2004, the women's lacrosse team won the National NCAA Division II championship, a first for a women's sport at Adelphi. That same year women's soccer finished as national runners-up. In 2006 women's lacrosse repeated for the title, and most recently in 2009, becoming the first DII women's lacrosse program to win three championships.

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image: Did You Know? Created over 25 years ago, Adelphi University's Learning Resource Program was one of the first of its kind nationwide.
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The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies was the nation's first university-based professional school in clinical psychology.
image: Did You Know? Adelphi University's dance program, founded by Ruth St. Denis in 1938, was one of the first dance department in an American university. It has since become a cornerstone of the Department of Performing Arts.
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In 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."

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In the fall of 2006, Adelphi University created the Levermore Global Scholars Program to emphasize international learning as a crucial facet of an Adelphi undergraduate education. The undergraduate program, named for Adelphi founder Charles Levermore, centers on global learning and international studies.


This page was last modified on November 12, 2012.
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