As an applicant to Adelphi University, you’ll be given careful consideration for admission.

How to Apply to Adelphi as a First-Year Undergraduate Student

The sooner you apply, the faster we can get you an admission decision — so get started right away.

You can choose to apply via Common Application or Adelphi’s Application. If you are an international applicant, please review our international application requirements.


Important Dates

Application Type Deadline Decision Notification Begins
Early Action December 1 November 15
Rolling Admission March 1 priority November 15*
*After notification begins, admission decisions are ongoing within two-four weeks once we receive a student's completed application.

Applications received after the March 1 priority date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Deposits received after May 1 will be considered on a space-available basis for enrollment and housing.

Application Fee

Adelphi’s nonrefundable application fee is $50.

We don’t want this fee to be a barrier to your applying for admission. If you feel that your financial circumstances qualify you for an application fee waiver, please reach out to our University Admissions team.

Early Action

Students applying for Early Action are among the first students considered for a wide range of generous scholarships and need-based financial assistance. This early action option is non-binding. If all application materials are submitted by December 1, we’ll notify you of your decision by December 31.

In some cases, the Admissions Committee may defer making a final decision until a candidate’s midterm grades have been received, or until a personal interview takes place.

Early Assurance Programs

Applicants who are interested in our competitive early assurance programs with partner institutions are encouraged to apply by the December 1 early action deadline as some programs may require early spring interviews.

Program Deadline to Apply Interview Required Test Scores Required Weighted GPA Test Scores for eligibility
(cannot use superscore)
SUNY Optometry 3+4 January 1 Yes Yes 3.9 1360 SAT (with minimum 700 on Math) or 29 ACT
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine 3+4 (NYIT) February 1 Yes Yes 3.7 1360 SAT or 30 ACT
NYU 3+4 Dental January 15 Yes Yes 3.5 1360 SAT or 30 ACT
Albany Law 3+3 February 1 Yes Yes 3.4 1300 SAT or 28 ACT
Drexel Law February 1 Yes Yes 3.5 1300 SAT or 28 ACT
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 4+4 (PCOM) February 1 Yes Yes 3.5 1340 SAT (670 Math/670 EWR) or 29 ACT
New York College of Podiatric Medicine 3+4 (PCOM) February 1 No Yes 3.5 1270 SAT or 27 ACT
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Medical 4+4 (LECOM) April 1 Yes Yes 3.5 1240 SAT or 26 ACT
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Dental 4+4 (LECOM) April 1 Yes Yes 3.5 1240 SAT or 26 ACT
Applicants must obtain the stated SAT or ACT requirement for their respective program in any one attempt of taking either exam.

Required Materials for Applicants

  1. Completed application for admission: We’ll accept either the Adelphi Application or the Common Application – whichever is easier for you!
  2. Nonrefundable application fee of $50
  3. Personal statement or essay: You are encouraged to submit, in 500 words or less, a response to one of the provided questions or a topic of your choice. If preferred, you may submit a report or paper you have written during the current school year.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: One or more letters of recommendation from a school/college counselor, teacher or school-based administrator. Letters from other sources, such as a volunteer coordinator, may also be considered.
  5. Official high school transcript: In order to be considered for admission, you must be a graduate of (or graduating from) a recognized four-year secondary school or you must provide proof of official equivalent preparation. First-year students are expected to have successfully completed a minimum of 16 academic units.  You’ll be considered on the basis of your individual academic record and co-curricular activities. We recommend the completion of the following academic units:
    • English (4 units)
    • Science (3 units) (General science may be included)
    • Mathematics (3 units)
    • Foreign language (2–3 units)
    • Additional units to be chosen from history, social studies and the above fields (4 units)
  6. Nursing Applicants: In addition to the University requirements, students applying as Nursing majors should also have completed at least one biology or chemistry course (with a lab) during high school and should have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.20 or higher, with strong grades in mathematics and science core courses to be considered for direct admission.
  7. Advanced Placement: Upon acceptance, please submit your official grade reports or transcripts for any advanced college-level coursework completed in high school (i.e. AP, higher level IB, or college-level courses) in order to earn college credit.

Supplemental Application Materials

Adelphi has adopted a test-optional policy, allowing you the option but not the requirement to submit your SAT or ACT for fall 2023 and spring 2024 admission. Regardless of whether or not you choose to submit your test scores, you’ll still be considered for one of our generous merit scholarships. Simply select your test preference on the admission application.

If you do intend to submit your SAT or ACT scores, please submit official copies of your score (Note: the Essay section of the SAT and the Writing section of the ACT are optional). If these scores do not appear on the official high school transcript, you must request an official copy be sent to us directly from the College Board or ACT.

Prospective international students who are non-native English speakers are required to submit English language exam scores that demonstrate their proficiency in the language. Exam options include SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. Additionally, select early assurance programs require submission of test scores due to partner institution requirements. Should any partner institutions modify their requirements to become test score optional, Adelphi will counsel students accordingly.

Codes for First-Year Applicants

  • Adelphi University’s Profile or College Board Code: 2003
  • Adelphi University’s ACT Code: 2664
  • Adelphi University FAFSA Code: 002666

If you are applying to Adelphi as a performing or visual arts major, you must complete a portfolio review or audition, specific to your academic major of choice (in addition to the previously described application requirements).

Your application cannot be reviewed for an admissions decision by the Office of University Admissions until a portfolio review or an audition has been completed with the proper department.

Please select your area of interest to learn more about the required portfolio review or audition:

All applicants regardless of enrollment in a high school or a homeschool program will be given careful consideration for admission. If you are a homeschooled student, we’ll need your:

  1. Academic record of coursework
  2. Level of achievement (grade-point average)
  3. College-level coursework credentials (if college coursework is completed/in progress)
  4. Proof of graduation: high school diploma, diploma from an organization governed by a StateBoard of Education, Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

Students in homeschool programs must submit proof of high school graduation in the form of a letter of compliance from a local school district verifying graduation, or a copy of the GED or TASC transcript. Documents that serve as “Proof of high school graduation” may vary and are subject to individual state guidelines and the Office of University Admissions discretion.

An admission interview can be scheduled with an admissions counselor upon request. If you are identified as a candidate for the Honors College,  you may be asked to complete a virtual interview for program consideration.

A résumé is strongly recommended for all students — it helps us get to know you better!

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