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November 14, 2019

Adelphi Continues to Shine in National Rankings

by Taylor Damian '14

Ranking badges earned by Adelphi University

It has been another strong year of national rankings and recognition for Adelphi University, from annual guides including U.S. News & World ReportWall Street Journal/Times Higher EducationForbes, Money and Niche.

Adelphi jumped an impressive 43 ranking points from 251 last year to 208 this year on The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Top U.S. College list. This places the University in the top 26 percent in the country. The ranking utilizes student surveys and adopts a balanced scorecard approach, with 15 individual performance indicators combining to create an overall score that reflects the broad strength of the institution.

Adelphi earned five 2020 awards from the U.S. News & World Report this year: Best College (for the second consecutive year), Best Performer on Social Mobility and a Best College for First-Year Experiences (two new categories), Best Colleges for Veterans and Best Value School.

Social Mobility rankings examine how well colleges serve low-income students, especially regarding their graduation rates. Adelphi ranks in the top 25 percent for social mobility on the National Universities list.

“We have amazing students who are driven to maximize every opportunity that is afforded to them during their collegiate career,” said Bernadine Waller, MA ’10, PhD candidate, Adelphi’s associate director of experiential learning. “Many participate in America Reads/ America Counts, where they provide individual or small-group instruction to elementary or middle school students while others invest their time at a nonprofit via Panthers with a Purpose. It’s truly a transformative experience and the proof is in the numbers.”

First-Year Experiences rankings focus on the services and programs colleges offer during students’ critical first year.

“As soon as our first-year students arrive, they are connected with Adelphi faculty members who provide high-impact learning opportunities on campus and beyond,” said Peter West, PhD, associate provost for student success at Adelphi. “Many students are also connected with our more tailored programs such as First-Year Living-Learning Communities, General Studies Program, the Honors College and Levermore Global Scholars, in which students learn to engage with a community of their peers throughout the year as they begin their college careers.”

In College Factual, Adelphi was awarded 82 badges for being in the top 1-15% of colleges and universities in categories such as biology, accounting, business management and finance, nursing, history, chemistry, psychology, theatre, music and art — for traditional students, non-traditional students and veterans. Twenty of Adelphi’s programs are top-ranked or are in the top 10 percent for the highest-paid graduates nationwide.

Adelphi was also named a U.S. News & World Report Best College for Veterans and Best Value School, reflecting our commitment to our veteran scholars and our strength in career outcomes after graduation.

Earlier this year, Adelphi’s nursing and social work programs were named to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2019 Best Graduate Schools list, putting the University’s social work program in the top 20 percent in the nation. Other programs highly ranked include Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program—see these school-specific rankings.

Forbes magazine has again included Adelphi in its list of America’s Top Colleges for 2019. This ranking is an annual review of the undergraduate institutions that deliver top academics, best experiences, career success and low debt.

“National rankings are a key part of our efforts to continue the strong awareness and reputation of Adelphi,” said Kristen Capezza, MBA ’12, vice president for enrollment management and university communications at Adelphi. “While each is only one element of successfully attracting prospective students, good rankings also help increase the feeling of pride we all have for Adelphi—from current students and faculty and staff to alumni and other supporters of the University.”

See more about Adelphi’s rankings and recognition in U.S. News & World ReportWall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and Forbes as well as in Money, Niche, The Princeton Review, College Factual and many others.


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