Parent and Family FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions for new Adelphi students and their families.
We’ve answered some of your most common questions as your student becomes an Adelphi Panther.
The student’s faculty adviser and the Office of Academic Services and Retention are excellent resources for discussions about degree requirements, appropriate electives, changes in academic plans, etc.
As a rule of thumb, most students should spend at least two to three hours per week in preparation outside class for every credit hour they are in class. Since most students take 15 credit hours, they should plan to spend at least 30 to 45 hours per week studying, depending on individual study habits and course requirements.
Over one-third of the first-year class enters undeclared, and many students will also change their major after they begin. The University requires all undergraduates to declare a major upon completing 60 credits.
If a change of majors is made within the first two years, it probably will not delay graduation. After that, it may add a semester or more. Students contemplating a change of major should seek advice from their academic adviser or visit the Office of Academic Services and Retention.
Parents should be aware that federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, also known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) limits the information concerning students that the University can make available to third parties, including parents. This law applies to all college students, regardless of age.
There is no simple answer. It depends upon the credit load, financial need, involvement in co-curricular activities and family responsibilities. Keep in mind that being a full-time student is a full-time endeavor. A course of 15 credits requires about 45 to 60 hours per week in classwork and homework. And to do well academically requires getting plenty of rest and being alert and receptive during class. Therefore, the more outside work a student is engaged in, the less time they will have available for academic study. If your student must work, a job on-campus is preferable to one off-campus. The Center for Career and Professional Development is available to help students find jobs on- and off-campus.
Incoming first-year students who complete the housing application and deposit by May 1 will be eligible to participate in New First-Year Online Room Selection, which is available during the month of June. Otherwise, the housing staff reviews the room/roommate preferences to see if the student had selected another student to room with. The staff assigns by gender, class and year to determine which students would best fit with each other. More information is available from the Office of Residential Life and Housing.
The Office of Residential Life and Housing has two closings per year, one at the end of each semester. During each closing, students must be out 24 hours after their last final or by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of finals, whichever comes first. In the case of the fall closing, students who are returning to the residence halls in the spring will be permitted to leave personal belongings in their rooms over the break. Students should bring all valuables home during this break. For those not returning in the Spring and for all checkouts in the Spring semester, all students’ belongings must be removed.
All residents in good standing are allowed to have up to three visitors at a time in their rooms, but they must accept full responsibility for the conduct of their visitors when present in the residence halls. Students must register their visitors with the hall attendant. All overnight guests must be approved by the residence hall director.
There is no post office on campus. Mail is delivered to each individual building Monday through Friday. It should be available each evening. All mail should be addressed with the following information:
Student’s Residence Hall and Student’s Room Number
One South Ave, PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
Large packages that will not fit in the student’s regular mailbox will be delivered Monday through Friday to the package room located in Post Hall. Students will be notified by email when they receive a package and they should bring their student ID card at pickup. For all packages and letters, it is critical to include the student’s name, residence hall name and room number, as these items will not be delivered without the information. Check with the carrier regarding proper labeling instructions.
There is a kitchenette in the main lounge of each building, with a stove, oven, sink and microwave; however, all residents are still required to have a meal plan.
ATM services are available on the main levels of the Ruth S. Harley University Center and Post Hall.
All students are permitted to bring cars to campus, however, there are some parking restrictions for resident first-year and sophomore students. These restrictions and other instructions are available from the Office of Public Safety and Transportation.
The Adelphi Enterprise CarShare program is another option for students who do not have a car on campus.
Adelphi University has consistently been ranked as one of the safest campuses in the country by the organization Safe Campus. The University has long been committed to maintaining a comprehensive safety and crime prevention program for all members of the Adelphi community. With the assistance of our students, faculty and staff, and through cooperative efforts with the Garden City community and the Garden City Police Department, this program has contributed to an excellent record of safety. Garden City remains one of the safest neighborhoods on Long Island, and Adelphi is one of the safest campuses in the country.
For immediate communication with the Department of Public Safety and Transportation 24 hours a day on the Garden City campus, there are multiple blue-light exterior emergency call boxes, including several that are solar powered, as well as extensive red interior telephones that require no dialing. For additional safety measures, CCTV systems are located throughout the Garden City campus.
In addition to on-campus safety measures, the Department of Public Safety and Transportation has arranged for a number of merchants in the Garden City area to post stickers in their windows, identifying their participation in the Student Protection Program.
The first course of action is for you to contact your student by cellphone or text message. If the student is a resident, contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing. A staff member will attempt to contact them. If reached, they will be encouraged to contact you. If your student is not in their residence hall, a message will be left in the student’s room or mailbox. During class hours, a message will be left at the student’s next scheduled class. In non-class hours, a message will be left in the student’s room or mailbox. During times when University offices are closed, call the Office of Public Safety and Transportation‘s 24-hour Command Center.
If the student is a commuter, the parent may contact the Public Safety Command Center and an attempt will be made to contact them. If reached, they will be encouraged to contact you.
Health services personnel are available 24 hours a day during the fall and spring semesters. If a student becomes ill, they may come to the Health Services Center, located in Waldo Hall. If the student is not able to come to the Health Services Center, the Department of Public Safety and Transportation should be called. The health services personnel will treat and/or refer the student as needed.
Parents will be notified in case of illness of a student who is under 18 years of age. All students who become ill on campus are encouraged to keep their parents informed. A student over the age of 18 must give the Health Services Center personnel permission to speak with parents, except in serious or life-threatening emergencies.