September 4, 2018

Adelphi Welcomes Its Largest First-Year Class in History

After welcoming the two largest classes in its history in the fall of 2016 and 2017, Adelphi has done it again—continuing its streak and setting a new record as 1,257 first-year students arrived on campus at the end of August.

It’s an incredible accomplishment, especially in this new era when Excelsior Scholarships offer qualifying students in New York free tuition at state universities. It’s a reflection of the value students place on an Adelphi education and the benefits they see in our small classes and personalized approach.

And the incoming class isn’t just our largest. It’s one of our most diverse, too, with over 46 percent identifying as diverse.

First-year students aren’t the only newcomers on campus this fall. They’re joined by 471 new transfer students and nearly 1,000 new graduate and doctoral students, a number that continues to grow as late-arriving students enter our graduate programs.

Altogether, new students at Adelphi come from 53 countries (including, for the first time, Mongolia!) and 40 states across America. New undergraduates plan on pursuing degrees in 52 different majors, while new graduate students are entering 70 different programs.

We welcome our new students from wherever they hail and celebrate their diversity, their backgrounds and the new perspectives they will bring to Adelphi.


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About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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