With roots that stretch back to the 1860s, Adelphi University has been transforming lives with our unique approach to learning for more than 150 years.

Throughout the decades, we’ve welcomed students from around the globe, expanded our academic offerings and geographic reach, and celebrated significant milestones in diversity, rankings, and successful outcomes.

Today, we’re thriving and making a life-changing impact on students, the community and world.

Rankings, Awards & Recognition

Wonderful things are happening at Adelphi, and others are taking notice. We’re proud to be nationally recognized by well-respected national publications and educational organizations.

U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges: U.S. News and World Report National Universities 2020

In 2020, Adelphi earned five Best College badges in its annual ranking of U.S. colleges. We were named as a:

  • Best College Nationwide
  • Best College for First-Year Experiences
  • Best Performer for Social Mobility
  • Best Colleges for Veterans
  • Best Value School

Additionally, four of our master’s degree programs were named to the Best Graduate Schools list in 2020:

  • Nursing
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Audiology

The 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island Contest included honors for Adelphi in the following categories:

  • Best College or University on Long Island
  • Best College President on Long Island
  • Best College Sports Program on Long Island

College Factual 

College FactualCollege Factual included 20 of our academic programs in its 2020 rankings. Four programs ranked in the top 10 percent, including Business Administration and Management, Nursing, Social Work, and Health and Physical Education.

  • General Biology
  • Accounting
  • Communications and Media Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Information Science
  • Teacher Education
  • General English/Literature
  • Nursing
  • History
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • Liberal Arts/General Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Chemistry
  • Social Work
  • Music

And five programs were top-ranked for veterans: Business Administration and Management, General Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, and Health and Physical Education.

Additional Publications & Organizations

Wall Street Journal Times Higher Education
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education named Adelphi a top U.S. college in 2020 which places us in the top 26% in the country.
The Princeton Review: 2020 Best Regional Colleges - Northeastern
The Princeton Review ranked Adelphi among the Best Northeastern Colleges in 2020 and included our Robert B. Willumstad School of Business on the Best Business School 2020 list.
Forbes America's Top Colleges 2019
Forbes magazine recognized Adelphi on its 2019 list of America’s Top Colleges.
Business Insider
Business Insider ranked Adelphi at No. 11 on its 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America list, which considers two main factors: reputation and future earnings.
Abound, part of Colleges of Distinction, listed Adelphi’s MBA as a top program in its rankings; Abound also recognized Adelphi for offering Top Professional Graduate Degree programs.
Ranked Adelphi in the top 17% of Best College Locations in America, top 25% of Best Colleges in America, and in the top 25% for Best Value Colleges in America.

Additional Honors, Awards & Distinctions

  • Money’s Best College for Your Money: No. 292 on a list of the 744 best four-year colleges in the United States for education quality, affordability and earnings
  • Niche.com: Top 25 percent of its Best Value Colleges in America rankings
  • Georgetown University reported, in its ranking of 4,500 schools, that an investment in Adelphi yields a 14 percent higher earnings than the average of all private or public higher education institutions in New York. 

  • HEED Award: 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (INSIGHT Into Diversity)
  • College Choice: 50 Best Disability-Friendly Colleges and Universities
  • 2020 Institution of Excellence Awards (National Association of Diversity Officers)
  • Gold Medallion Status: LGBT SportSafe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Campus Pride Index (Garden City campus)
  • Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Military Friendly School designation—just 8 percent of schools nationwide named to the prestigious list in 2019–2020
  • Best Colleges for Students with Autism—No. 10 in the nation (Great Value Colleges) 
  • Women’s Choice Award: Top Colleges for Women

Others honors include: 

  • American Chemical Society approved chemistry program 
  • 2019 Inspiring Program in STEM Award for educating science teachers (INSIGHT Into Diversity)
  • 2019 Exemplary Models Award for personalized enrollment process (American Association of University Administrators)
  • 2019 ATHENA Young Professionals Leadership Award (ATHENA International, awarded to our director of freshman admissions.)

  • 17 national championships
  • 221 NCAA tournament appearances
  • 109 Northeast-10 Conference championships
  • 4 Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cups

  • 2019 Princeton Review Green School 
  • LEED-certified center for recreation and sports and performing arts center (U.S. Green Building Council)
  • 100 percent natural, organic techniques to maintain campus flora 
  • 180 solar panels installed on our library’s roof
  • 20,000 pounds of e-waste recycled between 2014 and 2019
  • Top honoree in Computerworld’s inaugural Best Practices in Green IT awards program for excellence among early adopters of the green IT movement

Facts & Figures

Fact: Adelphi is a wise investment

We’re a people-first school, but our numbers tell a story about Adelphi students and our campus. We rank in the top 10 percent for highest-paid graduates nationwide, and 95 percent of our students have jobs in their chosen fields or are pursuing additional studies within six months.

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