2019-20 University Bulletin 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2019-20 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cocurricular and Student Life

Cultural and Campus Life

Less than an hour away from our Garden City campus lies the nation’s foremost center of art, industry, communications and intellect—New York City. Students at Adelphi enjoy excursions to New York, including trips to the theatre and concert performances, visits to museums and gallery exhibitions, and informed tours of national centers of scientific research, government, and finance. In addition to these experiences, Adelphi has a long tradition of inviting individuals to the University to enhance campus dialogue.

Opportunities abound on campus through the many social, cultural and athletic offerings available to students: attend a top-notch performance in the Performing Arts Center; work out or cheer on the Panther teams in the Center for Recreation and Sports; and enjoy renowned exhibitions of fine art located around campus, including the display of outdoor sculpture.

Student Affairs

University Center, Room 108
p – 516.877.3660
e – divisionofstudentaffairs@adelphi.edu
w – students.adelphi.edu

Adelphi University is committed to students’ well-being, growth and success. To this end, a wide range of services, programs, and activities are available to aid in their overall development. Through many facets of undergraduate life on and off campus, the experience of Adelphi students is enriched. We believe that the curriculum and cocurriculum are parallel tracks for students’ intellectual and personal development and that students learn best by being involved. Through the numerous opportunities for leadership and involvement, students are encouraged to take full advantage of the vibrant atmosphere of our University. It is in this way that students thrive and become well-rounded Adelphi alumni. To find out the many opportunities available to join, mentor, work, play, lead and help on campus, students can visit the “Get Involved” section at students.adelphi.edu.

Students with suggestions for augmenting campus life at Adelphi, or who have other issues or concerns, are invited to see the Dean of Student Affairs. To contact the office, email divisionofstudentaffairs@adelphi.edu or for more information visit the Office of the Dean page at students.adelphi.edu/about/dean/.

Arts and Events

w - events.adelphi.edu

Students, faculty, and the greater community enjoy wide-ranging arts and events at Adelphi that feature prestigious guests, talented faculty and students. Cultural events are scheduled throughout the year and include the performing arts—dance, theatre, and music—as well as a lecture series, an art series and an ambassador series.

Recent guest speakers on campus have addressed various topics. Seymour Hersh, the widely acclaimed investigative reporter, gave a very informative speech about the Iraqi prisoner scandal detailed in his book, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. The general managers of the New York Mets and the New York Yankees were featured in “Baseball in the Big Apple: An Evening with Brian Cashman and Omar Minaya.” Anthony Bourdain, executive chef at New York’s famous bistro, Les Halles, and host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, cooked for students and a gave a lecture entitled “How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Globalization/Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisine.”

The Cultural Events Committee brings many world-renowned and fascinating speakers to our campus. Past speakers include authors James Bradley, Jonathan Kozol, and Jane Smiley; journalists and political commentators, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, James Carville, and Mary Matalin; Nobel Prize winner William Phillips; and Elie Wiesel, actor Rita Moreno; filmmaker Spike Lee; researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall.

For information about upcoming productions and events, visit Adelphi’s Arts and Events website at events.adelphi.edu.

Intercollegiate Athletics and Intramural Activities

Center for Recreation and Sports
p – 516.877.4240
w – aupanthers.com (Athletics)
w – recreation.adelphi.edu (Campus Recreation and Intramurals)

The Panthers have captured a total of eleven national titles, including seven for men’s lacrosse (1979, 1981, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001), three for women’s lacrosse (2004, 2006, 2009) and one for men’s soccer (DII-1974). Adelphi baseball has reached the NCAA College World Series four times, and women’s soccer has qualified for the NCAA Tournament eleven times and competed in the Final Four twice. Women’s volleyball made its first ever NCAA appearance in 2007 and returned in each of the next four years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) advancing to the Regional Semifinals twice. Women’s cross-country qualified a runner for the National Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009; indoor and outdoor track and swimming qualified competitors for the NCAA Championships for the first time in over 20 years with both programs producing All-Americans. In the last two years, men’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s tennis have also qualified for NCAA play. In addition to 18 NCAA appearances, the men’s basketball team has made three trips to the Elite Eight (1965, 2001, 2002).

Effective 2009, Adelphi University officially made the move from the East Coast Conference (ECC) to the Northeast-10, thus adding to the powerful union of strong academic and athletic colleges and universities. The NE-10 remains focused on complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions with a commitment to a broad-based championship program, as evidenced by the 23 sports the Conference offers in championship play, the most of any Division II conference.

Adelphi University placed fourth in the 2011-2012 Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup as announced by the Northeast-10 Conference at the conference’s end of the year awards banquet in Burlington, Vermont. Adelphi, in just the school’s third season in the Northeast-10, accumulated 169.5 points by having 18 programs finish among the top-ten as volleyball and women’s lacrosse won NE-10 tournament titles and women’s tennis and men’s basketball captured regular season championships. In addition, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse and softball finished second in the regular season standings, while golf and volleyball placed third overall

There is also a vigorous intramural program that attracts hundreds of students each season. Opportunities for self-scheduled recreational activities include swimming, running, tennis, as well as zumba, pilates, spin class, and use of the Fitness Center. Intramural activities such as floor hockey, indoor soccer, dodgeball, flag football, basketball, and volleyball are the basis for a large and ever-changing program.

For information about Adelphi’s athletics program, visit the Adelphi Panthers Athletics Web site at aupanthers.com.

For campus recreation information, visit the Campus Recreation Web site at students.adelphi.edu/campusrec.

Center for Student Involvement

University Center, Room 110
p – 516.877.3603
w – csi.adelphi.edu

Recognizing the importance of a full college experience for its resident and commuter students alike, Adelphi sponsors a broad range of cocurricular activities. Through the Center for Student Involvement, Adelphi sponsors a number of trips to New York City theatres and coordinates a variety of on-campus social events for undergraduates. For all students, including graduates, Adelphi’s Department of Performing Arts adds to campus life with dance, theatre, and music productions in the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. The Cultural Events Program and the Student Activities Board bring many world-renowned and fascinating speakers to our campus. (For more information on speakers, see the “Arts and Events” section above in this Bulletin.)

Adelphi University is home to more than 80 student clubs and organizations that serve to enhance and motivate cocurricular learning. Undergraduate students gain substantial leadership experience and personal growth, and build a strong connection to the campus community through their involvement in these organizations. The Center for Student Involvement sponsors a Leadership Certificate Program to prepare students for life at Adelphi and beyond. Student leaders represent their peers through the Student Government Association (the voice of all undergraduates) and the Resident Student Association (the voice of the resident student population). Students also contribute to the portfolio of independent periodicals, including the student newspaper, The Delphian. Others meet in student religious based organizations or in community service/social action clubs.

There are many cultural awareness groups that promote understanding of diverse backgrounds; and the sharing of cultural experience helps prepare students to engage in our global society. Students may also enhance knowledge in their field of study through participation in academic societies and organizations. There are over two dozen honor societies on campus to recognize academic achievement through their area of study. The 17 Greek-letter social fellowships, fraternities and sororities promote community service and enhance the social life of many students.

The diverse population of Adelphi is represented by undergraduate and graduate students from 40 states and 48 countries, providing cross-cultural enrichment within the Adelphi community. The Center for Student Involvement, in cooperation with other offices and programs, offers services to support and encourage students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to participate actively in campus life.


A television system that broadcasts campus event information to TVs throughout the Garden City campus. All members of the Adelphi community may list their events on AUTV.

Commuter Student Services

University Center, Room 110
w – csi.adelphi.edu/commuter

Under the direction of the Center for Student Involvement, services and programs are available to commuter students. The Center helps commuters with important services, including University shuttle service to and from rail and bus stations, public transportation timetables and maps, lockers, a listing for off-campus housing, and AUTV campus updates. The Commuter Student Organization (CSO), a student-led association, represents the commuter population and acts as an advocate for commuter needs. CSO meets weekly to plan programs, both on and off campus, for the commuter student. Commuter Appreciation Week is held every semester, and provides recognition and special events for the commuter students. Commuter Assistants are students who are trained to help transition incoming commuter students to college and campus life. Commuter Assistants are available to assist with academic, student involvement,and personal issues that may arise. The Commuter Assistants will meet with their respective students regularly and support them through various means.

Commuter student lounges are located in many buildings around campus, with lockers available in the University Center, Hy Weinberg Center and the Center for Performing Arts. In the University Center’s Angela and Barry Zeman Commuter Lounge, students have access to computers, printers, flat screen TV, microwave and a seating area.

Multicultural Affairs

University Center, Room 110
p - 516.877.3602
w - csi.adelphi.edu/multicultural

Multicultural Affairs is an area within the Center for Student Involvement that seeks to promote an inclusive and socially just University environment. Multicultural Affairs acts as an educational resource that prepares students to succeed in a heterogeneous and constantly evolving society. Through collaboration with various University departments and students, Multicultural Affairs provides multifaceted activities and services that educate and empower students, faculty and staff.  Multicultural Affairs seeks to explore the complex intersection of our social identities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, class and spiritual diversity.  All members of the campus community are welcome to participate in the Multicultural Affairs programs.

Multicultural Affairs achieves the following goals by providing Social Justice and Cultural Programming; Education, Workshops and Training; and Advocacy:

  • Foster a campus climate that celebrates and embraces difference.
  • Serve as a resouce to the campus community in efforts to respond to the expanding meaning of diversity within the student population.
  • Support the success and retention of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds.

Social Justice and Cultural Programming
Multicultural Affairs offers a wide-range of programs that include cultural heritage months, film screenings, and a brown-bag lunch series. We are always seeking out opportunities to collaborate with University Departments and student groups. If you are interested in co-sponsoring an event, please contact the Center for Student Involvement.

Education, Workshops, and Training
Multicultural Affairs offers a number of educational opportunities, workshops and trainings which can be customized to meet your needs. Please contact the Center for Student Involvement to schedule a training.

Safe Zone training is offered throughout the semester for students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Safe Zone program at Adelphi University is to identify and support students, faculty, and staff who identify as a Safe Zone advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Through education, advocacy and awareness, they will be empowered to speak out against homophobia and heterosexism. The program’s goal is to contribute to an open campus climate that is safe, accepting and just for all members of the University community.

For International Student Services, see the Support Services  section of this Bulletin. 

Interfaith Center

University Center, Room 302
p – 516.877.3113 (Office)
w – interfaith.adelphi.edu

Religious life and practice is a matter of choice at Adelphi. As a private, nonsectarian university, Adelphi does not promulgate any particular religious belief. The Interfaith Center provides a campus ministry to suit individual needs through spiritual guidance, counseling, educational programs, social events, and opportunities for worship. Participation is voluntary and all are welcome. Students are served by Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Protestant chaplains. The Interfaith Center fosters an ecumenical and interfaith presence on campus and introduces interested members of the University community to houses of worship in the area. The Interfaith Chapel and chaplain offices are located on the third floor of the University Center. Additional information is available at the Interfaith Center Web site at interfaith.adelphi.edu.

Undergraduate Information


w – getting-started.adelphi.edu

All new freshmen must attend the orientation program during the summer. In conjunction with registration, students new to Adelphi are given the tools for a smooth transition to college life. Freshmen matriculating in the fall semester participate in a three-day overnight program and attend the matriculation ceremony. The Orientation program provides a comprehensive introduction to curricular as well as cocurricular life; campus facilities and resources; and provides freshmen the opportunity to register for classes. Transfer and International students as well as all new students entering in the spring participate in a program specifically designed to provide information about the University’s resources and services. The programs are designed to integrate all facets of student learning and campus life, so that students join the University community as confident, assertive and civic-minded individuals.

For information about Orientation, contact the Center for Student Involvement or visit the Getting Started website at getting-started.adelphi.edu.

Residential Life and Housing

Earle Hall, Room 100
p – 516.877.3650
e – housing@adelphi.edu
w – housing.adelphi.edu

Adelphi maintains seven distinct residential communities to meet the needs of all our students.  Each residence hall is supervised by a full-time professional residence hall director with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At Adelphi, residence hall directors are professionals with a strong personal commitment to their duties, who live and work in the building year-round and supervise a staff of well-trained resident assistants. Together, they sponsor educational and social activities for residents throughout the year.

Admission to the University does not imply that a room has been reserved.  Applicants interested in housing should indicate this on their application for admission. Interested applicants should complete the online housing agreement. Please act quickly as space is limited.

As their “home away from home”, residents enjoy a secure, pastoral and beautifully cultivated campus. Nearby are the shops and residences of historic Garden City. A commuter railroad station, only a few blocks from the campus, is available for students to travel into New York City for cultural events and social experiences. University shuttle service is available to this station, as well as nearby rail and bus stations, shopping malls and grocery stores.

Additional information is available from the Office of Residential Life and Housing, Earle Hall, Room 100, 516.877.3650, or on the Residential Life website at housing.adelphi.edu or email housing@adelphi.edu.

Graduate Information

Residential Life and Housing

Earle Hall, Room 100
p – 516.877.3650
e – housing@adelphi.edu
w – housing.adelphi.edu

Limited on-campus housing is available to graduate students. For information, contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing by phone or email.