Adelphi University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Overall, I am happy with my education at Adelphi. I had attended a large university (with over 30,000 students) and didn't particularly like the impersonal environment. While you're just a social security # at the big schools, you really get to know your proffesors at Adelphi. With only 30 or so students in the class, your proffesors will know you by name (and you can count on getting a lot of great recommendations if you plan on going on to graduate school). Although it seems a lot like high school, some people really need an environment like this. I know being in a lecture hall with 100+ students and never having the chance to ask your proffesor a question was definitly not for me! The proffesors are excellent for the most part.
The social atmosphere at Adelphi is not what you expect when you think of going away to college. The incoming freshman are always disappointed, always complaining and really think that they are going to turn Adelphi into a party school. If you've been here for a while, you learn to accept the fact that Adelphi is NOT a party school. The students here are always complaining about the social life. However, I think it's really what you make of it. I pledged a sorority and had an awesome social life. If you just go to class and go home what kinda social life do you expect? Greek orgs and sports teams organize Adelphi bar nites every Tuesdays and Thursday nites usually so the social life isn't as dismal as it may seem. I had a great time! The weekends are quiet though, which gives you a break and forces you to study.
For the most part though the people are snobbish, but what do you expect for an expensive private school on Long Island??? Since most students are commuters, all of them tend to come to school all dressed up in their designer clothes. It's definitly not an intellectual environment and most students aren't motivated. If you take your education very seriously (which if you did you'd probably be going to a more reputable school anyway), the total apathy of the environment just brings you down.
I'd recommend Adelphi to two different groups of students:
1) those who are somewhat serious about their education and life and who aren't interested in being involved in the whole college scene.
2) Those you barely made it through high school, are only interested in partying and who are not yet mature enough to handle going to a "party" school. I think if I could do it again, I'd probably go to Hofstra. Hofstra is a little larger than Adelphi and offers more of the college type of experience.
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