Adelphi University - Comments and Student Experiences|
With all that said... the social life.... well yeah not too great. A good portion of residents leave for the weekends. So if you don't come from around the area you may feel trapped. Basically there is no *on campus* social life. The university does make an honest attempt to make suggestions, sell discounted tickets to events off campus and host an occasional event on campus. The fact is there is no wild crazy college party environment here. If you enjoy some peace and quiet like I do then you may not mind it as much. But if you do want a big social life, you can make it happen you just have to meet people who also want one. The immediate surrounding area is very upscale and nice, and there is plenty to do within driving distance. There are a wide variety of students here. Some students clearly come from money, while others don't. Don't be surprised when you see students pulling in with luxury cars. The student population is very diverse and so far I have found everyone to be very accepting and open.
The campus is quite pretty. Lots of trees, flowers, decorations, etc. But Public Safety, while keeping things "safe", are a little over-zealous, a little power-hungery, and a little bit rude. The food gets to be annoying. The buffet dining hall is a crapshoot, mostly a losing game mid/end of semester. The UC is limiting in their food choices, and always crowded during the day, mostly because commuter students can access it easy.
Student body, on a whole, is made up of snooty, arrogant girls without much financial hardship, and frat boys of little intellect, common sense, or manners. I'm not a Greek life type of person, so I don't regret not joining a frat, but if you want to be constantly busy and involved, you probably should join one. The campus becomes deserted at five o'clock-- even on weekdays-- so much that you can't get a bite to eat on campus after 9:30.
Residence halls are mediocre. Rooms are somewhat big-- bigger than other dorm rooms I've seen, so I'll give them that. But the facilities often are in need of fixing (water, heat, etc.), particularly in older dorm buildings.
This is certainly not a party school, which is fine-- but it's not even a slumber/study party school. Having guests over past 6 pm who are students that don't live in your hall is an ordeal. It almost seems discouraged. And of course, alcoholism is a big problem with college students, but the "dry campus"/"dry residence hall" policy ought to be rethought. Not taken away, but rethought. (Perhaps because I'm not under 21 anymore, I'm more persnickety about this.) If Adelphi sponsored some really terrifically fun things to do that didn't involve forking out $30 extra for participation, perhaps their problems with guests, etc. would be valid. But that's not the case. If you want to see people, friends, etc., you have no choice but to meet up together in rooms, lounges, etc. It's a pretty looking school. They sell that in ads, on the website, etc. And it's close to NYC. But if you're passionate about the arts, about literature, or even about business, you're probably better off IN NYC (NYU, etc.) should you get accepted to a college in the city.