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Adelphi University - Comments and Student Experiences|
My background: Criminal Justice major, student-athelte, white, in-state commuter student
Adelphi is a good school. However, it is VERY expensive. If you're looking to dorm, expect $40,000 a year. If you have the money (and I don't mean loans!) you should look into Adelphi. If Adelphi offers you a decent scholarship, you should look into AU.
There are those classes and there are those professors that are terrible. But for the most part, the professors and faculty at AU are easy to work with and are quite helpful. The classes are not very challenging as long as you have a decent understanding of time management. Pay attention, do your work, you'll be fine. Make sure to ask other students which professors are good and are easy to work with when making your schedule.
The campus is beautiful. However, the campus is VERY small. Parking is terrible. Adelphi is approximately 75% commuter students from Long Island so the lots are PACKED during the day. All of the buildings, besides a few dorm halls, are quite new. Garden City is a stuck up rich town. Its beautiful, but the people are very stuck up. There is a small town a block from the school. The train station to Manhattan is a block from campus. The biggest mall on the Island is five minutes away, Roosevelt Field. Jones Beach and Long Beach are fifteen-twenty minutes away.
If you dorm, the weekends are a ghost town. Like I said, Adelphi is approximately 75% commuter students who live at home. Night life ON CAMPUS sucks at Adelphi. If you're looking to drink and have fun in the dorms, this isn't the school for you. The RA's and administration are very strict about on campus drinking. Its a DRY CAMPUS. However, local bars have college nights, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, sometimes Saturday, 18+ you can definitely have fun at these places (Nachos, Dizzy's, McHebes, Dublin's, etc). But these places can get stale. There are off campus parties, you'll hear about them if you're social.
My number one piece of advice to you is this: GET INVOLVED. If you're a commuter, GET INVOLVED especially! Do you want to go to class, go to work, and go home to be your daily routine for four years? You'll go insane. Join clubs. Join a fraternity or a sorority (the BEST way to meet people and become involved). Intramural teams. Hell, if you're athletic, try and walk onto an official NCAA team. Give it a shot. Adelphi is Division 2, the sports aren't THAT talented. Just whatever you do, make sure you get involved at Adelphi. Make the most out of what they offer and you'll enjoy every day there.
The people who are complaining and bashing AU are those that had one bad experience here. Or the people that never got involved. Or the people who came to Adelphi and couldn't afford the tuition. This is college ladies and gentlemen. Let's use our heads. Think about this decision, its one of the most important decisions of your life.
To recap...consider Adelphi if:
- a small campus and an expensive tuition doesn't bother you
- you received a scholarship, either academic, athletic, or both
- you will be playing a sport (NCAA)
- you are interested in Greek life
- you want to be a nursing major, psych major, or education (STEP PROGRAM)
Good luck and I hope to see you here!
Now to a more specific negative aspect of the University. The campus is small and I mean it is SMALL. You will see the same people everyday and most likely you will not get to know them unless you decide to make yourself significantly noticeable to everyone on campus. Chances are you will see the same people in all your major classes for each semester. Most likely they will not get to know you and you will not get to know them. The atmosphere on this campus is basically like a second high school. You will see many students with "Snooty" and "preppy" characteristics. I chose to transfer out of this University after the first semester because of the price and atmosphere; this simply was not the right place for me and I did not like my experience here.
In regards to faculy... The professors are good, but don't expect anything different (performance wise) if you were to come from either a community college or another university WITH the similar class sizes and structures. The professors I have taken do try their best to help you if you actually ask for it. However, some students tend to exaggerate the performance of certain professors; of course this is the case with all colleges, but this is a small college with a smaller student body.Overall, I suggest you do a lot of research and don't just jump to the conclusion that since this University is close to your house, you'll go there. Take into consideration if the program you're interested in is being offered at another University that is significantly cheaper and perhaps still around your area of travel. Adelphi is a decent school, but as a private University, it is simply not worth your money.
Ironically, you need a car to really do anything if you live on campus, but there is nothing resembling GOOD PARKING. There are too few spaces, and the spaces that are there are too small. YOU have to make your own parking, which you stand to be ticketed for, (and I have been.) Of course, there is available parking, but it is available a half a mile away, at the Garden City Pool. You have to be shuttled to and from the school by bus, after leaving your car, and your car must be out of the parking lot by 8:30, or you must walk the 1/2 mile to a mile to your car. This is ridiculous, when you consider the recent ten inches of snow that have just hit Long Island. The idea of walking in the half mile of snow is not appealing with all of your books on your back.
One further problem that needs to be addressed is the misinformation given by the school. Despite being told as freshman that you achieve the FULL school experience when you double major, you are given the impression that upon graduation, you recieve two degrees. I have just discovered, that due to a lack of communication with the deans and departmental advisors, you do not actually become aware of the fact that you will not recieve a double degree. You have to pick 1 degree, and then receive a "general equivalency" transcript in the other major.On a positive note, the campus asthetically is very pleasing, and the grounds are beautiful. The new dorm addition is outstanding, although the other dorms stand in need of improvment. Faculty are generally friendly, if not always available, and students are what you make of them. You can always find friends, you just have to look past the obvious cliques that exist.
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