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150 Idle Hour Blvd
Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
p. 631-244-3000

Dowling College

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Dowling College is an independent two-year coeducational college comprised of four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to students in various fields of study.

The college was founded in 1955 when extension classes were set up by Adelphi College in Sayville, Riverhead, and Port Jefferson, New York. In 1959, the Adelphi Suffolk College started offering four-year degree programs in Liberal Arts on the insistence of the community leaders of Suffolk county. The college purchased the W.K. Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale for setting up a larger campus for the college. In 1968, the college severed its ties with Adelphi College and was officially renamed.

Presently, Dowling offers various programs at the Rudolf campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale. Classes are also offered at the Brookhaven Campus in Shirley and another center at Melville. Dowling College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).


Dowling offers undergraduate programs leading to the bachelor of science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and bachelor of arts degrees. The areas of study in which the undergraduate degree programs are offered include biology, aerospace systems technology, accounting, aviation management, communication arts, political science, chemistry, marketing, computer information systems, computer science, marine studies, and mathematics. Various pre-professional study programs are also available in areas such as veterinary science, law, dentistry, medicine, and other health professions. The graduate programs offered at the college include the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Integrated Mathematics and Science Education, Masters of Business Administration, and master of science degree programs in Adolescence Education, Adolescence and Middle Childhood, and Childhood Education.

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The school admits high school juniors and seniors, transfer students, and adults who are either beginning or returning to college. Freshman admissions are based on the level of high school courses selected, grades, SAT/ACT scores, and recommendations. Freshman applicants must have completed four years of English, four years of social studies, three years of mathematics, two years of science, two years of foreign language, and one additional year of math, science, or college preparatory coursework. All first-time college students are also required to take the mathematics and writing placement tests for evaluation of their proficiency in these subjects.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and meet the counselors to discuss their educational plans. Transfer students need to submit official transcripts of all colleges previously attended.

International students need to submit the application for admission and select a major in advance. They are also required to submit a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their educational expenses for a year. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts and provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. To be considered for academic scholarships, international students need to furnish their SAT/ACT scores.

Financial Aid

Dowling participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled in various programs at the institution. Forms of financial aid available to students include federal and state grants, loans, part-time employment, scholarships, payment plans, and educational benefits. To apply for financial aid from the college, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education and complete the Express Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application.

Different types of federal and state aid programs for providing financial assistance to students include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and New York State Aid for Part-time Study (APTS). Students can also avail themselves of Federal Stafford Student Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal PLUS Loans. Student employment options include on-campus part-time employment and off-campus part-time employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Various scholarships available include the Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers, Emergency Medical Service Workers, Military Service and Recognition Scholarship, Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship, and World Trade Center Scholarships.

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Student Organizations

Dowling students are actively encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities. The matriculated undergraduate students of the college represent the Student Government, which is responsible for organizing student activities and sponsoring student groups, clubs, and organizations. The Student Government Association sponsors numerous clubs, such as the American Association of Airport Executives, Business Society, Drama Club, La Familia, Overdrive Dance Project, and Sport Management Club.

Student Services

Students can benefit from the Personal Assistance and Counseling (PAC) program, which provides individual counseling, assistance with problem solving, and organizes workshops. The Career Services Center assists students in developing career goals, provides tips on effective job searching, and facilitates exploration of various career options. Students can also attend the employment and internship fairs. The Academic Support Service Center provides individual and group tutoring, computer-assisted instructions, and workshops.

Other facilities available on campus include the Dowling Fit Trail, Max and Clara Fortunoff Hall, Marjorie Fortunoff Mayrock Conservatory, Jerry and Debra Kramer Science Center, and the Nicholas and Constance Racanelli Center for Learning Resources. There is also a college bookstore that stocks textbooks, supplies, greeting cards, and traditional college novelties. A cafeteria serves sandwiches, hot and cold entrees, and snacks.

Student Housing

Housing facilities are available for the students in the Student Residence Hall, which is a 207-bed facility featuring two-bedroom apartment houses, each with living room, kitchen, full bath, and a private entrance.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Dowling is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the East Coast Conference (ECC). College athletic teams are known as the Golden Lions. The men’s sports include baseball, lacrosse, cross country, tennis, golf, soccer, and basketball. The women’s teams compete in volleyball, lacrosse, softball, basketball, rowing, soccer, tennis, and cross country. Other club sports on campus include bowling, rowing, equestrian, and cheerleading.

Information Summary

Ranks 196th in New York and 2783rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population9,729 (9,729 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,620 (2.64 people per house)
Median Household Income$68,241
Families2,602 (3.16 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3602

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 461st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $26,590 $26,590 $26,590
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,800 $1,800 $1,800
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $891 $891 $891
FT Graduate Tuition $18,522 $18,522 $18,522
FT Graduate Required Fees $956 $956 $956
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,029 $1,029 $1,029
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $43,962 $43,962 $43,962
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,624 $49,624 $49,624
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $35,692 $35,692 $35,692

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $25,908 $27,124 $25,908 $27,124 $25,908 $27,124
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,850 $10,770
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,842 $3,802
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $13,932(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,821 $6,302
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,821 $6,302

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,675 (1,280 male / 1,395 female)
Admitted 2,094 (967 male / 1,127 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 388 (189 male / 199 female)
FT Enrollment 374 (182 male / 192 female)
PT Enrollment 14 (7 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment3,198

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity571
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 277th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $96,037 ($98,195 male / $82,712 female)
Number of FT Faculty 85 (58 male / 27 female)
Number of PT Faculty 397
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,878,073

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