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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.