Adelphi University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Mid-Atlantic
City/State: Garden City, NY
Locale: Small Town (10,000 to 25,000)
Student Population (FTE): 7,859
In-State Tuition: $35,740.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $35,740.00
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Institution Type:
Private Institution

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Welcome! You will feel at home, respected and accepted at Adelphi. We believe very strongly in letting you learn in an environment where you will be able to discover your true best self, whatever your gender identification, sexual orientation, background, race or religion -- it's part of our personalized approach to education. Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., is one of a small number of female university presidents in the United States. She named Adelphi's first vice president of diversity and inclusion, Perry Greene, Ph.D. Dr. Greene has created many new programs. For instance, you can sign up for an LGBTQ mentor to help you with your studies. You can join a diversity walk. You can choose to live in a residence hall that is gender-inclusive with private all-gender restrooms with showers. You can have your preferred name on your Adelphi ID card, and join the president at a rally for transgender rights. Fifteen years ago, before many other colleges, Adelphi formed a Diversity Committee. We are proud of their progress and their spirit of openness and respect for all. Our commitment to acceptance and understanding is reflected by Adelphi's required core curriculum. These classes provide a strong foundation for social justice, so every Adelphi student learns to accept and respect differences in the classroom and outside of it.With all of our students taking these classes together, we ensure a common ground where all of our students can thrive.

Our Synopsis

There are so many ways to be part of LGBTQ life at Adelphi. You can start by joining an LGBTQ or ally group, like the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. You can update your name and your gender identity on University records and documents, so you can feel comfortable knowing your professors will know how to refer to you. Your name and gender is important to you, it’s who you are, and we respect you and how you identify. Life at Adelphi is especially welcoming to the LGBTQ community. You can live in gender-inclusive housing with roommates of any sex or gender identity you prefer. You can participate in LGBTQ-focused events, like our annual Coming Out Day celebration and parade and transgender support events. You could take courses focused on gender studies that include LGBTQ-related topics. And we have more than 40 all-gender restrooms on campus. When it comes time to find an internship, Adelphi's Career and Professional Development services can help you find one that is LGBTQ-friendly. That goes for career counseling, too. And you can graduate with recognition of your LGBTQ or ally identity at our annual Lavender Graduation ceremony. After you graduate, Adelphi is still there for you. You can become part of Adelphi’s LGBTQ alumni group, where you'll have access to career information, networking, and ways you can reach out to the next generation of Panthers. Join us!

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Adelphi University

“I feel such pride in working in an institution that respects and honors the voices of its LGBTQ community. This environment is an achievement of the hard work and dedication of strong leaders from our student body, faculty, and administration, yet also a work in progress that encourages each of us to persist in our work for social justice and equity for all. I would not want to be here if this mission were not taken seriously.”

— Straight, male faculty member

“I have seen this campus make great progress since my first semester here in fall 2014. GSA has grown and is successful, gender inclusive housing is an option, there are an increasing number of all gender restrooms, and students can even have their email and login reflect the name they use.”

— Asexual, trans female senior

“Working in such an open and active campus environment has helped me continue to embrace my own sexuality.”

— Bisexual, male staff member

“Adelphi is a supportive community that truly showcases the diversity among our students in a multitude of ways.”

— Straight, male staff member

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


National Coming Out Day


Transgender Awareness Week


Transgender Day of Remembrance


World AIDS Day

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Adelphi University Admissions Office

Office of University Admissions
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Levermore Hall, Room 114
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: 516.877.3050

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Adelphi University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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