Established in 1959 as an institutional branch of Adelphi University, Adelphi Suffolk College (to be known as Dowling College) is scheduled shortly to attain independent status. Since 1962 its permanent campus has included “Idle Hour”, the mansion and estate buildings on the Connetquot River at Oakdale, once the country showplace home of the William K. Vanderbilt family.
Because the emphasis of the college is on excellence – in curriculum, faculty, and students admitted, its development program is structured to solid growth and a desire to remain “small”. Pressure generated by Long Island’s population and economic expansion have resulted in an increase in the student population of more than 100% in the past five years, balanced by insistence on high standards and freedom of action. There are now 800 full-time students, and 612 part-time students.