As applications soar, Adelphi stresses multiculturalism

Campus activity: Young visitors to 2018's College Awareness Day got a taste of Adelphi University life.

With applications to Adelphi University rising fast – and the university’s student body diversifying rapidly – the school is already reaching out to tomorrow’s multicultural applicants.

Middle and high school students from across New York City will get a taste of the suburban college experience this week, courtesy of Adelphi, which hosts its sixth-annual College Awareness Day Thursday. The event will give youngsters from 10 Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens schools a chance to interact with university students and faculty and soak up some campus life.

Designed equally to inspire and inform, the open house – tailored specifically to students in grades six through 11 – involves Adelphi faculty presentations and student-led campus tours, covering topics including admissions requirements, the application process and student activities.

The visiting middle- and high-schoolers hail from private and charter schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens – including the Bronx Studio for Writers and Artists, the Brooklyn-based High School for Medical Professions and the Queens-based Riverton Street Charter School – and a host of public junior high schools.

The annual College Awareness Day is “very popular with students and schools from New York City in particular,” according to Melinda Neus, senior assistant director of Adelphi’s Office of Admissions, who reinforced the benefits of exposing inner-city youngsters to suburban college life.

Melinda Neus: Important message.

“It’s so important for students to attend an event like this so they can gain an early understanding of the college process and the opportunities that a college education can provide them,” Neus told Innovate LI. “By offering this to students, we promote a very important message.”

To further motivate the visitors to carefully consider their futures, faculty will fill out and display “I Have a Plan” cards throughout the event, and invite the young students to personalize their own cards.

The outreach effort is in line with the positive news coming from Adelphi’s recruitment office, which reported this week that the Garden City-based university received Fall 2019 applications from 13,723 prospective undergraduates – an 8 percent increase from last year’s applications and the fourth straight year Adelphi has set a new application highwater mark.

And the 1,100 first-year students joining the campus community this fall will be “one of the most diverse classes to date,” according to Adelphi, which projects an incoming student population that’s 20.5 percent Hispanic, 14.7 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 9.3 percent Black/African American, among other demographics.

Kristen Capezza, Adelphi’s vice president for enrollment management, counted “small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support students” among the university’s many enticements.

“The continued growth in applications and enrollment is a sign of Adelphi’s increasing national appeal and recognition,” Capezza added.