Dowling College

150 Idle Hour Blvd 
Oakdale NY 11769 

(631) 244-3000

Dowling College

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Dowling College
Dowling College seal
Dowling College seal
Type Private
Established 1955
Endowment $250,000
President Albert Inserra
Students 1,535
Undergraduates 1,000
Postgraduates 535
Location Long Island, New York, United States
Campus Rudolph - Oakdale, NY
Brookhaven - Shirley, NY
Melville Center - Melville, NY
Colors Blue      and Gold     
Athletics NCAA Division II
Sports Dowling Athletics
Nickname Golden Lions
Dowling college logo.jpg

Dowling College is a private co-educational college with three campuses spread across Long Island, New York, United States. The college's main campus in Oakdale, New York sits on the site of William K. Vanderbilt's former estate,[1] which is now known as Fortunoff Hall. The Brookhaven Campus in Shirley, New York, sits adjacent to the Brookhaven Calabro Airport and is the home to Dowling's aviation program, as well as the college's Division II athletic program. The new athletic complex houses a baseball stadium, soccer field and lacrosse complex. Dowling's Melville Center is located in the business district of Melville, New York. Approximately 1,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate make up Dowling's four schools: the School of Education, School of Arts & Sciences, Townsend School of Business, and School of Aviation.

Although the college is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accreditor placed the college on "Show Cause" status in November of 2015. The college is required to provide "evidence of financial viability and sustainability" by March 1, 2016 or its accreditation may be withdrawn.[2] The college is also accredited or approved to operate by the New York State Education Department,[3] National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,[4] The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education,[5] and the FAA (as an Air Traffic - Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) School).[6]


In 1955 Adelphi University began offering extension classes in Port Jefferson, Riverhead, and Sayville, New York. In 1959 at the urging of community leaders, Adelphi Suffolk became the first four year, degree granting liberal arts institution in Suffolk County, housed in an old public school building in Sayville. In January 1963, Adelphi Suffolk College purchased the former W.K. Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale to formally create Dowling College which severed its ties with Adelphi in 1968 and was renamed after its chief benefactor city planner and aviator Robert Dowling.[7] The Racanelli Learning Resource Center was constructed in 1974 to house the library, cafeteria and additional classrooms.[8] A month after the Racanelli Learning Resource Center opened, a devastating fire damaged the Idle Hour mansion. The Hunt Room, the Foyer and Ballroom were all substantially damaged. A College committee, led by Alan Fortunoff, Dowling Trustee and son of Fortunoff founder Max Fortunoff, guided the restoration of the ornate woodwork, precious marble, and the elaborately carved stonework. The mansion was renamed to honor Max and Clara Fortunoff, and is now known as Fortunoff Hall.[7]


Dowling College is made up of four schools:

School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts of Sciences has three divisions: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The School of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees,[9] along with a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Integrated Mathematics and Science Education.[10]

School of Aviation

The School of Aviation offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Systems Technology, Aviation Management, and participates in the FAA Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program which is the primary source for hiring air traffic controllers.[11] The School of Aviation maintains a fleet of aircraft which include, nine Piper Warriors, an Arrow, and a twin engine Seminole.[12] A Virtual Airport Operations System built with a 5 million dollar grant from NASA and Three Frasca flight simulators are located at the Brookhaven campus on the grounds of the Brookhaven Calabro Airport.[13] Students may obtain training necessary for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private and Commercial certificates, the Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings, the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate and CFI Instrument and CFI Multi-Engine ratings.[11]

Townsend School of Business

Townsend School of Business offers Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Accounting, Finance, Management and Leadership and Marketing. Bachelor of Science degrees are also offered for Computer Information Systems and Sport management.[14] In addition to the school's undergraduate programs, Master of Business Administration degrees are offered in Aviation Management, Banking and Finance, Management and Leadership, Healthcare management, Corporate finance, Public management, and Information Systems Management.[15] Also, Dowling College and Touro Law Center have partnered to offer a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree.[16] The Townsend School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE),[5] and all degree programs have been approved by and duly registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).[17]

School of Education

Dowling's Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science degrees in Physical Education, Special Education and Sport Management prepare students for career paths in Education.[18] Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Education degrees are also offered for students looking to advance their career within the educational realm. Since the school's inception, approximately 6,500 teachers and administrators, in 124 total school districts on Long Island, have received their education degree from the institution. The School of Education is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[19]

Campus Life

Dowling's campuses cater to a diverse group of resident students from around the world, with residence halls on both the Oakdale and Brookhaven campuses offering one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments featuring modern conveniences.[20] In the fall of 2013, students were vacated from the Brookhaven Campus residence halls and relocated to the Oakdale Campus, with the College citing a sharp drop in enrollment and increasing costs to maintain the Brookhaven buildings. A free shuttle bus transports students between the two campuses, with stops at the local Long Island Rail Road stations to accommodate commuter students.[21]

Rudolph Campus

The Rudolph Campus is located 50 miles east of Manhattan in Oakdale, New York. The Rudolph Campus of Dowling College is regarded as one of the most picturesque locations on Long Island. Many of the campus buildings sit directly on the banks of the peaceful and quaint Connetquot River and oversee the largest arboretum in the tri-state area.[22]

Fortunoff Hall, which sits directly adjacent to the Connetquot River at the Rudolph Campus, hosts a variety of private and community events.

Brookhaven Campus

The Brookhaven Campus is located 18 miles east on the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, New York just minutes from the Hamptons. Dowling College's state of the art sports complex, featuring a Multi-Purpose Stadium, Baseball and Softball fields, and Service Building is located here, as well as the college's Aviation program. Due to the expansion of the college, new dormitories, classrooms equipped with technology, computer labs, a cafeteria, bookstore and a new library have been erected. The campus is located at Brookhaven Calabro Airport.

As of August 2013, the bookstore, dormitory and cafeteria have been closed due to the college struggling financially.

Melville Center

Select undergraduate and graduate courses are also offered at its Melville Center, in Melville, New York.[23] Dowling's Melville Campus houses administrative offices for the Dowling Institute, as well as classrooms, a library, and a conference room.

Clubs and organizations

Dowling's student government oversees the college's various clubs on campus.[24]


Main article: Dowling Golden Lions
Official athletics logo.

Dowling College is a member of the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference. The various student athlete teams include, Baseball, Softball, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Golf, Women's Volleyball and Field Hockey.[25]

Notable alumni

  • Will Brown - Head men's basketball coach, SUNY Albany.
  • Mark Mathabane - South African writer and human rights activist.
  • Scott Rudolph - American Entrepreneur and founder of Piping Rock Health Products. Former CEO and President of Nature's Bounty, Inc.
  • Bill McDermott - President and CEO of Global Field Operations and member of the Executive Board of SAP AG.[26]

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