Dowling College

Dowling College
Dowling College logo
Dowling College logo
Motto The Personal College
Established 1955
Type Private
President Dr. Jeremy D. Brown
Undergraduates 3,252
Postgraduates 1,946
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
Mascot Golden Lions

Dowling College is a private co-educational liberal arts college with three campuses spread across Long Island, New York. The college's main campus in Oakdale, NY sits on the site of William K. Vanderbilt's former Idle Hour estate,[1] which is now known as Fortunoff Hall. The Brookhaven Campus in Shirley, New York, sits adjacent to the Brookhaven Airport. Dowling's Melville Center is located near the corporate headquarters of various large companies, in the business district of Melville, NY.[2] More than 6,500 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students make up Dowling's four schools; the School of Arts & Sciences, Townsend School of Business, School of Education and School of Aviation. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,[3] New York State Education Department,[4] National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,[5] The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education,[6] and approved by the FAA as an Air Traffic - Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) School.[7] In 2011, Dowling College was ranked number 1,743 in the world, by the web site 4 International Colleges & Universities.[8] Dowling offers variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as post-graduate certificate programs from its four schools. The college's low student to faculty ratio (16:1), provide students with personal attention from highly qualified faculty, dubbing themselves "The Personal College".[9]



Fortunoff Hall

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.[10] The Racanelli Learning Resource Center was constructed in 1974 to house the library, cafeteria and additional classrooms.[11] 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.[10]


Racanelli Center

Dowling College is made up of four schools:

School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts of Sciences has 3 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,[12] along with a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, Masters of Science degree's in Environmental Microbiology, and Integrated Mathematics and Science Education.[13]

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.[14] The School of Aviation maintains a fleet of aircraft which include, nine Piper Warriors, an Arrow, and a twin engine Seminole.[15] 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.[16] 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.[14]

Townsend School of Business

Townsend School of Business offers Bachelors 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.[17] In addition to the school's undergraduate programs, Masters 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.[18] As well, Dowling College and Touro Law Center have partnered to offer a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree.[19] The Townsend School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE),[6] and all degree programs have been approved by and duly registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).[20]

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.[21] Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Education (ED.D.) degrees are also offered for students looking to advance, or pursue their career in education. The School of Education is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[22]

For a complete list of Dowling College programs, visit Dowling College - Academic Programs.

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.[23] A free shuttle bus transports students between the two campuses, with stops at the local Long Island Rail Road stations to accommodate commuter students.[24]

Rudolph Campus

The Rudolph Campus is located 50 miles east of Manhattan in Oakdale, New York. The Campus sits on the banks of the Connetquot River, upstream from the Oakdale campus of St. John's University. [25]

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

Brookhaven Campus

The Brookhaven Campus is located 18 miles east on the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, New York. Dowling College's state of the art sports complex, featuring a Multi-Purpose Stadium, Baseball and Softball fields, and Service Building is located here.

Melville Center

Select undergraduate and graduate courses are also offered at its Melville Center, in Melville, NY.[26] 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.[27] For a full list of clubs and organizations at Dowling college, visit Dowling College - Clubs and Organization.


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 Woman's Basketball, Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Tennis, Volleyball and Rowing.[28]

Dowling's Men's Soccer Team won the Division II National Championship in 2006, and again made it to the National Championship game in 2008, falling to California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dowling College Men's Baseball earned a Division II regional championship in 2009 after failing to secure the championship title in the Division II World Series. In 2010, Dowling College's Men's Soccer, Men's Lacrosse, and Women's Volleyball team all claimed NCAA Division II regional championships.[29]

As of August 2011, The Dowling College Men's Soccer Team is ranked number four by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in their annual preseason poll.[28]

Financial Aid

Dowling offers a variety of Designated and Endowed Scholarships for students. For a complete list, visit Dowling College - Financial Aid.[30]

Notable faculty

Robert Berchman, Ph.D., author of Porphyry Against the Christians (Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), Mediators of the Divine (University of South Florida, 1998), From Philo to Origen: Middle Platonism in Transition (Scholars Press, 1985), and editor of History of Platonism: Plato Redivivus (University Press of the South, 2005)

Joshua Gidding, Ph.D., author of Failure: An Autobiography (Cyan Communications, 2007) and The Old Girl (Henry Holt, 1980)

Isaac Rosler, Ph.D., author of Eros Revisited: Love for the Indeterminate Other (Lexington Books, 2007)

Susan Rosenstreich, Ph.D., editor of Encounters with Quebec: Emerging Perspectives on Quebecois Narrative Fiction, (Global Academic Publishing, 1998)

Richard Wolff, Ph.D., author of The Church on TV: Portrayals of Priests, Pastors and Nuns on American Television Series (Continuum, 2010)

Elio Zappulla, Ph.D., translator of Dante's Inferno: A New Verse Translation (Pantheon, 1998)

Byron Roth, Ph.D., author of The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature (Washington Summit Publishers, 2010)

Notable alumni

  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson - New York Jets left tackle.[31]
  • Stephanie Finochio - Professional wrestler and stunt woman.
  • Mark Mathabane - South African writer and human rights activist.
  • Bill McDermott - President and CEO of Global Field Operations and member of the Executive Board of SAP AG.[32]
  • Wilberto Ortiz - Professional baseball player with the Washington Nationals.

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  23. ^ "Dowling College - Dowling College-Residence Life". Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
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  25. ^ "Google Satellite view of Rudolph Campus". Google Maps.,+NY+11769&ie=UTF8&ll=40.742128,-73.148067&spn=0.001967,0.003396&t=h&z=18. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
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  32. ^ SAP Executive Board - Bill McDermott

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