Dowling College

Dowling College

Dowling College is a private, coeducational college with main campuses located in Oakdale, Shirley, and Melville, Suffolk County, New York, United States. It was established in 1955 as an extension of Adelphi College. In 1968, the College became an independent institution and was renamed to Dowling College after its chief benefactor, Robert Dowling, a well-known city planner, philanthropist, and aviator. Dowling College grants admission to more than 6,000 students every year.

Dowling College is organized into the following schools:

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Aviation
  • School of Education
  • Townsend School of Business

Dowling College's sports teams are called the Golden Lions. The official mascot is the Golden Lion. The College offers baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, and tennis to men. The College offers basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball to women.

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Dowling College
150 Idle Hour Blvd
Oakdale , NY 11769-1999
General Phone: (631) 244-3000

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Dowling Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching755educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Business and Management478business management, accounting, finance, financial management, international business, sales and marketing
Liberal Arts145foreign language and literature, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, social services, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Therapy and Counseling46psychology
Computer Science and Engineering18computer and info science, computer support
Media15communication studies
Engineering14aerospace engineering, various engineering courses
Photography and Commercial Art11commercial art
Science11biology, biological and physical sciences, geology
Transportation9transportation and materials moving
Fine Arts8fine arts studies
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy
Hospitality0tourism and travel
Medicine0health professions

Number of programs and degrees for Dowling in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree59037
Post-master's certificate395
Doctor's degree201
Master's degree87312
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Dowling Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dowling had a total enrollment of 5,833 students (4,221 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 53%
Graduate 47%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 9%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 20%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 15%
18-19 6%
20-21 13%
22-24 19%
25-29 18%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 11%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York88%
State unknown6%
New Jersey1%

Dowling Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 25 %

Dowling Room and Board (2007)

Dowling offers campus housing for 512 of its 4,221 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Oakdale, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Dowling Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Dowling Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,310
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,310
Room and board $ 9,200
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Dowling participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 266700)

Dowling Faculty

Dowling has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track169
Non-tenured and not on tenure track34

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year25$113,85112$116,644
Associate professorcalendar year34$93,80518$93,926
Assistant professorcalendar year12$78,68312$76,813
Instructorcalendar year3$52,6674$52,071
All faculty totalcalendar year74$96,45746$91,749

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dowling Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track New York Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports352661

Dowling Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Engineering, Other

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Tourism and Travel Services Management

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Transportation and Materials Moving, Other

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Dowling Highlights

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What Sets Dowling Apart:

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% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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