Dowling College

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Idle Hour Boulevard

Oakdale Long Island, NY 11769

Phone: (800) 369-5464
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (North)

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Dowling College is a private institution that was founded in 1955. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,540, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dowling College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $28,390 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Dowling College is an independent comprehensive educational institution in the liberal arts tradition whose mission is to provide its students with a well-rounded education based upon innovative teaching, informed and engaging research, and a commitment to democratic citizenship with a community service component. The college fosters an open and supportive learning environment that is based upon collaboration between a committed and supportive expert faculty and a student body diverse in its interests, beliefs, culture, ethnicity, and geographic origin. The college maintains a personal approach to consistently connect with every student from enrollment through graduation and makes no instructional use of graduate students or teaching assistants; classes never exceed 25 students. Dowling College recognizes learning as a lifetime endeavor, particularly as it relates to globalization. The college upholds its educational mission through teaching, learning and research in education, business, aviation, and the arts and sciences; and by providing members of the community and Dowling alumni with opportunities for continuing education.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1955
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $2,003,260


When applying to Dowling College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at Dowling College is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 78.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Dowling College is 17:1, and the school has 62 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dowling College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education, General; Psychology, General; Social Sciences, General; and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Education, General 20%
Psychology, General 9%
Social Sciences, General 9%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8%

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Student Life

Dowling College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,540, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 19.7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80.3 percent of students live off campus. Dowling College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,706
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Dowling College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Dowling College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dowling College, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dowling College.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dowling College, 76.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,354.

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Tuition and fees $28,390 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,770 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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