Dowling College

Is a private, four-year, co-educational liberal arts College,
Located on the gracious former estate of
William K. Vanderbilt,
In Oakdale, Long Island, N.Y.
The tree-lined campus
Is situated on the Connetquot River,
some 50 miles from New York City.
Dowling was founded in 1959 as Adelphi-Suffolk, an instructional branch of Adelphi University, of Garden City, N.Y.
It became independent of Adelphi in 1968 and was re-named for its benefactor,

Robert W. Dowling

Noted financier and patron of the arts.
Dowling offers undergraduate degree programs leading to the B.A.,
The B.S., and the B.B.A., and masters degrees in business administration (MBA) and
Education (MSE). Grading is on a 4.0 scale.
In 1968 Dowling had only two buildings: the Mansion which was the Vamderbilt summer home
(built in 1920), and John Astor Hall (affectionately known as the Carriage House).
The following year,

Dr. Allyn P. Robinson

became Dowling’s first president.
Under his administration, five new buildings have been added to the physical
plant: the Vizzi Building and the Schaeffer House (1969), the Performing
Arts Center (1972), the Residence Hall (1973) and the Learning Resource
Center (1974). Student enrollment, now 2,200 full and part-time students,
has kept pace with the College’s growth.
Although Dowling College is primarily a commuter’s college,
student activities and participants are many. The Residence Hall
accommodates 200 students, while the College has over 35 student clubs
and a growing athletic department open to all full-time day students
with a Q.P.A. of at least 2.0.
In March, 1974 the College suffered a great loss in the fire
that ruined much of the campus’ pivotal structure, the Mansion.
This plaque is situated in the restored Mansion, now known as

Max and Clara
Fortunoff Hall

From The Class of 1977

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Last Modified on January 30, 2012, at 02:46 PM by LPR

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