Colleges That Closed On Long Island
From 2006 to 2019, Long Island has seen several colleges close. The most recent was St. Dominic College – Oyster Bay, whose owners decided that it would be more cost-effective to close the college and sell off some of its campuses than operate them as they had been doing. However, this isn’t the first time a college or university has shuttered in these parts: Dowling College closed its doors in 2015 after having been open for nearly a century; and Adelphi University closed down for good in 2016 after trying to merge with another institution twice before then.
Adelphi University was founded in 1858 as St. Vincent’s College by the Society of Jesus, a Catholic order. It didn’t become non-sectarian until after World War II, when it established its current campus at Garden City and acquired a reputation for being one of the best liberal arts colleges on Long Island. In 2011, it suspended operations due to financial problems and has not reopened since then.
- Dowling College was founded in the late 1800s. It was a private liberal arts college located in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island.
- Dowling College’s nursing program was particularly well-regarded. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 90% of the school’s students who graduated from its nursing program between 2010 and 2014 were employed as registered nurses within six months of graduation.
- We regret to inform you that Dowling College closed in 2018.
Sacred Heart Academy – Hempstead
Sacred Heart Academy was a Catholic high school for girls located in Hempstead. It was founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.
In 2011, Sacred Heart Academy closed its doors for good.
St. Dominic College – Oyster Bay
St. Dominic College – Oyster Bay, which closed its doors back in June of 2018, was a small private college that offered degrees in occupational therapy and business administration. The school had faced financial difficulties for several years before it finally shut down.
St. Dominic students had been able to transfer their credits to other colleges prior to the closure; however, no such opportunity existed for former St. Dominic students after the closing date. Therefore, all that remains available now is getting your money back through a tuition refund policy if you’re still within your time frame (usually six months). If this seems like an option worth pursuing, call 800-673-2787 or email contact@stdominiccollegerefunds .com with any questions regarding eligibility requirements or submission instructions
With the closing of Adelphi University, Dowling College and Sacred Heart Academy – Hempstead, St. Dominic College was the latest casualty in education here on Long Island.
- Adelphi University, which closed in May, was the first casualty among Long Island’s private colleges.
- Dowling College and Sacred Heart Academy – Hempstead were two of a group of for-profit colleges that were forced to close due to financial problems.
- St. Dominic College and Nassau Community College are two other schools that have announced plans to close down their campuses on Long Island and move their academic programs elsewhere (in both cases, off-site). The last day of classes at these institutions is scheduled for December 31st, 2019; other administrative operations including financial aid will continue until July 2020.
The closing of these schools has had major implications on Long Island, but we are optimistic that they will be able to bounce back. With our help and the help of other agencies, these institutions will be able to reopen their doors again soon.