The Academic Accelerator Program

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The Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) is a two-semester program designed specifically for students who are ready to succeed in immersive English-speaking classrooms, but who also want the benefit of English-language and student support to help them thrive. The program curriculum offers a balance of university-wide and AAP-exclusive courses, with English-language course supplements that equip students with the practical, subject-specific vocabulary and skills they need to excel in their coursework. Students may enter the program in the spring, summer or fall. Upon completion of the program, students progress into the second year of their undergraduate education with a full year’s worth of academic credits.

  • With just the right amount of support when you need it, the Academic Accelerator Program features a curriculum designed to accommodate your academic and English-language needs.
  • Credit-bearing, so you can earn a full freshman year’s worth of credits while taking courses tailored to your needs as an international student, helping you achieve your academic and career goals.
  • English-language instruction designed around your social and academic needs; for example, you will be prepared specifically for the classes you will take, such as Algebra and U.S. History.
  • Integrated with open and closed courses, so you’ll be in some classes with U.S. students and others with your designated International Accelerator cohort.

Program Details

Program LengthProgram
Earned Toward
2 semesters/9 months
23+GPA 2.0Year 2

*Progression into specific majors may have additional requirements.

Entry requirements

To apply for Adelphi University’s Academic Accelerator Program, you should meet the following qualifications:

Minimum GPAMinimum TOEFL®Minimum IELTS™iTEP
Only one of the scores below required
2.568 – 79, no sub-score
below 14
5.5 – 6.0, no sub-score
below 5.0
3.5, no sub-score
below 3.0


Depending on their choice of major, students will follow an elective curriculum based on one of the following three tracks:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information Sciences
  • Business, Finance and Economics

Sample Curriculum

The following curricula are samples and subject to change. Each student's curriculum will vary depending upon their major, interests and career goals.

Sample Curriculum: Humanities Majors


Live, Learn, Grow I1Live, Learn, Grow II1
English for Academic Purposes IINCFundamentals of Writing (ENG106) 3
Cultural Anthropology3General Education Course3
Pre-Calculus or Calculus I*3 – 4General Education Course3
 Principles of Accounting I3Humanities OR STEM OR Business Course3

*Placement test required.

Total credits: 23+ credits

Important Dates

Spring 2020Summer 2020Fall 2020
 Payment DeadlineDecember 30, 2019May 6, 2020September 21, 2020
Move-in DateJanuary 13, 2020May 20, 2020September 29, 2020
Program Start DateJanuary 14, 2020May 21, 2020September 30, 2020

Academic Accelerator Program Costs

Fall 2019Spring 2020Summer 2020
 Tuition and Fees$40,980$40,980$40,980
Housing$8,990 – $13,870$9,565 – $12,005$9,565 – $12,005
Health Insurance* $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Total$56,390 – $61,270$55,455 – $57,895$55,455 – $57,895

*Health insurance coverage lasts for three consecutive semesters.

Note: Academic Accelerator students will pay for two consecutive semesters. 

In the summer semester, dining and housing options may be limited and costs may vary during this semester. 

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