Rockville Centre now has a university; state grants new status to Molloy


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In just a few weeks, Molloy College will officially become a university.

In March, the New York State Board of Regents approved the Rockville Centre institution’s transition to become Molloy University, noting the Molloy has enough academic programs and graduate degrees to qualify.

The change takes effect on June 1, following the Class of 2022’s graduation on May 24.

“We’ve had the academic scope and breadth of a university for years – this makes it official,” Molloy President James P. Lentini said. “Universities are typically defined by their post-graduate master’s and doctoral programs, which we already have, as well as a commitment to serve a unique mission, which we have done since our founding in 1955.”

Molloy representatives said the transition transforms the school into a “destination university” elevating the campus as a whole and expanding visibility of its programs and success of its students post-graduation.

Through new teaching approaches with technological advances, the Catholic institution plans to engage a broader population of students of all ages, ranging from traditional-age undergraduates to adult learners.

In addition to new degrees, a list of certification, badges, degree completion opportunities and other programs will be offered in-person, online, and in blended formats.

“Becoming a university will shine a light on the scope of our academic programs, which serve the interests and passions of our students and the emerging needs of our region,” said Michelle Piskulich, provost at Molloy.

“It will highlight the expertise of our faculty and the work they do to provide a transformative education to our students and their commitment to advancing knowledge in their fields and our region.”

You can read the full announcement from Molloy here.

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