State University of New York at Old Westbury
Former names
State University of New York College at Old Westbury (1965–2023)
Motto"Own Your Future"
TypePublic University
Established1965; 59 years ago (1965)
Parent institution
State University of New York
Endowment$387,718 (2019)[1]
PresidentTimothy E. Sams[2]
ProvostDorothy Escribano (interim)

40°47′57″N 73°34′27″W / 40.7993°N 73.5741°W / 40.7993; -73.5741
CampusSuburban, 605 acres (245 ha)
Colors   Green & ivory
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III Skyline
MascotOWWIN the Panther

The State University of New York at Old Westbury (SUNY at Old Westbury) is a public university in Old Westbury, New York,[4] with portions in the neighboring town of Jericho, New York.[5] It enrolls just over 5,000 students.


The State University of New York at Old Westbury was founded in 1965 as the State University of New York College at Old Westbury by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees. It began in 1968 at Planting Fields, the former Coe Estate and arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York. In 1971, the university moved to its present Old Westbury site in Nassau County, Long Island – an estate, known as "Broad Hollow," formerly owned by agriculturist, industrialist, sportsman and philanthropist F. Ambrose Clark.[6]

The first president of the Old Westbury campus college was John D. Maguire, who had been a religion professor at Wesleyan University and a civil rights activist. He aimed to create a university devoted to social justice and racial equality.[7]

In 1986, L. Eudora Pettigrew became president of Old Westbury, becoming the first African-American college president in the SUNY system.[8]

In 2023, the college gained status as a university, becoming the State University of New York at Old Westbury.[9]


There are over 50 degree programs available at the university.

Of the university's 166 full-time professors,[10] approximately 80% hold the highest degree in their discipline. Eight members of the faculty have been named Distinguished Teaching or Service Professors by the State University of New York,[11] which are among the highest ranks available in the university system.[12]

Academic offerings are housed in four schools.

The university's current president is Timothy E. Sams.

Four-day school week

The university's school week runs on a Monday–Thursday schedule, instead of Monday–Friday as at most colleges and universities. Students taking science courses usually (but not always) have labs scheduled on Fridays.

The university also has a "dry campus" policy – no alcohol allowed.


SUNY Old Westbury teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III.[14] The Panthers are a member of the Skyline Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Athletic facilities

The F. Ambrose Clark Physical Education & Recreation Center, aka the Clark Athletic Center, houses a 25-meter swimming pool; a gymnasium with seating for 2,000; a strength and conditioning facility; and an aerobic workout room with physical fitness accessories.

The Clark Center is a venue for the Nassau County, New York high school men's basketball playoffs as well as some women's tournament games. The events are shown on local Cablevision TV outlets News 12 Long Island and Telecare. Other Nassau high school basketball events are staged at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University's Pratt Center, north of the Clark Center in the neighboring region of Brookville, New York.

The neighboring Jackie Robinson Athletic Complex, dedicated in 2006, adjoins the Clark Center. It includes a baseball stadium and softball field. The baseball stadium seatings more than 1,000 fans, and a press box is available for game announcers and media personnel.

The university features two soccer fields, eight tennis courts, and two outdoor recreational basketball courts. Runners in cross country competition train on European-styled courses that traverse Old Westbury's 604-acre (2.44 km2) wooded campus.

Greek life

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National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC)

Notable alumni


  1. ^ SUNY at Old Westbury Archived 2020-10-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Kinane, Michael (November 4, 2020). "Dr. Timothy E. Sams Appointed President of SUNY Old Westbury". SUNY Old Westbury (Press release). Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  3. ^ "SUNY Fast Facts".
  4. ^ "Oyster Bay town, New York Archived 2012-10-11 at" U.S. Census Bureau, on Long Island. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Old Westbury village, New York Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  6. ^ Old Long Island: Broad Hollow House Archived 2010-08-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "John Maguire, 86, Early Promoter of Diversity in Education, Dies". The New York Times. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  8. ^ "In Memoriam: L. Eudora Pettigrew | UDaily". UDaily. University of Delaware. Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  9. ^ "It's Official: SUNY Old Westbury is Now a University". SUNY Old Westbury. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  10. ^ universtity Catalog, Pg 217-221 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2010-08-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "About Us". 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  12. ^ SUNY Faculty Programs [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Genn, Adina (10 August 2023). "SUNY Old Westbury School of Business earns AACSB international accreditation | Long Island Business News".
  14. ^ NCAA "Who We Are" Member Search Archived 2012-08-10 at the Wayback Machine