Long Islands public transportation system includes buses and trains. The train station is a 7- to 10-minute walk from the Oakdale campus. Taxi services are available, however they may be costly if traveling long distances.
In order to operate a vehicle in the U.S., New York State recognizes drivers licenses issued by other nations. An International Driving permit is not a license, but it can help a Police Officer to recognize a license not in English. If you wish to obtain a New York State driver’s license please visit the International Students Office for information. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO GIVE UP YOUR FOREIGN DRIVERS LICENSE UNLESS YOU MAKE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR ITS RETURN IN THE FUTURE.
Please see: Driving directions and maps of both campuses.
To/From Area Airports
Dowling College is located about 1 hour from J.F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), 1 hour and 30 minutes from La Guardia Airport (LGA), and about 3 hours travel from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). If you arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport, go to Ground Transportation and take a bus to J. F. Kennedy International Airport. Go to any terminal.
Upon your arrival at either J. F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia Airport, go to the Ground Transportation area for information. It is usually near the Baggage Claim Area. There you can pick up a courtesy phone and press the button which says “SUPER SHUTTLE”. The van company’s phone number is also 1-800-258-3826. The cost of transportation to Dowling College’s Brookhaven Campus is about $65 plus a gratuity (we suggest about $10) and $58 plus gratuity to the Oakdale (main) Campus.
If you are coming by car, please see our website for directions to both campuses.
The address of the Oakdale campus is 150 Idle Hour Blvd., Oakdale NY, 11769
The address of the Brookhaven campus is 1300 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
YOU MUST TELL THE DRIVER WHICH CAMPUS YOU WISH TO GO TO, SINCE THE TWO CAMPUSES ARE ABOUT 27 KM (17 MILES) APART. IT IS TOO FAR TO WALK WITH YOUR BAGGAGE.
After you arrive, please come to the International Student and Scholar Services office at 64 Chateua Drive on the Oakdale Campus, to check-in. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Long Island Railroad operates a train that picks up passengers at JFK Airport. Take this train to Jamaica and transfer to the Patchogue line. Get off of the train at the Oakdale Railroad station.
The climate of Long Island varies widely during the four seasons. The warmest monthly average temperatures occur during July and August (82 degrees F), the lowest in January (39F avg. high / avg. low 23 F). Snow can be expected occasionally beginning as early as November and continuing as late as April.