The Area

SUNY Old Westbury is a small public college located on a wooded 604-acrea campus on the north shore of Long Island.  Old Westbury offers the best of both worlds

  • A quiet atmosphere dedicated to learning: Old Westbury offers a sequestered setting with all the advantages of suburban shopping and a wide variety of recreational activities within a 10-minute drive. Students enjoy the ability to easily access the trains and buses to get to where they want to visit. When it is time to concentrate on classes, the quiet campus atmosphere provides the ideal environment for studying.  

  • 22 miles from the greatest city in the world:  Located only 22 miles (35 km) east of Times Square, Old Westbury offers access to the wide array of educational, cultural and social attractions of New York City.  Whether on their own or as part of a campus trip, students can experience and explore New York City with ease. For international students, Old Westbury is also convenient to many other major cities: :

    • New York City = 22 miles (35 km), west (35 minutes)
    • Newark, New Jersey = 42 miles (67 km) west (1 hour)
    • Princeton, New Jersey= 76 miles (122 km), south (1.5 hours)
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania= 125 miles (201 km), west (2.3 hours)
    • Montreal, Canada= 383.5 miles (616 km), north (6.5 hours)

The Long Island Region

Long Island's picturesque North Shore, local shopping and entertainment offerings, regional theaters and museums, the fine restaurants of Nassau County, and an array of outdoor activities - including South Shore beaches, are all just minutes away from the Old Westbury campus, a unique and spectacular setting all its own.

The Arts, Theater & Music

The performing arts are an explosive presence on Long Island attracting some of the biggest stars in the industry. An array of leading venues - all located within a short drive of the College at Old Westbury's campus, host top-name entertainers and national touring theatre companies. Included among those venues are NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

World-class opera singers, international ballet companies, classical recitals, and orchestral and chamber piece concerts can be found on any given day on the local cultural arts calendar. In addition, professional community theatrical productions featuring dramas, comedies and musicals, are performed in just about every corner of Nassau.

Area Parks & Historic Sites

For those who enjoy the serenity that a walk in amongst the wild can offer, the towns and villages surrounding Old Westbury offer an array of parks from which to choose. From the Fire Island National Seashore some 20 minutes away to the Christopher Morley Park in nearby Roslyn-North Hills, there are parks close at hand that offer serene settings for nature walks and picnics and trails ready for hiking and mountain biking.

At the same time, the local region is awash in history--from the site of key Revolutionary War battles to the airfield where Charles Lindbergh began his momentous nonstop flight to Paris. George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, among others, played an integral part in the vast historic landscape of the area. In Nassau County alone, there are numerous museums and historical sites dedicated to science, the arts, different cultures, Long Island's maritime trade and influential Americans. Among the most convenient museums to the Old Westbury campus is the Nassau County Museum of Art, located in Roslyn.

Shopping & Entertainment

Just minutes from the Old Westbury campus is the Broadway Mall, which comprises nearly 100 stores, boutiques, service providers and eateries including such notables as IKEA, Macy's, and Target. Broadway Mall is also home to a state-of-the-art 12 Screen Multiplex Cinema, which features the latest movies and a variety of refreshments.

A drive a bit further south into Garden City will bring you to Roosevelt field - among the largest shopping malls in America. Roosevelt Field is home to some of the best shopping around, with Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Neiman Marcus, also featuring more than 245 specialty stores, including Aéropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, The Disney Store, Gap, The Limited, Victoria's Secret, Warner Bros. Studio Store and many more. It is located at the intersection of Old Country Road and Meadowbrook Parkway.

Long Island Beaches

The beaches of Long Island offer miles of clean, fine white-sand along both the ocean and the Long Island Sound.Long Island's beaches are considered to be some of the world's best public beaches, perfect for swimming, boating, fishing or simply relaxing and enjoying spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Among the more than 150 beaches operated by federal, state, county and town municipalities on Long Island are those near the Old Westbury campus, including the Fire Island National Seashore, stretching 26 miles through 17 beachfront communities and a natural wilderness area on the South Shore; and the largest and most widely-renowned of all Long Island beaches, also on the South Shore of Nassau County, Jones Beach.