Did you know that Molloy College: which was founded by the Amityville Dominican Sisters is now Molloy University?

“We’ve had the academic scope and breadth of a university for years – this makes it official,” said Dr. James P. Lentini, President of Molloy. “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.”

Our Prioress Peggy McVetty spoke at the event. “From the first class of 44 full-time students in one building to the present number of students: thousands of men and women have been educated by Molloy College — now Molloy University!”

With a mission as an independent, Catholic university rooted in the Dominican tradition, Molloy will remain steadfast in its commitment to the Four Pillars of Dominican Life that serve as a foundation of its mission: Study, Spirituality, Community, and Service. These Pillars have taken root through meaningful and expansive community engagement activities not only on campus but also in the communities it serves.

The first group of students entering the school since Molloy College earned its university status began several weeks ago. The 646 students who represent the class of 2026 are also the largest group of freshmen in the school’s history. Twenty-three states and 14 countries are represented in the class.