Long Island University

University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372

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Long Island University is a four-year private school located in Brooklyn, New York. LIU was formed in 1926 by the New York State Education Department to provide effective and affordable education to people from all walks of life.

LIU has two main campuses, one located in Brooklyn, and one located in Brookville. Educational programs are offered at LIU sites located in Brentwood, Riverhead, Rockland, and Westchester. The Brooklyn campus is the original location of Long Island University and lies on 11 acres of land.  Students are able to explore the museums, restaurants, shops, parks, theaters, and historic neighborhoods adjacent to campus.

On-campus living is estimated to cost $11,700 per year with $2,250 in additional living expenses. All residence areas offer free wireless and cable, study lounges, recreation rooms, TV lounges, laundry rooms, 24 hours/day security officers, and dedicated professional and paraprofessional staff. All residential spaces come with an extra-long twin sized bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, micro-fridge, wardrobe unit/closet, AC, and personal digital safe. There are three residence halls that house over 900 LIU Brooklyn students.

In addition, the surrounding neighborhood is a popular place for students interested in securing off-campus housing. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $18,000 per year with $2,250 in additional living expenses.

There are five dining facilities and eateries on campus for students to use. The campus features an 112,000 square-foot Wellness, Recreation, and Athletic Center that provides the following amenities to students: tennis courts, a running track, an eight-lane swimming pool, a therapy pool, two weight rooms, an aerobic room and a 17,000 square-foot basketball arena. Other major facilities on campus include a four-story library, Kumble Theater, Humanities Art Gallery, student lounges, Cyber Café, and the Luntey Commons, which is a part of the former Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

Long Island University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees in over 200 programs. The LIU Brooklyn campus is the original campus and is home to the following schools: Pharmacy, Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Health Professions, Nursing, Continuing Education, LIU-Global, an honors program, and the United Nations advanced certificate program.

The campus located in Brookville is larger and houses the University’s main administrative offices in addition to the following schools: Information and Computer Science, Library and Information Science, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Management, Health Professions and Nursing, and Visual and Performing Arts. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. 

Long Island University has 8,633 students (5,194 undergraduates) and 729 faculty members, giving the university a 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 306 teach full-time and 423 teach part-time. About 85% of undergraduate students study full-time and 15% study part-time. Most graduate students (57%) study full-time and 43% study part-time.

The student body contains 72% female students and 28% male students. About 40% of all students are black with the remaining students being white (25%), Asian (20%), and Hispanic (15%) . About 74% of students are ages 24 and under with 26% of students being ages 25 and above. About 80% of students are from New York and 20% are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 63% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 57%. The overall graduation rate is 32% and the overall transfer-out rate is 32%. 

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education (graduate level), and study abroad.   

Student life on campus consists of over 45 student clubs and organizations, intramural activities, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Council, and student media (newspaper, television, radio, yearbook). Athletic teams at LIU-Brooklyn use a Blackbird as their mascot and compete in NCAA Division I while LIU-Post (Brookville) are known as the Pioneers and compete in NCAA Division II. LIU-Brooklyn has 14 varsity teams, and LIU-Post has 15 varsity teams. 

Undergraduate tuition costs $32,818 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost $2,280. The average tuition for graduate students cost $25,632 with annual fees of $1,630. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 96% of those attending Long Island University receive financial aid. 

Long Island University receives over 5,000 applications per year and accepts about 83% of those students. Statistically, 83% of men and 83% of women who apply will be accepted. Factors impacting admission include: grades in high school and, if applicable, in college-level course work; prior academic record relative to the applied for program; SAT/ACT test scores; tests of English as a foreign language (TOEFL, IELTs or iBT); personal statement; and letter(s) of recommendation. Certain programs may require an interview or portfolio needed to apply.  

Long Island University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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