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Facts and Distinctions

For nearly 90 years, Long Island University (LIU) has been dedicated to redefining higher education and empowering our students with the skills they needed to excel in the classroom and throughout their professional careers.

One of the nation’s largest comprehensive private universities, LIU offers more than 500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates more than 20,000 students.

LIU’s experiential learning programs, its high-tech startup incubator, student-run businesses, and the LIU Promise student-mentoring program distinguish LIU as a leader in academic innovation. But the true testament to our success is in the active network of more than 200,000 alumni who are leaders in industries across the globe.

The institution provides enrichment for students and the community through world-class arts programming at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, and the nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism.

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In addition to university-wide accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, our schools, colleges, and individual degree programs are recognized by many specialized accreditation boards, including the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.


More than 500 full-time professors teach at LIU, with a significant majority holding the highest degree in their respective fields. The faculty includes Fulbright Scholars (four in 2014 alone), Academy Award winners, published authors, prominent journalists, leading scientists whose research has contributed to significant medical advances, and many more experienced and accomplished professionals.


More than 200,000 alumni


Long Island University (LIU) was founded on the principle of educating and empowering men and women from all walks of life. Through our mission of Access and Excellence, the LIU community remains committed, above all else, to the educational needs and interests of our diverse student body. We strive to cultivate and expand academic, professional, artistic, and co-curricular opportunities, enabling students to realize their full potential as ethically grounded, intellectually vigorous, and socially responsible global citizens.

LIU was founded in 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over the course of nine decades of academic excellence, LIU has become one of America’s largest comprehensive private universities, offering more than 500 academic programs across multiple campuses spanning the New York metropolitan area, overseas, and online.

In 1947, recognizing the educational needs of the growing number of families moving to the suburbs, the university purchased the estate of Mrs. Joseph P. Davis, better known as Marjorie Merriweather Post. Just 25 miles east of New York City on Long Island’s idyllic Gold Coast, LIU Post is a scenic, historic, and scholarly campus that offers a small-school environment, but with the access and resources of a major metropolitan university. Ranked a “Best Regional University,” by U.S. News and World Report, LIU Post offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs. The campus is a leader in cultivating entrepreneurial spirit in our students through innovative collaborations, such as ThoughtBox@LIU—our high-tech startup incubator—and student-run businesses that include a full-service clothing boutique, treat shop, and sports lounge. LIU Post’s 307-acre grounds is home to the world-renowned Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the new Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, where students, alumni, family, and friends gather to cheer on the Pioneers’ top ranked NCAA Division II athletics programs.

Through a one-of-a-kind bachelor’s degree education without borders, LIU Global prepares students for careers as global leaders in business, policy, humanitarian relief, social entrepreneurship, economic development, and environmental sustainability through an immersive learning experience spanning eight countries on four continents. 

From the shores of Long Island, to the epicenter of business and tech innovation in Brooklyn, to the far corners of the world, LIU offers a unique college experience for every student seeking academic enrichment and professional opportunity. Upon graduation, our students join a community of more than 200,000 alumni to become global leaders in fields that include the arts, health sciences, media, education, pharmacy, business, technology, public service, and professional sports.