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Why Choose LIU Brooklyn?

Return to Learning Students

For so many reasons, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is the perfect place for those who are considering going back to school. We understand that adult students completing their degrees often have special requirements, including the need to balance family and work obligations. We take all of this into consideration in designing a program of study that works for them, one that addresses both their personal and professional goals.

To familiarize you with our program, we have provided a helpful list of information below about our campus, our philosophy and the many benefits we offer to our adult learners.



Credit for Life Experience

By maximizing your prior learning, college and life experience, you can complete your degree in an environment adapted for learners like you. OPAL (On-Line Portfolio for Adult Learners) is a program developed to assist adult students in earning credit for life experiences. Through the guided seminar class, students will design an e-portfolio to document how life experiences may match academic course work, allowing them to earn credit toward completing a degree. Through OPAL, and any other previously earned, transferable, college credit students may decrease the time normally required to complete a Bachelor’s degree. Finally, students may opt to take a CLEP examination for college-level credit. There are 33 different CLEP exams to choose from and with a score of a 50 or better, you can earn credit toward your degree.

Convenient Location

The Brooklyn Campus is located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, and is accessible by all public transportation, so whether you are commuting from work or from home, you will find it easy to get here. Our directions page can guide you on the best way to travel to the Campus.

Small Class Sizes & Academic Support

At the Brooklyn Campus, students are not just numbers. The 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows them to communicate and to interact with their peers and with professors. In addition, the Campus’ professional academic advising and counseling initiatives provide students with the level of guidance and academic support needed to ensure success.

Assistance in Helping you Pay for Your Education

Many returning students worry about how they will pay for their education. Rest assured that we will help you to map out the most affordable way to earn your degree or certificate. Our professionals in student financial services will provide you with a wealth of information about the best way to fund your education.

Long Island University provides its students with more than $25 million annually in student aid that continues as you move through your academic career. To acknowledge good academic standing and to assist you with completing your degree the following is a sample of the type of scholarships the University offers:

LIU Scholarships

Long Island University maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans into a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition and fees. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment. Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.

Undergraduate Students

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov to be considered for a financial aid package.  All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file a FAFSA will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

Graduate Students

Applicants for graduate school who are seeking financial aid should notify their prospective academic department early in the application process. Graduate students are automatically considered for university merit-based scholarships and fellowships as part of the admission process. Note however: For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, limited scholarship funds are usually combined with government supported grants and loans in a financial aid package, so applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus offers 80 bachelor’s degrees, 95 master’s degrees, 8 dual degrees (bachelor’s/master’s), and 3 doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs offered through the School of Continuing Studies. So, no matter what your profession or your area of interest, you are sure to find a quality academic program to meet your needs. A list of our academic programs is available here, or through the left-hand navigation panel.

Convenient Course Schedules

Many undergraduate, graduate and certificate courses are scheduled during the evenings and weekends, making it easy for working adults and for those with families to further their education. Visit our schedule of classes database to get a feeling for course times and availability.

Hassle-Free Admissions

Our Office of Admissions is geared to service all kinds of students including those who are returning to school after a hiatus. All our admissions counselors and administrative staff can help you make critical educational decisions and to re-acclimate to a college campus environment. Moreover, we are dedicated to ensuring that your transition back to the college campus is seamless and hassle-free. So, we invite you to contact Richard Sunday, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Richard.Sunday@liu.edu or by phone at 718-488-1522 to get started with completing your degree.

You also can visit the admissions link in the left-hand navigation bar and click on the category (For Freshman Students, For Transfer Students, For Graduate Students, For International Students) that best describes your current academic standing. Each of these sections provides helpful information on the application process for the particular group to which it pertains.

Career Services

The Campus’ Office of Career Services offers Brooklyn Campus students a broad range of career-related services including individualized career advisement; skills/interests assessments; career and industry research; career workshops; resume development; interview preparation; co-op and internship referral assistance; networking opportunities; on-campus recruitment events; job referral assistance; on-the-job coaching; and alumni counseling. These services will be invaluable to your educational experience and may ultimately lead to permanent employment or to advancement in your current field.

Flexibility to Try Something New

We know you are busy and juggling many priorities and that it can be challenging to fit higher education into your life. We offer you a variety of ways to do so. Why don’t you take a class or two and “try out” a new field or build on your current knowledge base? You can take up to six classes in a degree program before applying for admission and committing to a major.