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Transfer Students

Long Island University is a nationally recognized teaching and research institution, and the perfect place for you to continue your college journey. If you are transferring colleges and are currently enrolled at a community college or a four-year university, consider joining Shark Nation as a transfer student.

At Long Island University, you will find an institution committed to your success and helping you reach your goals. With endless opportunities, LIU is an inspiring place to learn, grow, and become the best version of yourself.

Visit campus for an upcoming event or to take a tour. LIU offers a seamless transfer process with immediate credit evaluations, and on-site admissions decisions. Most undergraduate academic programs are 120 credits, allowing you to complete your degree without losing any time - any applying your earned credits!

Once you are ready, apply and become part of Shark Nation!

Long Island University welcomes applications through the Common Application for transfer students. Students may also complete the Long Island University application. 

Applicants for transfer admission from accredited two-year and four-year colleges are considered. 



Application Type

Application Submission


Spring Transfer*

October 1 (recommended)

By November 30

Fall Transfer*

April 1 (recommended)

By March 1

*Transfer application submissions are recommended. Applications are reviewed and decisioned on a rolling basis.


Applicants should submit the required material below for consideration: 

  • Undergraduate application at or via the Common Application. 
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee. 
  • Undergraduate college transcripts

Applicants for transfer admission from accredited two-year and four-year colleges are considered. Students transferring from non-accredited institutions must consult with the Office of Admissions to determine eligibility for transfer credits. 

Transfer students are evaluated primarily based on their college work. Students with fewer than 24 credits of previous college work, or those who enrolled in college courses before completing high school, must submit secondary school records. 

Many academic departments have special criteria for admission and may require a higher GPA, an audition, or portfolio review. The Office of Admissions weighs all available information and evidence of achievement. 

Transfer students will receive an official transfer credit evaluation after being admitted to the University. Generally, transfer credits are awarded for equivalent academic courses that have been completed with grades of C- or better at accredited colleges or universities. Students transferring directly to LIU from two-year institutions can receive a maximum of 72 credits. Those transferring from four-year institutions can receive a maximum of 96 transfer credits.

It’s time to make Long Island University your university. Visit to get started. 

Here are some important next steps for our Future Sharks.

1.    Activate your My LIU account.

To set-up your account, please click here to activate your account. If you need assistance, contact

2.    Secure your seat by making a tuition deposit.

Pay online at My LIU and click “Make an E-Payment” on main landing page. Students should use their LIU ID number on their acceptance letter.

Deposit Submission Instructions:

  • Go to:
  • Click “Proceed to Login”
  • Select “Make An E-Payment” under the large green dollar symbol
  • You will be redirected to your MYLIU Payment Gateway
  • Log in as a student with your MYLIU information
  • Select the “Deposits” tab
  • For the “Term” option, select the term you were admitted to
  • For the “Deposit” option, select “Tuition E-deposit”
  • Complete the required deposit for your program of study

3.     Complete your On-Campus Housing Application 

Planning to live on campus? Complete a housing application to reserve your residence hall room. Follow the instructions found in your MyLIU Student Center portal under the icon "University Housing." 

4.    Sign-up for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation serves as your introduction to the Long Island University campus community.  Sign-up for Orientation at

5.    Submit final, official high school and /or college transcripts.

Your final and official documents must be sent to Admissions prior to the beginning of classes. 

If you are a first-year student, you are encouraged to submit any AP or other official college transcripts to Admissions for transfer credit consideration. 

AP, SAT, and ACT scores can be sent via College Board


LIU Code

Advanced Placement (AP)






How can I visit campus?
We strongly recommend that you visit campus during your college search process! You can attend an event, take a tour in-person or virtually, or participate in other experiences. To schedule a time to visit campus, click here.

When will I get an admissions decision?
Admissions will notify you of an admissions decision in accordance with the chart found on the “How to Apply” tab above. Unofficial transcripts may be used during the application process; however, final transcripts will be needed prior to finalizing your admission.

LIU is committed to providing prospective students with timely responses. The earlier you apply in the admissions cycle, the sooner you can expect an admissions decision.

How do I accept my offer of admission?
To accept your admissions offer, you should submit your $200 tuition deposit via e-payments on your MyLIU account. It is recommended you submit your deposit to secure your spot.

Does LIU offer application fees waiver?
Yes, LIU does consider requests for an application fee waiver for students who demonstrate financial hardship. If you would like to request an application fee waiver, click here.

When will I receive a transfer credit evaluation?
Long Island University will accept credits from accredited two- and four-year institutions. You will receive a transfer credit evaluation immediately following your admissions decision. Decisions to grant transfer credits may be subject to specific program requirements.

What should I do if I would like to request a scholarship increase?
Your admissions recruiter can work individually with you to review your application, scholarship offer, and determine other opportunities that you may be eligible for. Scholarship appeals are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee on a rolling basis and consider financial need, academic achievements, and extracurricular activities.

What if I want to change my major after I apply?
You can change your major at any time before or after enrolling. Before enrolling, you should contact the Office of Admissions to change your major. If you have already enrolled, you should work with a Success Coach to submit a change of major form.

Can I defer my admissions decision to a later date?
If you wish to defer your admissions decision, please contact your Admissions Recruiter to complete the process. Your acceptance may be deferred; however, your scholarship offer will be adjusted based on the semester you enroll.

I have been accepted to Long Island University, what is next?
Congratulations, and welcome to Shark Nation! Please visit the “Accepted Student” tab above to take your next steps and commit to Long Island University. You will look great in blue and gold!