Long Island University

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Coordinates: 40°49′8″N 73°35′38″W / 40.81889°N 73.59389°W / 40.81889; -73.59389

LIU (Long Island University)
Motto Urbi et Orbi (Latin)
Motto in English
To the city and to the world
Established 1926
Type Private
Endowment $107 million [1]
President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline
Academic staff
Students 23,026
Undergraduates 9,129
Postgraduates 6,963
Location Brooklyn & Brookville, New York,
Campus Urban, LIU Brooklyn, 11 acres (0.45 km²)
Suburban, LIU Post, 307 acres (124 ha)
Newspaper LIU Brooklyn Seawanhaka
LIU Post Pioneer
Athletics NCAA
Nickname LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
LIU Post Pioneers
Website http://www.liu.edu

Long Island University (LIU) is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher education with locations and programs spanning the New York metropolitan area, overseas, and online. The university offers more than 500 academic programs at two main campuses, LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn, as well as non-residential programs at LIU Brentwood, LIU Riverhead, and LIU Hudson at Rockland and Westchester. LIU has NCAA Division I and II athletics and hosts the annual George Polk Awards in Journalism.


LIU was chartered in 1926 in Brooklyn by the New York State Education Department to provide “effective and moderately priced education” to people from “all walks of life.”[2] LIU Brooklyn is located in Donwtown Brooklyn, at the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues. The main building adjoins the 1920s movie house, Paramount Theatre (now called the Schwartz Gymnasium), the building retains much of the original decorative detail and a fully operational Wurlitzer organ that rises from beneath the basketball court floorboards.[3] The campus consists of nine academic buildings; a recreation and athletic complex that includes Division I regulation athletic fields; one on-campus and two nearby residential buildings; and an adjoining parking facility. The campus is home to the university’s oldest school, LIU Pharmacy (Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), originally founded in 1891 as the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy,[4] and LIU Global, a four year bachelor’s degree program that is fully immersive – that is, students live and study internationally for the duration of the program.[5] LIU Brooklyn is home to the NCAA Division I Blackbirds[6] and the renowned George Polk Awards for excellence in journalism.[7]

In 1951, recognizing the educational needs of the growing number of families moving to the suburbs, LIU purchased an 177-acre (72 ha) estate known as Hillwood from cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her third husband Joseph E. Davies.[8] Located in the town of Brookville on Long Island's Gold Coast, the original home, Warburton Hall, had been built by William A. Prime and was extensively renovated by the Huttons. Three years later, the campus was renamed C. W. Post, in honor of Marjorie Post's father. In 2012, the university launched a campaign that unified all campuses in name: C.W. Post is now LIU Post. Post is LIU's largest campus, at 307 acres of historic Gatsby-era mansions, gardens, athletic fields, art studios and performing art space, broadcast television and radio stations, an on-campus sustainable energy facility, as well as the only on-campus equestrian facility on Long Island. LIU Post is home to the NCAA Division II Pioneers and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1963 LIU established a third campus in Southampton, where it had writing and environmental programs. As the management of this campus became too costly, the university sold it in 2006 to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. LIU's master's degree programs at this campus were transferred to Riverhead. Ownership of LIU's bachelor’s degree programs located at Southampton was transferred to SUNY Stony Brook.

On March 7, 2013, LIU named Kimberly R. Cline as its 10th president. Dr. Cline succeeded David J. Steinberg, who retired after 28 years as president in the summer of 2013. She is the first woman to lead the private, six-campus institution.[9]


LIU is administered by a president and board of trustees who elects the president.


LIU Brooklyn[edit]

LIU Brooklyn includes:

  • LIU Pharmacy, the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, one of the largest and oldest pharmacy schools in the United States.
  • LIU Global (formerly Global College)
  • School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Sciences
  • Richard Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Harriet Heilbrunn Rothkopf School of Nursing
  • School of Continuing Education
  • Honors College
  • NCAA Division I Blackbirds
  • Steinberg Recreation and Wellness Center and Athletic Fields
  • Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
  • George Polk Awards in Journalism

LIU Post[edit]

LIU Post includes:

  • School of Education
  • Palmer School of Library and Information Science
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Management
  • School of Business
  • School of Professional Accountancy
  • School of Computer Science, Innovation and Management Engineering
  • School of Health Professions and Nursing
  • School of Visual and Performing Arts
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Honors College
  • Student-Run Businesses
  • Browse (retail shop and IT help center)
  • Division II Pioneers
  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium
  • North Shore Equestrian Center
  • Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Other LIU locations[edit]

LIU Brentwood LIU Brentwood offers undergraduate and/or graduate programs in education, special education, literacy, mental health counseling, school counseling, psychology, criminal justice, and nursing.

LIU Hudson LIU Hudson offers graduate and advanced certificate programs in business, public administration, pharmaceutics, education (early childhood, childhood, literacy, special education, TESOL), educational leadership, school counseling, school psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy.

LIU Riverhead LIU Riverhead is home to the Homeland Security Management Institute (recognized as one of the leading institutions in the United States in homeland security training; The institute has been designated a "Homeland Security Center of Excellence" by the United States Congress. Programs are also available in education, special education, literacy, communication studies, new media, cyber security, applied behavior analysis, and TESOL.


LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds[edit]

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds compete in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.

Men's Athletics[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field/Cross Country

Women's Athletics[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Women's Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

LIU Post Pioneers[edit]

The LIU Post Pioneers compete in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.

Men's Athletics[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling

Women's Athletics[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


The LIU Public Radio Network broadcasts on 88.3 FM (WPPB) and 88.1 FM (WCWP). The LIU television broadcasts on channels 95 and 96 on campus only (PTV) [2] The Brooklyn Campus newspaper is Seawanhaka. The Pioneer is the campus newspaper on the LIU Post Campus. [3]

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