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
Type Private
Established 1926
Endowment US$96,987,000 (2014)[1]
President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline
Academic staff
Students 18,500
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 Downtown 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 allows students to live and study internationally in eight countries across eight semesters.[5] LIU Brooklyn is home to the NCAA Division I Blackbirds,[6] the George Polk Awards for excellence in journalism,[7] and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts.

In 1951, in response to 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 Marjorie and her second husband Edward F. Hutton. Three years later, the campus was renamed C. W. Post, in honor of Marjorie Post's father. In 2012, the university renamed all campuses" C.W. Post is now LIU Post, the university's largest campus, at 307 acres of historic 1920s mansions, gardens, athletic fields, art studios and performing arts space, broadcast television and radio stations, an on-campus sustainable energy facility, and the only on-campus equestrian facility on Long Island. LIU Post is home to the NCAA Division II LIU Post Pioneers and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

On March 7, 2013, LIU named Kimberly R. Cline as its 10th president, becoming the first woman to lead the private, six-campus institution.[9] According to the Nation magazine, "before she officially assumed the role of president in September... hundreds of low- and mid-level administrative support staff, many of them long-term employees, either left or were laid off."[10]


Dr. Cline outsourced the work of two groups of previously unionized workers on campus, and oversaw the lockout of 400 faculty on the day before the 2016-17 school year.[10] On September 1, 2016, three days after the union’s contract expired and five days before the union was due to vote on the new contract,[11] the university cut off the affected staff's email accounts and health insurance, and told them they would be replaced.[12] This is the first time that a college or university in the United States has used a lockout against its faculty members, according to William A. Herbert, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.[13] Following the lockout, the American Association of University Professors released a statement that it "deplores this action and supports the right of the LIU Brooklyn faculty to collectively bargain in good faith with its administration," and urged the LIU administration to resume negotiations.[14] In the first week of the autumn term, some students at LIU Brooklyn staged a walkout in support of the locked-out teaching staff.[15] With the 236 full-time faculty members and 450 adjuncts locked out, classes were taught by university administrators and temporary staff, and students reported inadequate instruction.[16] The locked ended on September 14 with an agreement to continue the expired contract until May 31, 2017 and resume negotiations with a mediator.[17][18]


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
  • 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
  • Student-Run Businesses
  • 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
  • College of Communications, Art and Design
  • 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, and TESOL), educational leadership, school counseling, school psychology, mental health counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

LIU Riverhead LIU Riverhead is home to the Homeland Security Management Institute, which offers homeland security training. The institute has been designated a "Homeland Security Center of Excellence" by the United States Congress.[citation needed] 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
  • Football

Women's Athletics[edit]

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

LIU Post Pioneers[edit]

Main article: LIU Post Pioneers

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
  • 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) LIU Brooklyn's student newspaper is Seawanhaka, and LIU Post's student newspaper is The Pioneer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2014 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). 2014 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. 
  2. ^ "Campus History - Long Island University". liu.edu. 
  3. ^ Grella, George. "A Relic Reborn". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  4. ^ "LIU Pharmacy". Liu.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  5. ^ "LIU Global". Liu.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  6. ^ "LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds". Liuathletics.com. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  7. ^ "LIU George Polk Awards". Liu.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  8. ^ Times, Special To The New York (26 October 1951). "L.I.U. TAKES OVER LONG ISLAND ESTATE" – via NYTimes.com. 
  9. ^ "LIU names first female chief executive, Kimberly Cline". Newsday. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Classes Start at LIU Brooklyn on September 7—but Faculty Are Locked Out" – via The Nation. 
  11. ^ "Locking out professors is an affront to education". The Guardian. September 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ Semuels, Alana. "An Unprecedented Faculty Lockout". The Atlantic. 
  13. ^ "LIU Brooklyn campus, in contract dispute with faculty union, tells 400 professors they will be replaced". Inside Higher Ed. 
  14. ^ American Association of University Professors. "Statement on LIU Brooklyn Lockout" (PDF). Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Students At LIU Brooklyn Walk Out In Support Of Professors In Contract Dispute". WABC-TV. September 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "As Lockout Continues at Long Island U., Students Report Meager Classroom Instruction". The Chronicle of Higher Education. September 9, 2016. 
  17. ^ Jaschik, Scott (15 September 2016). "LIU Faculty Lockout Ends". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Bromwich, Jonah Engel; Robbins, Liz (14 September 2016). "Faculty Lockout at L.I.U.-Brooklyn Ends With Contract Agreement". New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 

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