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LIU Post
LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since 1926, LIU has provided...

LIU Post

Brookville, New York

Long Island University (LIU) was founded in 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., under the guiding principle of educating and empowering students from all walks of life. It has since grown into one of the nation’s largest private universities. LIU offers more than 500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, educating more than 20,000 students each year from across multiple campuses. The University continuously strives to cultivate and expand academic, professional, artistic, and co-curricular opportunities.


In 1951, the university expanded from its purchase of the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post to better meet the educational needs of Long Island’s growing suburban population. LIU Post is a scenic, historic, and scholarly campus that offers a small-school environment with the access and resources of a major metropolitan university. LIU Post offers more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs. The campus tends to students’ entrepreneurial spirits, fostering opportunities for student-run businesses such as a full-service clothing boutique, a sports lounge, and a college spirit store. LIU Post’s 307-acre campus is home to both the world-renowned Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, where students, alumni, family, and friends gather to cheer on the Pioneers’ top-ranked NCAA Division II athletics programs.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,443 undergraduate students
89% of undergrad students are full time
40%male 60%female
14% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
278 full-time faculty
652 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
57% of first year students live on campus
31% of all students live on campus

School Location

Located on the former Gold-Coast estate of socialite and breakfast cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, LIU Post is conveniently less than one hour by car or train from NYC. When the days get long and warm, students can access a beach that is only 8 minutes away. The popular Jones Beach and the Hamptons are just a short drive from campus.

High-Impact Practices

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Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

72% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

49% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 12%
White 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 13%


With state-of-the-art athletic facilities, 24 Division II teams, and student-athletes who double as award-winning scholars, Pioneer Nation is buzzing with pride.

Mascot: Pioneer
Colors: Green and Gold

More Distinctions

  • LIU health care programs are nationally accredited by top professional organizations and agencies in the field, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

  • LIU Post’s B.F.A./M.B.A. and B.F.A/M.P.A. in Arts Management is the only 5-year accelerated dual degree program of its type in the United States.

student organizations

At LIU Post, students find a vibrant community of passionate and driven people. Many students choose to participate in fraternal organizations (six sororities, six fraternities) and more than 70 student organizations. Students can join the student government, jazz ensembles, the “Pioneer” campus newspaper, and more.

Experiential Employment

LIU Post is a national leader in student-powered entrepreneurship and engaged learning opportunities. In 2014, the Student-Run Business Committee worked with the campus community to launch four on-campus businesses that employ students into all levels of operation. LIU Post now has eight student-run businesses and other student employment opportunities. These ventures are part of LIU’s dedication to fostering entrepreneurship in its community as well as its commitment to provide students with real-world experiences.

Community Service

LIU Post believes in the power of community service. The LIU Cares initiative connects 20,000 students, 3,500 faculty and staff, and 200,000 alumni to service opportunities through volunteerism and community engagement.

Study Abroad

Students can study abroad to take their classroom knowledge out into the world. Faculty-led Study Abroad at LIU offers students the opportunity to spend their summers or winters in different locations across the world. Courses are open both to current LIU students as well as to visiting students from other colleges and universities. For information, or to apply, please visit:

Activities Offered

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Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra  
Television station x
Yearbook x

Something for Everyone

With a broad and comprehensive catalog of majors and degree programs across nine academic units, LIU Post offers the flexibility to explore interests, discover intellectual passions, and embark on academic paths that lead students to careers of their dreams.

Esteemed Faculty

LIU Post’s faculty are passionate professionals who care about helping students achieve their full potential. Faculty are made up of Fulbright Fellows, conductors of award-winning research, scholarly residences at the world’s top institutions, and much more.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 202 505 221 54 30 11 2 1025

Thriving Arts Community

LIU Post is home to Long Island’s cultural venue, Tilles Center for The Performing Arts, as well as nearly 30 student and faculty performance ensembles for music, theatre, and dance. LIU Post has artistic opportunities in any desired medium.


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Special housing for disabled students x
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Other housing options x


Other: Freshman Only 

The LIU Promise

The LIU Promise is a commitment to providing the right tools, guidance, and support for student achievement. LIU students are immediately assigned an LIU Promise Success Coach who follows them all the way through graduation. Coaches are the point of contact for everything students need, from academic and career counseling to campus activities and financial aid.

Loyal Alumni

Each of LIU Post’s 200,000 alumni has made a mark on the world in his or her own way. From the beginning, LIU Post has been educating students who go on to gain national and international acclaim for their accomplishments. It is not uncommon to see successful alumni on and around campus, sharing their experiences and insights with students.


Admissions Fall 2015

6,371 Total Applicants
5,134 Total Admissions
530 Total Freshmen Enrollment

80.58% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Alumni/ae relation

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing 440 550
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 18 25
ACT English 20 26
ACT Writing 7 8


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $33,678
Fees $1,868
Total $35,546
Room and Board (on campus) $13,138
Room Only $8,200
Board Only $4,938
Estimated Total On Campus $48,684


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$22,861 First year students
$21,587 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

56.24% on average, the percentage of need that was met
14% of financial need students that had need fully met

$9,758 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,856 Average need-based loan