LIU (Long Island University)
MottoUrbi et Orbi (Latin)
Motto in EnglishTo the city and to the world
Endowment$86 million [1]
PresidentDr. Kimberly R. Cline
Academic staff3,995 [2]
Students24,170 [2]
Undergraduates10,634 [2]
Postgraduates7,466 [2]
LocationBrookville, New York, U.S.
CampusUrban, Brooklyn Campus, 11 acres (0.45 km²)
Suburban, C.W. Post Campus, 307 acres (124 ha)
NewspaperSeawanhaka and Pioneer
AthleticsNCAA Division I and Division II
Northeast Conference
East Coast Conference
NicknameBlackbirds and Pioneers
MascotBlackbird and Ocelot
Long Island University (LIU) is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher education in the U.S. state of New York.


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”.[3]

In 1951, recognizing the educational needs of the growing number of families moving to the suburbs, LIU purchased a 177-acre (72 ha) estate, Hillwood, from cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her third husband Joseph E. Davies.[4] Located in Brookville, 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. It has a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including library science, business and many other specialties.

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, the current president of Mercy College, as its 10th president. She will succeed David J. Steinberg, who is retiring in the summer of 2013, and be the first woman to lead the private, six-campus institution.[5]


LIU is administered by a president and board of trustees who elects the president. The two main campuses are governed by a chancellor, chosen by the chairperson of the board of trustees.


LIU has two main campuses: LIU Brooklyn, in Brooklyn, and LIU Post, in Brookville. LIU also offers educational programs at locations in Brentwood and Riverhead and at its LIU Hudson sites, located in Rockland and Westchester.

LIU BrooklynEdit

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LIU Brooklyn is the University's first permanent site, established in 1926. The campus, located at the intersection of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues (across the street from Junior's restaurant), includes the former Brooklyn Paramount Theater, the world’s first theater built specifically for talking pictures.[6] The theater, which abuts the original core campus, was bought in 1960 by LIU and converted into a gymnasium in 1963. Parts of the theater's balcony were used as lecture rooms. The theater, containing its original Wurlitzer organ, was used as a basketball court[clarification needed] for the Brooklyn campus' Blackbirds' home basketball games until the Athletic, Recreation & Wellness Center (designed by Arquitectonica) was built. The New York Times recognized it as one of the most diverse campuses in the United States.[7] and is home to the prestigious George Polk Awards in journalism.

LIU Brooklyn comprises:

  • LIU Pharmacy, the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU's only professional school and one of the largest and oldest pharmacy schools in the United States.
  • School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Sciences
  • Richard Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Continuing Education
  • LIU Global, formerly Global College, the only global studies program in the United States that integrates a series of yearlong cultural immersions around the world into a four-year bachelor's degree
  • Honors Program
  • A unique United Nations graduate advanced certificate program

LIU PostEdit

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Founded in 1954, LIU Post is situated in Brookville, on Long Island's north shore. It is the University's largest campus. The University's main administrative offices and located a short drive down the road from the campus.

LIU Post comprises:

  • College of Information and Computer Science
  • Palmer School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Management
  • School of Health Professions and Nursing
  • School of Visual and Performing Arts

LIU Post is home to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, which presents world-renowned artists in 70 music, dance, and theater performances each season.[8] The campus also is the location of a lifetime learning program in Continuing Education & Professional Studies that offers classes in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Subjects include paralegal studies, financial planning, interior decorating, corporate training, project management, entrepreneurship, real estate, and insurance.

Other LIU locationsEdit

The Brentwood and Riverhead locations, and LIU Hudson, with its two locations in Rockland and Westchester counties, offer graduate degree and advanced certificate programs; the Brentwood location also offers a bachelor's degree program. 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.[9]


All campuses offering undergraduate education utilize what is called the "Long Island University Plan".[10] The main components of the plan consists of (1) expanded academic and personal counseling from the students' first year to graduation; (2) enhanced academic and career opportunities that gives students decisive advantages in career fields of their choice by providing an option for professional employment and "special" semesters that build professional connections, credentials, and experience; and (3) essential literacies that develop the students' analytic and writing skills that familiarizes them with the fundamental languages of culture and science.


The two major LIU campuses have distinct athletic programs and thus names: the Blackbirds at LIU Brooklyn, who compete in NCAA Division I; and the Pioneers at LIU Post, who compete in NCAA Division II. LIU Brooklyn has 14 varsity teams, and LIU Post has 15 varsity teams, each representing sports from baseball to volleyball.

The Blackbirds basketball team has been the most successful of both campuses’ programs. The basketball team won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1939 and 1941 under the guidance of Coach Clair Bee. The 1935-36 team went 25‑0 and was the overwhelming favorite to represent the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, with basketball a medal sport for the first time. However, the Blackbirds decided as a team to boycott the Games as a protest of Nazi Germany and its anti-Jewish policies. This principled position taken by the players was based on a secret ballot among them in Coach Bee's office in early March 1936.[11] In 1951, however, the Blackbirds basketball players were involved in the CCNY Point Shaving Scandal that resulted in five players receiving a suspended sentence and one player a one-year prison sentence.[12] The school suspended its athletic program from 1951 to 1957 due to the scandal.[13] Games were played at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater until recently.[13]

In 1997 the Blackbirds were seeded 13th in the East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. They lost in the first round to Villanova, 101‑91. In 2011 the Brooklyn Campus won both the Northeast Conference regular season and tournament championship, winning 13 games in a row at the end of the season. The Blackbirds were seeded 15th in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament but lost 102‑87 to North Carolina in the first round, and so finished with a 27‑6 record for 2010-11. In 2012 the Blackbirds repeated as NEC regular-season and tournament champions and were seeded 16th in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament but lost 89‑67 to Michigan State in the first round, thus finishing with a 25‑9 recond for 2011-12. On March 12, 2013, the Blackbirds won their third straight NEC title by defeating Mount St. Mary's 91-70 in the championship game but lost to James Madison 68-55 in a 16-seed play-in game during the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

The Blackbirds' women's soccer team, which plays at Long Island University Field, has also been extremely successful.


The LIU Public Radio Network broadcasts on 88.3 FM (WPPB) and 88.1 FM (WCWP). The LIU television broadcasts on channels 36 and 37 on campus only (LIUTV). The Brooklyn Campus newspaper is Seawanhaka. The journal Confrontation is based on the LIU Post Campus.

Notable peopleEdit


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Long Island University: Facts in Brief 2007-2008, Retrieved July 22, 2008.
  3. Long Island University: History, Retrieved June 14, 2008.
  5. "LIU names first female chief executive, Kimberly Cline". Newsday. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, Retrieved June 14, 2008.
  7. New York Times, Retrieved February 23, 2009.
  8. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Retrieved June 14, 2008.
  9. United States Department of Homeland Security: Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  10. Long Island University Plan, Retrieved February 20, 2009.
  11. Michael Weinreb (April 20, 2009). "A team that chose principles over gold medals". Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  12. Joe Goldstein (November 19, 2003). "Explosion: 1951 scandals threaten college hoops". Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ian Begley (January 6, 2009). "Blackbirds fly back to LIU for alumni basketball game". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 30, 2011.

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