Long Island University


Founded in 1955, Long Island University had a humble beginning. Their first classes took place in converted barns, servant’s bedrooms and garages but the school has grown exponentially over the years into one of the nation’s finest liberal arts schools. Situated on a beautiful, 307-acre residential campus, the university’s C.W. Post campus offers more than 250 degree choices and serves more than 8000 students a year. That number may seem high, but there are more than 320 faculty members so class numbers hover at around 20 per class so that a high level of education is provided to each student.

Students have a plethora of social, athletic and academic activities from which to choose. Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus has an active Greek life, numerous student clubs and organizations, an intercollegiate athletics organization and several club, intramural and recreational sports. Because the university is located less than an hour from New York City, students have access to some of the world’s finest restaurants, museums, cultural events and sports teams.


Information Summary

Ranks 82nd in New York and 792nd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 83.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $56,283
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1260
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 17 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 74% / 43%
Enrollment Total (all students) 15,196


The C.W. Post campus of Long Island University offers nearly 250 certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the following subject areas:

  • accountancy
  • business
  • education
  • liberal arts and sciences
  • public administration
  • health professions an nursing
  • information and computer science
  • visual and performing arts

The school offers an honors program for academically-motivated students. Established in 1963, the program is one of the oldest honors programs in the country. It provides an academic and social environment conducive to thought-provoking, intimate classroom discussions in all majors as well as numerous opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as attending theater performances, visiting museums and exploring Long Island’s parks and preserves. The class sizes are small (no more than 20 students) and students may join as freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. There’s also the chance to be awarded a Merit Fellowship and all students that are accepted into the honors program receive generous scholarships.

Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus has an extensive study-abroad program that offers students the opportunity to study in many different countries and the cost of most of the programs is covered by LIU’s standard tuition. Many of the programs encourage hands-on learning in such places as Fiji, London, Turkey, Japan and Australia. The school has many affiliate programs around the world as well as non-affiliate programs that offer credit transfer.

Because the faculty at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus believes in learning by doing, there are many opportunities to participate in research projects and hands-on learning activities via one of the schools many centers and institutes. Some of these include a Center on Aging, the Center for Community Inclusion, the J.M. Ladge Speech and Hearing Center and the Long Island University Usability Lab.

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Freshman Admissions

Freshman students who wish to apply to the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University may do so by completing either the Common Application or the school application. Both are available either online or in paper form and should be accompanied by the fee, high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, and other items such as personal statements and recommendations from counselors or teachers. C.W. Post evaluates a student based upon test scores, academic achievement, difficulty of high school courses, personal interests and other qualifiers such as leadership potential. Students may submit applications for fall admission beginning December 1.

Graduate Admissions

In order to simplify the applications process, Long Island University at C.W. Post Campus recommends that students submit the entire application packet together. Requirements differ by program but some documents that are typically required include the application and fee, standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT, a resume, a personal statement and letters of recommendation. The application fee is waived for graduates or current students of Long Island University and U.S. military personnel who have served in active duty in the last 3 years.

High School Students

High school juniors and seniors who wish to participate in Long Island University at C.W. Post Campus’ early college programs need to register for the programs via the high school. Recommendations from the school are required and students who have maintained high GPA’s throughout high school will receive priority for the programs.

Financial Aid

Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus offers many different forms of financial aid including both need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students participating in special programs such as the honors program are eligible for even more scholarships. Unlike many colleges, graduate students at LIU C.W. Post are eligible for scholarships and assistantships as well as loans.

Students who wish to apply for aid need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid that’s available online starting in January. Because many of the scholarships and assistantships are awarded on a limited basis, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible and no later than March 1.

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Long Island University’s C.W. Post Campus offers an NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics organization that competes in both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the East Coast Conference (ECC). The Pioneers offer several different teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse and soccer. Men may also play baseball and football. Women have several other choices including field hockey, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. There are also cheerleading and dance teams. The Pioneers’ colors are green and gold.

C.W. Post offers English equestrian riding, crew and ice hockey as club sports that compete with other area schools and for students that simply want to play for fun, there are several intramural sports including ping pong, swimming, Wii Sports, flag football, volleyball, basketball and many others.

Students wishing to get fit or stay in shape have several options. The school has a fitness program that offers group training classes and programs and individual or independent training opportunities. There’s an aquatic program that offers free-swim sessions, lessons and group fitness classes such as water aerobics. Many of these activities and sports take place in the Pratt Center, which is a state-of-the-art facility for training, recreation and athletics.


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  • C.W. Post Pioneers Long Island University. C.W. Post Athletics. 2011. Web. 9 Oct 2011.

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