ALUMNI

Long Island University Campuses


Long Island University is proud to have an active network of over 200,000 alumni across the globe. Whether you graduated from Brooklyn, Post or the regional campuses in Brentwood, Riverhead, Rockland and Westchester Counties, to the former Southampton campus, the Employer and Alumni Engagement team is here to help you.


LIU Brooklyn

Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn’s dynamic Tech Triangle and Cultural District, LIU Brooklyn is home to over 60,000 alumni.

Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus has deep historic roots that stretch back to 1926, when the New York Board of Regents granted LIU a provisional charter. The university founders were committed to admitting students based on merit and promise alone, never impeding their enrollment because of their sex, race, religion, or national origin. This was a unique and progressive philosophy during an age that was often defined by quotas and discrimination.

The first graduating class (1931) was comprised of 312 students, mostly from surrounding neighborhoods. Early alumni were immigrants or the children of immigrants, who were searching to better themselves by gaining the knowledge and the skills needed to survive and thrive in America. The university took into account the needs and aspirations of these students, offering courses in accounting, retailing, and secretarial studies that would prepare them for the working world, while providing them with a strong liberal arts foundation. In 1929, the university merged with the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (now known as LIU Pharmacy), adding a popular new major to its offerings.

Today, LIU Brooklyn is thriving. Located in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn’s thriving Cultural District, the campus is a self-contained urban oasis just steps from world-class arts and entertainment venues like BAM and the Barclays Center and minutes from Manhattan. With more than 11,000 students, over 200 academic programs, and a proud history of excellence in Division I athletics, LIU Brooklyn continues to build on its tradition of access and excellence to serve its students and the community at large.

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LIU Post

Situated on Long Island’s idyllic Gold Coast, LIU Post is home to over 120,000 alumni; offers more than 200 academic programs; is ranked a "Best Regional University" by U.S. News and World Report; features world-class faculty; hosts 22 athletic teams; and is home to the nation’s first School of Professional Accountancy, and the renowned Tilles Center for Performing Arts.

From 1921 to 1951, the campus was the home of Post Cereal Company heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. The estate’s lavish Tudor-revival mansion was a symbol of wealth and social prominence that embraced Long Island’s Gold Coast in the early 20th century. Like Jay Gatsby’s West Egg manse, Hillwood was an idyllic country retreat for family and friends of Ms. Post and her second husband, financial wizard E.F. Hutton, to escape the noise and crowds of New York City. Tennis, horseback riding, swimming, and golf, not to mention opulent parties frequented by royalty, world ambassadors, and celebrities, were just a few of the favorite pastimes that guests enjoyed on the estate.

In 1951, recognizing the educational needs of the growing number of families moving to the suburbs, Long Island University purchased the 177-acre estate for $200,000. The university's Board of Trustees named the college for Marjorie's father, the great American breakfast cereal inventor Charles William Post.

Thanks to a generous gift from alumnus Gary Winnick (B.A. ’69) in 2004, the main residence of the Hillwood estate underwent a three-year restoration. Now known as Winnick House, the mansion’s bedrooms and living quarters have been converted into administrative offices, meeting rooms, and performance spaces.

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LIU Pharmacy

LIU Pharmacy (The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), the oldest unit of LIU, was established in 1886 as the “Brooklyn College of Pharmacy” by the Kings County Pharmaceutical Society. Objectives of the Society in creating the College included the following “...to improve the science and art of pharmacy by diffusing knowledge among the apothecaries and druggists, fostering pharmaceutical literature, developing talent for pharmaceutical pursuit and investigation, and stimulating discovery and invention in the several departments of the drug business.”

In 1929, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy affiliated with LIU, one of the largest independent universities in the United States. Located, since 1976, at LIU Brooklyn, the College attracts a diverse student population that strives to grow personally, intellectually and professionally in pharmacy and related fields.

LIU Pharmacy has completed more than 130 years of service to the state and the nation in the education of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, many of who have attained prominence in pharmacy and the other health professions. As we move forward, we look back with pride at our distinguished heritage and we eagerly dedicate ourselves to excellence in the education of the pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists of tomorrow.

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LIU Global

An immersive international program with more than 3,000 alumni that offers opportunities in eight different countries, LIU Global (formerly Friends World) is the only college in the world that combines full-time immersion into foreign countries and cultures, field study, internships, and community service for one-of-a-kind education.

After a year of planning, a group of alumni - including graduates, former visiting students, and “dropout keeps” - came together in Brooklyn in 2015 to celebrate fifty years of Friends World Institute, Friends World College, Friends World Program, Global College, and LIU Global.   

Since the 50th anniversary in 2015, a group of alumni continued the conversation around building our alumni community and made progress towards establishing a formal Alumni Association. In August 2017, bylaws were finalized for the creation of the LIU Global Alumni Association in support of the alumni community of Friends World, Global College, and LIU Global. These included guidelines for the governance of the Association, including establishing a Board of Directors and, in Fall 2017, an interim Board was elected to launch the Association.

Looking forward, the Board’s priorities for 2019 include the historical archives, developing and executing a communications strategy, and initiating programming to connect alumni with current students. The interim Board will have two-year terms; this will enable it to make solid progress before electing new members.

Board officers:

President - Alison Weeks

Vice President - Caitlin Kawaguchi

Treasurer - Lily Rego (Hanson)

Secretary - David Goldman

Communications Officer - Gary Morin

Board Member - Brit Boroian

Student Member - Katherine Kelly

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LIU Brentwood

In 1959, LIU began serving western Suffolk County with programs at Hauppauge High School. Called the "C.W. Post Hauppauge Extension," the program's enrollment swelled to 400 within a few years. In 1962, LIU opened other extension campuses, including Brentwood High School. Buoyed by the sudden growth, and realizing there was a justifiable need for a more permanent college option in central and western Suffolk County, the C.W. Post Hauppauge Extension and St. Joseph's College signed a five-year lease in 1972 to form a coordinate campus on 100 Second Avenue in Brentwood, N.Y., offering both bachelor's and master's degrees. This new location included 172 acres of tree-lined property owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph. On June 23, 1972 the New York State Board of Regents approved the coordinated program, believed to be the first of its kind in the State of New York.

By January 1976, the two colleges separated and began operating autonomously. Within a few years, the Brentwood Campus of Long Island University (now LIU Brentwood) became known as an innovator in developing Fast-Track Master's Degree programs for working professionals. Academic programs expanded to include mental health counseling, an accredited business program, and a thriving teacher education program that increased campus enrollment to more than 1,000 students.

Today the Brentwood Campus continues to cater to a population of working professionals and adult students. Current academic offerings include master's degrees in criminal justice, school counseling, mental health counseling, early childhood education, childhood education, special education and literacy, library and information science, and, in 2012, the LIU Post RN-to-BS Nursing degree. Courses are taught by a combination of LIU Post and LIU Brentwood full-time faculty and adjunct professors. Graduate courses are offered in conjunction with a number of different programs offered by LIU Post. An undergraduate degree in criminal justice is also offered at Brentwood and is taught by accomplished terrorism experts, police officers and judges. Other undergraduate degree programs offered at Brentwood include the BS in Social Work, the BA in Psychology and the BS in Health Care Administration.

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LIU Hudson

On September 1st, 2011, LIU Hudson cut ribbons at its campuses in Rockland and Westchester Counties. Building on over 30 years of delivering graduate education, we now offer over 70 graduate programs leading to masters degrees and advanced certificates in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, School Psychology, Pharmaceutics, Public and Health Administration and Business Administration. The campus located in Purchase, NY, along with the educational center at West Point, NY and the extension site in Suffern, NY are within easy reach of millions of residents of the tri-state area.   LIU Hudson, the result of the recent merger of our graduate campuses in Rockland and Westchester and of our West Point educational site.

For more than a quarter of a century, Long Island University has been offering graduate degree and certificate programs in Rockland and Westchester Counties and at the education center at West Point.

LIU Hudson is located in a state-of-the art facility on the grounds of Purchase College. 

The education center at West Point is located on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point. The physical beauty of the location is matched by the deep and long standing importance of the location in American History. The graduate programs in Counseling and Teacher Education are designed to meet the special schedule needs of military personnel and their spouses, but over half the students enrolled in programs there have no connection with the Army or the Department of Defense.

The LIU Hudson extension site is located on the grounds of Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.

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LIU Riverhead

In September 2006, its first class of 125 graduate students began taking courses during the evenings and weekends in a 10,000 square foot free-standing academic building on the grounds of the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, off County Road 51 Riverhead-Moriches Road in Riverhead, New York. The building contained seven wireless classrooms, a computer laboratory and student lounge as well as offices for faculty and administrative staff. Continuing education classes in real estate and the Center for Creative Retirement were also offered at the site.

The University began operations as a graduate-only campus. Original degree programs included the Master of Science programs in Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6); Literacy Education (Birth to Grade 6); Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades 1 to 6 and 7-12); Homeland Security Management (fully online); and the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management (fully online). In the spring of 2009, the first upper division undergraduate program in childhood education was approved by the New York State Department of Education and subsequently the first class of undergraduates enrolled in fall 2009.

Long Island University's unique and innovative private/public partnership with Suffolk County Community College was the vision of Dr. Joseph Shenker, an esteemed higher education administrator who was the founding president of LaGuardia Community College and later provost of Long Island University's C.W. Post, Brentwood and Rockland campuses, and ultimately LIU Riverhead. With Dr. Shenker's untimely passing on September 20, 2008, he never saw his vision for the undergraduate educational partnership between LIU Riverhead and Suffolk County Community College come to be. However, no one will ever forget Dr. Shenker's continuous emphatic proclamation, “Riverhead is a winner!”

The location was officially dedicated at a ceremony on November 30, 2006. Officials in attendance were Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, president of Suffolk County Community College; Edward Travaglianti, chairman of the board, Long Island University; David J. Steinberg, president of Long Island University; Dr. Joseph Shenker, provost of the C.W. Post Campus, Brentwood Campus, Rockland Graduate Campus and LIU Riverhead; Angelo Mangia, trustee, Long Island University; Theresa Mall Mullarkey, chancellor of the C.W. Post Campus and a trustee of Long Island University; and Edward Shorin, chancellor of LIU Riverhead and the Brentwood Campus of Long Island University; and Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Legislator.

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LIU Southampton

Southampton College, the easternmost campus of Long Island University, opened with great promise in 1963 and closed in 2005. Located in an idyllic environmental setting on the Atlantic shore of Long Island, it had a nationally recognized marine science program that produced an unprecedented number of Fulbright awards and an impressive number of alumni who went on to careers in prestigious universities and research centers.

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