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Long Island University History Long Island University, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, providing high quality academic instruction by world-class faculty. Recognized by Forbes for its emphasis on experiential learning and by the Brookings Institution for its “value added” to student outcomes, LIU offers nearly 250 degree programs, with a network of over 285,000 alumni that includes industry leaders and entrepreneurs across the globe. Brooklyn campus history 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.

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