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Long Island University - 75 Years of Access and Excellence


A Presidential Vision for Long Island University

Long Island University proudly embraces a special vision which has existed from our origins — a commitment to provide quality higher education to students from all walks of life. As embodied in our mission of “Access and Excellence” this commitment is shared by all members of our university community.

To me, what gives this university its distinctive place in higher education is not only its capacity to attract outstanding, nationally competitive students of proven potential who seek a nurturing learning environment, but also its bold determination to offer that same support to other highly motivated students who yearn to make a difference for themselves and their communities, but whose potential has yet to be realized. We hold sacred our obligation to create in all those who come to the University, the capacity and yearning for academic excellence, individual achievement, personal growth, cultural enrichment and civic responsibility.

In the best tradition of private liberal arts colleges and universities, Long Island University offers its students personal attention and superb teaching by caring, world-class faculty in small class settings. In the best tradition of the great public universities, our institution is culturally and ethnically diverse. Like public institutions, we seek to make undergraduate and graduate education affordable for all, but, as an innovative private university, we combine affordability with experience-enriched learning, enabling our students to “earn while they learn” through cooperative education, paid internships and work/study. And in the hallowed tradition of all great universities, Long Island University is committed to expanding the boundaries of imagination through research and to cultivating in its students a passion to challenge, to discover, to expand and to reevaluate.

Long Island University today is at the vanguard of what higher education must become. We have learned from history that higher education is vital to a free society and to the survival of our culture, values, and cherished traditions. In the post-modern world, higher education can no longer be reserved for a small elite. By offering sophisticated training for professional advancement and humane, globally relevant education in the liberal arts and sciences, Long Island University fulfills its destiny anew, providing to each succeeding generation the capacity to know itself and the world around it; to search for that which is beautiful in life; to realize what it means to be embedded historically, intellectually, and culturally in time and space; and to discover the liberating potential of love.

  - David J. Steinberg

New York born and Harvard educated, a noted Southeast Asia scholar and former professor at the University of Michigan, Steinberg assumed the presidency in 1985.



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