Frequently Asked Questions

General

Why is LIU unifying its two athletic departments?

In order to reach our full potential, we must be unified behind one national brand of excellence – Long Island University. Athletics plays an important role in unifying a university’s community and provides a platform to talk about the many great academic achievements across the university. Now is the right time for us to move forward with a united NCAA Division I program and we believe this move will allow our student-athletes to compete at the highest level.

I was recruited to attend LIU - why was I not previously notified of these plans?

We understand that this is a change, and we are providing notice a year ahead of the anticipated athletic program unification. It is our hope that all current student-athletes choose to continue their program of study at Long Island University while we continue to provide academic and financial support.

Will my athletic scholarship be affected by this unification?

You remain a highly-valued member of our “One LIU” community. We are committed to honoring the athletic aid that has been awarded to our student-athletes. As long as a student maintains the required academic, community and enrollment requirements there will be no loss of athletic funding.

What will the new athletics nickname and mascot be?

LIU students and alumni will assist in choosing the new mascot for the unified program.

Athletics

What is the new name of the combined athletic department?

Our teams will proudly compete as Long Island University (LIU).

When does the new athletic department begin play?

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, all LIU athletic programs will compete as one unified NCAA Division I athletic department.

What will the new colors of the athletic department be?

LIU’s colors will be blue and gold, chosen to honor the the tradition of excellence on both of our two campuses.

Where will each sport be located?

Teams that will compete in Brooklyn are: Basketball (Men’s and Women’s), Bowling (Women’s), Fencing (Women’s), Ice Hockey (Women’s), Softball, Swimming (Women’s), Track & Field (Men’s and Women’s), Volleyball (Women’s), and Water Polo (Women’s). Teams that will compete at Post are: Baseball, Cross Country (Men’s and Women’s), Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf (Men’s and Women’s), Lacrosse (Men’s and Women’s), Rowing (Women’s), Rugby (Women’s), Soccer (Men’s and Women’s), Tennis (Women’s), and Wrestling.

What does this mean for our previous athletic successes?

Each campus has had a tradition of excellence that we will continue to honor as we start a new and exciting chapter as one elite NCAA Division I athletic program representing LIU.

Do current student-athletes continue to have a spot on the same team moving forward?

We will personally work with each individual student-athlete to review all potential opportunities athletically and academically within the new athletic department.

How do I stay eligible if I am transitioning from a Division II athlete to a Division I athlete?

We will look at each individual student-athlete’s academic and athletic profile to certify their continuing eligibility at the NCAA Division I level.

Who will be my coach?

LIU is committed to employing the best coaching staff to position our programs and student-athletes for success both academically and athletically.

Will I have access to athletic facilities if I am no longer an athlete?

Yes, you will continue to have access to athletic facilities.

Will my medical bills for injuries which occurred as an LIU student-athlete still be covered?

Yes, you will be able to continue to receive rehabilitation services, in accordance to and subject to current LIU policies and protocols.

Can I still continue my rehab for an existing injury incurred as an LIU student-athlete?

Yes, you will be able to continue to receive rehabilitation services, in accordance to and subject to current LIU policies and protocols.

Finance

Who should I contact to discuss any financial aid questions?

Brooklyn:

We have financial aid counselors to personally assist you with any questions that you may have. Please contact them at 718-488-1019.

Post:

We have financial aid counselors to personally assist you with any questions that you may have. Please contact them at 516-299-1019.

My sport will be moved to another campus, will my housing costs stay the same?

Yes, your housing costs will stay the same.

Campus Life

Can I attend classes on one campus but compete on another?

Yes, you may take classes on one campus and compete on another.

How could a student-athlete commute from campus to campus?

LIU will provide accommodations for any student-athlete who needs to travel from one campus to the other.

What support services will be available to athletes and parents to discuss their options?

We will have representatives available from Athletics, Financial Aid, LIU Promise, and the Center for Healthy Living to assist you with any questions that you may have. These representatives dedicated to assisting our student-athletes and their families can be reached at 516-299-1019 (Post) or 718-488-1019 (Brooklyn).

Academics

Will my registration process for LIU classes change?

No, your registration timeline and process will not be affected.