The Long Island University Honors College was inaugurated in 1963 as one of the nation's first Honors programs. Students in the Honors College take courses designed to broaden their education and engage in interdisciplinary learning and research. Honors College students are granted exceptional privileges including priority registration, small classes, interdisciplinary courses not offered through regular departments, additional internship, leadership, study abroad and service learning opportunities, multiple fellowships and external scholarships, dedicated study space, and an Honors designation (Latin honors) on their diploma at graduation. Study abroad courses are routinely chosen by Honors College students who may earn up to six (6) honors advanced elective credits through LIU Global.

The Honors College is a community founded on academic excellence through innovation and committed to its mission statement: “The Long Island University Honors College is committed to academic excellence through innovation by enrolling highly competitive students, engaging faculty recognized for excellence in teaching and research, enhancing honors research experiences, providing study abroad experiences, promoting highly competitive co-ops and internships, and engaging a culture of winning prestigious awards towards meaningful job and graduate school opportunities.”

Honors College students have exclusive access to the Honors Village, located in the historic Winnick Mansion. Students are encouraged to use the Village to study, meet with friends, and hold gatherings. In the Honors College, student ideas and leadership are at the heart of our mission to broaden and advance student learning. Students in the Honors College earn 24 or more credits in Honors courses. All Honors classes require students to explore their topics in more depth and interdisciplinary breadth than a non-honors course would. Specifically, they each include at least two of the following elements: Research and Creative Scholarship; Service Learning and Leadership; Experiential Learning; Breadth, and Enduring Questions as approved by the National Collegiate Honors Council. Descriptions of each element include:

  1. Research and Creative Scholarship - “learning in-depth”
    • Includes data analysis, experimentation, measurement, and interpretation
    • Includes specialized, in-depth learning in addition to self-reflective, analytical, and creative activity
    • Produces documented scholarship that leads to new integrations, new knowledge, or new understandings of creative products
  2. Service Learning and Leadership
    • Emphasizes community engagement
    • Produces a project or a series of collaborative projects that address real-world problems
    • Participate in philanthropic or humanitarian service
  3. Experiential Learning
    • Focuses on hands-on, practical engagement with usable outcomes can also occur
    • Includes international experience and active learning
    • Emphasizes exploration and/or discovery rather than the acquisition of specific knowledge sets
    • Involves continuous reflective writing and oral presentation as the students articulate their discoveries
  4. Breadth and Enduring Questions - “multi- or interdisciplinary learning”
    • Provides greater depth than a non-honors course
    • Confronts students with alternative modes of inquiry, exploration, discovery, tolerance of ambiguity, and enduring questions
    • Requires integrative learning: both local and global learning with connections across time, genre, and disciplines
    • Produces creative integrations of evidence from several disciplines with an aggressive emphasis on interdisciplinarity
    • Assessment of the products emphasizes process rather than product, focusing on metacognitive questions


Freshmen are admitted with a high-school grade point average of 95 or above, and with a combined SAT score of 1300 or higher, or an ACT score of 28 or higher.


24 or more credits distributed over four years.