There are a number of post-secondary educational opportunities in the Long Island area. Nassau and Suffolk Counties boast of seventeen four-year colleges, eight two-to-three year colleges, five professional institutions and numerous specialty graduate schools.
Additionally, the sheer number of colleges and institutions of higher learning run the gamut of costs for education which allow students - regardless of their financial capabilities - to achieve their educational goals. For those students with financial restrictions, Long Island's community colleges in Nassau and Suffolk Counties offer the opportunity to obtain a degree without incurring high educational debts.
Students aiming for a law degree can aspire to acceptance at Long Island's prestigious Hofstra Law School or the highly-rated Touro Law College.
Numerous specialty schools offer instruction in a wide range of professions. The Nassau Flyer's Flight School and the American Airman School offer opportunities for those students interested in a career in aeronautics. The New York College of Holistic Health Education, the US Merchant Marine Academy and the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture are further examples of educational opportunities available to students on Long Island.
Briarcliffe College is one of many educational facilities providing corporate training, continuing educational courses and is a regionally-accredited Microsoft Partner Technical Education Center. Polytechnic University of Long Island has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the computer, electronics, science and engineering fields.
Ranking among the nation's largest independent universities with over 700 full-time faculty members and nearly 3,000 students, Long Island University is comprised of three campuses - the C.W. Post Campus, the Brooklyn Campus and the Southampton Graduate Campus. The C.W. Post Campus is located in Brookville and offers Associate, Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. Degrees.
Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus is located in the downtown section of Brooklyn, New York and offers more than 195 academic programs from Anthropology to Theatre, Health Services, Science and Government. The Southampton Graduate Campus, centrally located in the Hamptons, offers 43 academic programs. During the past thirty years, the school's Marine and Environmental Programs have produced no less than 37 Fulbright Scholars.
Stony Brook University is regarded as one of the finest research universities in the country. In fact, two of their professors have received Nobel Prizes. Robert J. Aumann received an Award in Economics for his work in Game Theory in 2005. This is a branch of applied mathematics studying interactions between countries, businesses and people. Paul C. Lauterbur received a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1970 for his research which led to the development of MRI.
For those students interested in a career in Music or the Performing Arts, Five Towns College in Dix Hills would be an excellent choice. Liberal Arts majors can pursue their goals at the College at Old Westbury which is part of the State University System.
Students can apply for scholarships through Federal Financial Aid Programs, New York State Aid (available only to residents of the State of New York) and merit-based scholarships that can be applied for by a student meeting the required grade point averages and SAT scores.
Whatever your educational goals may be, you can be assured that they will be met at any of Long Island's superior educational institutions.