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Begin Your Journey to a Brighter Future Today

We know that continuing your education can be challenging both in terms of your time and effort. Wherever you may come from, we hope to help guide you on your path to a brighter and more prosperous future.

LIBI carefully considers each application submitted to make sure that a right fit between the student and the institution happens. We are committed to doing everything we can to help you succeed in school and after graduation.

Each day is full of opportunities. Let us help you seize them. Connect with us and begin your future now!

Admission Policy

It is the policy of the Long Island Business Institute to accept all qualified applicants for admission. Candidates must demonstrate that they have the interest, ability, and potential to successfully complete the requirements for the course of study in which they wish to enroll. LIBI does not discriminate in its recruitment and admission of students on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability status.

Admissions Procedures

All applicants must visit the Office of Admissions to meet with an admissions representative for an interview. The applicant must also complete an application, take any required admissions or placement tests, and see a financial aid specialist to determine the ability to meet tuition and other obligations. The applicant receives a college catalog at this time.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted for admission and matriculation into a certificate, diploma, or degree program, the applicant must meet the following standards:

General Admissions Requirements

A.O.S. Degree Programs:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and interest in a program of study through an admissions interview
  • High School Diploma or GED (see requirements for students without a United States high school diploma or GED)
  • United States high school graduates can be exempted from remedial coursework

Court Reporting:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and interest in a program of study through an admissions interview
  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • COMPASS Exam Reading Placement (Min. 72), Writing Placement (Min. 40) and Pre-algebra/numerical (Min. 27).
  • Students scoring between 35 and 39 on the COMPASS Exam Writing Placement will be placed in ENG001 Developmental English
  • Students that graduated with a U.S. high school diploma can be exempted from the COMPASS Exam if they score 4 for the essay and 500 for the reading on the SAT
Requirements For Students Without a U.S. High School Diploma or GED

  • Students entering LIBI without a United States high school diploma must meet the minimum requirements of the COMPASS Exam and/or CELSA exam. Foreign language students must meet the minimum requirement of CELSA exam (97, scaled) and the Pre-algebra/Numerical section of the COMPASS exam (25). If a student meets the requirements of the COMPASS exam in the sections of Reading Placement (62), Writing Placement (32), and Pre-algebra/Numerical (25), the student will be exempted from non-credit remedial coursework.
  • Non-high-school graduates are tested by an independent proctor inclusive of all LIBI programs.
  • International applicants with a score of 450 (or equivalent) on the TOEFL Exam may be exempted from the COMPASS Exam.
  • Students who do not have a United States high school diploma and apply to enroll in the Commack campus must take the COMPASS Exam at the Flushing campus in Queens.
  • LIBI limits seats for students who have not completed high school but who demonstrate the “ability to benefit” from the education programs. Applicants competing for these enrollment openings, must submit an admissions essay for assessing motivation and interest.
  • Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED must complete a special course distribution requirement to qualify for a college diploma. This distribution requirement enables the student to receive both a high school equivalency diploma (GED) and a college degree. Additional courses may be required in some programs. ATB students are responsible for the associated costs of these courses.
  • GED special course distribution based on earned college credits:
    Mathematics (3 credits)
    Language arts (6 credits)
    Humanities (3 credits)
    Natural science (3 credits)
    Social science (3 credits)
    Business/technical (6 credits)

Please consult your assigned Academic Advisor or Registrar’s Office to confirm the courses that meet these requirements and the expected date of graduation.

Commack Admissions Committee

The Commack Admissions Committee is comprised of court reporting Faculty members who are seasoned court reporters. The Committee will meet with select candidates for the program and assure that there are no obstacles preventing them from successfully completing the program. They will further explain the discipline needed to complete the academic courses as well as the amount of time that must be dedicated to the practice of machine shorthand. The committee is charged with identifying future academic course of actions, advisement, or retesting if necessary. The committee also handles appeals from students that have exceeded Maximum Time Frame and wish to continue in the program.

Placement Exams

COMPASS exam and/or CELSA exam are used for remedial coursework placement purpose. Applicants who have taken college-level English and Mathematics and earned grades of B- or above may be exempted from placement exams. Official college transcript of prior coursework must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for consideration of an exemption.

College-Level Examination Program

Section 1

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States today, helping students of all ages to earn credit for what they already know. Students can earn from 3 to 12 college credits toward a college degree for each CLEP exam taken, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college or university. LIBI accepts up to 30 CLEP credits.

The tests are:

  • Available in 33 college-level, introductory subjects.
  • Offered every Wednesday at 2:30 PM, in room M308.
    (Flushing Campus)
    136-18 39th Avenue, 5th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354.
  • Offered every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30 PM , in room 303.
    (NYC Extension Center)
    232 W 40th Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10018.
  • Timed and 90-minutes long.

Exam fees:

  • The exam fee is $80. CLEP exams are FREE for active duty military personnel, – find out more!
  • The test center fee is $15 for LIBI students and $27 for other students. Payable by credit/debit card, cash or money order.

Section 2

To get started with CLEP, please click here.

Five Main Steps to Take the CLEP Exam:

  • Find out your institution’s CLEP credit policy.
  • Decide which exam(s) to take. Read the exam descriptions of all 33 exams to find the right one for you. Then, get more details and try sample exam questions.
  • Register to take an exam: You can create and manage your personal account through the My Account registration portal. The registration platform will allow you to register for a CLEP exam 24/7, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, search for test centers, select your score recipient institution, and purchase study materials. Please Note: Exams and e-guides are refundable for up to 7 days from the date of purchase. Study guides are refundable for up to 30 days from the date of purchase. The complete refund policy is clearly listed in My Account. Once you register, make sure to print your registration ticket to present to the TEST CENTER ON TEST DAY. Register today!
  • Schedule test day with your test center. Please follow the steps in Section 3.
  • Prepare for your exam(s). Several study guides and resources are available to help you prepare for CLEP exam(s). Access CLEP Exam GuidesThe Official CLEP Study Guide, and other study resources.

Section 3

  • Please make your money order out to Long Island Business Institute. Please notify us one week prior to the test date, if special accommodations (e.g., extended time) are needed.
  • All candidates must register in advance, during the week prior to taking the test, and no later than Friday 12:00 pm. All students interested MUST send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
    (1) * Name:
    (2) * Date of Birth:
    (3) * Email:
    (4) * Phone Number:
    (5) * Exam Title:
    (6) * Requested Test Date: (mm/dd/yy) and Time: (00:00)
    (7) * Location: (NYC Extension Center OR Flushing)
    (8) Method of Payment: (Credit Card / Debit Card / Cash / Money Order)

* Required field.

SEATS ARE LIMITED. You will receive a confirmation by email from [email protected], within 24 hours after you have submitted your application.

Please be sure to print your CLEP registration ticket to present at the TEST CENTER ON TEST DAY.

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For immediate questions, call the campus nearest you.

Admissions for Manhattan

Phone: 212-226-7300
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm

Admissions for Queens

Phone: 718-939-5100
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm, Friday: 10 am – 7 pm

Admissions for Commack

Phone: 631-499-7100
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm, Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

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