A Message for Long Island Business Institute Students


Empire State University faculty and staff understand that this is a challenging time for you as you navigate the transition between Long Island Business Institute and what comes next. As you determine your next steps, we welcome you to learn all the ways Empire State University can help you affordably and efficiently complete your degree online.

Empire State University has been a proud partner of Long Island Business Institute since 2017. We understand the unique needs of adult and working learners, and we have the experience, supports, and resources you need to successfully complete your degree.

We encourage you to attend one of our online or in-person information sessions so you know your options and can get answers to all of your questions.

We look forward to helping you continue your education.

The SUNY Empire Team

Upcoming Events for You

Empire State University is hosting in-person and online information sessions specifically for Long Island Business Institute students. Learn more about us and get answers to all of your questions.


Online Information Sessions:

Link for the virtual sessions: Virtual Information Sessions


What do I do with financial aid?

Visit FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid to update your 2023-2024 FAFSA to add SUNY Empire State University's federal school code 010286 in order to have your financial aid results sent to us.

Are your classes online?

All of the courses you’ll need to complete your degree program will be offered fully online through Empire State University. We use the Brightspace learning management system for online course delivery.

If I’m an international student at LIBI, will I be able to study at Empire State University?

Unfortunately, the university is not able to serve international students who are required to hold an I-20, F1 student visa to study in this country.

If English is not my first language, will I be able to study at Empire State University?

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency to study at SUNY Empire State University. Evaluation reports must be sent to the university directly from the approved evaluation service.

I don’t have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED), can I study at Empire State University?

If you entered LIBI through ATB testing and do not have a high school diploma or GED, you must complete a special course distribution requirement to qualify for a college diploma. This distribution requirement enables you to receive both a high school equivalency diploma (GED) and a college degree.

GED special course distribution based on earned college credits:

  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • English Language arts (6 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • Natural Science (3 credits)
  • Social Science (3 credits)
  • College Degree Program Requirements/such as Electives (6 credits)