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.


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.


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
  • 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.

    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.

    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 exemption.

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