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About Lebanese American University

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Innovative Education With a Global Perspective

Lebanese American University empowers students to find their path to success through a commitment to academic excellence. Our distinguished faculty and diverse student population create a competitive and caring community that crosses borders and spans the world. With campuses in Beirut and Byblos, Lebanon, and an academic center in New York City, we are a globally recognized university where East meets West and cultural openness is valued.

The University is uniquely positioned as a hub for both culture and innovation, which empowers our commitment to provide unmatched educational opportunities for all students. Our online programs deliver the flexibility and rigorous learning experiences professionals need to advance their careers. We offer personal support and dynamic, innovative education for success in our interconnected world.

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Why Choose Lebanese American University?

Career Preparation
78% of graduates find employment within a year of degree completion.

Modern Curriculum
We use innovative instructional methods and industry-informed coursework to provide exceptional learning opportunities.

Distinguished Faculty
Our faculty bring valuable expertise and relevant, real-world experience to the online classroom.

Globally Diverse Community
We are committed to creating a diverse and culturally rich community that provides accessible education for all.


The Lebanese American University (LAU) operates under an absolute charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). All online degrees offered by the LAU are fully registered in the “Distance Education Format” with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The Adnan Kassar School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction attained by only 5% of business schools worldwide.

Many of our engineering and computer science programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1924
  • 52,000 alumni worldwide
  • A nonprofit university
  • Multiple start dates each year
  • 78% of graduates find employment within one year of program completion
  • 90% retention rate
  • Students of 78 nationalities

Our Mission

Lebanese American University is committed to academic excellence, student-centeredness, civic engagement, the advancement of scholarship, the education of the whole person, and the formation of leaders in a diverse world.

Our Vision

The vision for Lebanese American University will be carried out through:

  • Providing access to superior education for diverse undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners;
  • Attracting and retaining distinguished faculty who excel in teaching, research, and community service;
  • Enrolling and retaining academically qualified and diverse students;
  • Embracing liberal arts in all curricula;
  • Creating opportunities for rigorous research and the dissemination of knowledge;
  • Developing a close-knit community that excels academically, is intellectually stimulating, and is religiously, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse;
  • Attracting and retaining a highly qualified staff committed to excellence in service.

Our Values: Success, Innovation, Community Service

In both planning for its future and conducting ongoing daily activities, Lebanese American University seeks to act in a manner that is guided by a deep-rooted sense of shared ethical values and aspirations.

Built upon this foundation, the University:

Draws its fundamental inspiration from the devotion of its Presbyterian Founders to always seek the Truth, respect human dignity, promote gender equality, and be inclusive;

Provides educational opportunities as one university with multiple campuses, each with distinctive gifts and attributes;

Commits to academic and service excellence throughout the institution;

Demonstrates dignity and respect for and from the Board, faculty, staff, and students in word and in deed;

Celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of all members of the Lebanese American University community;

Succeeds because its people take pride in ownership and are held accountable for their actions;

Works together as an extended family community that reflects the highest ethical and moral standards;

Enables individuals to find their own spiritual and personal fulfillment while remaining sensitive to the changing global village in which they live;

Promotes social connectedness of the students to the country of Lebanon and encourages their commitment to social justice and democracy.

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Our History

Lebanese American University was founded as a college for women in 1924. However, our origins can be traced back nearly a century further to the 1830s, when the first school for girls in the Ottoman empire was started by Presbyterian missionaries with the aim of providing education for all.

The University has evolved tremendously over the past 100 years and emerged today as the most innovative and progressive university in Lebanon.

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