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Lebanese American University

Lebanese American University
الجامعة اللبنانية الأميركية
Former names
American Junior College for Women
Beirut College for Women
Beirut University College (BUC) in 1973
MottoTo strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield
Established1924; 100 years ago (1924)[citation needed]
Endowment$533.7 million (2020)[1]
PresidentMichel Mawad
ProvostGeorge Nasr
Administrative staff
318 full-time and 526 part-time faculty; 637 full-time and 188 part-time Staff (Fall 2017)[2]
Students8,528 (7,558 Undergraduate, 737 Graduate, 233 Doctoral-Professional) (Fall 2017)[2]
Beirut 33°53′34.94″N 35°28′40.36″E / 33.8930389°N 35.4778778°E / 33.8930389; 35.4778778 and Byblos 34°6′56.76″N 35°40′28.03″E / 34.1157667°N 35.6744528°E / 34.1157667; 35.6744528
ColoursGreen • White

The Lebanese American University (LAU; Arabic: الجامعة اللبنانية الأميركية) is a secular private American university in Beirut and Byblos, Lebanon. It is chartered by 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).[4] It has two campuses and offers 37 minors, 33 bachelor's degrees, and 24 master's degrees, in addition to Pharm.D. and M.D. degrees.[5]


LAU has two main campuses, one in the capital Beirut and another in the city of Byblos, 35 kilometers north of Beirut. LAU also has a small campus located in New York, NY.[6]

The Byblos campus, inaugurated in 1991, hosts the nursing, medicine, engineering and pharmacy programs, while most of the other programs are offered in both campuses.

LAU's Beirut and Byblos campuses are respectively 2.54 hectares and 15.94 hectares in area. In both campuses, students have access to libraries, gymnasiums, residence halls, theaters, wireless internet, computer centers, laboratories, and academic support services.

On June 30, 2009, LAU acquired the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital (LAUMC-RH).[7] LAUMC-RH offers medical services such as radiology and imaging, dialysis, endoscopy, dermatology, ophthalmology, IVF, and cardiology.[8] In 2013, LAU moved its New York City headquarters to mid-town Manhattan[9] and opened a new Executive Center in downtown Beirut.[10]

In April 2017, the LAU broke ground in its Byblos Campus on a new US$7 Million sports center, the "Antoun Nabil Sehnaoui - SGBL Athletics Center", donated by Lebanese banker and philanthropist Antoun Sehnaoui. The new center will feature an 8,500 square meter athletics center, a swimming pool, a multipurpose indoor court, outdoor football, basketball and tennis fields, as well as a gym and several other related amenities.LAU breaks ground on $7 million sports center | LAU News

Accreditations, affiliations, and charters

The Lebanese American University is chartered by the board of regents of the University of the State of New York. It is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Its business majors (as well its economics major) are some of the few accredited by the elite Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[11]

Some of its programs are also accredited:

Accrediting Entity Programs
ABET BE in civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering
BS in computer science
CCNE BS in nursing
AACSB BS in business studies, economics, hospitality and tourism management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).

LAU's Bachelor of Architecture degree is recognized by the French Ministry of Culture & Communication, and has been recently accredited by the NAAB (accreditation board).

Schools and colleges

LAU has seven schools divided into several departments.[12]

  • School of Arts and Sciences: Communication Arts, Computer Science and Mathematics, Education, English, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences.[13]
  • School of Architecture and Design: Art and Design, Architecture and Interior Design, Foundation Program.
  • Adnan Kassar School of Business: Economics, Finance and Accounting, Hospitality Management and Marketing, Information Technology and Operations Management, Management Studies.[14]
  • School of Engineering: Civil, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Mechanical.[15]
  • Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine.
  • Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing.
  • School of Pharmacy.


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[16]661-670 (2024)
THE World[17]501-600 (2023)

In 2022 Times Higher Education ranked the university 37th in the Arab world.[17]

In 2023, QS University Rankings places LAU on the 22nd place in the Arab Region and 251-300 for graduate employability.[18]

As of the 2024 QS World University Rankings, LAU ranks 661-670 worldwide.

Student life

Play Productions

The university has three theaters: the Gulbenkian Theater and the Irwin in Beirut, and Selina Korban in Byblos. Student productions are required of certain majors, and are presented throughout the academic year. The university also offers two major productions, in the fall and spring, and an annual international theater festival that attracts groups from other Middle Eastern universities.[19]

Varsity Sports

Basketball, football, handball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, and rugby teams participate in various local, regional and international collegiate tournaments.[20]

Student Governance

Students can participate in the decision-making process by voting and running in elections for the Campus Student Councils and the University Student Council, as well as the Graduate Student Committees.[21]


LAU has one library in Beirut (Riyad Nassar Library) and two in Byblos (Joseph G. Jabbra Library and Health Sciences library). The New York Headquarters and Academic Center also has its own library.

The Riyad Nassar Library in Beirut has more than 480 000 print books and 11 000 e-Books. It also hosts special collections related to women's studies, education, Islamic art, and architecture, as well as children's books.[22]

The Joseph G. Jabbra Library in Byblos, inaugurated in November 2018, is home to thousands of books and records and houses several study rooms and state of the art library equipment.

The Arab Institute for Women (AiW)

In 1973, LAU established The Arab Institute for Women (AiW), previously known as the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), with a mission to promote women's empowerment and gender equality in – and for – the Arab world.[23] The institute works on five key areas: Education, Research, Development Projects, Outreach, and LAU Engagement.


Alumni chapters

LAU has over 40,000 alumni and 42 chapters around the world, including Athens (Greece), Beirut, Byblos, Detroit (USA), Dubai (UAE), London (UK), Montreal (Canada).[24]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Facts – About LAU – Faculty and Staff" (PDF). Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  3. ^ "LAU Endowment". Official LAU website. Copyright 2019, Lebanon. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Accreditation. LAU website 2019.
  5. ^ "DEGREES CONFERRED" (PDF). FACT BOOK 2017–2018. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Plackett, Benjamin (June 23, 2016). "Lebanese American University's Unique Perch in New York". Al-Fanar Media. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Local & Regional Affiliates". [verification needed]
  8. ^ "Related Entities". [verification needed]
  9. ^ "LAU inaugurates its Headquarters and Academic Center in New York | LAU News". LAU | News. September 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "LAU unveils Executive Center at Solidere | LAU News". LAU | News. September 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "Accreditation | About LAU". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Study at LAU |". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "The LAU School of Arts and Sciences". LAU School of Arts and Sciences Website.
  14. ^ "LAU | Adnan Kassar School of Business". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "LAU | School of Engineering". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lebanese American University".
  17. ^ a b "Lebanese American University". November 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "Lebanese American University".
  19. ^ "Communication, Arts & Languages | The LAU School of Arts and Sciences". LAU School of Arts and Sciences Website.
  20. ^ "LAU - Student life - Athletics". Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  21. ^ "LAU - Student life - Student Councils 2015-2016". Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  22. ^ "Quick Facts and Figures". LAU.
  23. ^ "About | The Arab Institute for Women | LAU". The Arab Institute for Women.
  24. ^ "Lebanese American University Alumni Chapters". Archived from the original on August 27, 2019. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  25. ^ "Saloua Raouda Choucair: A 70-year career retrospective | LAU News". October 25, 2011.
  26. ^ "LAU hosts first annual NGO fair | LAU News". June 3, 2010.
  27. ^ "Editorial. Art, Science and Women" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  28. ^ "Octavia Nasr urges students to get on board with social media | LAU News". November 12, 2010.

See also

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