Named after Herbert H. Lehman, the legendary New York governor, senator, and humanitarian, the College was established in 1968 and has graduated over 69,000 men and women who have gone on to achieve distinction in business, government, the arts, social services, and many other fields.
Lehman’s beautiful tree-lined, 37-acre campus is located in a residential section of the northwest Bronx, along the historic Jerome Park Reservoir. The only CUNY senior college in the Bronx, Lehman offers more than 100 degree programs and enrolls almost 12,000 students of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds; another 15,000 students attend its continuing education programs. Recently added degree programs include an M.S. in Geographic Information Science and a five-year B.A./M.S. in Biology.
Inside the classroom, Lehman often feels like a small college. Undergraduate classes have an average of 19 students. Faculty members often collaborate with students on groundbreaking research projects, especially in biology, physics, and psychology. Lehman’s tradition of one-on-one mentoring has helped to establish the College’s excellent record of student acceptance to medical and graduate schools, including some of the nation’s most prestigious programs. Lehman also fosters a spirit of partnership among its students who often meet in the Leonard Lief Library to study and work on group projects.
A wide range of programs support and enrich the Lehman experience, including an award-winning Freshman Year Initiative, a new Sophomore Year Initiative, and the Adult Degree Program for non-traditional students. High-achievers are eligible for acceptance into the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman and the Lehman Scholars Program. Lehman’s Office of Career Services helps students make decisions about life after graduation, including career choices and graduate education. The office provides career counseling, on-campus interviews, and workshops on résumés, interviews, and choosing majors.
The College is home to three new facilities, including the $70 million, state-of-the-art Science Hall and the 12,000 sq. ft. Child Care Center that will accommodate up to 140 children and features a central atrium, vertical gardens, and a natural playground. Athletic and recreation facilities include two full-sized gymnasiums that house an indoor track, free-weight rooms, dance and aerobics studios, four racquetball courts, and the area’s only Olympic-sized swimming pool.