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Facts About Lehman

  • Type of College: A senior liberal arts college in The City University of New York, founded in 1968 and offering 51 undergraduate majors and programs; 46 graduate degree programs; 17 graduate certificates; and 11 doctoral programs in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • Location: 37-acre campus in the northwest Bronx, across from the Jerome Park Reservoir and centered along a major educational corridor with five neighboring public schools.
  • Enrollment: (Fall 2013): 9,866 undergraduate students and 2,199 graduate students, for a total of 12,065 students.
  • Undergraduate Profile: (Fall 2013): Gender: 69% female / 31% male. Age: Under 25: 55% / Over 25: 45%.
  • Honors Students: (Fall 2013): 209, including the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman (77) and the Lehman Scholars Program (132).
  • Degrees Awarded: (AY 2012-13): 1,783 bachelor's degrees; 721 master's degrees.
  • Notable Faculty: Seven Distinguished Professors, including Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003) and New York State Poet Laureate (2004-2006), and composer John Corigliano, winner of both the Academy Award (2000) and the Pulitzer Prize for Music (2001).
  • Alumni: Over 67,000 in law, medicine, teaching, business, the arts, social services, and healthcare. Almost half live in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York City.
  • Research: For FY 2013, Lehman was awarded $14.4 million from Federal and State agencies as well as private sources to support scholarly research and to provide special services to local K-12 schools, community organizations, and residents of the Bronx and the metropolitan area.

Recent Recognition (partial list):

  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 institution among regional universities in the North for four consecutive years; Top 40 public college and No. 5 among all colleges in the North for graduates with the least debt; graduate Social Work Program (MSW) among the Top 100 in the nation.
  • Ranked No. 56 among master's universities for social mobility, research, and service (Washington Monthly).
  • Celebrated 20 years as a founding member of Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), a bilingual consortium of institutions that works to expand the educational opportunities and the access to the post-secondary education to the Hispanic community.
  • Former Verizon chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg (Class of '72) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
  • Ricardo Kriebel, Ph.D. student in plant sciences, won the prestigious George R. Cooley Award for the Best Contributed Paper in Plant Systematics by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
  • Student-produced video news magazine “Inside Lehman,” 14 television productions, 23 awards since 2004 and two Emmy nominations.

Notable Academic Programs

  • CUNY Flagship Initiatives in teacher education, new media, and structural and molecular biosciences. Lehman houses Sub programs in the plant sciences of the CUNY doctoral program and has a long-standing collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden.
  • Nationally Recognized Research Programs in Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Mathematics& Computer Science, Psychology, and Physics & Astronomy, receive substantial support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for faculty research initiatives and to prepare minority students to become future scientists.
  • Lehman Online. From one course in Spring 1997, the program grew by Fall 2013 to 362 course-sections, enrolling 6,500 students, and representing 16% of total fall enrollment. Lehman’s fall course offerings included more asynchronous courses (taught completely online) than any other CUNY senior college.
  • Global Outreach. The RN Completion Program for Korean Nurses is a partnership with Sungshin University in South Korea to provide Korean nurses with educational and career pathways. Currently in its 6th year, 40-50 students participate annually and over 260 students have completed the program and received their nursing degree from Lehman since the program’s 2008 inception.

Notable Facilities

  • New Facilities: $70 million USGB LEED Platinum Science Hall, phase one of a three-phase science facility, featuring updated, versatile classrooms, teaching and research labs, and instrumentation; a rooftop teaching and research greenhouse; and environmentally sustainable technologies; $6.3 million new Child Care Center.
  • Lehman Speech and Hearing Center:Lehman has operated a Speech and Hearing Center for the community since 1968. This state-of-the-art clinic serves area residents of all ages, operating as part of Lehman’s highly regarded graduate program in speech-language pathology.
  • Performing Arts Center: This premier performance space brings local as well as world-renowned artists to entertain audiences. Hosting over thirty shows each year, it entertains more than 200,000 visitors from the Bronx, Westchester, New Jersey, and Manhattan.
  • The Lehman College Art Gallery, located in a Marcel Breuer-designed space, the gallery brings important contemporary art exhibitions, accompanied by public programming, to audiences in the Bronx and the greater New York area. Each year thousands of visits are made by schoolchildren and their teachers to a range of education programs. The gallery’s innovative technology projects include web sites that promote Bronx public art, architecture, and history.
  • The APEX:This world-class sports and recreation complex hosts major athletic competitions as well as high school and college games and helps to promote community fitness
  • Lehman Stages: This performance/rehearsal facility includes four different theatre and dance venues.
  • Multimedia Center. This $16 million facility features a state-of-the-art recording and broadcast studio, audio and video control rooms, a newsroom, and an editing suite.

Community Resources and Partnerships (Partial List)

  • The Bronx SBDC @Lehman College has counseled 9,167 clients with economic impact of $97.7 million dollars. Created 2,048 jobs and saved 811. During the period the SBDC conducted 508 training events with over 12,210 attendees.
  • Bronxnet: The station has provided career building experience to thousands of students and media production access for Bronx residents since it began broadcasting from the campus of Lehman College in 1992. This award winning not-for-profit community media center continues to serve the public with its local programming and is the first media center in the nation to broadcast on six cable channels.
  • Bronx Institute:This CUNY Institute, headquartered at Lehman, has worked intensively over the past decade to create a “college-going culture” among Bronx middle and high school students. To date, more than 12,500 students in over fifty schools have benefited from its programs and efforts.
  • School Partnerships and Collaborations: Lehman, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, has a relationship with several K-12 schools, including the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, which U. S. News and Worlds Report ranked as a Top 100 High School in the Nation for six consecutive years (2006 through 2012), and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music. Lehman College’s School of Education, The Bronx Institute, The Institute for Literacy Studies, The Lehman Center for School College Collaboratives and College Now, have also established collaborations with The Bronx cultural institutions including The New York Botanical Gardens, The Wildlife Conservation Society (The Bronx Zoo) and Wave Hill.

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