Lehman College was founded in 1931 as Hunter-in-the-Bronx and designated in 1968 as Herbert H. Lehman College, the Bronx senior college of The City University of New York. Named for the former New York State Governor, United States Senator, philanthropist, and humanitarian, Lehman today enrolls more than 12,000 students from 135 nations and offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts and sciences, business, and the professions. Its many programs in health and education are strengthened by the College's close collaboration with Bronx hospitals and schools, including its own High School of American Studies, ranked in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report as number one in the Bronx, second in New York City and State, and 19th in the nation.
Lehman's faculty includes scholars who have distinguished themselves internationally and earned a variety of highly competitive grants and prestigious awards, including a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2009 Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Each year, the College attracts upwards of $18.5 million in funding from Federal and State agencies, as well as private sources, to support scholarly research and provide special services to local K-12 schools and community organizations.
Lehman's 37-acre campus is home to a new $13 million Multimedia Center. Complete with a television studio, newsroom, media conversion lab, editing suites, and other features, the Center provides hands-on learning for students in mass communication, multilingual journalism, and other fields of broadcast and digital media.
Two other new structures will soon be added:
Phase I of a $305 million science building, being constructed as part of CUNY's "Decade of Science," is set to open in spring 2012. The project is the first step in a three-part plan to create a "campus within a campus" dedicated to the sciences-a place whose design will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and discovery. Among the programs under its roof will be CUNY's doctoral program in plant sciences, which is housed at Lehman in association with the New York Botanical Garden.
A new two-story addition to Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will house a new box office and management offices, and will include systems that will keep the 2,300-seat theatre temperate when not in use, producing cost and energy savings.