Named after Herbert H. Lehman, the New York governor, U.S. senator, international statesman, and humanitarian, Lehman College was established in 1968. The College has since graduated more than 70,000 men and women who have gone on to achieve distinction in science, business, government, the arts, social services, and many other fields.
Lehman College’s tree-lined, 37-acre campus is located in 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.
Lehman College has a small-college feel, with undergraduate classes averaging 19 students. A wide range of programs support the Lehman educational experience, including an award-winning Freshman Year Initiative, 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.
Faculty members at Lehman College collaborate with students on groundbreaking research projects, especially in the sciences, including students from all grade levels across the Bronx. The College is home to several research institutes and centers, including the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute; the Institute for Health Equity; the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies; and the Bronx Institute, which works to enhance educational opportunity in the Bronx by promoting equity and excellence. Lehman College is also home to the High School of American Studies, ranked in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report as No. 11 in the nation and No. 1 in New York State.
Lehman College is a center for cultural enrichment. The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is the borough’s premier concert hall and the Lehman College Art Gallery is an important venue for contemporary art and a resource for art education. A state-of-the-art Multimedia Center comprises a recording studio, audio and video production control rooms, editing suites, a student newsroom, and more. It is also home to Lehman College’s celebrated film scoring program, the only program of its kind in New York. The Multimedia Center collaborates closely with BronxNet, the Bronx’s public access cable channel, which has been located on the campus since 1993 as part of a partnership with Lehman College.
The College’s newest facilities include the $70 million Science Hall, the 12,000 square foot Child Care Center, and a renovated Student Life Center. Planning and design are underway on a new facility for nursing and health care studies. 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.