Media Relations

Facts About Lehman

  • Type of College: A senior liberal arts college in The City University of New York, founded in 1968 and offering more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs; over 40 graduate degree programs; 17 advanced 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 2012): 9,577 undergraduate students and 2,285 graduate students, for a total of 11,862 students.
  • Undergraduate Profile: (Fall 2012): Gender: 68% female / 32% male. Age: Under 25: 55% / Over 25: 45%.
  • Honors Students: (Fall 2012): 197, including the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman (72) and the Lehman Scholars Program (125).
  • Degrees Awarded: (Spring 2012): 1,624 bachelor's degrees; 662 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 62,000 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 2012, Lehman was awarded $15 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 both a "Top 50 Public College" in the North and a Tier 1 institution among regional universities in the North for three consecutive years. In addition, the graduate Social Work Program (MSW) ranked as one of Top 100 in the nation.
  • Ranked among the nation's Top 100 colleges and universities for the number of minority students earning bachelor's or master's degrees in several different fields, including education, the heatlh professions, accoutning, social work, and computer sciences (Top 100 Degree Producers, Diverse Issues in Higher Education).
  • Student-produced video news magazine “Inside Lehman:” 28 awards since 2004.

Notable Academic Programs

  • CUNY Flagship Initiatives in teacher education, new media, and structural and molecular biosciences. Lehman houses the CUNY doctoral program in the plant sciences and has a long-standing collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden.
  • Nationally Recognized Research Programs in anthropology, biological sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics, psychology, and 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.
  • Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership, Public Health, and Social Work. Lehman is the only institution in the Bronx offering these three graduate programs.
  • Lehman Online. From one course in Spring 1997, the program grew by Fall 2012 to 382 course sections, enrolling 6,600 students, and included more asynchronous courses (taught completely online) than any other CUNY senior college.
  • Global Outreach. Lehman has established a nursing program with Sungshin Women's University in South Korea.

Notable Facilities

  • New Facilities: The $70 million Science Hall is phase one of a three-phase science facility featuring updated, versatile classrooms, labs, and instrumentation; a rooftop teaching and research greenhouse; and environmentally sustainable technologies; $6.3 million Child Care Center. Other projects completed since 2005 (partial list): assistive technology lab, organic chemistry teaching lab, research labs in anthropology, biology, chemistry, psychology, and speech-language-hearing sciences, site lighting (phase II), ballfield lighting, and the Lehman Community Garden.
  • 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 has brought important contemporary art to Bronx audiences free of charge since 1984, making significant opportunities available to local artists to advance their careers and achieve a higher level of recognition for their work. The Gallery is also an Arts Learning Center for K-12 students, teachers, college classes, and community residents, as well as a pioneer in the use of interactive media for the visual arts.
  • 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)

  • Bronx Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The Bronx SBDC opened at Lehman College in January 2000. By the close of 2012, it had counseled 8,606 clients, saving or creating 2,675 jobs and making a total financing or economic impact of more than $90 million.
  • Bronxnet: The station has provided career building experience to thousands of students 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 12,000 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, is a partner in nine of the borough’s small high schools. These schools include: The High School of American Studies at Lehman College; Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music; High School for Teaching and the Professions; Bronx Health Sciences High School; Astor Collegiate Academy; Bronx High School for the Visual Arts; The Marie Curie High School for Nursing, Medicine, and the Allied Health Professions; Renaissance High School of Musical Theater; and the Marble Hill High School for International Studies.

Last modified: Sep 12, 2013

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