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William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College


William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman students are chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic skills. They are rewarded for their hard work and achievements with a complete package of financial benefits, including:

  • a full tuition scholarship for four years of study;
  • an expense account for study abroad or other academically enriching experiences;
  • a free laptop computer; and
  • a Cultural Passport for special entrée to concerts, theaters, museums, and other cultural events and institutions in New York City.

Students in the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman are challenged to continue their record of achievement and to prepare for top graduate programs as well as for leadership positions in both their professions and their communities.

The core of the program consists of a continuing series of interactions with exceptional faculty. As teachers, mentors, and research partners, these faculty members guide each student's development, provide advice on curriculum and career choices, and open the door to paid internships, fellowships, and other funded opportunities. At the same time, fellow students contribute a diverse range of expertise, as well as viewpoints that help to elevate class discussions to high levels of perception and understanding.

William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman students are expected to pursue a broad-based liberal arts education, maintain a high grade point average, and graduate in four years. As freshmen and sophomores, they participate in semester-long seminars with University Scholars from other CUNY colleges. These seminars focus on special aspects of New York City and integrate experiences associated with the Cultural Passport and traditional academic study. They include "The Arts in New York City," "The Peopling of New York," "Science and Technology in New York City," and "New York in the 21st Century."

While in their junior and senior years, Honors College students have the opportunity to study with outstanding faculty at any college in the University. They also normally take "honors" in their majors, which may involve a senior thesis.

About the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman

Lehman offers Macaulay Honors College students a welcoming spirit, an international student body, and a collaborative, supportive environment in which to excel. William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman students make their academic home in special space that has been created in the College Library.

Lehman offers curricular and other advantages, including:

  • Over 50 outstanding undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business, computers, teaching, health care, and other professions. Many of these programs, including those in chemistry, dietetics, education, nursing, social work, and speech pathology, are accredited by national professional associations, which set the highest standards for those preparing to enter their respective professions.
  • A teaching faculty second to none, including internationally renowned physicist Eugene Chudnovsky, Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano, and a host of other distinguished artists, scholars, and scientists.
  • A landscaped 37-acre campus, in one of the most dynamic and intellectually stimulating cities in the world, convenient to both public transportation and major highways, with excellent facilities for research, sports, and recreation, and studies in the arts, broadcasting, technology, the sciences, and many other areas.
  • Friendship and intellectual fellowship through the Lehman Scholars Program. For the past twenty years, Lehman Scholars have gone on to preeminent graduate and professional programs and become leaders in their fields. As members of this program,  William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman students take classes with other high-achieving students. Every semester, for instance, they meet for an interdisciplinary seminar on a wide range of topics, such as "Life and Love in the South Seas," "Art and Politics," and "The 1960's."

About the Students

The Macaulay Honors College at Lehman includes graduates of public, private, and parochial high schools. Representing equally strong, but very different, backgrounds, they aspire to a wide variety of careers and professions, from law, medicine, and communications to teaching, nursing, and the health professions. Each has won notable academic awards in high school, was active in athletic or extracurricular organizations, and was eager for a rigorous intellectual experience in college. Their majors include biology, business, English, computer science, psychology, speech pathology, and physics.

About the Director

Alice Michelle Augustine, Lehman 06', is the founder and director of the Campus Honors and Scholar Engagement (CHASE) Office at Lehman College. As a student at Lehman College, she was a Jeanette K. Watson fellow, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and as a graduating senior received a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to fund law school. As a law school student, she won a Fulbright Research award to study human trafficking laws and policies in Turkey. Currently, as director of CHASE, she aims to encourage students of Lehman College to apply for the funding to pursue their dreams.

How to Apply

The William E. Macaulay Honors College application is designed to provide information about each applicant's academic record and preparation for a rigorous intellectual experience in college. Admission depends on high school grades, essays, recommendations a character reference, and, in some cases, an interview. Please review admissions requirements prior to applying. Students may apply by accessing the Macaulay Application here

Regular Decision

Students may apply to The William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman for regular decision. Please note that all supporting documentation for the Honors College application, including the essay, recommendations, transcripts, character reference must also be postmarked by the deadline listed below. The Honors College cannot consider late or incomplete applications.

Regular Decision Deadline: November 16

Macaulay Honors College no longer offers an early decision option.

Honors College Response Date: March 15

Contact Information

For more information on The William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman, call the Lehman Admissions Office at 718-960-8713, or contact Alice Michelle Augustine, director, by e-mail at: