Lehman College (City University of New York)

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The 100 Most Affordable Universities in America

Initially built in the 1930s to train members of the U.S. Navy during World War II, Lehman College operated for several decades as a satellite campus for Hunter College. In 1967, Lehman gained its independence as a comprehensive four-year public senior institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Building on a liberal arts tradition, Lehman educates more than 12,300 co-educational students. Lehman College stands proudly atop a 37-acre urban campus of Gothic architecture in the heart of The Bronx just north of Manhattan. The college is named in honor of the former New York State Governor Herbert H. Lehman and maintains his values of dedicated public service.

Well-known for being a regional leader in academics, Lehman College is ranked as the 125th best university and 41st top public school in the North by the U.S. News and World Report. In particular, Lehman is named fifth in the region for graduating students with the least student loan debt. The Washington Monthly magazine recognized Lehman College for being the 56th best master's-level university for social mobility and service. Lehman College generates $14.4 million in research funding annually. Lehman is also highly regarded for being a founding member of the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) consortium to expand access to post-secondary learning for Latinos.

Lehman College Accreditation Details

Like the rest of the CUNY system, Lehman College maintains accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is one of the regional accrediting bodies formally approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Several of Lehman's programs have met curriculum standards for professional, discipline-related accreditations too. For instance, the social work program was given the stamp of approval by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Education degrees are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Nursing programs are also approved for excellence within the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Lehman College Application Requirements

CUNY Lehman College is very selective with an acceptance rate of 25.4 percent, which means the university holds very high admissions standards you must meet. Incoming freshmen must have a high school diploma from an accredited educational institution. Students should have at least four years of social studies, four years of English, three years of math, two years of lab science, two years of foreign language, and one year of fine arts. Applicants with a GED score of 3100 or higher on all five content tests will be considered too. Students transferring to Lehman must carry between 12 and 60 semester credits from an accredited higher learning institution with a minimum college GPA of 2.3.

Graduate students wishing to attend Lehman College must possess at least a four-year bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from an accredited college. Applicants demonstrate potential for pursuing graduate studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their chosen field. Several master's and doctoral programs will also require graduate applicants submit qualifying GRE, GMAT, or G-NAT scores. International students must prove their English proficiency by scoring at least 550 on the TOEFL exam.

Before the designated deadlines, interested students wishing to attend Lehman must submit an online or paper application with:

• Official high school and/or college transcripts
• Standardized testing score results
• Proof of NYS Registered Nursing License (if applicable)
• Two or three letters of recommendation
• A brief 500-word career objectives essay
• The non-refundable $125 application fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

For full-time undergraduate students who reside in New York State, Lehman College charges an in-state tuition fee of $3,015 per academic semester. Non-NYS residents who are taking 12 or more credits in an undergraduate degree program must pay $6,420 each semester. At the graduate level, Lehman students enrolling full-time must afford an in-state tuition rate of $4,825 or out-of-state tuition rate of $8,940. MSW students are charged differently at Lehman with an in-state price of $6,370 and an out-of-state price of $10,380 every semester. Students should be prepared to cover student activity fees, course material fees, and technology fees too.

To make attending Lehman more affordable, the college considers matriculated students for a range of financial aid opportunities after they file the FAFSA form. Students can borrow money from the government with Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Government Loans, but this must be repaid with interest upon completion. Free gifted money is offered to financially needy students with the Federal Pell Grant, TAP Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, and TEACH Grant. The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program is available to economically disadvantaged students in the CUNY system. There's also a wide array of scholarships offered, including the Lehman Academic Scholarship, Peter F. Vallone Scholarship, and HOPE Scholarship.

Popular Degrees at Lehman College

Students attending CUNY Lehman College can choose from 51 bachelor's programs, 46 master's programs, 17 graduate certificates, and 11 doctoral degrees. Within the five academic schools, Lehman students join a nourishing, supportive environment to achieve their college degree dreams. Thanks to the Internet, Lehman Online offers 362 courses to enroll 16 percent of the student body in asynchronous online learning. Some of the most popular degrees are the:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Available in two unique tracks for non-nurses and registered nurses, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Lehman is designed to build a broad-based foundation in nursing fundamentals to prepare for clinical practice and/or graduate study. Students gain hands-on practice in the on-campus clinical laboratories as well as in healthcare centers across the Bronx and Westchester County. Graduates are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN exam in New York.

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

Ranging from 36 to 42 credits, the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) is provided to Lehman graduate students with valid NYS teaching licensure who are seeking to further develop their specialization in education. Students have the freedom to concentrate their studies in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Educational Leadership, Literacy Studies, or School Counseling. Students actively engage in Lehman's network with over 200 urban schools in all New York City boroughs.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Named the 89th best graduate social work program in America, the Master of Social Work (MSW) strives to prepare students for leadership positions in urban social service organizations. Fulfilling the LMSW and LCSW licensing requirements, the program can be completed in one year with advanced standing, two years full-time, or three years part-time. Students leave Lehman College with the ability to provide advanced generalist practice to individuals, groups, families, and whole communities.