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CUNY Lehman College is a public, four-year institution located in the Bronx borough of New York City. Established in 1931, it was originally the Bronx Branch of Hunter College but became an independent college in 1967. As the region’s intellectual, economic, and cultural center, the institution provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional education.

Overview of CUNY Lehman College

The school is dedicated to assisting with the economic and social mobility of its students. It’s ranked fourth highest for mobility rates in the United States by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Equality of Opportunity Project.

The student population is 15,091, with 12,833 enrolled in undergraduate programs and 2,258 enrolled in graduate students. CUNY Lehman College also employs 372 full-time and 639 part-time faculty members, all of whom work hard to provide transformative educational experiences for students, as well as advance equality, inclusion, and social justice. The student-faculty ratio is 17:1. This means that, while class sizes vary, it’s relatively easy for students to seek and receive one-on-one attention and support from their professors.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 53%
Year Founded 1968

Student Enrollment

Total Students15,143


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,161
Female 8,841

Graduate Student

Male 685
Female 1,456

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Lehman College Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 7,815
Female 11,946


Male 2,657
Female 4,778

Acceptance Rate38%

Male 34%
Female 40%

Enrollment 976

Male 374
Female 602
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted No

Lehman College Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

CUNY Lehman College strives to offer affordable degree programs that make sense for student goals. Tuition and fees vary according to student classification: continuing student, new student, matriculated student, and non-degree student. Additionally, rates vary depending on whether students are New York State residents or not. New York State residents enrolled full-time pay $3,465 in tuition per semester. State residents attending classes part-time pay $305 per credit hour and in-state, non-degree students pay $445 per credit hour. Non-resident and international students also pay per credit hour. Both full-time and part-time enrollees pay $620 per credit hour, while non-degree students pay $915 per credit hour.

It's also important to note that graduate students have different tuition rates. Residents attending classes full-time pay $5,545 per semester, while part-time students pay $470 per credit hour. Non-resident and international students at this level pay $855 per credit hour. Notably, the tuition rates for the Master of Social Work and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are higher.

Students should anticipate paying additional fees related to campus services, activities, and parking. Additionally, the cost of room and board must be considered. The cost of living on campus ranges from $11,591 to $13,693 per year. Meal plans are not offered by the institution, however, there are many dining options on campus, as well as food establishments and supermarkets within walking distance.

The school is also dedicated to helping students apply for, receive, and maintain eligibility for various types of financial aid. All students are encouraged to file FAFSA forms. In total, 95% of new students receive some type of financial assistance, which can be used to pay for instructional and general fees, non-resident fees, room, meals, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Only 5% of students rely on federal student loans for assistance.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $2,709
Average Total Aid $10,588
Students Receiving Financial Aid 92%
Room & Board $14,380

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,410
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,360
  • Books and Supplies - $1,364
  • Room & Board - $14,380
  • Other - $5,504


CUNY Lehman College combines high-quality academics, affordable tuition, student support, and state-of-the-art facilities. It offers 76 major degree programs for undergraduates and 109 undergraduate minors. Students can also choose from 65 master’s degree programs, as well as two doctoral degree programs. Additionally, the institution offers some undergraduate and advanced certificates for professionals.

All options are made available by the college’s five schools:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education
  • Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing
  • Natural and Social Sciences
  • Continuing and Professional Studies

Small class sizes mean students are able to get the support and interaction they need. Class schedules are also flexible, with day, evening, and weekend sessions available.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time, undergraduate freshmen who began their studies in 2019 was 81%. This is well above the national average retention rate of 68%. Part-time bachelor’s students had a retention rate that was slightly lower, totaling at 68%. These numbers indicate that the majority of students enrolled at the university were happy with their overall experience and chose to return for another year.

Graduation rates, however, are slightly less promising. Commonly known as the “Student Right to Know”, graduation and transfer-out rates show how frequently students complete their degrees or certificate programs within a standard amount of time. Only 28% of the 2014 class finished their programs within four years, with 53% finishing within six years. Additionally, the graduation rate for full-time, first-time, undergraduate degree-seeking freshmen who began their studies in fall 2014 was 53%. The transfer-out rate was 20% for the same timeframe. While these rates indicate that most CUNY Lehman College students complete their degrees, they also show that a significant portion of enrollees graduate late or choose not to graduate at all.

Student Population Total

Student Population 15,143

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Program 709 Total Graduates / 27%
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 227 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 197 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 102 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 79 Graduates
All Business Majors 431 Total Graduates / 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 285 Graduates
Accounting 146 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 371 Total Graduates / 14%
Sociology, General 250 Graduates
Anthropology, General 64 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 33 Graduates
Economics, General 22 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 268 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 268 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 147 Total Graduates / 6%
Computer Science 81 Graduates
Information Science/Studies 66 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 27%

Outcome & Salary

The majority of students enrolled at CUNY Lehman College graduate, although it often takes six to eight years instead of four. Specific employment and salary data varies depending on the degree major selected. According to PayScale, the average base salary for graduates is $64,000 per year. The school’s works closely with prospective employers to offer students a wide variety of opportunities including career expos, online job postings, selective recruiting, informational and recruitment forums, and internships.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,200
College Grads Average Salary $62,391
College Grads Mid Career Salary $82,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $623,910
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,443,910
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $10,836
10 Year Projected ROI $613,074
20 Year Projected ROI $1,433,074
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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