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The SEEK Mission

The SEEK Program promotes the academic, personal, and vocational development of SEEK students at Lehman College. SEEK fulfills this mission by admitting a previously under served population and providing an array of specialized support and enrichment programs and activities dedicated to encouraging SEEK student learning, performance, persistence and graduation.

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What is SEEK?


SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) is a state funded educational opportunity program of the City University of New York. The SEEK Program provides access to the University’s senior colleges under non-traditional admissions criteria for talented and motivated high school graduates who need academic and financial support.

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History of SEEK

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The SEEK Program began as a pre-baccalaureate program at the City College of New York in 1965. It was signed into law by the New York State legislature in 1966 as the City University's higher education opportunity program in the senior colleges. Comparable programs such as EOP and HEOP were also instituted at the State University and private colleges, respectively. The legislation was a result of the efforts of social activists and progressive politicians whose vision was to provide access to CUNY senior colleges for students who graduated from high schools that had not prepared them for the rigors of college.

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