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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Freshman Admissions

High school graduates and GED recipients who have not attended a college, university, or postsecondary institution must apply as entering freshmen. Applications should be submitted by February 1, in order to receive full consideration for Lehman scholarships.

Admission is based on a student’s high school academic average, number of credits earned in college preparatory classes and the rigor of the academic program. We also review each applicant’s overall academic performance. We recommend the following distribution of high school courses:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Social Studies
  • 3 years of Mathematics
  • 2 years of Foreign Language
  • 2 years of Lab Science
  • 1 year of Fine Arts

All students are subject to the City University of New York's testing requirements. For details, visit the Academic Testing & Scholarships website.

GED and TOEFL Score Requirements

We will consider applicants with a GED score of 3100 or higher on all five content area tests.

Applicants educated outside the United States in non-English speaking schools must score 500 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be considered for admission.

How Do I Apply?

All students should apply online directly to Lehman through CUNY's online application process.

Transfer Student Admissions

Lehman is committed to serving the needs of transfer students, and welcomes applicants from other colleges. You are considered a transfer applicant if you have attended any college, university and/or proprietary school since graduating from high school/secondary school. This applies whether or not you are seeking transfer credit and/or changing a program of study. All transfer students are subject to the City University of New York's testing requirements. For additional details, visit the Academic Testing & Scholarship website.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Students transferring fewer than 12 college credits must satisfy Lehman's freshman admission criteria.
  • Applicants transferring from 12 to 24 college credits must satisfy either the freshman admission criteria or present a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • Students without an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree and with 24 or more credits must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3.
  • Students who earned an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree and have not completed any credits thereafter – must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average from the school where they earned their degree.
  • Students who have earned an A.A, or A.S. or A.A.S. degree, and earned credits after its completion must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 from the college where they earned their degree and any colleges attended thereafter.

How Do I Apply?

Apply online. All students should apply online directly to Lehman through CUNY's online application process.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Transfer credit evaluations are completed on a rolling basis. All new transfer students receive an evaluation of transfer credits prior to their first registration at Lehman.

If you are transferring from another CUNY College, you can view how your credits will transfer online at

Candidates for a Second Undergraduate Degree

Lehman College accepts candidates for a second undergraduate degree, provided the second degree represents preparation separate from the first. Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence.

Second-degree applicants should complete the CUNY transfer student application through CUNY's online application process.

Special Programs

The William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman

This scholarship program offers high-achieving students a wealth of opportunities and financial support throughout their college careers, including the following:

  • free tuition;
  • an expense account to help pay for opportunities such as study abroad or living expenses during unpaid internships;
  • a laptop computer;
  • work with faculty mentors;
  • participation in challenging university-wide seminars and activities; and
  • internships with the New York City business community as well as cultural institutions, service organizations, and other groups.

For more information about the William E. Macaulay Honors College at Lehman, visit the Honors College website or contact Dr. Gary Schwartz, director of the Honors College at Lehman, at 718-960-6093. For information about the CUNY-wide program, including detailed application information, visit the CUNY Honors College website.

SEEK (Search for Education, Evaluation, and Knowledge)

What is the SEEK Program?

SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) is a state-sponsored higher education opportunity program of the City University of New York. The Program's special admission standards allow access to Lehman and other CUNY senior colleges for students who do not meet traditional admission requirements and who fit particular economic criteria.

What services does the program provide?
SEEK students receive academic support including counseling, tutoring, and specialized academic courses, as well as supplemental need-based financial aid.

Where can I find more information?
Inquiries about the SEEK Program at Lehman College may be directed to the Office of SEEK Advisement and Counseling at 718-960-7979. For more information, visit the SEEK website.

The Adult Degree Program

What is the Adult Degree Program?
The Adult Degree Program at Lehman is designed to meet the needs of mature men and women with family and work responsibilities.

  • Classes are available during the day, evening, and weekends.
  • Faculty counselors help you choose a course of study toward your individual career goal.
  • You may earn college credits for your life experience, including paid or volunteer work.
  • You may be exempt, where academically justified, from required courses in languages, mathematics, and the sciences.

For more information, visit the Adult Degree Program website, or call 718-960-8666.

Other Admission Categories

Students Seeking Readmission to the College

Former Lehman students who have not graduated with their bachelor’s degree and wish to return to complete their degree must file a re-admit application with the Office of Admissions.

The completed application and a $20 non-refundable processing fee should be filed in the Lehman Admissions Office in Shuster Hall, Room 161. Official transcripts of any coursework completed during a student's absence must also be submitted withthe application in order to determine academic eligibility and perform a credit evaluation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Former students with a Lehman cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 must file an appeal for readmission prior to filing a re-admit application. Appeals are filed with the Office of Academic Standards and Evaluation, Shuster Hall, Room 280.

An application for readmission may only be obtained at the Office of Admissions, located in Shuster Hall, room 161.

For Admissions Office hours of operation, visit the Administrative Office Hours website.

Non-Degree Students

Please note: Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid or loans.

A non-degree student is not officially registered in a degree program and is not a candidate for a degree. However, credits earned by students with non-degree status may later be transferred to a degree program. Please note that non-degree students register for courses on a space-available basis.

Non-degree students apply directly to the Lehman College Admissions Office.Visit the Office of Admissions website to download a Non-Degree application, or request an application by calling the Office of Admissions at 718-960-8700.

The admission requirements for non-degree students are the same as those for regular degree students.

Non-Degree to Degree Students

Students who previously attended Lehman under a non-degree status and now wish to pursue a degree program must file a non-degree to degree application. Requirements to change degree status include the completion of 13 credits in residence at Lehman and the submission of official transcripts from previously attended institutions. A review of the cumulative GPA of the combined coursework should meet the same admissions criteria for degree students. Visit the Office of Admissions website to download a Non-Degree to Degree application, or request an application by calling the Office of Admissions at 718-960-8700.

Visiting Students

Permission to register as a visiting student is valid for one semester at a time. Visiting students must submit new documentation from their primary colleges for each succeeding semester.

Students attending a college outside of the CUNY systemmust submit a current transcript and the visiting student application form, accompanied by a non-refundable $65 application processing fee for undergraduate courses or a non-refundable $125 application processing fee for graduate courses. Students from outside the CUNY system who are returning as visiting students at Lehman must file a new application and pay a non-refundable $10 processing fee. To obtain a visiting student application, visit the website for the Office for Special Academic Sessions to download an application, or request an application by calling the Office for Special Academic Sessions (347) 577-4001.


Students currently pursuing a degree at another CUNY college who wish to take a credit bearing course at Lehman are exempt from the application processing fee. They must submit an e-permit via the CUNY Portal. Tuition for courses taken at Lehman is paid at the student's primary college after the student hasregistered at bothinstitutions. Detailed information about filing a CUNY e-permit is available online. Use your CUNY Portal ID to login to e-Permit.

Once the e-permit is approved, an e-mail will be sent to you with information about registration.

Senior Citizens (Encore Program)

Through Lehman's Encore Program, New York State residents60 years and olderare permitted to enroll as auditors in Lehman College undergraduate courses on a space-available basis, tuition-free. Senior auditorswill not receive academic credit. Individuals enrolling under this program are charged a $65 fee per semester, plus a $15 consolidated fee. Senior citizens who wish to enroll for credit must pay full tuition and fees.

Visit the Office of Admissions website to download the Encore Program application, or request an application by calling the Office of Admissions at 718-960-8700. Note that you will need to return the application to the Office of Admissions at Shuster Hall, Room 161 in person with your New York State issued driver’s license or identification card to verify eligibility.

Call 718-960-8700 for more information.

International Students

International students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must file the appropriate freshman or transfer student application and meet the corresponding admission requirements. International applicants should submit their applications and transcripts by the stated deadlines to the University Application Processing Center.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international students, except for nationals of English-speaking countries. The minimum required TOEFL score is 500 for admission to Lehman.


Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an official English translation as defined by CUNY guidelines. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 718-960-8700.

For more information visit the CUNY International Student Services website.

Student Visa Information

The International Student Adviser provides assistance with the process of securing a visa and with other immigration matters. Note that the International Student Adviser does not handle admissions-related questions; she can only assist students once they have completed an application and been admitted to a full-time degree program.

For assistance with student visa and other immigration related matters you may visit the International Student Services website or contact the International Student Adviser at 718-960-7274.

Academic Testing

For admissions questions, contact the Office of Admissions at 718-960-8700.