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Academic Calendar | Admissions | Applying to Lehman | AdvisementConnect with Lehman Admissions | Enrollment | Employment | Financial Aid | Holds | Housing | International Students | Registration | Student Services | Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) | Technical Issues |Tuition | | Vaccination Information | Visiting Students


Click Here To OpenAcademic Calendar

Q: When do classes typically start?
A:
For up-to-date information about important deadlines and dates, visit the Lehman Academic Calendar.

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Q: I have been admitted. How do I accept my offer?
A:
Applicants can accept their offer of admission through their CUNYfirst accounts by following the steps below:

  • Log into your CUNYfirst Account.
  • Navigate to Admissions Center > View My Application Status > My Application/View Details > Application Information.
  • Stop, smile and pat yourself on the back. You did it! Click on the Accept Offer button to become part of the Lehman Community.
If your file is complete and you do not see one of the options previously mentioned, please send an email to: undergraduate.admissions@lehman.cuny.edu. Include your name as it appears on the application, your application number and/or your EMPL ID number. The Lehman College Admissions Office will review your file and get back to you as soon as possible.

Q: I applied to Lehman as a freshman/transfer and I have not received a response from the school. How can I find out if I was accepted?
A:An admission decision is sent to students via email once the application is deemed complete and reviewed by the College. You can log in to your CUNYfirst account to see the status of your application. If you have any questions regarding your application and required supporting documents, Connect with Lehman Admissions.

Q: I accepted my offer to attend Lehman. What should I do next?
A: Please review your application on your CUNYfirst Student Center and ensure that your commitment fee is not required. If it is required, please submit the commitment fee online:

  • Log into your CUNYfirst Account.
  • Navigate to Admissions Center > View My Application Status > My Application/View Details > Application Information.
  • Stop, smile and pat yourself on the back. You did it! Click on the “Commit Today” button to become part of the Lehman Community.

All accepted students are required to submit a non-refundable $100 Commitment Tuition Deposit. If you are presented with the “Pay Commitment Deposit” button after accepting your offer in CUNYfirst, you can make the payment online to secure your spot at Lehman. Some students may have the Commitment Tuition Deposit waived by completing the FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less. Veterans and other cohorts may also be exempt from paying the commitment deposit.

If you are not presented with the “Pay Commitment Deposit” button after accepting your offer in CUNYfirst, your commitment deposit checklist item should reflect a “waived” status. Your next step would be to wait for e-mail communication from the Admissions Team.

Q: I was in good academic standing, but with transition to remote learning due to COVID-19, I'm worried I will not do well. Could this affect my admission into Lehman?
A:
 We understand that this has been a very challenging time for everyone, and we will consider this when looking at your academic performance.

Q: My GPA from Lehman is below a 2.0. How do I appeal to readmit?
A:
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. For further information regarding the appeal process, please visit the Appeal FAQ page.

Q: What is the ACE program and how do I know if I am accepted?
A: Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (
ACE) at Lehman College is a comprehensive program designed to help students complete their academic journey to a bachelor’s degree within two years (for transfer students) or four years (for freshmen). ACE provides a range of financial, academic, and personal supports, including intensive academic advisement and career counseling, as well as tuition, textbook, and transportation assistance.
Admission consideration requirements include specific major pursuits, a competitive GPA and participation in an information session and appointment with an ACE advisor.

Q: I see that I was admitted for the fall semester, but my start semester is the summer. Do I have to take summer courses?
A:
 There is no obligations to take summer courses at Lehman, unless required by a specific program. It is normal to have a start semester in CUNYfirst preceding the semester to which you were admitted.

Q: If I have questions and would like to meet with an admissions counselor, can I set up an appointment? 
A: Yes, we currently have many ways to Connect with Admissions.    

Q: Are information sessions and campus tours being offered?
A: Yes, we are offering both virtual information sessions and tours, as well as in-person tours. We also offer appointments with admission counselors weekly. Visit our Connect with Admissions Page to see all of our offerings.

Q: What is the difference between the EmpLID #, Lehman ID # and the CUNYfirst ID #?
A:
These descriptions associated with your CUNY identification number are used interchangeably and all refer to the same number. You can locate your CUNYfirst ID by logging into your CUNYfirst account and navigating to the Student Center. The ID # is located in the top right corner.

Q: How do I update my CUNYfirst account if I already have an account with another CUNY school?
A:Once you have committed to Lehman College and registered for courses, you will see your CUNYfirst college-affiliation change from your previously attended CUNY college to Lehman College. Even prior to this change of college affiliation, your ‘To-Do’ list in CUNYfirst will display Lehman-specific action items.

Click Here To OpenApplying to Lehman

Q: How do I apply to Lehman?
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Visit Undergraduate Applications Page for information about applying to Lehman College.

Q: Do you still accept applications after the published deadline?
A: CUNY operates on a rolling admission basis, so you can still submit an application, but there is no guarantee that it will be completed and reviewed in time for the new semester. Click here for more information about deadlines and notification dates.

Q: What are the freshman admission requirements?
A: Visit our Freshman Admissions Page for admission requirements.

Q: What are the transfer admission requirements?
A:Visit our Transfer Admissions Page for admission requirements.

Q: Did Lehman College waive the SAT/ACT requirement?
A: SAT and ACT test scores are not required nor considered in application review through the Spring 2023 admission cycle. At this time, we are suspending the use of SAT and ACT tests for admission purposes. Effective Fall 2023, SAT/ACT will be optional.

However, the City University of New York (CUNY) requires all students to demonstrate proficiency in English (reading and writing) and math in order to enroll in credit-bearing courses in the associated subject.  Students may establish proficiency in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, meeting benchmark score on the New York State Regents exams (when available) and maintaining a minimum high school GPA or High School Equivalency exam score. Visit the CUNY Testing Site for more information.

Q: What is the best way for me to send you my transcript(s)?
A: Official transcript(s) should be e-mailed electronically to admissions.documents@lehman.cuny.edu via the digital credential company (e.g. Parchment, E transcript(s), National Clearinghouse, Escripts) to which your previous school subscribe(s). 

Q: How do I know if my transcripts were received?
A: You should check your Application Status in CUNYfirst to see if your transcripts were received. 

  • Log into your CUNYfirst Account.
  • Navigate to Admissions Center > View My Application Status > My Application/View Details > Application Information.

Q: I am unable to obtain a transcript from my previous school, can I submit an unofficial transcript instead?
A:
We do not accept unofficial transcripts. Institutions provide transcripts electronically via digital credential companies. You should visit the Registrar’s website at your previous institution(s) for information about requesting transcripts.

Q: Can I drop off documents in-person?
A: The Lehman College campus has moved to remote operations and the enrollment offices are currently closed to in-person visitations. The best way to send transcripts is to have them e-mailed electronically to admissions.documents@lehman.cuny.edu via the digital credential company (e.g. Parchment, E transcript(s), National Clearinghouse, Escripts) to which your previous institution(s) subscribe(s). If you are sending us documents with sensitive information such as social security number or date of birth, please make sure to redact (block out) that information.

Q: How do I submit test scores/examinations for alternative credit options upon entry, such as from AP, CLEP, FEMA, etc.?
A: Visit the Alternative Credit Options Page for more information about opportunities to earn credits towards the completion of a degree.

Q: How do I request my International Baccalaureate (IB) transcript/diploma to be sent to Lehman?
A:To request an official International Baccalaureate (IB) transcript and diploma, please visit this page.

Q: How can I apply as a non-degree student?
A: Please complete the Undergraduate Non-Degree application and then upload to the Undergraduate Admissions File Drop along with the most recent college transcript or proof of Bachelor’s degree.  Please note, the non-refundable $65 application processing fee will be added to your CUNYfirst account.

Q: I was a non-degree student, but now wish to continue as a degree-seeking student. How do I go about changing my status?
A: Students who previously attended Lehman College in a non-degree status and now wish to pursue a degree program must file a  Transfer Application and submit official transcript(s) from all college(s)/institution(s) attended.

Q: I am interested in readmitting to Lehman College. What should I do? 
A: If you stopped attending Lehman College with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and wish to return to complete your degree, you must apply for readmission to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please complete the Readmission Application Request Form. We will review your account to determine eligibility and then send you the readmit application. Further instructions will be sent to you at that time.

Q: I am applying for readmission/non-degree. How do I pay for the application fee?
A:The readmission and non-degree application fee will be added to your tuition bill.

Q: How do I apply for the Nursing program?
A: Firstly, you select one of the Nursing intended majors on the application . Then, if you are admitted to Lehman and selected one of the online or accelerated Nursing options, the application is a two-step process. First, you must be admitted to Lehman, and once admitted there is a separate Nursing program application. For additional information, click here.

Q: I would like to apply to the Nursing program but I am missing prerequisites. What should I do?
A: Admission to the Nursing program is a two-step process. First, you must be admitted to Lehman, and once admitted there is a separate Nursing program application. You will have to complete all of the pre-requisite courses before you can be admitted. For additional information, click here.

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Q: I have been accepted to Lehman and would like to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor so that I can register. How can I make this appointment?
A:As long as you have committed to Lehman College, the advising offices will be in touch with you via email or text about setting up an appointment.

Q: What advisement offices work with freshmen?
A: There are a number of offices that work with our incoming freshmen. The GPS (Go. Persist. Succeed.) Program works with our incoming freshmen on advisement and many other areas to help them through the enrollment funnel. Many students also enter into special programs such as SEEK, ACE, which all offer advisement and support through the enrollment process.

Q: I am a new transfer and have an advisement hold. What should I do?
A:After your TCE has been completed, you will receive an email with further instruction/details on how to meet with an advisor.

If you need assistance, you can connect with an advisement representative by clicking here and typing “agent” in the Lehman Lightning Bot chat box.

Q: How can I declare my major?
A:
If you have earned or are transferring 60 or more credits (a combination of credits earned and credits currently in progress), you must declare an Academic Plan (major) before registering for classes. In order to access iDeclare, you must first claim your Lehman account. Once your iDeclare request is submitted online, you can check its status in Lehman 360.

Click Here To OpenConnect with Lehman Admissions

Q: If I have questions and would like to meet with an admissions counselor, can I set up an appointment?
A: Yes, view all of the ways to Connect with Admissions, including taking a tour of our beautiful campus, scheduling an appointment with an Admission Advisor, partaicipating in an information session or taking a virtual tour from the comfort of your home.

Q: Will information sessions or campus tours be offered?
A: Yes, we are offering in-person campus tours, as well as virtual information sessions and virtual tours as well. To see our schedule and register for a session click here.

Q: Are the enrollment offices open?
A:Lehman College is open to staff and current students, however enrollment offices are operating remotely and closed for in-person visitations. Find ways to connect with every enrollment office here.

Q: How long will it take for an email reply?
A: Due to increased email traffic during this time of remote operations, it typically takes up to five business days to receive a response email. If you need assistance, you can connect with an admissions representative by clicking here and typing “agent” in the Lehman Lightning Bot chat box. We thank you for your patience during these difficult times.

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Q: How do I submit documents electronically to complete my enrollment process, after I have been admitted?
A:Admitted students who have received an email requesting additional supporting documents (e.g., proof of green card, proof of name, proof of residency), should submit the scanned requested document(s) via our Undergraduate Admissions File Drop. When scanning the document(s), be sure to use a solid-colored background and avoid any shadows or other objects in the image.

Q: If I need to postpone my enrollment for a semester what should I do?
A: Students who accept their offer of admission and commit to Lehman College can have their enrollment deferred for up to 1 year (2 semesters). Once you commit for a semester but do not register for courses, you will be sent an email shortly after the add/drop period offering you an opportunity to defer your enrollment to a future semester. Once you receive that email, complete the imbedded survey and your enrollment will be automatically deferred. You can also let us know if you are planning to defer.

Q: How do I go about getting my Lehman ID card?
A: New students (including transfer students), faculty, and staff can obtain a photo ID card using the Office of Public Safety’s online photo ID card system. Please visit this link for more information.

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Q: How can I work at Lehman?
A: When you apply for Financial Aid by filling out a free FAFSA form online, you should answer “Yes” to the Work Study question. This will enable you to be considered for Federal Work-Study (FWS) employment. You can also go to the CUNY website for employment opportunities.

Q: What is the Federal Work-Study program?
A:Federal Work-Study is campus-based federal Title IV financial aid that comes in the form of employment. FWS is applied for through the FAFSA application. To be eligible, students must enroll in a matriculated course of study and register for at least six credits. Students receive FWS funds according to the number of hours worked. The rate of pay is at least minimum wage. Students are encouraged to choose job placements with an eye towards community service and/or future vocational interests. FWS funds are limited and are awarded to students on a first-come, first-served basis. The earliest applications have the best possibility of receiving FWS funds.

For more information, please visit this link.

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Q: I need help doing my financial aid forms. Who can I contact?
A:You should navigate to the Financial Aid Office website and click on “Chat with Live Agent.” You will be connected to a live Financial Aid administrator who will answer any of your financial aid related questions.

Q: How will I be notified about my financial aid package?
A: The Office of Financial Aid sends out an Estimated Financial Aid package, via email, to students once it is ready. The financial aid package is dependent on several factors, including successful submission of the FAFSA and completion of all requested verification documents. You may be required to submit additional documentation, so please review your CUNYfirst “To-Do List” and check your email for notices. You can always view your Financial Aid package through your CUNYfirst Self-Service. If you have any questions about your Financial Aid package, please navigate to the Financial Aid Office website and click on “Chat with Live Agent” for more information.

Q: Should I send tax verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid email address or upload the documents to CUNYfirst?
A: Check your CUNYfirst To-Do List to determine which documents you will need to submit. Each checklist item has a set of instructions with a link that you can use to upload pertaining documents. Once uploaded, please allow up to 21 business days for processing. Updates and requests for additional documentation are also emailed to students. Once we have finalized the review of your documents, your CUNYfirst To-Do List will be cleared.

Q: Is there any specific financial aid available for DACA students?
A: For information pertaining to DACA, please visit CUNY's Citizenship Now or Lehman's information page on DACA.

Q: What is the Excelsior Program? How am I considered for it, and how does it get applied to my tuition?
A: The Excelsior Program enables eligible New York State residents to attend a CUNY college tuition-free. Recipients of this award must have a family income of $125,000 or less for 2020-21, have filed the FAFSA along with the TAP and Excelsior Scholarship applications, attend full-time, and complete 30 credits per year. Awardees must also agree to reside exclusively in New York State, and cannot be employed in any other state for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award.

The Excelsior Scholarship will be applied to each qualifying student's financial aid package after all other aid, including TAP, Pell, City Council Scholarship, college scholarships and other grants or scholarships are applied.

Read Excelsior Scholarship FAQs.

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Q: I have a residency hold. What should I do?
A: Admitted students who have received an email requesting proof of residency can visit the page "Establishing New York State Residency for Instate Tuition" for instructions.

Q: I have an Immunizations Hold on my record. What should I do?
A:For details about immunizations requirements, visit the Student Health Center. The documents can be submitted online through Lehman 360.

Q: I have an Admissions hold on my CUNYfirst account and not sure what to do?
A: Students are typically notified via email when a hold is placed on your account with instructions on how to resolve it. You can also view the hold and instructions by checking your CUNYfirst To-Do List.

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Q: Does Lehman College offer housing for students?
A: Housing and Residential Services at Lehman College provides students with resources and information that will assist in making their search for housing a smooth and stress-free transition. For more information, please visit this link.

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Q: I was educated outside of the U.S. and have accepted the offer to attend Lehman College. Who can I contact about the visa process?
A: You should be in touch with the International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO). Please visit the website for more information.

Q: How can I submit a transcript(s) from a school outside of the United States?
A: Please submit your transcript(s) to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). You can find more information here.

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Q: How do I register for classes?
A:All continuing undergraduate and graduate students register via self-service in CUNYfirst during their assigned enrollment appointment. Assigned enrollment (registration) appointments are for the CUNYfirst system; students are not required to attend in-person registration. Registration information is communicated via email to students’ Lehman email accounts.
New incoming Freshmen are provided information and transitional support regarding advising, enrollment, and academic guidance through their advising office (GPSSEEK or ACE).

New incoming Transfer students must meet with an academic advisor prior to registration for their first term. After your transfer credit evaluation (TCE) has been completed, you will receive an email with further instruction/details on how to meet with an advisor.

If you need assistance, you can find information about course registration here, or you can connect with an advisement representative by clicking here and typing “agent” in the Lehman Lightning Bot chat box.

Visit the Office of Registrar’s website for more information about course registration.

Q: Can I register for classes earlier than the date provided in my CUNYfirst account?
A: New incoming students have a pre-determined registration date, however once you meet with Academic Advisement, they may be able to adjust the registration date accordingly. Please inquire during your Academic Advisement Appointment.

Q: The class I want is closed. Can the Admissions Department put me into the class?
A: Only the individual academic department can “over-tally” a class. Please reach out to the appropriate department via email. Each department’s contact information may be found in the directory.

Q: When I try to register for a class it says that permission is needed. What does that mean?
A: Certain courses require departmental permission to register. If you attempt to register for a course and permission is required, you should contact the department that offers the course in order to request permission to enroll in the class. Each department’s contact information may be found in the directory.

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Q: Does Lehman College offer childcare?
A: Lehman College has a Student Child Care Center which is committed to providing the children and families of the College’s student body with the highest quality early child care programs and support possible. Eligibility for the Child Care Center is contingent upon your status as a currently enrolled, matriculated Lehman College student. For more information, please visit the Childcare Center website.

Q: How do I register for student disability services?
A: If you are a student with a disability, you are not alone. There are almost six hundred students with a wide range of disabilities registered with our office. The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) welcomes you and is here to assist you to achieve your academic goals.

SDS works together with the entire Lehman community to ensure access to all areas of campus life and provides appropriate academic adjustments, programs and services to individual students.  It also serves as a resource to the faculty.

To learn more please contact our office at 718 960-8441 or send us an email at disability.services@lehman.cuny.edu.

Q: Does Lehman offer tutoring?
A:Lehman College offers a wide variety of instructional support services. Please visit the website for information about tutoring and support services.

Q: I'm having trouble completing the SPARC Training. What should I do?
A: SPARC is an online training program developed by the State University of New York in partnership with CUNY. Its purpose is to educate members of an institution’s community, on what the policies are, how they can report incidents and resources to assist them.  All students must complete this training. Visit here for more information.

Q: Is there student parking on campus?
A:Limited parking is available to students for approximately $75 per semester and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Campus Activities site for more information.

Q: I graduated from Lehman College. How can I get my diploma?
A: As a Lehman graduate, to get a copy of your diploma you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office. The office can be reached at registrar.office@lehman.cuny.edu or at 718-960-8255.

Click Here To OpenTransfer Credit Evaluation (TCE)

Q: What is a TCE?
A: A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) is a course-by-course evaluation of your previous coursework detailing how they equate to the courses at Lehman.

Once you have accepted your offer and committed to enrolling at Lehman, our TCE office will determine how your courses will transfer from your previous institution(s). You will be notified by email and/or text messages about the status of your TCE. Also, if you are a non-CUNY transfer and have courses in progress at your previous institution at the time you applied to Lehman, you must submit your final official transcript and proof of degree (if applicable) once the grades have been posted so that we can consider those courses for transfer credit as well.

Q: I recently committed to Lehman College and want to know when my TCE will be completed?
A: We are glad to know that you will be joining us for the upcoming semester! Now that you’ve accepted our offer and paid the commitment deposit (or maybe your deposit was waived), it will take about two-to-three business weeks for your TCE to be completed. Once it is completed, you will receive an email detailing your next steps, which involves meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes.

You can also monitor your progress through the Student Center of CUNYfirst, where you can see any holds you have on the upper right side of the page. You can see if your TCE has been posted by choosing Transfer Credit Report in the drop-down menu under Academics.

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Q: How do I update my CUNYfirst account if I already have an account with another CUNY school?
A: Once you have committed to Lehman College and registered for courses, you will see your CUNYfirst college-affiliation change from your previously attended CUNY college to Lehman College. Even prior to this change of college affiliation, your 'To-Do' list in CUNYfirst will display Lehman-specific action items.

Q: How can I claim my Lehman account?
A: Another important step in the enrollment process is claiming your Lehman account and campus email address. Your Lehman account will give you access to many necessary tools and systems. You will receive login instructions on how to claim these accounts shortly after you have accepted the offer and committed. Once you have claimed your Lehman email account, make sure to check it regularly for important updates.

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Q: Will tuition be reduced as a result of the recent pandemic?
A: Our affordable tuition rates will remain unchanged for now. For up-to-date information on tuition, please visit the CUNY tuition and fees page.

Q: How do I submit my payments each semester?
A: Tuition payment can be made online via e-check or credit/debit card, or in person at the Bursar's Office. For more information, please visit Tuition Options page.

Q: When does the first tuition payment have to be sent in?
A: Tuition must be submitted prior to the first day of classes or else you risk being dropped from your classes. For more information, visit the Academic Calendar.

Q: How do I set up a payment plan?
A: Please visit the following link to watch a video about how to enroll in a Nelnet Payment Plan.

Click Here To OpenVaccination Information

Q: How can I learn about the vaccination requirements ahead of my return to campus?
A: New York State public health law requires that all students taking 6 or more credits provide proof of vaccination to MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) AND Meningitis prior to registration. To check your immunization requirements, please visit your Student Center in CUNYfirst and check the ‘To Do’ section. The immunization records, along with the Meningitis Response Signature Form (Medical Requirements form, Part 1), can be submitted electronically in Lehman 360 – My Apps, via the Student Health Portal. For more detailed information, please click here. Starting Spring 2022, all students who are registered for hybrid/in-person classes will be required to submit completed COVID vaccination documentation NO LATER THAN 10 DAYS before the first day of classes or the class will be dropped. COVID vaccine can be submitted on the CUNY First Vaccine Verification link located on your CUNY First menu. For updates and resources regarding COVID mandates and policies, please visit our Return to Campus Page.

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Q: How can I be a visiting student at Lehman College?
A: If you are currently enrolled at another college and would like to take courses at Lehman for a semester then return to your home college, you will need to complete the visiting student application. Click here for more information.

For questions about the process, please e-mail visiting.students@lehman.cuny.edu.

For current tuition rates based on NYS residency status, please visit the Tuition and Fees website.

Q: How can I apply for an ePermit?
A: Students who wish to take a course at a CUNY College other than their HOME College, will need to file for an ePermit using CUNYfirst. The CUNYfirst process will allow students to request permission from their HOME College to attend the other CUNY College(s) and enroll for course(s) throughout CUNY, based on established transfer rules. For more information about applying for an ePermit, click here.