The Lehman Scholars Program

Director of Studies: Professor Olivia Loksing Moy (Library, Room 315)

The Lehman Scholars Program (LSP) is designed for capable and highly motivated students who have the desire and ability to pursue a somewhat more independent liberal arts course of study. The program offers the advantages of a small, intimate college, including special courses, seminars, and academic counseling.

Special Features: The Lehman Scholars Program offers several special features:

  • Students are exempt from General Education upper-division Integration Requirements (CUNY College Option). They must, however, fulfill the Foundation and Distribution General Education requirements (CUNY Common Core) and meet all course prerequisites and requirements for their major field.
  • Mentors. Each student entering the program will be assigned to a faculty mentor in his or her field of interest. The mentor will advise the student in the areas of program planning and academic and career goals.

  • The Lehman Scholars Program has its own requirements, which students must fulfill:

1.  A two-semester honors course in English composition and stylistics, which also fulfills a requirement in the CUNY Common Core.

2.  Four LSP honors seminars. Students who enter the program with more than 30 credits may be considered for exemption from one seminar after consultation with the Program Director.


3.  Two years of the same foreign language or its equivalent; Students beginning a foreign language take 4 semesters (elementary + intermediate); students continuing in a language may place into one of the four semesters or place out of further required foreign language study based on AP testing or other criteria.


Students may take one year of elementary language study and two Lehman Scholars Seminars.


Students placing out of foreign language study take two additional LSP Seminars.


4.  Completion of a capstone project, begun in the second semester of junior year and submitted by November 1 or April 1 of the student’s last semester (or semester of graduation).


Application Procedure: Students who have earned 60 or fewer college credits may apply for either September, June, or January admission. They will be notified about their acceptance in time for the following semester's registration. The application form is available in the LSP Office, Library, Room 315 or from

The Lehman Scholars Program Prior to Fall 2020

The Lehman Scholars Program Prior to Fall 2019