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The City University of New York Lehman College

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I graduated in May, 1972 and stayed onBrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I graduated in May, 1972 and stayed on at Lehman for graduate courses. Any description of my experiences is, by now, irrelevant, since it would seem that Lehman no longer offers

a Master's degree in History.
I loved the school when I entered as a Freshman in 1968. However, in my Junior year, New York City began its Open Admissions program. CUNY was forced to accept many below-par students, regardless of academic average.

Having so many students requiring college-level remedial
courses, ruined the academic environment. The standard
was so lowered, that it has apparently never really recovered.
At the time of Open Admissions, Lehman College, formerly
Hunter Uptown, was a rather small campus. The onslaught
of students in Open Admissions was a disaster. Faculty
members, who had slaved over doctoral dissertations and
publications began retiring. The complaint was that there
could no longer be college-level discussion because students
would interrupt a person in mid-sentence because he or she
could not understand college-level vocabulary.
In 1972, the Herbert H. Lehman degree was of no particular
advantage in the job market. I wound up with jobs that one
could get out of high school.
Thank you, New York City, and Mayor Lindsay for ruining a wonderful free university system. It was paid for by tax

dollars of thousands of working people, many of them
veterans of World War II. I'm sorry for this negativity,
but the bad reputation of this school has followed me
throughout a lifetime.

4th Year Female -- Class 1972
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Education Quality: C-
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I was pleasantly surprised with the faculty atBrightEnglish
I was pleasantly surprised with the faculty at Lehman. I received my undergrad and graduated with honors. the students range from extremely bright to ignorant and looking for a free ride. I think Lehman works for Students that want to experience College and have a challenge. the campus is not great and the area is terrible but it's the bronx so you get what you pay for, on the plus side, I had amazing professors in the English, Philosophy depts and also pretty good professors in other depts. The english dept. is top notch and the faculty is friendly and extremely helpful. Advisement sucks but unfortunately, I've never been to a school where advisement, financial Aid, bursar etc is friendly and helpful. I suggest this school as a good jump off point for a student who is unsure of which path to take but wants a solid collegiate experience. I am also going to attend their masters program so it wasn't as bad as I thought!
5th Year Female -- Class 2010
Scholastic Success: A+, Surrounding City: F
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Lehman is what you make of it.BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
Lehman is what you make of it. If you go there to get your degree and to go to 13th grade, the professors will not waste their time on you. However, if you make yourself and your goals known to the faculty they will go out of their way to challenge you and to make sure every academic door to your future is open to you. My experience? The faculty is not often asked to go the extra mile for the mediocre student who are going there just because they want an easy degree. Can you go through that school like that? Sure! But it would be a waste of some very good oppurtunites, resources and excellent faculty.Unfortunately it's resources rarely used by its students. Personally, I think Lehman should be more selective in its admission process, but overall the professors are 1st rate but underappreciated by both faculty and students. I've had oppurtunity to go to a "better" school but the education and attention I recieved from my professors at Lehman was worth more.
4th Year Female -- Class 2010
Individual Value: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C-
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