Students Say

Located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, this university features a “great academic and social life balance” with a campus “small enough to see familiar faces every day, but big enough to always be meeting new people.” It “boasts a strong engineering program,” and students say it truly “lives up to its academic reputation.” Students “genuinely care about their education” and have “an incredible work ethic.” A psychology major says, “People want to learn and want to do well, which creates a really good college environment.” STEM majors praise the prevalence of “open-ended” projects as “bringing new dimension to our learning and understanding the concepts covered in class.”

Overview

Applicants
11,512
Acceptance Rate
34%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, this university features a “great academic and social life balance” with a campus “small enough to see familiar faces every day, but big enough to always be meeting new people.” It “boasts a strong engineering program,” and students say it truly “lives up to its academic reputation.” Students “genuinely care about their education” and have “an incredible work ethic.” A psychology major says, “People want to learn and want to do well, which creates a really good college environment.” STEM majors praise the prevalence of “open-ended” projects as “bringing new dimension to our learning and understanding the concepts covered in class.” Humanities majors love their “discussion-based classes” and “the variety of courses offered.” A social science student confesses they sometimes have to “go out of my way to find internships and opportunities.” Students are grateful for the “strong connection with alumni, which is great for prospective employment,” and say, “The career opportunities post-graduation are excellent for both engineering and business students.” Professors get generally high marks, with students saying “they’re more often than not, fascinating people with a ton of relevant experience in their field.” Academics are considered “extremely rigorous and rewarding.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
697
with Terminal Degree
506

448
Men
249
Women
121
Minority
28
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism
  • Technical and Scientific Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Cognitive Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tara Stacom '80
Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield

Lee A. Iacocca, '45
Ret. Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Corp.

Roger S. Penske, '59
Chairman and CEO of Penske Corp.

Joseph Perella, '64
Founding Partner & Chairman, Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, '62
Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia

Richard A. Hayne, '69
Chairman & President/Founder, Urban Outfitters

Linda Huber, '80
Executive Vice President and Chief FInancial Officer, Moody's Corporation

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Some of the biggest reasons students apply to Lehigh are “the opportunities for advanced learning such as research on campus as well as externship, internship, and co-op programs.” Lehigh has many programs that help students get real-world experience before graduation. “There are students who get internships at the UN” and “extensive international programs and opportunities.” One student tells us that Career Services helps some majors more than others and needs to offer “more opportunities for social sciences.” The university reports that 95 percent of undergraduates get at least one career-related experience, such as an internship, before graduation. They also report that a full 97 percent of students from the class of 2013 are employed or in graduate school. Payscale.com reports an impressive average starting salary of $58,500 for Lehigh graduates.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$58,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$111,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
48%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
94

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

For the 2014–15 academic year, Lehigh tuition stands at $44,520. Housing is roughly $6,800 and a full meal plan is $5,060. Adding those up with fees, books, and supplies gives a grand total of $57,750. Students accepted to the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science must pay an additional $480 fee. Lehigh offers a payment plan that allows students to pay their bill in four monthly installments.

Bang For Your Buck

Lehigh is fully committed to offering need-based financial aid to accepted applicants. In addition to federal Pell grants and Pennsylvania state grants, Lehigh offers endowed and sponsored grants to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. The latter can be swapped out with a scholarship. The school has many merit awards and scholarships. Examples of academic merit awards are the Academic Merit Awards that cover half of tuition and the Alice P. Gast STEM Scholarships for women pursuing STEM careers. Lehigh also offers arts merit scholarships for students in Choral Arts, Marching Band, Instrumental Music, and Theatre.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,819

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,996

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,714

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,877

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,819

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,520
Required Fees
$370
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,910
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

A few of the most popular words students use to describe their peers are “upper middle class,” “hard working,” “enthusiastic” and “Caucasian.” Diversity is a hot topic for all students with most agreeing that the culture is moving toward “cultural awareness and acceptance,” and that “people just want to be friends.” “The diversity of Lehigh comes from its diversity of personalities,” says one engineering student who hails from outside the United States. Belonging seems to be a big part of the social experience. Most students “end up networking with people within their classes and within the organizations that they are involved in.” Those students who “struggle to find a place at Lehigh are ones who do not actively search out for the experience they want or expect opportunities to be fed to them.” All in all, there is a general feeling that “Lehigh is a magical place, not unlike Hogwarts.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,062
Out of State

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
63

Demographics

8.69%
Asian
4.03%
African-American
8.93%
Hispanic
72.80%
Caucasian
2.70%
Unknown
8.50%
International

45% female
55% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Work hard, play hard” is how 80 percent of the student respondents described their life on this “beautiful, hilly campus.” One senior sums up their experience succinctly as “lots of parties.” Many others detail the club and school activities that “are prevalent during most of the week,” as well as weekend trips to “the Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley or the Lehigh Valley Mall.” While some students feel Greeks “dominate social life,” many contend that all Lehigh students are “heavily involved” in some facet of extracurricular life whether they be “a Greek, athlete, or in a major club.” “Uninvolved students do not exist here.” It might seem overwhelming to picture yourself attending a “Lehigh-Laf[ayette] rivalry game”, hitting up a few fraternity parties on “The Hill”, and working to “design a chemical plant on my own!” in one weekend. Rest assured, at Lehigh “passions, parties, and work [are] balanced much in the way real life is.” This balance is described as “amazing,” “perfect” and “proper.” What some students feel may be unbalanced are “relations between dissimilar students.” But students who might not fit the traditional Lehigh student mold feel “the school is doing a lot to listen to minority concerns and address them.” While the food has improved in recent years, students are looking to “pressure Sodexo [a dining service provider] for more cost efficient meal plans.” A few feel “it’s just not a good value for what they supply, especially for more cash strapped students.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
67%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Cheryl A. Ashcroft

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A current, conprehensive psychoeducational evaluation is required. Please check guidelines for documentation on Lehigh's website.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A current, comprehensive psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation. Please check guidelines for documentation on Lehigh's website.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
12

40% join a fraternity
45% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

57% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mountain Hawks)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mountain Hawks)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

In 2012, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University finalized its first Campus Sustainability Plan, which was born out of extensive research and discussion among students, faculty, and administrators. The Plan analyzes sustainability growth opportunities and sets measurable goals in nine key areas: land use, climate and energy, dining services, purchasing, academics, community building, transportation, waste, and water. In addition, Lehigh cultivates the Eco-Rep program, a unique peer-to-peer education program oriented around teaching students in residential halls about sustainability practices. Since its inception the program has expanded from two residential halls to fourteen dorms and eleven Greek houses. For entering students, the university offers a three-day pre-orientation program, SustainabLEHIGH, that builds “a strong foundation for future leadership in green and sustainable initiatives at Lehigh” though biking, camping, farming, and more. Lehigh invites students to imagine creative environmental solutions with its GreenFund, which awards one-time grants of up to $2,000 to students who propose projects to improve sustainability on campus. Single-stream recycling collection is available in all residence halls, Greek houses, office and academic buildings, and throughout campus. But Lehigh also offers more eclectic green opportunities. November is Energy Conservation Month; the school supports several collaborative community gardens; annually the school hosts a RecycleMania competition; and students can join extracurricular groups like beekeeping, permaculture, and environmental science. Academic programs that address sustainability include the sciences; chemical, civil, environmental and energy engineering; materials science and engineering; environmental studies, international environmental policy, science and environmental writing, and sustainable development.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
9%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
70

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
24

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, IBM, Apple, Lenovo, HP special educational pricing

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
27 Memorial Dr.W
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone
610-758-3100

Email
admissions@lehigh.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Linderman Library
University Center
STEPS Building
Taylor Gymnasium
Zoellner Arts Center
Hawk's Nest Campus Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bethlehem's South Side and Historic Down
Banana Factory Community Arts Center/Gal
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Pocono Mountains
Lehigh Valley Mall
6. Discovery Center 7. Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley 8. Iron Pigs Stadium/Phillies AAA Team

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, open selected Saturdays
8:15am-4:45pm
610-758-3100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9:45am 2:00 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Lehigh Valley International Airport is a 10-minute drive from campus. Taxi and limousine service is available for the ride from the airport to campus. LANTA metro bus service connects the Lehigh Valley. TRACS Service (campus van and shuttle service) provides transportation to and from University buildings and neighborhoods adjacent to campus. Carl R. Beiber Tourways and Trans-Bridge Line provide daily bus service to major metropolitan areas including Philadelphia and New York City.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Route I-78 East or West: From Route I-78: Take the Hellertown/Bethlehem exit 67 (formerly 21). From the east: Go straight at the end of the exit ramp across Route 412 onto Silvex Road (between Wendy's and Turkey Hill). From the west: Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 412 North (Main Street). Turn left at the traffic light at Silvex Road. Continue on Silvex under the railroad overpass and across the creek. Saucon Park will be on your right. Go straight under I-78 and continue to William Street (you will see a sign for the Asa Packer Campus). At the stop sign go straight across William Street to College Drive. The athletic facilities of Lehigh's Murray Goodman Campus will be on your left. Turn right at the stop sign on Mountain Drive South and continue back under I-78 and through the next stop sign. Follow the Lehigh University directional signs for the Asa Packer Campus. Bear left at the fork at the top of the mountain. The entrance to Lehigh's Mountaintop Campus will be on your right. Continue on Mountain Drive through the first stop sign. Stay right at the fork past Lehigh's Sayre Fields and continue through the stop sign. Take the first left through the stone gates onto Upper Sayre Park Road. Follow Upper Sayre Park Road down the mountain. Turn left at the stop sign facing Taylor College (the tan residence). About 50 feet ahead is the next stop sign. Turn left onto University Drive and bear right where the road circles around Trembley Park Apartments. At the stop sign, go straight down the hill. At the next stop sign, turn right into the parking entrance for Admissions visitors. You will see the Alumni Memorial Building. The Admissions Office is located on the first floor. The 4.5-mile drive should take approximately 10 minutes from the I-78 exit. For additional driving directions visit www.lehigh.edu/directions.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Suites located at 120 W. 3rd Street is within walking distance to campus (610.882.9700). The Hotel Bethlehem (610.625.5000) is located downtown in historic Bethlehem and only a short distance from campus. Marriott Courtyard (610.317.6200), Marriott-Fairfield Inn (610.867.8681) and Marriott-Residence Inn (610.317.2662) are located nearby and are only a short drive (less than 10 minutes) to campus. The Sheraton Four Point-Lehigh Valley (610.266.1000) is located next to the Lehigh Valley International Airport approximately 10 minutes away. Bed and Breakfast options include Sayre Mansion Inn (610.882.2100), Morningstar Inn (610.867.2300), and Wydnor Hall Inn (800.839.0020) all located in Bethlehem, PA. For more information visit www.lehigh.edu/visitinglehigh and click on the Where to Stay Option.
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Key Stats

11,512
Applicants
5,062
Size
34%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists