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Academics

Located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, Lehigh University offers students a long history of traditions, more than 100 majors and programs, and "the ability to collaborate with other students across different fields of study." The coursework here is difficult—"keeping even the brightest students on their toes"—but "the kinship formed through the struggle and triumph are irreplaceable." Research opportunities are abundant, study abroad is wildly popular, and a strong engineering school and business school do "an amazing job making sure everyone gets high-paying internships junior year and jobs after college" (in fact, 95 percent of students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation).

The professors are "very intellectual beings who are also very interesting as people": "knowledgeable, available, and some are even awakening." They are incredibly accessible, and "always give students their emails, mail boxes, phone numbers, and sometimes even cell phone numbers." "Make sure to get to know them outside of the classroom since they often give out career advice," advises a student. The cross-disciplinary programs that Lehigh offers (such as the IDEAS program, which integrates arts and engineering) are "beyond what many other institutions provide." Resources are in good supply at Lehigh; for example, there are tutors "consistently available to assist students in any subject they are struggling with." In addition to having world-class facilities, students are "encouraged by those around them to become involved in research," which is just one component in the awesome "return on investment" that so many speak of as the great perk of attending Lehigh.

Student Body

The student body at Lehigh is "extremely hard-working, both academically and socially." "We work hard and have fun doing it," says a student. This group is "fairly affluent" and a majority of the students are from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, but "Lehigh prides itself on its search for diversity." The utter respect that Mountain Hawks have for their fellow students is admirable: "The best part about the people around me is the common bond of intelligence," says a student. "No matter what another student is doing, whether it be marching band, or joining a fraternity or a sorority, I know that every student on this campus is an intellectual."

Campus Life

This is a truly beautiful school and "a great compact campus that you can walk." There is "never a dull moment" because everyone here is "always working on a project or a class or something they're independently creating." Over 150 different clubs and organizations make it easy to get involved, and Lehigh is "big into Greek life." There are "so many events, guest speakers, athletic competitions, student groups, and alcohol-free/drug-free After Dark events" that students can't even conceive of doing it all. It's also not unusual for groups of friends to plan activities at this collaborative school: "In the past few weeks I've had snowball fights, gone hiking, eaten dinner with friends, and gone ice skating."

Lehigh is a both-ends-of-the candle school, and typically students spend "countless hours" in the library and then relax by going out at night; "even the kids who are in the hardest classes and wake up at 7:00 a.m . to study are going hard at these parties." "Everyone gets a true college experience," says a student. Not only are students double and sometimes triple majors in various fields, but "many are also varsity athletes, have multiple minors, and are heavily involved in some type of organization or club on campus."

Overview

Applicants
13,871
Acceptance Rate
25%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 730

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 760

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
699
with Terminal Degree
578

431
Men
268
Women
132
Minority
31
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Science.
  • 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics.
  • Engineering Physics/Applied 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.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Optometry Studies.
  • Public Health, Other.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization.
  • Cognitive Science.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • 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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Catherine Engelbert, '86
Chairman and CEO, Deloitte LLP

Marty Baron, '76
Executive Editor, The Washington Post

Richard A. Hayne, '69
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Urban Outfitters

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

C.J. McCollum, '13
National Basketball Association, Portland Trailblazers

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

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$65,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$133,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$66,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$135,900

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
52%


Students Say

Lehigh University's priority “is giving students the best chance for professional success.” The Center for Career & Professional Development works with students on their individual plan at every step of the way, and 95 percent of students fulfill ones of the outcomes they had laid out, whether that be employment, graduate school, or other opportunities. Fall and spring career expos help students make connections, career coaches are embedded in each of the undergraduate colleges, and the alumni network “always reaches out to the school and are willing to help out current students.” Currently, the school has over three thousand full-time positions and internships posted on the CCPD's job board. Of the Lehigh University alumni visiting PayScale.com, 46 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

At Lehigh, students chart their own course. An emphasis on experiential learning opportunities doesn't just teach skills but helps students discover what they want to do with their education. "There are myriad opportunities available in all fields!" a political science major told us. "Lehigh is known for engineering, but all programs and organizations are extremely dedicated to what they do." The university explained, "The Center for Career & Professional Development works closely with students to develop multiple career-related experiential opportunities prior to graduating. Sometimes these experiences can solidify one's choice of major, or create an opportunity to explore another career field that might be a better fit." For Ashley Pritchard, a project manager at the Friedrich Naumann Institute in Myanmar, this support and encouragement was one of her most valuable experiences at Lehigh: "I was an undergraduate student with no idea what I would major in, and Lehigh gave me the support and guidance I needed not only to find my way, but also to maneuver between colleges. While at Lehigh, I took courses in the Business School, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences and explored my interests through academics and with professors who helped me map where I could utilize my learning after graduation. In the end, I managed to pick up a major or minor from each! Most schools do not offer this opportunity or flexibility and certainly didn't offer the support." Through study abroad and internship opportunities, Pritchard, who double majored in economics and political science and minored in engineering, explained, "I was awakened to a larger world—and one that I would later go on to explore myself! My best experiences at Lehigh were those that taught me the life lessons that have distinguished me from other colleagues ‘in the real world,' and provided me with the opportunity to excel in my professional career."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,234

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,472

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,073

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,440

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,499

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,320
Required Fees
$420
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,120
Comprehensive Fee

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

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,075
Foreign Countries Represented
62

Demographics

8.27%
Asian
3.68%
African-American
8.72%
Hispanic
63.77%
Caucasian
3.86%
Unknown
8.58%
International

45% female
55% male
73% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
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

Program / Service Name
Academic Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Maria K. Zullo

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
13

38% 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.

92/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
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

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

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 Farrington Campus Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
South Side/Historic Downtown Bethlehem
Banana Factory Arts Center/Gallery
Steel Stacks/Arts Quest
Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
Iron Pigs Stadium/Phillies AAA Team
Poconos Lehigh Valley Mall Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

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
10:15am 2:15 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: Take the Hellertown/Bethlehem exit 67. 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) and Wydnor Hall Inn (800.839.0020) all located in Bethlehem, PA. For more information visit www.lehigh.edu/visitinglehigh and click on the Explore Bethlehem Option.


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