Lehigh University campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
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


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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/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

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Optometry Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • 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

Students Say

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 can be found in plenty, 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, 96 percent of students are employed or in graduates 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.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

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

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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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 $60,400 for Lehigh graduates.

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."


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

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Bottom Line

For the 2015–16 academic year, Lehigh tuition stands at $45,860. Room and board comes to $12,280. Adding those up with fees, books, and supplies gives a grand total of $59,510. 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



44% female
56% male
74% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

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

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

This is a truly beautiful school and "a great compact campus that you can walk" the entirety of. 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 to 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."

Special Needs Admissions

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Cheryl A. Ashcroft

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

40% join a fraternity
45% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

59% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mountain Hawks)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Mountain Hawks)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

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



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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

10:15am 2:15 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


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), 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.