Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA, USA
4.23 Average Rating

Founded by a local industrialist and philanthropist, Lehigh University is a 4-year private school in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Lehigh is home to colleges of Business, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Health, and Education granting undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic majors. For students who wish to learn in another culture, the university offers fully-funded international internships to work and research overseas. Every fall, Lehigh plays an annual football game with neighboring Lafayette University known as “The Rivalry” and students celebrate with Spirit Week activities such as Bed Races.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
22%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision January 1, 2020
Other January 1, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
22%
Out-Of-State Students
68%
37%
Submitting ACT
63%
Submitting SAT
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
6,849
Total Number of Undergrads
5,047
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
49%
20-39 Students
32%
40-99 Students
15%
100+ Students
2%
0
100
72%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
87%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
9:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$26,782
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$55,490
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$55,490
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$13,600
Books and Supplies
$1000

Aid & Grants

0
100
70%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
50%
Average Aid Per Year
$38,909
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
50%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,864
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$37,543

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
43%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,852
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$23,575
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$251
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
55%
45%
Student Organizations
400
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
65%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Mountain Hawks
School Colors
White/Brown
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Patriot League

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
No
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
New York
Allentown
Philadelphia
Boston
Washington
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
68%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$81,900
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What Students Are Saying

4.23 Average Rating
Lehigh is a beautiful campus with welcoming people but more importantly, a great academic climate. Classes are challanging and exams are difficult but we always have the greatest support from every staf member and faculty. The rigorous classes result in deep learning of the material.
Era from Philadelphia, PA
The campus is amazing and Lehigh has everything I am looking for. I want to be very active in clubs and in the community and I get the impression Lehigh would be able to fulfill that. I did not know about Lehigh until I researched it for softball, and I visited and thought it was amazing.
Jeanine from Forest, VA
Lehigh University is a high functioning and hard playing college. Work hard, play hard should be written on every building. If you're not a fan of the nightlife there, as I am not, it's not too difficult to find something else to do, as long as you have like-minded friends. It can be easy to feel like the only person with these ideals, but persevere and you will find some others. Lehigh gives a phenomenal education, has some really great professors (be sure to use ratemyprofessors.com to check who to take), but you must be aggressive and committed to your own agenda. They have structure to follow and if you need or want to break it, you must be well prepared to deal with backlash. Ask about financial aid early and ask as many questions as you can think of.
Tyler from Red Lion, PA
Lehigh University is strong in engineering and business. Due to this reason, many people are expected to major in engineering and it has become a norm. However, you do have the option to major in the arts and science.
Christy
Lehigh is considered a hidden ivy league. It is one of the best known research universities in the nation. Lehigh is primarily known for its engineering and business colleges, however many of the other disciplines are also well known.
Samantha
The most striking thing about Lehigh University is it's beautiful sloping campus that is in between the downtown Bethlehem area and South Mountain. Furthermore, the academics at Lehigh are challenging but refreshing for any motivated student looking for a challenge. At Lehigh you can always find something to do, be it see a free movie on campus, enjoy the food downtown, or enjoying the benefits of a club or organization you joined.
Kaitlyn from Chambersburg, PA

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