Charles Russ Richards was president when the first graduate degrees were awarded to women. Lehigh faced a shortage of students from 1929 to 1936 as a result of the Depression, but the newly established office of admissions, as well as university scholarships, fellowships and deferred tuition payments, helped ease the decline.
Changing concepts of education were evident in several newly organized academic offerings: philosophy, music, psychology, journalism, history and fine arts. The majors system was instituted, as were the senior comprehensive examinations in the Arts College. The placement bureau, a public relations office and a student health service were organized.
The Alumni Memorial Building, a memorial to alumni who served in World War I, and Packard Laboratory were both completed in 1925. A major addition to Linderman Library was completed the same decade.