Aerial view of old Bethlehem SteelStacks
Lehigh and the Community

Lehigh & the Community

Since Lehigh University first opened its doors in 1865, it has been inextricably tied to South Bethlehem, the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region. Rich in history and steeped in cultural tradition, the area continues to be an outstanding home for the university, which derives much of its inspiration and enthusiasm from its neighbors. Lehigh, Lehigh's students, staff and faculty are committed to helping the community invigorate its neighborhoods, redefine economic prosperity and address a full range of critical social issues. Already deeply entrenched in the community, Lehigh strives to be a good neighbor and a partner in the renaissance of Bethlehem.

1,849

employees at Lehigh—the largest employer in Bethlehem

$455,000+

invested in startups through the Keystone Innovation Zone program in five years

$800,000+

average annual GoldPLUS sales in South Bethlehem

510

athletes participated in the C.O.A.C.H. program in 2015-16

Leave the Lights On

Nearly 500 light bulbs were provided to the Student Senate by the LUPD and Fifth Street Capital Partners, to support the “Leave the Lights On” project that encourages homeowners and student renters to leave porch lights on for safety.