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

Spring Fling

The Spring Fling is one of the cornerstone campus events where Lehigh students perform more than 50,000 hours of community service each year. The springtime carnival provides free food, crafts, games and other attractions to South Bethlehem families, helping to build the relationship between the campus and local community. The event consistently attracts more than 1,000 people and is always a fantastic experience for the volunteers and families alike.