Lehigh University

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This is Lehigh

Undeniably Lehigh

Recognized among the nation’s premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students.

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20+

interdisciplinary programs spanning multiple colleges

$59,200

average starting salary of 2015 graduates

10:1

student-to-faculty ratio

6th

university in the world recognized as an NGO by the United Nations

98%

of students have an internship or co-op experience while at Lehigh

1,050+

undergraduate students involved in research

100+

undergraduate degree programs and majors

29

average class size

1,979

graduate students

16

themed residential communities

5,080

undergraduate students

2,358

acre campus on three contiguous campuses

65,000+

hours of community service performed by the Lehigh community

25

NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women

150+

clubs, plus 43 intramural and club sports and 31 fraternities and sororities

99%

of Lehigh students participate in an extracurricular activity

250

Study abroad programs in 74 countries

43%

of the Class of 2016 studied overseas at least once

79

countries represented within our campus community

100+

fully funded internship opportunities around the world

96%

of the Class of 2015 achieved career-related employment, entered graduate school or landed other opportunities within their plan

3,130

interviews held on campus

3,000+

full-time positions and internships posted on Lehigh's Center for Career & Professional Development job board

77,000

graduates in the Lehigh alumni network

Stephanie Ruhle is Lehigh Commencement speaker

MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle to deliver 2017 commencement address

The Lehigh graduate was a managing director in global markets for Deutsche Bank before launching high-profile career in journalism.

By suppressing the noise of its wings at certain sound frequencies, says Justin Jaworski, the owl is able to fly soundlessly and surprise its prey. (Image courtesy of iStock / Wendi Evans)

Owl-inspired Design Cuts Wind Turbine Noise

Researchers also hope to improve the design of planes, cars and underwater vehicles.

An artist’s rendering of the concept of brain circuitry. Chao Zhou and Yevgeny Berdichevsky use noninvasive, ultrahigh-speed biomedical imaging technology to gain a dynamic understanding of brain function. (Image courtesy of iStock / D3Damon)

Illuminating the Circuitry of the Brain

Lehigh bioengineers are first to use OCT to examine neuron-to-neuron communication in live tissue.

Inspired Research

Quantum Dots by Nature

Quantum dots are used in transistors, solar cells, LEDs, lasers and medical imaging. Current industrial production processes are time-consuming and environmentally unfriendly. Three Lehigh researchers have found a better, more natural approach.

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Leaders with Purpose

From the classroom to the community, here on campus and around the world, Lehigh students, faculty and alumni are working to enact positive change.

  • Everyday Leaders

    Pursuing Passions

    Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum ’13 led Lehigh’s upset win over Duke in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and was the first Lehigh player to be selected in the NBA draft. McCollum, who studied journalism at Lehigh, has said that he hopes to become a broadcast journalist after his career in the NBA. Through C.J.’s Press Pass, McCollum provides season-long internships to aspiring journalists in Portland high schools.

    C.J. McCollum at a Lehigh basketball game
  • Everyday Leaders

    Unifying a Community

    Chester Toye ’17 spent the 2014-2015 academic year capturing students’ images in black and white for a public art project that he hoped would unify students and improve the campus climate. Toye used his photography skills to create student portraits that reflect Lehigh’s diverse student population. The images carry no text and no names. When people view them, he said, “I just want them to see people for people.”

    Chester Toye ’17
  • Everyday Leaders

    Diving In

    Swimmer Kaitlyn Ruffing ’17 came to Lehigh wanting to do as many things as possible, and she has: So far she has qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and is a varsity track athlete, a committed musician and a proud member of the Lehigh Orchestra. The Dean’s List student double-majoring in music and biology has her sights set on medical school.

    Kaitlyn Ruffing ’17 swimming underwater

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