About Lehigh

Lehigh at a Glance

Recognized among the nation's premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Our small size, ideal student-to-faculty ratio and vibrant campus allow students to collaborate on projects in and out of the classroom.

Fast Facts

Founded:

1865 by Asa Packer, an industrial pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist

Accreditation:

Regionally Accredited, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Student Body:

5,075 undergraduates (55% men, 45% women)
1,979 graduate students (55% men, 45% women)

4 Colleges:

College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and College of Education

Lehigh Endowment:

$1.3 billion 
Learn more about the endowment >

Athletics Program:

25 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women, 43 intramural and club sports

 

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Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic community that is a short drive from New York City and Philadelphia. Over 820,000 people live in the region.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 2,358 acres. The Asa Packer Campus, Mountaintop Campus and Murray H. Goodman Campus are contiguous.

29 Average Class Size

80% of classes have 35 or fewer students

9:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
2,300+ Courses Offered

100+ Undergraduate degree programs

5,075
Undergraduates Enrolled At Lehigh This Fall
Pie chart showing 33% undergraduates enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences and 36% enrolled in P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Arts & Sciences - 33%
  • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences - 30%
  • College of Business & Economics - 25%
  • Intercollegiate Programs - 11%
  • Arts & Engineering - 1%
5,075 Undergraduates1,979Graduates
MIDDLE 50% OF STUDENTS OFFERED ADMISSIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2021 SAT RANGES* 640-715Verbal 660-755Math

ACT RANGES 30-33
*New SAT redesigned scale.
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  • ETHNICITY
  • White - 64%
  • Nonresident Alien - 11%
  • Hispanic of any race - 9%
  • Asian - 8%
  • Black or African American - 4%
  • Race/ethnicity unknown - 4%
  • Two or more races - 3%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native - <1%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - <1%
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  • GEOGRAPHY
  • PA - 25%
  • NJ - 24%
  • NY - 15%
  • Other U.S. states and territories - 12%
  • Other countries - 9%
  • MA - 5%
  • CT - 4%
  • CA - 3%
  • MD - 2%
  • FL - 1%

Student life at Lehigh integrates academics with a vibrant array of organizations and activities, leadership development, residential life, the arts, athletics, and exciting community service opportunities.

The safety and security of our community is our top priority. The Lehigh University Police Department is accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

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  • EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION
  • Overall Extracurricular Participation - 96%
  • On Campus Events (Zoellner, movies, etc.) - 78%
  • Volunteering/Community Service - 66%
  • Multicultural Events - 43%
  • Intramural/Recreational Athletics - 43%
  • Religious Groups/Activities - 36%
  • Political Activities - 30%

Lehigh faculty members are world-class scholars who are known for their excellence in research.

540 

full-time professors teach at Lehigh.

96%

of Lehigh faculty hold the terminal degree in their field.

65%

of full-time faculty are tenured.

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  • FACULTY COLLEGE BREAKDOWN
  • College of Arts & Sciences - 49%
  • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences - 28%
  • College of Business & Economics - 16%
  • College of Education - 7%
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1,050+ undergraduates take part in research every year

117 research grants awarded to Lehigh faculty by external funding agencies

784 students were employed in faculty projects (undergraduate and graduate)

45 student projects were supported from Spring 2012-Spring 2013 by the Dale S. Strohl '58 Awards for Research Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences

55 students received grants for their own projects

$52,480 tuition

$7,930 typical first-year housing

$5,670 full meal plan

Additional laboratory fee of $520 for certain programs and majors.

$84 million grants and scholarships

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Lehigh offers competitive financial aid packages that are awarded on a need- and merit- based system.

More Than 50% of our students receive financial aid

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The Lehigh University United National Partnership offers 56 U.N.-related programs every year. Lehigh was just the 6th university in the world to have earned NGO (non-governmental organization) status from the U.N.'s Office of Public Information.

1,600
number of alumni who live overseas spanning six continents
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103 students served distinctive, individually designed internships in 15 countries through the Iacocca International Internship program.

250 study abroad programs in74countries
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43% of the Class of 2016 studied overseas at least once.

96% of the class of 2017

are employed or attending graduate school within 6 months of graduation

422 unique employers hired Lehigh students.

$61K average starting salary of 2017 graduates
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  • PLACEMENT - ALL MAJORS
  • Employment - 68%
  • Graduate School - 24%
  • Other - 4%
  • Still Seeking - 4%