Applying to Lehigh
If you're ready to join an intellectual community where your passion for discovery meets endless possibilities, it's time to apply to Lehigh.
Application Requirements, Deadlines & Process
Once your application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you designated on your application.
All required supplemental application documents must be submitted through Common Application or Coalition Application.
If it has been more than seven business days since you submitted your application and you have not received a confirmation email, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 758-3100. In your email, please include your full name, address and date of birth as provided in your application.
Test Optional Policy
Lehigh will extend the test optional policy for admission indefinitely while continuing to evaluate its impact. This allows first-year applicants (with the exception of applicants to the accelerated program with SUNY Optometry) and transfer applicants to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT test scores for consideration.
We urge students to consider how they can best demonstrate their college readiness and academic strengths. For some students standardized tests will reflect their ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment, so we encourage prospective students to take the SAT or ACT and determine if the score reflects an accurate picture of their college readiness. However, other students may instead choose to provide evidence of their capabilities through other ways including curriculum choices, classroom performance, extracurricular involvement and teacher recommendations.
Results from an English proficiency assessment must be submitted for non-US citizens unless the applicant’s first language is English, or the last two full years (not including current year of study) of completed formal instruction have been in English.
The Lehigh Approach
The Office of Admissions reviews applications holistically based upon the information we receive for each individual student. Each year we seek to enroll students who will thrive in Lehigh’s rigorous academic environment, and will contribute to our vibrant community in different ways. A diverse educational community benefits all, and so we value students who represent a variety of academic interests, different backgrounds, life experiences, perspectives and talents.
Our holistic review recognizes the individual’s characteristics and achievements—which can be found in the school transcript, recommendations, essays, extracurricular accomplishments, leadership experiences, and other factors which might be unique to the applicant. We also take into consideration the influence of the environments in which a student lives and learns has on the individual—noted in the school profile, student’s personal background and more.
Flexibility for COVID-19 Circumstances
As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Lehigh understands that students have experienced a variety of challenges - from changes in the educational systems and AP exam policies, to financial and personal losses for families. Please keep in mind that the following measures are in place and should assure you of our commitment to students:
- We will utilize a test optional policy for the SAT or ACT indefinitely.
- Flexibility with alternative grading methods: Lehigh’s Office of Admissions will continue to review transcripts based on the individual school’s practices and policies during our review process. Alternative grading methods being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic will be honored in the same manner as the school’s traditional grading scale.
- Scores from the new online format for AP exams will be honored according to our existing policies.
Lehigh will continue to act with sensitivity as schools and families make decisions that best suit their students. You can find continued updates on the COVID-19 Information Center.
- Start early
to give yourself ample time to get through the college selection and application process.
- Consider all that you want us to know about you
and then make sure that each is reflected somewhere in your application.
- Authenticity is the key
to submitting an application that stands out. Focus less on fitting in a box and more on sharing who you are.
- Check application for accuracy and completeness
and ensure that all required items have been submitted.
- Be aware of deadlines
and consider submitting your application days or even weeks before the due date.
After You've Applied
First, Save that Confirmation Email
Once your application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you designated in the application platform. This email contains instructions on how to open your Applicant Portal. If more than seven business days have passed since you submitted your application and you have not received an email, contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or (610) 758-3100. Please provide your full name, address and date of birth as provided to us on your application.
Next, Access the Applicant Portal
Visit the Applicant Portal to make sure we are not missing any of your documents. If you have not yet opened your Applicant Portal, please refer to the instructions on your confirmation email. If we are missing any of your documents, submit those forms through the Document Upload Center. We do not accept missing documents attached to an email. Please note that, due to the significant surge in applications and materials from December 25 to January 8, it may take 5-7 days for items to appear as received on your checklist.
Look for Emails, Letters and Applicant Portal Announcements
We send important information regarding applications for admissions and financial aid, from incomplete notifications to final decisions. If we extend an offer for you to join the Lehigh community, it will include instructions for accessing the Admitted Student Portal, where you can pay your deposit, learn about upcoming events and more.
Applicant and Admitted Student Questions
As with any process, you might find you have some questions along the way. Check out our FAQs below for answers before giving the Office of Admissions a call.
We recommend that students send in whichever scores they believe best represent their abilities. Students are welcome to submit multiple scores from multiple test dates. In the evaluation process, the highest score in each category for the SAT and/or ACT will be used regardless of the test date. In cases where students have taken both the "old" and the "redesigned" SAT, tests will be super-scored within the respective exams but not across them, i.e. "old" with "old" and "redesigned" with "redesigned" but not "old" with "redesigned."
The course work or units required for admission represent the equivalent of the usual four-year college preparatory curriculum. Minimum course work requirements can be misleading since most students who gain admission to Lehigh University exceed the minimum course work.
MINIMUM SUBJECT MATTER REQUIREMENTS
Foreign Language1: 2
Social Science: 2
Laboratory Science: 2
College Preparatory Mathematics: 3
Elective Subjects: 3
Total Credits: 16
1Only in exceptional cases, and for otherwise well-qualified candidates, will the Committee on Admissions waive the Foreign Language requirement for admission to any one of the four undergraduate colleges.
While there are many elements that go into Lehigh’s holistic application review, the Committee on Admissions will be aware of things such as (in no particular order):
- Rank or relative rank in class
- The student’s grades within the context of the school environment
- Evidence of improvement or deterioration in grades during the secondary school career with particular attention paid to performance in senior year courses
- The quality of performance in courses that relate to the student’s anticipated area of study
- The difficulty of courses taken with special attention given to courses recognized as accelerated by national academic organizations
- Comments and recommendations from the principal, headmaster, guidance counselor, teachers, or other professional educators within the school system
- Extra-curricular/work experience with particular emphasis placed on demonstrated leadership
- Demonstrated interest in Lehigh University
First, check your spam folder for this email. If you still do not have this acknowledgment email and you applied after August 15, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 758-3100. If you applied prior to August 15, you should receive an email by the beginning of September.
Interviews are not required for admission to Lehigh. Interviews are designed for students who have specific questions about Lehigh that can be best addressed in an individual setting and/or for those who want to provide context for information that will be in their application. All interviews at Lehigh are evaluative and thus become part of an application, but are not required for admission.
Lehigh has two rounds of binding Early Decision, as well as Regular Decision and Transfer application opportunities. Take the next step to your future, apply now.
Early Decision I
Deadline: November 1
Decision Date: Mid December
Early Decision II
Deadline: January 1
Decision Date: Mid February
Deadline: January 1
Decision Date: Late March
Deadline: January 1
Decision Date: Early April
Transfer Student (Fall)
Deadline: April 1
Decision Date: Mid May
Transfer Student (Spring)
Deadline: November 1
Decision Date: Late December