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If you're ready to join an intellectual community where your passion for discovery meets endless possibilities, it's time to apply to Lehigh.
Lehigh accepts the Common Application, so please follow the procedures on the Common Application Website to complete your application.
To submit any additional or missing documents, please utilize the LU FileSender.
Once your application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you designated on your Common Application within one week. 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 email@example.com or (610) 758-3100. In your email, please include your full name, address and date of birth as provided in your application.
Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic for in-person testing of the SAT and ACT, and the recent announcement that The College Board is no longer planning to offer an at-home administration of the SAT, Lehigh University will adopt a test optional policy for the SAT/ACT during the 2020-21 year. With the exception of prospective student-athletes, first-year and transfer applicants for the fall 2021 semester can choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT test scores for consideration. It is still necessary for student-athletes to submit either SAT or ACT scores as required to calculate the Patriot League Academic Index. International students who attend schools where English is not the primary language of instruction will still be required to submit results from either the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exams. Lehigh University remains committed to the notion of reviewing the entire person in its admissions process. This holistic philosophy allows us to consider a host of variables, including rigor of curriculum, classroom performance over time, personal and academic context, contributions made to one’s school setting and community, standardized testing (if submitted), letters of support, and responses to the personal essay. As we have historically, we will continue to consider the entire person regarding admissions decisions.
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:
As the world adjusts to the current circumstances 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 webpage.
The Committee on Admissions reviews applications holistically, taking into account (in no particular order):
Once your application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you designated on your Common Application. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 758-3100. Please provide your full name, address and date of birth as provided to us on your application.
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, submit those forms through the LU FileSender. 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.
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.
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.
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 three 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):
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 email@example.com or (610) 758-3100. If you applied prior to August 15, you should receive an email by the beginning of September.
Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer are the preferred browsers to use when uploading to LU FileSender.
In some cases if you are using Google Chrome or Apple Safari you will have an error message appear once you select "Drop off Files." In these browsers, after you select "Drop off Files" a pop-up screen appears asking if you want to leave the page and warning that the drop-off will be abandoned if you leave the page. You should select the “Leave the Page” option. The browser is trying to take you to the confirmation page because your upload was successful. If you select “Stay on the Page,” your upload will not actually complete. If you have already clicked through this pop-up and are currently looking at the loading status bar, simply refresh the page, upload the file again, and click "Leave this Page" when the pop-up appears.
If the issue persists please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-758-3100.
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.
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