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Start your college career with an immersive, inquiry-based semester in the American West and learn from your location, your professors, your peers—and yourself.
Lehigh Launch is an experiential, integrative learning experience for intellectually curious and independent students. This unique first-semester experience is led by Lehigh faculty and staff, is open to students in any major, and costs the same as an on-campus semester (financial aid applies the same as for an on-campus semester as well). Through hands-on learning and challenging coursework in a living-learning community, students will gain new perspectives, grow as individuals and return to Lehigh with the experience and knowledge to succeed.
Spend your semester with Lehigh faculty learning about the literature, earth and environment, and peoples of Wyoming and New Mexico — while you also learn about yourself. Backpacking and canoeing expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) elevate the program's classroom- and field-based learning.
place-based, situated in a living-learning environment
concepts woven together through connective themes
cohort-based learning with collaborative projects and reports
NOLS's Wyss Campus will be home base for the Wyoming portion of the semester.
Backpacking through the Wind River Range with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Southern Methodist University’s Taos campus will be home for the second half of the semester.
Wilderness and wayfinding skills will be part of the curriculum.