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.

We understand that many of our prospective students are still facing challenges due to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as the natural disasters in California, Mexico and South Asia and wildfires in Southern California, and we extend our thoughts. If any situation beyond your control – a natural disaster, political turmoil, cancellation of test dates, etc. – have presented a hardship to you, your family or your school, please contact us so we can work together regarding your application.

Application Requirements, Deadlines & Process

Lehigh accepts the Common Application, so please follow the procedures on the Common Application Website to complete your application.

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 admissions@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-3100. In your email, please include your full name, address and date of birth as provided in your application.

Application Tips

  • 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.

The Lehigh Approach

The Committee on Admissions reviews applications holistically, taking into account (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, school 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

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 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 admissions@lehigh.edu 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, 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.

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

English: 4

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):

  • 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 admissions@lehigh.edu 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 admissions@lehigh.edu or 610-758-3100.

Your user ID is the email address you provided on your Common Application. If you cannot remember your password, please contact the Office of Admissions to reset your password.

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.

Application Deadlines

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 1

Deadline: November 15

Decision Date: Mid December

Early Decision 2

Deadline: January 1

Decision Date: Mid February

Regular Decision 

Deadline: January 1

Decision Date: Late March

7-Yr BA/DMD-Bio-Dental

Deadline: January 1

Decision Date: Early April

7-Yr Optometry

Deadline: January 1

Decision Date: Early April

Transfer Student (Fall)

Deadline: February 15

Decision Date: Mid May

 

Admissions Statistics

Class of 2021 Profile

View the stats on our first-year class, including application and admittance numbers, average SATs and ACTs and more.