Aerial view of old Bethlehem SteelStacks
Lehigh and the Community

Lehigh & the Community

Since Lehigh University first opened its doors in 1865, it has been inextricably tied to South Bethlehem, the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region. Rich in history and steeped in cultural tradition, the area continues to be an outstanding home for the university, which derives much of its inspiration and enthusiasm from its neighbors. Lehigh, Lehigh's students, staff and faculty are committed to helping the community invigorate its neighborhoods, redefine economic prosperity and address a full range of critical social issues. Already deeply entrenched in the community, Lehigh strives to be a good neighbor and a partner in the renaissance of Bethlehem.


employees at Lehigh—the largest employer in Bethlehem


invested in startups through the Keystone Innovation Zone program in five years


average annual GoldPLUS sales in South Bethlehem


athletes participated in the C.O.A.C.H. program in 2015-16

Broughal Middle School

One essential way Lehigh fulfills its mission of research, teaching and service is through a partnership with Broughal Middle School as part of the Community School initiative. Lehigh is helping Broughal meet the needs of students through academic support and enrichment programs, tutoring, coordinated health and wellness, and enhanced parent education. The program serves students and families by bringing all of these critical areas into the school, which children and families view as a safe and nurturing environment.