Student Life

This is your moment to engage in the life you've always (or never) imagined.

Discovery, challenge and growth aren't limited to the classroom and lab. Students here are involved, accomplished and full of school spirit. From clubs and activities to campus-wide events and the surrounding community of South Bethlehem, opportunities abound. You'll discover things about yourself and the world around you in the big and small moments of everyday campus life.

93%

of Lehigh undergraduate students participate in an extracurricular activity

25

NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women

Campus Beauty

Surround Yourself with Beauty and Tradition

Your walk to class will feature ivy-covered Gothic buildings and the beauty of all four seasons. Whether it’s covered in snow or brilliantly colored fall leaves or alive with vibrant spring and summer blooms, Lehigh’s campus is a classic college setting.

Located at the heart of the Asa Packer campus, the University Center is home to a number of student services offices, a variety of gathering spaces and several dining options.

The Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society (STEPS) building is a state-of-the-art “green” facility that provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for natural and social scientists and engineers.

Linderman Library, with its striking stained glass rotunda and Great Reading Room, ranks high on College Rank’s list of 50 Most Amazing Libraries.

The stately Alumni Memorial building rises on the Asa Packer campus as a tribute to the 46 Lehigh alumni who died in World War I and the 1,921 alumni who served in that war. Here you’ll find Lehigh’s Office of Admissions.

Virtual Tour

Explore Campus from Anywhere

Whether you are preparing for your visit or can’t make it in person, experience our virtual tour and follow the route of the undergraduate admissions tour to see academic and student life buildings.

An Inclusive Community

Rely on Those Around You

College life can be tough. At Lehigh, you will find the resources to help you succeed and plenty of friendly faces ready to support you.

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Lehigh’s administration, faculty and staff foster a supportive and welcoming environment, and many are actively engaged in campus life. President Simon, pictured above speaking to students, even documents his own Lehigh experience on Instagram (@lehighpressimon).

Residence Life

Make Yourself at Home

Life on a college campus offers tremendous opportunity for personal growth and forever friendships. Late-night study sessions, memorable conversations, midnight snacks and impromptu adventures: Even the simplest moments of residence life have the potential to become treasured memories.

Dining

Please Your Palate

Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find a wide range of dining options in our 3 dining halls and 12 retail locations across campus. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher items are available, and Simple Servings stations provide fresh meals with minimally processed ingredients.

Spirit Week

Discover Your New Favorite Week

The days leading up to the Lehigh-Lafayette football game are full of spirit. The Rivalry, as it’s known, is one of the longest-standing and most storied rivalries in college athletics. The two neighboring schools have faced one another since 1884. You’ll see that the excitement hasn’t faded—especially during Spirit Week.

Turkey Trot

A 2.6-mile run and fun walk through campus to the top of “The Hill” and back to the U.C. lawn, the Turkey Trot draws participants from the entire Lehigh community. Some treat it as a serious competition while others bring humor to the race by dressing in costume.

Bed Races

Students form teams, decorate beds and drag race them down the length of Memorial Walk in one of Lehigh’s most treasured and unique traditions. Students at the Baker Institute and Wilbur Powerhouse redesigned the beds in 2014, specifically to be safer than the built-from-scratch ones used in the past.

Eco-flame

The Marching 97, Lehigh’s marching band, marches in and out of classrooms and other campus buildings playing Lehigh fight songs on the Friday of Spirit Week. This beloved tradition began in the 1970s, when Professor Rich Aaronson asked the band to play for his ECO 001 class.

Bonfire

Sponsored by Lehigh After Dark, a program that provides alcohol-free social events, Slowburn is another highlight of Spirit Week. Past bonfires have featured local food trucks, a DJ, giveaways, the Marching 97, cheerleaders and the football team.

Athletics

Get Moving (or Cheering)

It’s not just the walk to class that will keep you fit on our hilly campus. In addition to 25 Division I athletic teams, Lehigh offers plenty of opportunities to get involved with athletics. Whether you’re cheering for or playing on a team, working out at the fitness center or participating in an athletic event, it’s easy to stay active at Lehigh.

Clubs & Organizations

Explore Your Interests

Now’s your chance to do what you love and try some new things, too. Whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved in big and small ways through more than 200 student clubs and organizations.

Arts

Tap Into Your Creative Side

You might arrive at Lehigh with an already well-established appreciation for the arts, or perhaps you haven’t explored them much. Either way, you’re in luck.

Community

Venture Off Campus

Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, Pa., within the Lehigh Valley, which is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. Settled by Moravians in 1741, Bethlehem is rich in history. Today, you’ll find plenty to explore from “restaurant row” to Musikfest, the nation’s largest non-gated free music festival.

SteelStacks

Located on property that was once the historic Bethlehem Steel plant, SteelStacks’ ten-acre campus serves as a community gathering place that each year offers hundreds of concerts, films, festivals and community celebrations.

SouthSide Bethlehem

Lehigh’s home in the SouthSide Arts District offers an eclectic blend of shops, services, restaurants and cafes. Take a walk on the South Bethlehem Greenway, enjoy a delicious lunch or from-scratch dessert or visit the local library.

Downtown Bethlehem

Located just across the Lehigh River, historic downtown Main Street offers dining, shopping and various festivals throughout the year.

Greater Lehigh Valley

Local attractions include The Promenade Shops, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (the Philadelphia Phillies’ AAA team), the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate team), Martin Guitar, the Crayola Factory and more.

Philadelphia and New York City

Both a short drive or bus ride from campus, Philadelphia and New York City offer students ample opportunities for internships, networking events and fun excursions.

Farrington Square

Lehigh’s picturesque campus connects to the South Bethlehem community via Farrington Square, home of the University bookstore, a bagel shop, an ice cream shop and, seasonally the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market.

Pocono Mountains

Adventure awaits just an hour’s drive from campus in the Pocono Mountains, where students can ski, camp, hike and explore the great outdoors.

Community

Embrace Your New Community

Step off campus and discover all that SouthSide Bethlehem has to offer. From exceptional dining and shopping to museums and entertainment, there’s something for everyone.

15+

international cuisines within walking distance

20+

festivals per year

7

colleges within 10 miles

40

The number of programs offered through the Lehigh University United Nations Partnership

8

performing arts venues

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