Lehigh University
Lehigh University
About Lehigh

Lehigh At A Glance

Recognized among the nation's premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Our small size, ideal student-to-faculty ratio and vibrant campus allow students to collaborate on projects in and out of the classroom.

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Fast Facts


1865 by Asa Packer, an industrial pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist


Regionally Accredited, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Student Body:

4,904 undergraduates (55% men, 45% women) and
2,057 graduate students (54% men, 46% women)

4 Colleges:

College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and College of Education

Lehigh Endowment:

$1 billion (2012 fiscal year)
Learn more about the endowment >

Athletics Program:

25 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women, 40 intramural and club sports

Student Profile
Campus Life & Community
  • Map showing Pennsylvania's location in the United States

    Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic community that is a short drive from New York City and Philadelphia. Over 800,000 people live in the region.

    SIZE OF CAMPUS: 2,358 acres. The Asa Packer Campus, Mountaintop Campus and Murray H. Goodman Campus are contiguous.

  • 28
    Average Class Size

    81% of classes have fewer than 35 students

    Student-To-Faculty Ratio

    Programs And Courses Offered

    90 Undergraduate degrees and programs
    12 Degrees at the undergraduate & advanced level

    4,904Undergraduates Enrolled At Lehigh This Fall

    Pie chart showing 35% undergraduates enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences and 36% enrolled in P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
    • College of Arts & Sciences - 35%
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences - 36%
    • College of Business & Economics - 25%
    • Computer Science & Business - 3%
    • Arts & Engineering - 1%
  • 12,589
    High School Students Applied To Lehigh Last Year


    Middle 50% Of Students Offered Admissions

    620-720 Verbal
    670-755 Math

    *ACT ranges not required.

    Pie chart showing ethnicity of students by percentage
    • White - 68%
    • Hispanic - 8%
    • Nonresident Aliens - 7%
    • Asian or Pacific Islander - 7%
    • Black, non-Hispanic - 3%
    • Two or more races - 3%
    • Race/ethnicity unknown - 3%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native - <1%
    Pie chart showing the states and countries where students come from
    • PA - 25%
    • NJ - 23%
    • NY - 15%
    • Other U.S. states and territories - 16%
    • Other countries - 7%
    • CT - 5%
    • MA - 4%
    • CA - 3%
    • MD - 2%
  • Student life at Lehigh integrates academics with a vibrant array of organizations and activities, leadership development, residential life, the arts, athletics, and exciting community service opportunities.

    The safety and security of our community is our top priority. The Lehigh University Police Department is accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

    Pie chart showing percentages for different types of extracurricular participation
    • Overall Extracurricular Participation - 96%
    • On Campus Events (Zoellner, movies, etc.) - 78%
    • Volunteering/Community Service - 66%
    • Multicultural Events - 43%
    • Intramural/Recreational Athletics - 43%
    • Religious Groups/Activities - 36%
    • Political Activities - 30%
Faculty & Research
Costs & Aid
After Graduation
  • Lehigh faculty members are world-class scholars who are known for their excellence in research.

    506 full-time professors teach at Lehigh.

    96% of Lehigh faculty hold the terminal degree in their field.

    69% of full-time faculty are tenured.

    Pie chart showing the faculty breakdown by college
    • College of Arts & Sciences - 49%
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences - 28%
    • College of Business & Economics - 16%
    • College of Education - 7%
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    undergraduates take part in research every year

    research grants awarded to Lehigh faculty by external funding agencies

    784 students were employed in faculty projects (undergraduate and graduate)

    45 student projects
    were supported from Spring 2012-Spring 2013 by the Dale S. Strohl '58 Awards for Research Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences
    55 students received grants for their own projects

  • $44,520

    room and board

    technology fee

    books, fees and miscellaneous expenses:
    Approximately $2,065 per year. Additional laboratory fee of $480 for engineering and science majors.

    $67 million
    grants and scholarships

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    Lehigh offers competitive financial aid packages that are awarded on a need- and merit- based system.

    $34,180 typical financial aid package

    More Than
    50% of our students receive financial aid

  • United Nations icon

    The Lehigh University United National Partnership offers 56 U.N.-related programs every year. Lehigh was just the 6th university in the world to have earned NGO (non-governmental organization) status from the U.N.'s Office of Public Information.

    number of alumni who live overseas spanning six continents

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    43 students served distinctive, individually designed internships in 15 countries through the Iacocca International Internship program.

    study abroad programs in
    Pie chart depicting percentage of graduating class who had an international experience

    40% of the Class of 2014 studied overseas at least once.

  • 97% of Lehigh Graduates

    are employed or attending graduate school within 6 months of graduation

    More than 247 companies, representing a wide range of industries, visited campus to recruit Lehigh students.

    median starting salary for Lehigh graduates

    3rd FOR SALARY POTENTIAL IN NORTHEAST (behind Princeton, West Point and tied with MIT)

    Pie chart depicting what Lehigh graduates did after graduation
    • Employment - 66%
    • Further Schooling - 29%
    • Military and Other - 2%
    • Still Seeking - 3%

    Lehigh's overall College Return on Investment Rank is 39th out of 1,511 colleges and universities nationwide. Among private, not-for-profit universities, Lehigh is ranked 24th out of 607. Judging by mid-career salary rank for private schools, Lehigh is ranked 5th out of 606 institutions.