The Lehigh Community
Co-educational, non-denominational, private
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (50 miles north of Philadelphia and 75 miles southwest of New York City). Located near several major highways and the Lehigh Valley International Airport
Lehigh is comprised of 2,358 acres, making it one of the largest
private universities in the country. The Asa Packer Campus,
Mountaintop Campus, and Murray H. Goodman Campus are contiguous. In
2012, the university received a Stabler Foundation gift of 755 acres in
nearby Upper Saucon Township.
- Main academic campus on the wooded northern slope of South Mountain
- More than 147 buildings with 3.6 million-plus square feet of classroom, laboratory, office and living space
- 180 acres of playing fields
- Half of campus preserved as open space
Lehigh’s Office of Career Services takes an active role in helping students explore professional choices and graduate schools by coordinating networking opportunities with alumni and employers.
Career Services helps all students with career planning, teaches effective job search strategies, and facilitates networking between students, alumni, and employers. Individual counseling and assessment assist students to identify interests, abilities, skills, and work values. Career library holds information on career fields and graduate and professional schools, employer directories, market trends and salary information, and employer files.
Other Services and Resources
- Health and law pre-professional advising is available.
- Alumni serve as career advisers through LUCAN (Lehigh Career Advising Network).
Career Summary & Placement Class of 2010 Graduates
- 96% employed, in graduate school, in the military, traveling or settled into other career-related opportunities within six months of graduation
- 57% employed by over 300 firms including Fortune 500, midsize, and small employers (starting salaries comparable to or greater than national averages)
- 34% enrolled in over 100 highly competitive graduate or professional schools
Full-time, part-time, and summer jobs are posted on Career Services' Web site. Students must register to use this service, which allows them to search jobs by major, employer, and location. In 2010-2011, more than 200 recruiting organizations conducted interviews on campus.
Academic Support is available to students through the Dean of Students Office
The Center for Academic Success provides tutoring in most first-year and second-year courses, as well as assistance with study skills.
The Center for Writing and Math offers assistance with any phase of the writing process and tutoring in math.
The Office of International Education supports international students and scholars in cultural, academic, and immigration matters.
The Dean of Students Office provides peer tutoring in most first year- and sophomore-level courses, an absence-reporting system, academic monitoring programs, academic petitions for special exceptions, academic support services for students with disabilities, and consultation on academic concerns.
Campus Safety and Security
Maintaining a secure environment is very important to the entire Lehigh community. We believe that an effective approach to campus safety includes prevention, education, and the ability to respond.
Health and Well-Being
- The Health and Wellness Center treats most illnesses and injuries and provides health education outreach to students.
- Counseling and Psychological Services provides group and individual assistance to students with psychological, interpersonal, and individual problems.
- The Fitness Center has exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and a pool.
Computing, Library, and Media Services
- 600 public site computers in 23 campus locations
- Widespread wireless access throughout campus
- Wired residences with 100 MBPS, troubleshooting help
- Campus portal with online course registration and more
- Training seminars, Web sites, Help Desk for students
- Central disk space for students with daily backup
- High-performance computing (server, grids, etc.)
- More than 1.2 million volumes
- 12,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions
- 90 scholarly databases (ex: Lexis/Nexis, Chem Abstracts)
- 220,000 U.S. and PA printed government documents
- MyLibrary customized portal for each discipline
- Special Collections: rare books, archives, digital sites
- Digital Media Lab
- International Multimedia
More than 300 Lehigh students from a variety of majors study abroad each year, choosing from more than 200 programs in 60 countries. Lehigh’s campus is just as diverse, becoming home to nearly 500 international students from nearly 50 countries each year.
To enhance Lehigh’s international experience, the Global Union promotes global awareness and cultural understanding within the Lehigh community and the Lehigh Valley. This coalition of more than 25 student clubs and organizations offers more than 50 internationally related cultural, social, and academic programs each year, including the nation’s largest International Week celebration. In addition, the Global Union brings international decision-makers to campus, offers language exchange programs, and visits the United Nations and NATO headquarters. The Global Union has a beautiful lounge that offers a satellite television, with direct connections to programs from many countries around the world. The Global Union’s more than 600 members represent over 30 countries, including the United States.
Residence Halls and Residential Colleges
Student housing is guaranteed at Lehigh through the sophomore year. Most residence halls are doubles, with a limited number of singles and triples. Apartment-style and suite-style living also is available. Special living opportunities include Taylor College (which offers interaction with a faculty resident), the ROTC Service House, the Global Village House, substance-free housing, and the UMOJA House (established to encourage a sense of unity and pride among students of diverse backgrounds at Lehigh). All residence hall rooms are equipped with a digital telephone system, voice mail, high-speed networking with continuous upgrades to capacity, and a high-speed connection to the World Wide Web. View a chart depicting the housing trends of undergraduate students.
The Greek System
Lehigh offers a unique learning environment centered on scholarship, leadership, and service. There are 21 fraternities and nine sororities, of which 38 percent of the men and 39 percent of the women affiliate, respectively.
25 Division I intercollegiate Sports for Men and Women
- Men’s sports: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), wrestling
- Women’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, crew, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), volleyball
- 16,000-seat Goodman Stadium; 5,600-capacity Stabler Arena; newly renovated Grace Hall; fully-equipped Welch Fitness Center in Taylor Gym; Deming Lewis Tennis Center; Rauch Field House; Ulrich Field, a lighted dual field complex with natural grass and artificial turf fields.
- A founding member of the Patriot League, which includes American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, and Navy as all-sports members.
- 40 intramural and club sports.
- 13% of undergraduates participate in varsity athletics.
- 61% of undergraduates take part in intramural sports.
- 21% of undergraduates take part in club sports.
Calling Lehigh "home": Undergraduate students at Lehigh have an array of residential opportunities from which to choose.
Source: Common Data Set, Office of Institutional Research, Fall 2011
Revised: September 2011