Your initial college choice at Lehigh is not necessarily a permanent one, but you should try to choose a college where you will get advice and course selections that are most closely aligned with your interests.
Most students who are undecided about a college feel that their interests are quite broad, and they don’t feel ready to commit without further exploration. That’s fine, and you can’t go too far astray in any of our three colleges. For many, the College of Arts and Sciences will provide the greatest flexibility to explore options, and students in arts and sciences can take courses that keep them on track for majors in either business or engineering. While doing that, you can also begin learning more about the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum, which might turn out to be where you choose to stay. In fact, most students who feel undecided about their choice of a college and choose the College of Arts and Sciences as their initial base also choose to stay in arts and sciences.
If you think you want to major in a business subject, you can start in the College of Business and Economics and, along with calculus, take an Introduction to Business to explore the various areas of business, which will help you decide if there’s a business major that appeals to you. If you start in business, you will still take courses in arts and sciences, including humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and build a liberal arts foundation for your professional education. Keep in mind that you can major in economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and students in arts and sciences and in engineering can apply (after enrolling) to the minor in business.
Students who feel a strong affinity to mathematical and technological subjects can start in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. As you take calculus and either chemistry or physics in your first semester, you will also take a course that will help you explore the various areas of engineering and determine if there is one that really appeals to you. As with students in the College of Business and Economics, engineering students will also take courses in arts and sciences and gain a breadth of perspective from courses in humanities and social sciences. Keep in mind that you can major in computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences, and students in arts and sciences and in business can minor in engineering.
Still not sure about your college choice? Get in touch with one of our admissions counselors, and we’ll be glad to help you think it through.