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Career Placement: Class of 2012

Recruiters from top firms don't need a Google map to find Lehigh. Last year, over 260 top companies - representing a wide range of industries - visited campus to recruit Lehigh students.

Salary and placement data for the Lehigh University Class of 2012 was obtained through a survey of the students who received bachelor’s degrees between January and December 2012. The survey was conducted January 2012–January 2013 by Career Services. Of the 1,022 bachelor’s degree recipients, 90% responded to the survey. Typical response to similar surveys conducted at other colleges and universities nationwide is 60-65%.

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Placement

All Majors:  
Employment: 63%
Further Schooling1: 30%
Military and Other2: 4%
Still Seeking: 3%
Arts and Sciences:  
Employment: 41%
Further Schooling1: 42%
President's Scholar: 8%
Military and Other2: 6%
Still Seeking: 3%
Business and Economics:  
Employment: 85%
Further Schooling1: 7%
President's Scholar: 2%
Military and Other2: 2%
Still Seeking: 4%
Engineering and Applied Science:  
Employment: 70%
Further Schooling1: 23%
President's Scholar: 4%
Military and Other2: 1%
Still Seeking: 2%

On-Campus Interviewing, Employment Listings, and Experiential Education

Recruiting Organizations3: 247
Interviews: 2,557
Full-time Employment Listings4: 3,349
Employers Providing Listings5: 1,134
Internships and Co-op Listings: 1,021

 

1 Includes Lehigh President’s Scholars. Under this program, students who graduate with a GPA of 3.75 or higher may qualify to take a fifth year of classes tuition-free.
2 Other includes volunteer, travel, temporary or part-time employment, and non-employment by choice.
3 Includes only employers who conducted interviews on campus.
4 On- and off-campus listings.
5 Includes only employers who conducted interviews off campus.

2012 Employment

How the Class of 2012 Got Their Jobs
Lehigh University Career Information Exchange (LUCIE): 42%
Summer Job, Co-op, Internship: 26%
Referral (faculty, alumni, family, friend): 9%
Web/Internet: 8%
Career Fair: 3%
Independent Contact: 1%
Classified Ad: 1%
Employment Agency: 1%
Other: 9%
Starting Locations
New York 39%
Pennsylvania 23%
New Jersey 11%
Outside of U.S. 4%
California 3%
Metro DC 3%
Connecticut 2%
Massachusetts 2%
Texas 2%
Other 11%

2012 Continuing Education

Graduate and Professional School Choices
Business 8%
Education 11%
Engineering 26%
Health Professions 10%
Humanities and Social Sciences 25%
Law 7%
Natural Sciences 13%

30% of the respondents from the Lehigh Class of 2012 chose to attend graduate or professional school. This 30% also includes Lehigh President's Scholars.

86% of the Lehigh class of 2012 candidates who applied to allopathic (M.D.) medical schools with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.68 or better and an MCAT score of 30 or above were accepted. (3.68 GPA/ 30 MCAT were the national averages of students accepted into medical schools.)

Typically, nationwide 78% of seniors who applied to law school were accepted to one or more schools. At Lehigh, this acceptance rate is approximately 89%.

Schools Where Lehigh Graduates Matriculated (partial listing)
University of Arizona
Boston University
Brown University
University of California, Los Angeles
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Chicago
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University Law School
University of Illinois
Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Michigan
University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
New York University School of Law
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Princeton University
UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
University of Southern California
Vanderbilt Law School
University of Virginia School of Law
William & Mary Law School
Yale School of Medicine

Top Employers

Rank 2012 Top 2012 Employer List 2012 Total 2002-2012
1 Pricewaterhouse Coopers 26 206
2 IBM Corporation 24 118
3 Ernst & Young 23 202
4 KPMG, LLP 11 203
5 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. 10 33
6 JPMorgan Chase & Co. 9 74
7 Lehigh University 8 39
8 W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. 7 24
9 Grant Thornton 6 22
9 Lockheed Martin Corporation 6 78
11 FLSmidth, Inc. 5 16
12 Deloitte & Touche, LLP 4 75
12 Deutsche Bank 4 38
12 Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. 4 19
12 MediaMind 4 4
12 PPL Electric Utilities Corp. 4 11
12 The Vanguard Group 4 25
18 Citigroup, Inc. 3 27
18 DuPont 3 15
18 ExxonMobil Corporation 3 27
18 Fidelity Investments 3 8
18 General Electric 3 13
18 Huron Consulting Group 3 24
18 Kiewit Corporation 3 23
18 Merck & Co. 3 27
18 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. 3 6
18 NYSE Euronext 3 13
18 Rodale, Inc. 3 9
18 Rothstein, Kass & Co. 3 44
18 VaynerMedia 3 3

Mean Starting Salaries

College of Arts & Sciences Mean Starting Salary Actual Salary Range
Humanities & Social Sciences $44,119 $80,000-26,000
Mathematics & Natural Sciences $53,325 $65,000-25,000
College of Business & Econonics Mean Starting Salary Actual Salary Range
Accounting $56,772 $70,000-48,000
Business Information Systems $63,000 $70,000-60,000
Computer Science & Business $60,625 $67,500-55,000
Economics $64,833 $70,000-57,500
Finance $58,909 $75,000-35,000
Marketing $48,038 $67,000-35,000
Supply Chain Management $59,333 $67,000-45,000
College of Engineering & Applied Science Mean Starting Salary Actual Salary Range
Bioengineering $64,333 $65,000-63,000
Chemical Engineering $67,699 $92,000-60,000
Civil/Environmental Engineering $57,551 $68,000-50,000
Computer Engineering $59,250 $62,000-55,000
Computer Science $59,375 $70,000-49,500
Electrical Engineering $79,333 $100,000-68,000
Industrial Engineering $60,875 $70,000-55,000
Information Systems & Engineering $65,667 $72,000-60,000
Materials Science & Engineering $58,250 $65,000-53,000
Mechanical Engineering $60,933 $80,000-50,000

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