A Successful Link
Bethlehem is a long way from home for senior finance major Ginette Schapira. When she decided four years ago to attend Lehigh, Schapira embarked on a journey that has taken her more than 5,000 miles from Montevideo, Uruguay.
"I was recruited by the head coach at the time, and my aunt lives in New Jersey, so she knew the school and she knew it was really good,” said Schapira, who represented Uruguay in several South American golf championships and international tournaments throughout high school. “Lehigh was the perfect balance between great athletic facilities, great golf and good academics, which was my main goal."
Senior accounting major Gabe Knutson, another student-athlete, came to Lehigh for many of the same reasons as Schapira. Schapira and Knutson are enrolled in two of Lehigh's most challenging majors; in 2012, Lehigh was ranked 7th in finance and 21st in accounting by Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine.
Student-athlete success in the CBE has been common over the years. Some 31.4 percent of Lehigh's student-athletes are enrolled in the CBE, and of those, 19.1 percent are on the Dean's list.