Lehigh at a Glance

Lehigh at a Glance

Lehigh at a Glance

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

Type of University: Coeducational, nondenominational, private

Undergraduate Students: 4,904 (58% men; 42% women)

Graduate Students: 2,300 (55% men; 45% women)

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with easy access to Philadelphia (50 miles south) and New York City (75 miles east).


Lehigh students are engaged and work in a highly collaborative culture, where they are given the opportunity to work closely with faculty and fellow students.

12,589 high school seniors applied for the first-year class entering in fall 2013.

SAT ranges of the middle 50% of admitted students were 620-720 for verbal and 670-755 for math. Though it's not required, the middle 50% of admitted students submitting ACT scores ranged from 29-33.

Our undergraduate students represent 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 58 foreign countries.


Lehigh is among the most selective, highly ranked private research universities in the U.S.

Lehigh offers more than 90 undergraduate programs and majors featuring more than 2,000 courses, many of which easily transfer among Lehigh's 4 colleges.

The average class size at Lehigh is 28 students, and 81% of all of our classes have fewer than 35 students. Most large-enrollment courses, including, for example, calculus, economics, and sociology, have small recitation sections in addition to lectures. Enrollment in first-year writing classes is limited to 22. Lehigh's student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.

Lehigh confers a total of 12 degrees at the undergraduate and advanced degree level. Undergraduates receive either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Lehigh's four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Education


Lehigh faculty members are world-class scholars who are known for their excellence in research

A total of 681 faculty teach at Lehigh University, 485 of whom are permanent full-time faculty. There are also 10 full-time visiting faculty. A small student-to-faculty ratio allows faculty to work closely with students spanning Lehigh's 4 colleges—each of which offers advanced degrees.

About 69% of all full-time faculty are tenured, which means they've undergone a rigorous academic review. 99% of full-time tenure-track faculty hold a doctorate degree or the highest degree in their field.

Watch video of faculty members as they speak about their new research projects.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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

Cost of attendance for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Tuition: $43,220
Room and Board: $11,560
Technology Fee: $300

Students can expect to spend approximately $2,065 a year on books, fees, and miscellaneous expenses. There is a laboratory fee of $470 for engineering and science majors.

Lehigh is committed to providing need-based financial aid. More than 50% of Lehigh students receive financial aid. In 2013-2014, Lehigh will award more than $65 million in university grants and scholarships from a variety of sources (institutional, federal, state, external). Many of our institutional scholarships are supported by our endowment, the value of which was in excess of $1 billion at the end of the 2012 fiscal year. Increasing endowed scholarships, strengthening our already substantial ability to make Lehigh affordable for all families, is one of the principal goals of Lehigh's ongoing capital campaign.

The Lehigh Community

Founded in 1865, Lehigh is a coeducational, non-denominational and private university. Located in Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh is in close proximity to New York City (75 miles) and Philadelphia (50 miles).

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.

Lehigh features more than 153 buildings with 4.3 million-plus square feet of classroom, laboratory, office and living space. It also has 180 acres of playing fields and half of the campus is preserved as open space.

Lehigh's 2 libraries, including the recently renovated Linderman Library, hold more than 1.2 million volumes and 21,500 print and electronic journal subscriptions. There are also 150 scholarly databases available for research.