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Lehigh University places 31st in annual U.S. News & World Report ranking

U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Lehigh University as one of the nation’s outstanding research universities. The university is ranked 31st in the magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Lehigh received high scores in several key categories, including alumni giving (13th), faculty resources (19th), student selectivity (26th) and graduation and retention rate (31st). In addition, Lehigh was ranked 27th in the nation for “best value.”

Among the best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a Ph.D., Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science ranks 37th in the country.

“Rankings such as those offered by U.S. News & World Report can be one of several useful tools for students who are looking at a variety of colleges and universities.” says President Alice P. Gast. “Choosing the college that best fits their individual needs and interests is very important and the process should involve a number of different resources.”

To help prospective undergraduate students and their families learn more about Lehigh’s academics, resources, scholarship and financial aid offerings, and campus life, the university offers an institutional profile. This Web page is designed as a resource to help students and their families in their college search process.

“We want prospective students to make informed decisions, so it is important that they look at more than a statistical profile,” Gast says. The Web page not only outlines academic information, but also takes a closer look at the Lehigh community and its collaborative culture.

Still, the best way to evaluate whether Lehigh is the right match is to visit campus.

“If they have an opportunity to do so, we encourage students and their families to visit our campus to gain a better understanding of the educational opportunities available at Lehigh. We want students to speak with faculty and staff, sit in on classes, tour the facilities and gain a sense of our close-knit community,” says Leon Washington, dean of admissions and financial aid.

Undergraduate students are able to work side by side with leading scholars and researchers in a variety of different settings inside and outside of the classroom.

“Lehigh University students have the valuable opportunity to become part of an academic environment that educates ‘the whole student,’” Gast added.

Students who are interested in working on cross-disciplinary teams and who are prepared to become true “citizens of the world” will find Lehigh an invigorating place to live and learn, Gast says. The same is true for students looking to make a contribution to society and to find creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

“Students who are up to those challenges will find a home at Lehigh,” Gast says.

Lehigh students have the unique experience of learning in a campus environment where groundbreaking research bridges the university’s four colleges. Interdisciplinary programs and diverse learning environments provide an intellectually stimulating and vibrant campus.

Gast encourages the entire Lehigh community to play an active and influential role in the lives of its students and has committed energy and resources to programs that blend student life and learning. Gast believes Lehigh offers a particularly fruitful environment to engage in cutting-edge research in a small, highly collaborative community of learning.

“Lehigh’s passion for learning is contagious, and students and families who come here to visit quickly see that for themselves. Lehigh is a place where people can find their passion and create their own path to success,” says Gast.

--Tom Yencho

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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