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Lehigh recognized as one of nations top universities

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lehigh 35th in the magazine’s 2010 “Guide to America’s Best Colleges.”

Lehigh University, consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s outstanding research universities, has been ranked 35th in the magazine’s 2010 “Guide to America’s Best Colleges.”

Lehigh achieved distinction in several key categories, including alumni giving (20th), student selectivity (27th), and graduation and retention rate (34th). In addition, Lehigh was ranked 25th 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 ranked 40th in the country.

“We’re pleased that Lehigh University is consistently recognized as one of the top research universities in the country,” says Lehigh President Alice P. Gast. “We are equally encouraged by the fact that the extraordinary educational experience offered at Lehigh continues to attract the best students from across the country and the world.”

Gast cautions that all college rankings should be viewed only as a starting point for students as they consider various colleges and universities.

“We strongly encourage prospective students and their families to visit our campus and learn about the strengths in interdisciplinary study and integrated learning experiences that make Lehigh such an exciting place to learn,” she says.

Lehigh is known for innovative programs that instill in students the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to excel in their professions and to address pressing societal concerns in an increasingly global environment.

Data provided to U.S. News and World Report showed that within six months of graduation, 96 percent of Lehigh students were employed, enrolled in graduate school, pursuing military careers, traveling or pursuing other career-related opportunities. The undergraduate placement summary for the Class of 2008 is available online.

In outlining a bold vision for Lehigh’s future, the university recently adopted a strategic plan that aims to position Lehigh as a premier residential research university that will attract international recognition for both research excellence and a distinctive student experience.

“This is an exciting time in the evolution of Lehigh,” Gast says. “With a new Strategic Plan, we have charted a trajectory that will build upon our foundational strength in turning theory into practice. It allows us to shape Lehigh’s future and to provide an education that allows our graduates to succeed in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment.”

To aid prospective students and their families in their decision-making, Lehigh provides a wealth of information on academics, resources, campus life, and scholarship and financial aid offerings. Please see the university’s institutional profile.

--Linda Harbrecht



Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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