Lehigh ranks 37th among 248 national universities in U.S News & World Report's "2004 America's Best Colleges" survey (tied with Case Western Reserve and Georgia Institute of Technology).
Among the best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a Ph.D., Lehigh ranks 38th. In addition, Lehigh ranks 7th in annual alumni giving, a six-spot jump from 13th last year.
"It should make all of us feel good to see Lehigh continue to rank among the best and most selective universities in the nation," said Gregory C. Farrington, president of Lehigh.
Farrington also extended his congratulations to Mohamed El-Aasser, dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the RCEAS faculty for their unwavering commitment to research and academic excellence and for keeping Lehigh's engineering program among the best in the country.
While he is pleased with the rankings and recognizes their importance, Farrington noted that the rankings are at best imperfect. "I'm bullish about Lehigh's future because these rankings do not take into account many of our newest and most innovative programs of education and research," he said. "The rankings also do not yet truly reflect the strong new department chairs and productive faculty who have been added to the Lehigh community in the past two years."
Key indicators of the quality of education Lehigh students receive continue to improve:
• Student-to-faculty ratio improved from 10.8/1 to 9.9/1
• Classes with fewer than 20 students increased from 39% to 51%
• Classes with more than 50 students decreased from 14% to 11%
• Admission rate declined from 46.8% to 44.5%
• Yield rates increased from 29.4% to 31.2%.
Referring to Lehigh's positive jump to the 7th position overall for alumni giving, Bonnie Devlin, vice president of advancement, said, "this achievement reflects the extraordinary generosity of literally thousands of Lehigh alumni who believe their alma mater is worthy of their investment."
Chris Marshall '88, executive director of the alumni association, who describes himself as thrilled with the ranking, thanked Lehigh alumni for their continued support. "Lehigh’s relations with our alumni base continue to get even better," Marshall noted. "But we are not sitting around and celebrating. There is more work to be done and a very loyal and active alumni base to serve, so we will stay at it."