Lehigh ranks 37th among 248 national universities in U.S News & World Report's
"2005 America's Best Colleges" survey, holding steady from last year.
While maintaining its outstanding rank of 7th in alumni satisfaction, Lehigh continued to improve in several categories indicative of the university’s commitment to academic excellence, including faculty resources, student selectivity, student-faculty ratio, class size, admissions rate, graduation rate, and financial resources.
Among the best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a Ph.D., Lehigh ranks 47th, tied with Dartmouth and Yale. Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics undergraduate program ranked 87th nationally and tied with Temple for 5th in Pennsylvania.
“A university ultimately rises or falls on its academic reputation,” says Gregory Farrington, president of Lehigh. “This is why we have put such great emphasis on retaining and recruiting the best faculty, focusing our development efforts on creating endowed faculty chairs and highly competitive programs that emphasize the growing interrelationships among disciplines. We are proud that new programs in bioscience and biotechnology, global citizenship, business and engineering, information science, and the environment have received national awards for curricular innovations that will give our students a clear advantage in a society that increasingly demands integrative thinking.”
Lehigh was also recognized as a “Best Value,” advancing to 33rd this year, up from 36th, with 44 percent of its students receiving need-based grants.
Bonnie Devlin, vice president of advancement for Lehigh, notes that Lehigh's 7th overall position for alumni giving is a testament to the bond alumni have with the university. “I want to thank the thousands of Lehigh alumni who continue to demonstrate their loyalty to this wonderful university and in doing so, help keep Lehigh among the nation's leaders in alumni satisfaction,” she says.
“We should all be proud that Lehigh continues to rank among the best and most selective universities in the nation,” Farrington adds. “We have made a great deal of progress in making Lehigh stronger, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.” Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004