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Lehigh University Overview

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Lehigh University Known For?

1,379 Undergraduate Awards
$52,254 Avg Cost After Aid
25% Acceptance Rate
  • Lehigh has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Lehigh is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Lehigh.
  • In 2017-2018, 83% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Lehigh bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $81,900 a year. That's about 101% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Lehigh student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Lehigh University Rankings

Lehigh landed the #31 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #3 out of 137 schools in Pennsylvania.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Lehigh has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#20 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Lehigh.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Lehigh has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management College Factual
#10 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#18 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#32 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Lehigh University?

Location of Lehigh University

Contact details for Lehigh are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-3000
Website: www.lehigh.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lehighu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lehighu

How Do I Get Into Lehigh?

You can apply to Lehigh online at: www1.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad/apply

Admission Requirements for Lehigh

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Lehigh?

25% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
51% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Lehigh, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 25%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 22%, and the acceptance rate for women is 28%.

Average Test Scores

About 51% of students accepted to Lehigh submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 700. Math scores were between 650 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lehigh University  ( 620 to 700 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Lehigh University  ( 650 to 730 )
200
800
Lehigh received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 29 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Lehigh University  ( 28 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Lehigh University  ( 27 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Lehigh University  ( 29 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford Lehigh University?

$52,254 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Lehigh is $52,254. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Lehigh, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $8,852 a year. That adds up to $35,408 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lehigh is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Lehigh University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,107 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,178 undergraduate students at Lehigh, with 5,107 being full-time and 71 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Lehigh

There are also 1,775 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,107 full-time undergraduates at Lehigh, 54% are male and 46% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Lehigh

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lehigh University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Lehigh Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 392
Black or African American 220
Hispanic or Latino 475
White 3,156
International Students 482
Other Races/Ethnicities 382

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Lehigh University. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 89 countries are represented at Lehigh. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Iran.

Online Learning at Lehigh University

296 Took All Classes Online
365 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 365 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Lehigh has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 57th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Lehigh

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Lehigh University was -0.8%. This is the #2,262 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Lehigh regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Lehigh majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 40%
Physical Sciences 7%
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 40%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Lehigh ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Lehigh.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Polymer & Plastics Engineering #2
International Education #4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology #5
Manufacturing Engineering #9
Chemistry #10
Chemical Engineering #17
Industrial Engineering #24
Physical Sciences #28
Mechanical Engineering #34
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #39
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #53
Student Counseling #54
Entrepreneurial Studies #90
Engineering #111
Educational Administration #246

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Lehigh University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance & Financial Management 201 0 11 0 212
Mechanical Engineering 111 0 28 13 152
Computer Science 98 0 20 4 122
Industrial Engineering 60 0 37 12 109
Business Administration & Management 29 0 51 0 80
Marketing 67 0 5 0 72
Accounting 71 0 0 0 71
Civil Engineering 33 0 23 5 61
Chemical Engineering 44 0 7 2 53
Business/Managerial Economics 52 0 0 0 52
Electrical Engineering 17 0 27 8 52
General Biology 48 0 0 0 48
General Psychology 41 0 3 4 48
Biomedical Engineering 42 0 3 1 46
Political Science & Government 31 0 9 0 40
General Business/Commerce 16 0 22 0 38
Computer Information Systems 38 0 0 0 38
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37 0 0 0 37
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 36 0 36
Educational Administration 0 0 32 1 33
Materials Engineering 25 0 3 5 33
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 30 0 30
General English Literature 18 2 5 5 30
International Relations & National Security 30 0 0 0 30
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 9 4 29
Applied Mathematics 0 0 26 1 27
Geological & Earth Sciences 19 0 7 1 27
Journalism 22 0 0 0 22
Student Counseling 0 0 22 0 22
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 20 0 0 0 20
Public Health 20 0 0 0 20
Computer Engineering 16 0 1 2 19
Chemistry 7 0 9 3 19
Physics 7 0 7 5 19
International Education 0 0 13 5 18
General Architecture 17 0 0 0 17
Environmental Engineering 9 0 5 3 17
Mathematics 11 0 1 5 17
Statistics 9 0 8 0 17
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 15 0 15
Special Education 0 0 13 1 14
Instructional Media Design 0 0 11 2 13
Design & Applied Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 1 4 6 11
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 1 9 0 10
History 7 0 1 1 9
Economics 0 0 4 5 9
Sociology 7 0 2 0 9
Other Education 0 0 8 0 8
Area Studies 5 0 3 0 8
Anthropology 7 0 0 0 7
Other Engineering 6 0 0 0 6
Romance Languages 5 0 0 0 5
Cognitive Science 5 0 0 0 5
International Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Natural Resource Management 0 0 5 0 5
Natural Resources Conservation 5 0 0 0 5
Astronomy & Astrophysics 5 0 0 0 5
Music 5 0 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 3 3
Public Relations & Advertising 3 0 0 0 3
Philosophy 3 0 0 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 3 0 0 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 2 0 2
East Asian Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Urban & Regional Planning 0 1 0 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 1 0 0 1
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 1 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1 0 0 0 1
Science, Technology & Society 1 0 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 1 0 0 0 1
Architectural History 0 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Urban Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,379 6 538 107 2,030

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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