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?
- 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.
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.
|#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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Lehigh has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for Lehigh are given below.
|Address:||27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015|
How Do I Get Into Lehigh?
You can apply to Lehigh online at: www1.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad/apply
Admission Requirements for Lehigh
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Lehigh?
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.
Can I Afford Lehigh University?
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
There are also 1,775 graduate students at the school.
Of the 5,107 full-time undergraduates at Lehigh, 54% are male and 46% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lehigh University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||220|
|Hispanic or Latino||475|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Lehigh has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|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|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology||#5|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||#39|
|Biological & Biomedical Sciences||#53|
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.
*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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