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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?

5,013 Full-Time Undergraduates
$30,832 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.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered 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

College Factual ranked Lehigh as #44 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, it is ranked at #4.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Lehigh has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Lehigh

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 44
Best Colleges for International Students 60
Best Colleges for Diversity 136
Best Colleges for the Money 719
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,651

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?

$30,832 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Lehigh is $30,832. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lehigh

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,835 $14,090 $19,756 $24,704 $46,029

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

5,013 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,075 undergraduate students at Lehigh, with 5,013 being full-time and 62 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,942 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,013 full-time undergraduates at Lehigh, 55% are male and 45% 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 414
Black or African American 183
Hispanic or Latino 431
White 3,194
International Students 438
Other Races/Ethnicities 353

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Lehigh University awarded 2,758 undergraduate degrees and 1,290 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 71 0 0
Anthropology 0 7 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 26 1
Area Studies 0 5 3 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 5 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 16 9 4
Biomedical Engineering 0 42 3 1
Business Administration & Management 0 29 51 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 52 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 44 7 2
Chemistry 0 7 9 3
Civil Engineering 0 33 23 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 4 6
Cognitive Science 0 5 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 16 1 2
Computer Information Systems 0 38 0 0
Computer Science 0 98 20 4
Design & Applied Arts 0 13 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 1 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 2 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 3
Economics 0 0 4 5
Educational Administration 0 0 32 1
Electrical Engineering 0 17 27 8
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 36 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 2 0
Environmental Engineering 0 9 5 3
Ethnic Studies 0 4 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 201 11 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 3 0 0
General Architecture 0 17 0 0
General Biology 0 48 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 16 22 0
General English Literature 0 18 5 5
General Psychology 0 41 3 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 19 7 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 1 0 0
History 0 7 1 1
Industrial Engineering 0 60 37 12
Instructional Media Design 0 0 11 2
International Education 0 0 13 5
International Relations & National Security 0 30 0 0
International Studies 0 5 0 0
Journalism 0 22 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 30 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 1 0
Marketing 0 67 5 0
Materials Engineering 0 25 3 5
Mathematics 0 11 1 5
Mechanical Engineering 0 111 28 13
Music 0 5 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 5 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 5 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 20 0 0
Other Education 0 0 8 0
Other Engineering 0 6 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 37 0 0
Philosophy 0 3 0 0
Physics 0 7 7 5
Political Science & Government 0 31 9 0
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 9 0
Public Health 0 20 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 3 0 0
Religious Studies 0 4 0 0
Romance Languages 0 5 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 1 0 0
Sociology 0 7 2 0
Special Education 0 0 13 1
Statistics 0 9 8 0
Student Counseling 0 0 22 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 15 0
Total 0 2,758 1,076 214

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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