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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Lehigh is a highly rated private university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the Allentown Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,982 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Lehigh acceptance rate is 22%. Popular majors include Finance, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. Graduating 87% of students, Lehigh alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $66,200.
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League

Lehigh University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Lehigh Admissions

Acceptance Rate
22%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1270-1450
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,782/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$38,909/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
70%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.60 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.60 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    100%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,982Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
65
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
  • Down to have fun but hardworking
    43%
  • Work hard play harder
    31%
  • Work hard play hard
    17%
  • Turn down for what?
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.72 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.87 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
  • Work hard, play harder
    27%
  • Play hard, work harder
    24%
  • Both Greek Obsessed and work hard, play harder.
    22%
  • Greek obsessed, work hard play hard equally
    16%
  • Conservative & Greek Obsessed Party School
    8%
  • Greek Obsessed
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$81,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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They are not handling COVID properly! Admin does the bare minimum and then does not test appropriately in order to avoid a higher positivity rate. As of 11/17/2020, they reported a positivity rate of 2.66% (higher than the 1% they expected). BUT 2 DAYS LATER, they reported a positivity rate of 9.3%. Conveniently, instruction planned to go remote after Thanksgiving which is less than a week away.
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Personally, I wouldn't come here again because the party scene is just too much. Obviously not everyone does it, but it's such a prominent thing. The academics are not worth it for everything else you have to deal with. You can find just as good if not better academics elsewhere.

If you want good academics and also start on your path to becoming an alcoholic, then Lehigh is perfect for you!

Seems like the professors are always trying to take points off for small things, however, most know what they are talking about. Greek life and party scene are huge on this campus. it's very common for students to show up hungover in class (if they even go). The first week 5 people got arrested for drinking and 1 hospitalized. majority of students consume alcohol here but nobody forces you to. I would say that a solid 20-30% binge drink whenever they drink, which is basically 3-6 times a week. A very white school at first glance and second glance and third, the POC tend to stay in their groups.
I took a few summer courses and finished my senior year online. It was what you'd expect at most universities. Some professors continue exerting effort, others simply post recorded videos and don't provide time for questions, office hours etc. On a positive note, most professors understand the technical and geographic challenges that "diverse" (for lack of a better term) students face. If you are an international student, time zones will be accounted for. If you cannot afford a computer/WiFi coverage, Lehigh will provide resources.