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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,013 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Lehigh acceptance rate is 25%. Popular majors include Finance, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. Graduating 86% of students, Lehigh alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $66,200.
About Lehigh University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Lehigh University Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
25%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1270-1430
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$26,933/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,624/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,348/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,975/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,993/ year
  • $110k+
    $51,111/ year

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
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,013Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
62
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Down to have fun but hardworking
    44%
  • Work hard play harder
    34%
  • Work hard play hard
    16%
  • Turn down for what?
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.69 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
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  • Work hard, play harder
    29%
  • Play hard, work harder
    26%
  • Both Greek Obsessed and work hard, play harder.
    21%
  • Greek obsessed, work hard play hard equally
    18%
  • Conservative & Greek Obsessed Party School
    3%
  • Greek Obsessed
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$81,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
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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Lehigh University Reviews

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Great place, but has a bad rep for being a party/greek school; you BY NO MEANS need to be a party person to attend Lehigh. There are so many other opportunities here outside of partying and greek life, we even have an organization designed to plan events every weekend for students who choose not to partake in such activities. Food is good. Hill are annoying but manageable. Go MountainHawks!
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Lehigh is an amazing school academically and has provided many opportunities to my peers, as well as myself. Almost all the professors are willing to sit with you and really help you understand the material, the administrative staff help complicated processes run smoothly, and overall everyone I encountered made me feel welcome and excited to be there. When not in classes or studying, Lehigh provided activities and events for students to attend, like concerts and trips to NYC and Phili. There are also several destress events around midterms and finals that are a fun way to take a break from studying. The surrounding community has been getting better and growing, with new restaurants and shoppes opening, so there are plenty of options for eating out within walking distance. Overall, I think if you are interested in a "real campus" feel, but still want to be close to major cities, and also be around really driven and fun people, Lehigh should definitely be at the top of your list.
Lehigh has many fun and free events or their students such as free concerts (Halsey came here in fall 2018), so you will never have a boring day at Lehigh because there is always something going on. Also, Lehigh has rigorous academics taught by amazing professors who will help you as long as you put in the work. Everyone I have met here is very nice and (although it is a competitive college) classes and grades do not feel like a competition among your peers. All my classmates have helped me when I needed help on something and creating study groups was not difficult because of how friendly and sociable everyone is once you start talking to each other. I am only a freshman now and despite having difficult classes this year, I have been enjoying my 1st year with great friends and environment. I recommend anyone who is even slightly interested in Lehigh to come and see and research about the benefits Lehigh offers.