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Lehigh University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Lehigh University, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Learn about its admission info, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Lehigh University

Lehigh University is a research institution that was founded in 1865 and is located on a large suburban area of land. In total, Lehigh University sits on 2,358 acres, which makes it one of the country's largest private universities in terms of area; the university also has 180 acres of playing fields available to its students. While it is located in suburbia, Lehigh is in close proximity to two major cities: New York and Philadelphia. Greek life is popular at Lehigh, and the university offers its students access to 9 sororities and 21 fraternities, which about 40% of all students at Lehigh participate in.

Academics

Lehigh University is home to approximately 4,700 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students. Over 90 majors and programs are comprised of 2,000 courses available throughout the four schools at the university. Lehigh University offers its undergraduate and graduate students 12 different degrees; all undergraduate students will receive either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The four colleges of the university are the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Study abroad courses are available to Lehigh students in 40 different countries around the world, and there is also a course located in Washington, D.C. Students are also encouraged to participate in internships and cooperative learning opportunities.

Admissions

Regular decision applications are due to Lehigh on or before January 1. Students will be notified of their acceptance by April 1, and must then respond to the university by May 1. In addition to the application, which can be completed online, students must submit letters of recommendation, secondary school reports, an essay and standardized test scores. SAT subject tests are required only for placement, though an SAT or an ACT score is required for all undergraduate applicants. Students will be evaluated based on their application, level of interest in the university, academic GPA and high school rank. Students are encouraged to set up an interview with the university prior to the application deadline.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost to attend Lehigh University is $55,515. This price includes tuition, room, board, fees, books, supplies and estimated personal expenses. Lehigh University offers its students need-based financial aid, which means that the university evaluates each family's ability to contribute to tuition costs and offers students financial aid packages based on submission of a FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid). Financial aid is available in federal grants, scholarships and merit-based awards, loans and work study opportunities. Students have the option of paying tuition in installments with a monthly payment plan or once per semester.

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, private**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral**
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Small City***
Student Body 4,700 undergraduates, 2,200 graduates*
ACADEMICS
Schools College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Business and Economics, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science*
Student-Faculty Ratio 10 to 1***
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: business, management, marketing (344), engineering (299), social sciences (96)***
Graduation Rates 87% in 6 years**
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate 33%***
Entering Class Size 1,207**
First-Year Retention Rates 95%**
Average Mid-Range SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students SAT out of 1600: 1220-1400, ACT: 28-31**
Application Due Date Jan. 1**
Decision Notification Date April 1**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2011-2012) $55,515 including tuition, room, board, books and supplies**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (19%), state grant/scholarship (7%), student loan aid (50%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69%***

Sources: *Lehigh University, **College Board, ***IPEDS Data Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Lehigh University, 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem PA 18015
  • Phone: (610) 758-3100
  • Website: www.lehigh.edu

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