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Lehigh Admissions Information

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA (map)

 

Built into a mountain on a campus whose steep hills keep students in top shape, Lehigh University encompasses the natural beauty of Pennsylvania’s greater Lehigh Valley region. While the school is traditionally noted for its stellar reputation in both engineering and business, its excellence extends outside of the two subjects; in fact, the university’s largest undergraduate school is the school of arts and sciences, which matriculates nearly 40% of Lehigh’s students. In addition, Lehigh values academic excellence in all of its students, and fosters an environment in which anyone may seek help in any subject; the university offers non-remedial tutoring free of charge.

Lehigh’s long history provides much of the school’s tradition and folklore. For example, the school’s colors of brown and white are said to have originated when a woman clad in brown and white stockings ran across campus one night, passing two men deep in discussion about, conveniently enough, which colors the school should adopt as its own. In addition, Lehigh has engaged in “The Rivalry”–an athletic contention with Lafayette–since 1884, making it the most played rivalry in the history of college football; coincidentally, when the Rivalry is hosted by Lehigh, it is played in the third-oldest football stadium in the country.

 

 

Basic Info

Main Address: 27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
 
Phone Number: (610) 758-3000  
Website: www.lehigh.edu  

Characteristics

Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 4,781  
Percent out-of-state: 75%  
Percent international: 3.96%  
Female to Male ratio: 41:59  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Engineering
Biology
Social Sciences
Psychology
 
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Cross-Registration
Distance Learning
Double Major
ESL
External Degree Program
Honors Program
Independent Study
Internships
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Army
Study Abroad
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester
 

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Activities:
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Drama
Fraternities
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Sororities
Student Newspaper
Yearbook
Choral Groups
Dance
Film Societies
International Students
Literary Magazine
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Ranks #6, Major Frat and Sorority Scene
  • The Wall Street Journal ranked Lehigh at 12 for Return on Investment (ROI) when comparing the average career earnings of a graduate to the cost of an education.
  • Ranks #16, 2010 Top Entrepreneurial Programs, Undergraduate
  • Until 1995, Lehigh's athletic mascot was the Lehigh Engineer. Today, the school's teams are officially the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
 

Admissions Information

Lehigh University maintains competitive admissions not only due to its acceptance rate of just under 40% of applicants, but also because of its niched nature which attracts a large number of highly qualified prospective students. Admissions officials at the school seek well-rounded students and deviate from the norm of many other top-ranked schools by emphasizing an applicant's recommendations and rigorous high school record as the most important factors contributing to acceptance.

In addition to these preliminary factors, admissions officials look to a student's character, application essay, extracurricular activities, demonstrated talents, and standardized test scores. While considerations including class rank and GPA are given some weight in the admissions process, it is clear that admissions officials at Lehigh seek a well-rounded, talented student who will add to the diversity of the school's student body.

Admissions address: 27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3094
 
Phone number: (610) 758-3100  
Fax number: (610) 758-4361  
Admissions Website: http://www4.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad  
Email: admissions@lehigh.edu  
Contact Person: Bruce Gardiner, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 11,170  
Percent of applicants admitted: 38%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report/Mid Year Report/Final Report
If applicable: Early Decision Agreement
 

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT (writing optional)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section score for all test dates; strongly encourages submission of test scores from each test date  
 
Middle 50% Scores

Low


Average


High
% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
580
630
670
87%
SAT Math
640
680
720
87%
SAT Writing
-
-
-
-
ACT Composite
27
29
31
13%

 
College Board code: 2365  
ACT code: 3612  
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