Lehigh University in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

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Lehigh University offers 504-degree programs and 48 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 34%. The most popular test is SAT - 63% of students submitted it in comparison to 37% of students who submitted ACT. 55.5% are women, and 44.5% are men. 16% percents of international students. Lehigh University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Lehigh University is 31267$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $46955 and $58835 per year. 87% of full-time Lehigh University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $76,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Lehigh University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Lehigh University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,155
$30,001 - $48,000$16,584
$48,001 - $75,000$22,040
$75,001 - $110,000$28,417

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 7070

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2560 of Lehigh University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 51 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Lehigh University number 11 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Pennsylvania.

Students at Lehigh University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Prepaid tuition plan

Tuition payment plan

Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Lehigh University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Lehigh University graduation rate is above the national average.

87% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Lehigh University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

10 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Lehigh University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 38%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 63%, so Lehigh University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 29%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Lehigh University full-time retention rate is 95% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Lehigh University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1230 - 1420

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 590 - 680
Math: 640 - 740
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Lehigh University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
29 - 32

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 0 - 0
Math: 0 - 0
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Lehigh University is 10:1, that means that for every 10 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Lehigh University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Lehigh University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Pennsylvania.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 27 Memorial Dr W address in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Lehigh University with 0.27% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Lehigh University offers 504 programs in total: 216 are for Bachelor's degree, 180 - for Master's degree, and 108 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 394 universities in Pennsylvania state. Lehigh University is one of the few institutions in Pennsylvania that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 48 distance education programs that are provided in the Lehigh University: 45 are for Master's degree and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Pennsylvania state average data to help you compare.


Lehigh University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 5456 students with 163689 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1198 with 28741 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Lehigh University

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Overall Rating:

Oof someone took my kool aid rip

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Overall Rating:

A first-rate institution for higher learning.

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I took way too many drugs in my time in here to realize anything about this school, but i'm giving them five stars for their good intention.

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Great educational experience. Went back for some courses to complete my degree. Highly recommend

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Overall Rating:

I could write a book about my negative experience as an undergrad at Lehigh, but I'll try to sum it up in one review. Just a disclaimer that I graduated 10+ years ago, and I sincerely hope that culture has changed.If you consider yourself to be an out-of-the-box thinker, or any kind of feeler, I wouldn't recommend this school. It is a rat race. The only people I know who ended up with decent jobs graduated from business or engineering, but you have to fit into the mold to make it. As for the rest of us, it's a useless, expensive piece of paper unfortunately.There are (some) wonderful professors in all the disciplines. But this isn't enough to make up for the emphasis on Greek life, substandard residential and other services, and diminishment of true intellectual inquiry in most circles. The silver lining is connecting with the few other lost souls who are struggling among the masses, and I will never forget those friends.Please also consider the surrounding neighborhood, which can be shady and unsafe. I was a crime victim on multiple occasions, and I assure you I wasn't asking for it.My recommendation is that you seriously consider your options and attend an institution that has true class and decorum. Open your eyes and see what lurks beneath the surface. At Lehigh, it's not good.

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Location & Website

Address: 27 Memorial Drive West


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6107583000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: lehigh.edu

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