Long known for its strong engineering and business programs, Lehigh ranks in the top 50 Best National Universities in U.S. News & World Report and offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs with over 2,000 courses to choose from. The university is divided into four academic colleges: the P.C. Rossin School of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education.
Lehigh prides itself on its commitment to interdisciplinary study with flexible academic programs and a seamless fluidity between the colleges. Students are encouraged to customize their academic experience to fit their passions with programs such as Integrated Business and Engineering, Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Integrated Product Development. The Mountain Top summer internship program offers students working across all disciplines the freedom to pursue creative and innovative solutions to a number of difficult and open-ended problems through interdisciplinary participation.
Lehigh also offers accelerated (combined-degree) programs with three health professional schools: Drexel University College of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and SUNY College of Optometry.
Lehigh University boasts a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, with nearly all of the faculty holding terminal degrees in their field. The culture of Lehigh encourages students to form strong bonds with faculty, and emphasizes personalized guidance, hands-on learning, and undergraduate research. Lehigh is highly ranked for its return of investment with 97% of their graduates either employed or in graduate school in their intended field.
Lehigh University has a total undergraduate enrollment of just over 5,000 students, and a gender distribution of 45% female and 55% male. With a majority of undergrad students living in on-campus housing, the campus is always humming with activity. Students can choose from over 150 official on-campus clubs in addition 40 intramural sports and over 30 sororities and fraternities. And they do: 99% of alumni participated in some form of extracurricular during their undergrad years. And being close to so many other schools in the Lehigh Valley - Muhlenberg, Cedar Crest, Moravian, as well as arch-rival Lafayette- makes for a vibrant intercollegiate atmosphere.
The Lehigh University Mountain Hawks compete as a member of the Patriot League in 25 NCAA Division I sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, cross country, lacrosse, wrestling and more.
But no discussion of Lehigh University would be complete without mentioning its historic football rivalry with nearby Lafayette College. Known simply as “The Rivalry,” the football series between Lehigh and Lafayette is the longest in U.S. college football history. Since their first game back in October of 1884, the Mountain Hawks (known as the Engineers until 1995) and the Lafayette Leopards have met a total of 151 times with 78 victories for Lafayette, 68 for Lehigh, and 5 draws. The Rivalry is so popular that the 150th matchup was played at Yankee Stadium in New York City!
Admissions & Tuition
Lehigh University is a very selective school, with about a one-third acceptance rate in the 2014 academic year. Lehigh is on the Common App and requires standardized test scores, in addition to strong academic performance, extracurriculars, essays, and a teacher recommendation. Demonstrated interest is favorably considered.
Total expected cost of attendance for the 2015-2016 academic year, including tuition, fees, room, and board comes to $60,575 for both in-state and out-of-state students.
Lehigh University is a challenging academic institution that promotes an integrative, hands-on approach to learning, in a tight-knit campus community. Contact the college admissions advisors at College Docs to help find the right school for you, along with your own perso