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About Lehigh

For more than 150 years, Lehigh’s interdisciplinary nature and focus on the work of today has prepared students to take on the challenges of tomorrow. Located in Bethlehem, part of Pennsylvania's beautiful Lehigh Valley, Lehigh is one of the nation's most distinguished private research universities. Our ideal size of around 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 grad students is large enough to offer world-class faculty and rigorous academics, but small enough to allow for close mentorship and hands-on research. Through creative problem solving, a collaborative culture and a focus on impacting humanity, Lehigh students are built for future success.

Lehigh Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Lehigh is expected to release their Early Descision results on Thursday, December 16th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Lehigh Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Lehigh University Overview

Lehigh University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lehigh was founded in 1865 and now enrolls around 7,067 students a year, including 5,203 undergrads. Lehigh offers housing for up to 3,466 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 99% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at Lehigh! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Lehigh's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Lehigh students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Lehigh has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Lehigh has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Lehigh on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Lehigh on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Lehigh by March 27.

2021 Lehigh Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 50%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 73%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 70%
Tuition $56,980

Is Lehigh a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a better idea of what Lehigh offers and if it might be the right college for you.

Lehigh Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Lehigh. Around 50% of applicants get into Lehigh each year. In 2021, just 6,138 out of the 12,389 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lehigh

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Lehigh, around 91% are still enrolled the next year. Around 88% of students who started at Lehigh earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Lehigh Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 66% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Lehigh grads have an average starting salary of $66,794 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Lehigh's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Lehigh's endowment was valued at $1.37 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Lehigh

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Lehigh meets 98% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $49,422 a year.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $35,371 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Lehigh. Based on this information, how does Lehigh sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Lehigh a good school for you?

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Where is Lehigh?

Lehigh is located in the suburban setting of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

If you want to see Lehigh for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 78 to Bethlehem, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lehigh Valley International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Lehigh and Bethlehem are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Lehigh Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lehigh is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lehigh is Nov 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Lehigh ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lehigh is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Lehigh. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lehigh SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1280 - 1420


Math SAT Range

650 - 740


Reading SAT Range

610 - 693

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1420 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lehigh students is 1345. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lehigh, while applicants with SAT scores between 1280 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1280 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lehigh.

Lehigh Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Lehigh is like? There are approximately 7,067 students enrolled at Lehigh, including 5,203 undergraduate students and 1,864 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 28% percent are from PA and 72% percent of students are from other states.


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