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Colleges / Lehigh University

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate50%
Acceptance Rate50%

Lehigh Admissions

If you are applying to Lehigh, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who apply to Lehigh for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 27.

Lehigh Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Lehigh's admissions stats.

Lehigh 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 66%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 70%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 28%
Waitlist Yes

Lehigh University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Lehigh University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 March 27

Want to Apply Early to Lehigh?

Lehigh offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Lehigh is 73%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 50%. In 2022, Lehigh admitted 815 of the 1121 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lehigh University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Lehigh?

It is extremely difficult to get into Lehigh. Lehigh has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, Lehigh accepted 50% of students, around 6,138 from 12,389 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Lehigh, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Lehigh University

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Lehigh

Lehigh has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Lehigh Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Lehigh

Curious about the factors that are considered by Lehigh during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Interview Considered

Make sure to check with Lehigh for more information on admission factors.

Lehigh Application Requirements

To apply to Lehigh, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Lehigh's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lehigh?

Lehigh has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Lehigh 66% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 89% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Lehigh University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Lehigh directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Lehigh looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Lehigh is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 70% of Lehigh's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lehigh?

To be competitive with other Lehigh applicants, you should strive to earn between 1280 and 1420 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lehigh 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1420 and 25% of scored lower than 1280, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lehigh students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lehigh students scored 693 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Lehigh?

To be most competitive at Lehigh, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lehigh's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lehigh students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Lehigh University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Lehigh.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Lehigh during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Lehigh Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lehigh?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Lehigh.

Does Lehigh accept transfer credits?

✅ Lehigh accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Lehigh accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Lehigh does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lehigh?

❌ No, Lehigh is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Lehigh's acceptance rate?

✅ Lehigh's acceptance rate is 50%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lehigh?

✅ Lehigh's early decision acceptance rate was 73% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Lehigh? Lehigh is a selective institution. The Lehigh acceptance rate is 50%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.


Lehigh Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lehigh is Jan 1.

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

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

Lehigh SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1280 - 1420


Math SAT Range

650 - 740


Reading SAT Range

610 - 693

Lehigh GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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