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Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate37%

Lehigh Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into Lehigh University. The university admitted 37% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 15,163 applications received in 2023, 5,607 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Lehigh University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee is $70.

Students who submit their applications to Lehigh University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 25.

Lehigh University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Lehigh University's admissions stats.

Lehigh University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 57%
Mean SAT Score 1409
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 13%
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 1 15 March 25

Considering Applying Early to Lehigh University?

Lehigh University 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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ 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 University is 66%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 37%. Last year, Lehigh University admitted 860 of the 1303 students who applied early decision.

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

➑️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lehigh University Admissions

Transferring to Lehigh University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Lehigh University

Lehigh University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Lehigh University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight 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 apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Lehigh University

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

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

Lehigh University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements – – – require supplemental short-answer questions via a supplement to the Common or Coalition application
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lehigh University?

Lehigh University 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, 25% submitted a class rank. At Lehigh University 57% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 87% were in the top 25% and 97% 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 University 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 University 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, 37% of Lehigh University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 13% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lehigh University?

To be competitive with other Lehigh University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1350 and 1480 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lehigh University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1480 and 25% of scored lower than 1350, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Lehigh University student is 1409.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lehigh University students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lehigh University students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at Lehigh University, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lehigh University'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 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lehigh University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

More Information on Transferring to Lehigh University

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

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

Transfer students can enroll in Lehigh University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Lehigh University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lehigh University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Lehigh University.

Does Lehigh University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Lehigh University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

❌ Lehigh University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lehigh University?

❌ No, Lehigh University is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Lehigh University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Lehigh University's acceptance rate is 37%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lehigh University?

βœ… Lehigh University's early decision acceptance rate was 66% in 2021.

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Lehigh Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Lehigh? Lehigh is a selective institution. The Lehigh acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.


Lehigh Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

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

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

1350 - 1480


Math SAT Range

680 - 770


Reading SAT Range

660 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1480 and Above


1350 to 1480


1350 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lehigh students is 1409. Applicants with SAT scores of 1480 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lehigh, while applicants with SAT scores between 1350 to 1480 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1350 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lehigh.

Lehigh GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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