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Want the scoop on Lehigh University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Lehigh offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Lehigh University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Lehigh University was awarded 67 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is finance and financial management.

Overall Quality

Lehigh landed the #44 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Lehigh also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for Lehigh University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Lehigh?

Acceptance Rate

Lehigh University has a very low acceptance rate of 25%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Lehigh just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 51% of students accepted to Lehigh submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 700. Math scores were between 650 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lehigh University  ( 620 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Lehigh University  ( 650 to 730 )
Lehigh received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Lehigh University  ( 29 to 32 )

Learn more about Lehigh University admissions.

Lehigh University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Lehigh is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Lehigh University is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lehigh University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Lehigh University has a freshmen retention rate of 96%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Lehigh for first-time, full-time students is 74%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  74 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Lehigh University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Lehigh

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,047 undergraduates at Lehigh with 4,982 being full-time and 65 being part-time.

Lehigh Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 96.16 out of 100, Lehigh is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.16 out of 100
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How Much Does Lehigh University Cost?

The overall average net price of Lehigh is $30,832. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lehigh

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,835 $14,090 $19,756 $24,704 $46,029

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Lehigh, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Lehigh, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $8,852 a year. That adds up to $35,408 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lehigh is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Lehigh Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Lehigh with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $81,900 in their early years. This is good news for future Lehigh graduates since it is 106% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Lehigh University make the most money.

Location of Lehigh University

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Bethlehem makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Lehigh University

Contact details for Lehigh are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-3000

Lehigh University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 84 majors graduated from Lehigh University. Of these students, 1,379 received undergraduate degrees and 645 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 201 $68,200
Mechanical Engineering 111 $68,200
Computer Science 98 $72,900
Accounting 71 $63,900
Marketing 67 $49,600
Industrial Engineering 60 $70,300
Business/Managerial Economics 52 $67,000
General Biology 48 NA
Chemical Engineering 44 $72,800
Biomedical Engineering 42 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Lehigh University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Lehigh

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 365 students took at least one online class at Lehigh University. This is a decrease from the 478 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 365 296
2016-2017 478 284
2015-2016 396 281
2014-2015 405 293
2013-2014 433 307

Learn more about online learning at Lehigh University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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