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Lehigh University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Lehigh University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Lehigh University Ranked?

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2022 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 669 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is school psychology.

Overall Quality

Lehigh is ranked #57 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Lehigh also holds the #7 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

The acceptance rate at Lehigh University is a competitive 50%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 610 and 693. Math scores were between 650 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lehigh University  ( 610 to 693 )

SAT Math Scores for Lehigh University  ( 650 to 740 )
Lehigh received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Lehigh University  ( 29 to 33 )

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 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lehigh University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Lehigh University has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. 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  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Lehigh the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 72%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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

Lehigh University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,203 undergraduates at Lehigh with 5,070 being full-time and 133 being part-time.

How Much Does Lehigh University Cost?

The overall average net price of Lehigh is $29,301. 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 +
$14,080 $13,363 $19,924 $26,906 $45,789

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Lehigh, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,803 a year. That adds up to $35,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lehigh is 2.3%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Lehigh make around $81,900 per year during the early years of their employment. 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.

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Location of Lehigh University

Lehigh University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 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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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, 1,510 received undergraduate degrees and 627 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 221 $73,635
Computer Science 108 $79,936
Mechanical Engineering 101 $69,338
Industrial Engineering 80 $76,460
Marketing 78 $56,415
Accounting 77 $69,617
Business/Managerial Economics 67 $57,318
Biomedical Engineering 56 $69,338
General Psychology 54 $46,087
Computer Information Systems 52 $69,897

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

Online Learning at Lehigh

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 450 students took at least one online class at Lehigh University. This is an increase from the 412 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 450 400
2018-2019 412 320
2017-2018 365 296
2016-2017 478 284
2015-2016 396 281

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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