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Lehigh University Data & Information Overview

440 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
46% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Lehigh University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is Lehigh University Ranked?

#71 Best Colleges in Nation
#6 Best Colleges in PA
Business/Managerial Economics Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 440 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business/managerial economics.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Lehigh is ranked #71 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 109 colleges in Pennsylvania, Lehigh is ranked at #6.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Lehigh?

46% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
36% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lehigh University is a competitive 46%, 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 36% 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 645 and 730. Math scores were between 680 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lehigh University  ( 645 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for Lehigh University  ( 680 to 760 )
Lehigh received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Lehigh University  ( 30 to 34 )

Learn more about Lehigh University admissions.

Lehigh University Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
87% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Lehigh, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lehigh University

94% Freshmen Retention
80% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Lehigh University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 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 80%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  80 out of 100

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

Lehigh University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,070 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
46.5% Percent Women

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?

$34,384 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$40,296 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Lehigh is $34,384. 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 +
$15,561 $14,995 $19,026 $27,212 $61,351

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $10,074 a year. That adds up to $40,296 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lehigh is 0.7%. 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?

$95,033 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Lehigh make around $95,033 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Lehigh graduates since it is 124% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Lehigh University make the most money.

Location of Lehigh University

Pennsylvania State
5,070 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Lehigh University is a private not-for-profit institution situated 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

84 Majors With Completions
1,271 Undergraduate Degrees
629 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 84 majors graduated from Lehigh University. Of these students, 1,271 received undergraduate degrees and 629 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 203 $71,409
Computer Science 103 $80,252
Mechanical Engineering 95 $68,497
Accounting 73 $71,520
Computer Information Systems 59 $70,490
General Psychology 56 NA
Industrial Engineering 52 $72,069
Chemical Engineering 46 $67,293
Civil Engineering 46 $67,220
General Biology 43 $37,096

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

Online Learning at Lehigh

19% Take At Least One Class Online
7% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 1,385 students took at least one online class at Lehigh University. This is an increase from the 450 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,385 482
2019-2020 450 400
2018-2019 412 320
2017-2018 365 296
2016-2017 478 284

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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