Location: Bethlehem, PA
Funding: Coeducational, nondenominational, private
Size: 4,904 undergraduates
Percent Women: 44%
Tuition (one year): $43,220
Room and Board: $11,560
Most Popular Majors: Finance, General; Mechanical Engineering; Accounting; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; and Psychology, General
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 32.58%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Lehigh’s website at http://www4.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad.
Why Choose Lehigh?
"I loved the campus and the fact that it seemed like everyone was focused on their studies but also had fun at the same time. Also IBE sets Lehigh apart from other schools I was considering."
"I took a tour in high school and I fell in love with the campus. I got waitlisted my first time applying and decided to try again. During the year I was applying for transfer I met some Thetas that became close friends with me and supported me through the transfer process. I knew Lehigh was the place for me after my experience with the people."
"I applied to Lehigh because of it's reputation as a top ranking school, but once I visited and met some of the students I realized it was more than that and something that I wanted to be a part of."
"I applied to Lehigh because it was a challenging school for a science oriented major and I loved how walking onto the campus made it feel like a movie set. It was also fairly close to home, so I wasn't completely cut off from my family."
"I applied to Lehigh because of it's relatively close location to my home, as well as it's well known engineering college. IBE (integrated business and engineering) is a unique type of degree not offered at many other universities, so it really set Lehigh apart. As a prospective student, I loved the campus- it's beautiful all year around- and it's just the right size- most everything is within walking distance. Being able to meet other prospective students with similar majors also helped."
"I wanted a school that was highly respected, had good academics, an engineering program and an active social life. Lehigh has all of that. I also visited campus and stayed overnight and felt at home when I was here."
What are your favorite parts about Lehigh?
"The campus is gorgeous. Every building is beautiful and has its own secrets and history."
"The community is very tight knit and the teaching staff is extremely helpful and genuinely cares."
"The best parts about Lehigh are the campus sights and Le-Laf."
What are some of Lehigh's traditions?
"Le-Laf is a huge tradition and other events such as Greek Week, Late Night Lehigh Events, intramural sports, and watching sports are well-known on campus."
"Bed races! Le Laf football game, Turkey Trot, SunDaze, Orientation Carnival & Steel Stacks, Founder's Day."
What do you love about being a student here?
"The people are super friendly. Greek life is very social. Everyone knows each other. "
"I love that I'm surrounded by creativity and warmth everyday on campus. I love studying in Linderman, I love hanging out with my friends and enjoying typical college things in an above awesome environment."
"I love that I go to Lehigh. When I go home people always talk about how much they love Lehigh. Also, it's a great community with smart and motivated people."
What needs to be improved at Lehigh?
"Central AC in all buildings."
"The administration doesn't seem to have a common goal or direction for the school and it's beginning to show."
"Lehigh needs to be more cohesive, inclusive, and diverse."
"Diversity and there are so many stairs. And the line for the dining halls is kind of long at noon."
What are the worst parts about Lehigh?
"The Greek System can be superficial and exclusive."
"Stereotyping and elitist attitude (among "top" frats and sororities)"
"If you don't find your group fit at Lehigh, you feel left out."
New Collegiette on Campus
What is it like to be a first year at Lehigh?
"First year was the best at Lehigh! You learn the ropes, which can be frustrating because you don't know much, but I loved being on the lower campus and having dining halls where you see so many people and keep meeting new faces."
"It's fun and hard at the same time. Fun because going out is easy and people love freshman (for the most part), but hard because college work is so much different than high school work."
"So much fun, everyone wanted to be your friend and school work wasn't too difficult yet. Everyone is open minded freshmen year."
Are there any prelusion trips/did you go on one?
"OAP was amaze balls!!!!!! I made so many close friends on it and am so happy I went."
"Yes- GlobaLehigh. It was long and kind of boring, but I met some of my close friends and I liked being on campus early. Overall, i'd recommend doing a prelusion to anyone who has the money and time."
What does orientation entail?
"Too much time."
"A lot of meetings and tours, but also fun things like a Carnival and a night at Steel Stacks."
"Lots of bonding activities, getting to know other freshmen and getting to know Bethlehem and reflecting on yourself and your life goals/personality/beliefs."
"Waking up early and doing a lot of ice breakers."
Are there any special traditions for first year students?
"There's the kick off event where the class from fifty years ago joins your new class, but I'm class of 2015 so I wouldn't know anything about that."
"There is a First Year rally at the end of orientation and a carnival that weekend to help with mingling. Also, upperclassmen help you move in."
All About Academics
What is the workload like?
"Difficult but manageable. It is extremely manageable if you are not an engineer or an accountant."
"The curve is set up, I think, so that the coursework is gradual and seems appropriate for the major and year."
"Manageable, if you took lots of AP classes in high school, it's a lot like that, but the reading is even more vital than in high school. The professors can only fit so much into 50 minutes two or three times a week, so a lot is on your own."
"There's a lot of work depending on what classes you're taking/what school you're in. Most of my friends are engineers, so they have a lot of technical homework for the sciences and math. My friends in CAS or the business school have a lot more work that's reading based."
How does the advising system work?
"If you have an adviser that answers your questions and notices that you have potential then you are set. You have to make an appointment before the end of each semester to get a pin number to register. Registering is very complicated but as long as you are on top of your game it can be very easy. Myedu.com is a must."
"You're assigned an advisor as a freshman, and once you declare your major they may change your advisor to better suit your academic needs."
What is course registration like?
"Harder freshman year as everyone is trying to cram into a lot of the same courses. It gets easier."
"It is easier to get into the classes you want to take as you get more credits and can register earlier. However, if you're following a strict major path, you'll be signing up for classes only your grade level is signing up for, and so they will most likely not be full by the time you register."
"Yes and no. I had early registration in addition to sophomore status (I came in with a bunch of credit), so I got all of my classes when I wanted them no problem. Everyone is able to get the classes they need, but not always at optimal times. "
How easy is it to fill the general academic requirements?
"Fairly easy, it takes a lot to get off course unless you switch majors at which point its relative to the similarity to your old major and what year you are."
Do you spend a ton of time in the library?
"I go to FML because I like to concentrate when I study. Linderman is for people who can socialize and study at the same time. It is not my prime suggestion if you want to get good grades."
"Depending on the major and workload, some people do. However, there are always those who prefer their room to study in or those who are very efficient and adept at studying and so the amount of time they actually spend doing that is minimal."
Learn From The Best
Who are the best/most popular/your favorite professors?
"BILL BEST, Keith Schray, Frank Gunter, James Femister."
What have been your favorite classes?
"Anything with Bill Best (engineering professor), CSE 2, MAT 33"
"CSE 297 Web Applications and CSE 109 Systems Engineering"
"Fundamentals of Bioengineering, Intro to Psychology, Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering"
"Business 001 with Dave Woods. It was very easy and he made the class fun."
Do people go to office hours?
"Always, I recommend it. Sometimes Google can't answer all of your questions. Plus the professor is the one grading the work. You might as well get first-hand advice. Plus it will help if you need a recommendation of some sort for a future job."
"Depending on the major and class, yes! Honestly more people should."
Interests & Involvement
How do people find out about clubs and join?
"The club fair during the first week of classes. It takes place on the UC Front Lawn. Every club has a table for students to see what the club does and to sign up."
What are some of the most popular clubs?
"Student Senate, club sports"
"Engineers Without Borders, New Places New Faces, Frisbee team!"
"Frisbee and Greek Life are probably the most popular clubs along with ASA or Student Senate."
What have you enjoyed about your involvement with a club or organization?
"Wind ensemble was a great experience. I hadn't played trumpet for a long time. Getting back in a group was extremely rewarding."
"Great sense of community and it keeps you busy while learning valuable skills and making good connections."
"Running Club is amazing. "
This year is the 150th Game against Lafayette! #Rivalry150
Is it popular to attend sporting events at your school?
"Football but mocos are more widely attended than the actual game."
"Football games and occasionally basketball (WE BEAT DUKE)"
Does your school offer intramural or club sports?
"YES! Greek houses all take part in intramurals also. There is a ton of club sports, and I'm on Club Cross Country."
"Lehigh has both intramural and club sports for most of the same sports that are also varsity sports."
Do many students participate in sports?
"Yes, Lehigh is a very athletic campus. Even if you don't want to try, you can't avoid the hills!"
"I think a third of the campus is varsity athletes and a large portion of everyone does something active related"
Is there a separate athlete culture?
"Athletes are like a separate club or culture almost like greek life. Sometimes they merge out of that mold, but mostly they are labeled as an athlete and are friends with athletes."
"A little, but not like bigger universities. Athletes have their own schedules after classes, but they aren't treated much differently than the rest of the student population."
"I think to a certain extent there is. Just because athletes spend so much time at goodman or practicing that athletes kind of clump together. A lot of athletes don't have any NARP friends (non athletic regular people)."
What is it like being a woman on campus?
"Interesting. Especially as an engineer. My professors have been giving me the tools to overcome any gender issues I may have in my workplace, which in effect, is my campus"
"There are more men than women on campus, but I think women rule the campus so that is empowering."
What do girls wear?
"Parties: skirt, heels/flats, cute top, nothing overtly unacceptable. Class: leggings/jeans, boots/sperrys, anything really. That's just me"
"Girls are typically preppy. Think causal J. Crew catalog."
Are there women’s clubs, women’s organizations, a women’s resource center, or a women’s studies program?
Yes. All of the above.
How do women feel about the gender ratio on your campus?"The gender ratio doesn't bother me with such a large total number of undergrads. It isn't that noticeable."
Food & Drink
Generally, how is the food? Do you like the food?
"ok. I prefer to stay away from dining halls because food produced in bulk doesn't usually get the TLC that my taste buds need"
"The food is not bad for dining hall food and you learn to find things you don't hate to eat."
"The food is okay and good sometimes, it just gets really repetitive and boring sometimes."
Where is your favorite place to eat on campus?
"Common grounds or Johnny's"
"I like Upper Court for meal swipes and Johnnies or the fudtruk for goldplus"
How easy is it to access a kitchen?
"There is a kitchen in every residence hall, it just might be a few floors away."
"In the first year dorms it's easy. I live in richards and we can go down there anytime and make something/use the stuff."
What are some of the best meals/food items that people get excited for?
"I like breakfast but the fave on campus is chicken finger friday"
"I loved the pasta at rathbone, but everyone raves about chicken finger friday."
Are there restaurants or fast food places on campus or within a short walking distance?"There are, but most (and the better ones) are on the north side which requires a car or a longer walk.""I love going to the goose or johnnys."
What do people do on weekends?
"Anything they want; go out, go home, movie nights, volunteer."
How prevalent is alcohol use?
"Alcohol use is really prevalent but not necessary."
"Similar to most colleges."
How prevalent is drug use?
"Drug use is slightly less prevalent but definitely exists."
"Drugs are bad. it's not something i know much about"
Do you think people feel pressured into drinking on weekends?
"I do not think so. Those who do not want to are confident enough in that to not feel pressured."
"Not at all. Everyone is very "do your own thing" here, you just need to find your place."
"If you're uncomfortable with peer pressure then you are hanging out with the wrong people."
What are some alternatives to drinking or going to a party on a typical weekend?
"There are events held at Lamberton for Late Night Lehigh to encourage an alternative activity."
"Sleeping, eating, netflix"
Do people tend to stick with one friend group, or are they open to meeting new people?
"People are more likely be open to meeting new people first semester freshman year, specifically in the beginning, although it does depend on the person."
Do you feel the social scene is more inclusive or exclusive?
"Inclusive at first then exclusive once you join a house "
"Exclusive if you are not a friendly person and are in denial about how to socialize"
"The social scene gets gradually more exclusive as the year progresses."
"Inclusive more so in the first semester rather than the second (when rushing and pledging start)."
Do people go to parties during the week?
"Partying starts anywhere from Monday through Sunday depending on the week. Average would be Tuesday Wednesday or Thursday."
"It's usually all week."
How easy is it to get around at night?
"Very, thanks to TRACS and people who can afford the parking pass price"
"Getting around is all walking unless you take the free bus service, but TRACS is very slow."
What are the dorms like, especially as a freshman?
"Dorms are very average but nice because they provide a smaller community in a big first year class."
"I live in richards, so the rooms are big, but everywhere else everyone is cramped with their roommate."
Are there different housing options?
"There are housing options such as CHOICE (substance free living) and the multicultural house. After freshman year, there is greek life and other options."
"Yes there are many options for people who prefer not to live in the traditional dorms."
Can you pick a roommate or are you randomly assigned?
"I was randomly assigned a roommate that I love although you can pick one."
"I had a single and then chose and roommate and moved halfway through the first semester."
How safe are the dorms?
"The dorms are fairly safe as long as everyone inside them agrees to promote that feeling."
"As safe as any building with people constantly coming and going."
Where are the freshman dorms located on campus?
"The freshman dorms are located above and to the left side of campus. They are on the outskirts, but they are the closest residential buildings to campus."
Is it popular to live off-campus as an upperclassman?
"Yes! Starting junior year, people start to move off-campus."
"Seniors live off campus"
Do the dorms do any bonding activities?
"The dorms have activities facilitated by their hall assistants (Gryphons)."
"Yes, our gryphon organizes a few dinners, coffee talks, we watch movies together and just hang out."
"We have events every so often, but at least at my dorm we all bond in the lounge and watch movies together"
What is Bethlehem like?
"South is a bit scary if you aren't cautious. North is fun if you have a car and money"
"Bethlehem is commonly referred to as sketchlehem, but it isn't entirely bad. You just need to be safe when in it."
How is the relationship between Lehigh and Bethlehem?
"Don't get in trouble by a Bethlehem cop. They will find any excuse to ticket you. Lehigh Police (LUPD) is much more understanding"
"It's okay, but Lehigh definitely spruces up the latter."
What do you like best about Bethlehem?
"The historical aspect of it. just knowing that i am a part of something gorgeous "
"I like that the north side balances the south side and has more options for recreational fun."
What don’t you like about Bethlehem?
"The south side isn't that safe."
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