#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Lehigh University overview
Location Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Online lehigh.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Lehigh University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Lehigh University, situated in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a private research institution founded in 1865. The university's campus spans over 2,358 acres, featuring the architectural imprint of the Asa Packer Campus with its blend of Gothic revival structures and modern facilities. Approximately 90 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia, the campus sits in close proximity to major urban centers in the region. Lehigh holds a reputation for academic rigor and has a selective admissions process. The most prominent academic programs include engineering, business, and economics, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research. It provides a residential experience for its students, with on-campus living options available throughout their studies. Lehigh University's athletic teams, known as the Mountain Hawks, compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League, with certain programs, particularly wrestling, recognized for their competitive stature.

In the most recent statistical year 15,163 prospective students applied, and 5,607 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,511 enrolled in the school.  6,611 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 783 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $58,970 plus fees of $960. Lehigh is ranked 54 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Lehigh is rated within the top 13% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Lehigh University overview
SAT 1340/1490
ACT 30/33
Estimated GPA 3.81

Applications Accepted

Lehigh University overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Lehigh University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$960
Room and Board $15,890
Budget for Other Expenses$1,065
Total One Year Cost$77,885

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$89,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

87% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Lehigh University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
Engineering 24%
Social Sciences 9%
Biology 5%
Psychology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=213543 IPEDS survey data for Lehigh University.

Current students may use the Lehigh University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.