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Lehigh Admission Requirements

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Lehigh University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Lehigh University
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Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lehigh is 46%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in Pennsylvania and the 178th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Lehigh and can you get accepted?

Lehigh is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 6,485 out of the 14,107 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 7 percent on standardized admission tests. Lehigh University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.81. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Lehigh?

46% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Lehigh University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.81 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1410 on the SAT
  • Score 32 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Lehigh GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Lehigh University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Lehigh are to have around a 3.81 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Lehigh will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Lehigh is 3.81 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #9 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Lehigh is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.81 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Lehigh SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Lehigh University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 36% of students submitted SAT scores and 18% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Lehigh University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 645
Math 25th Percentile 680
Composite 25th Percentile 1325
SAT Scores for Lehigh University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 730
Math 75th Percentile 760
Composite 75th Percentile 1490
Average SAT Score 1410

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Lehigh University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Lehigh is 1410 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1325-1490. Students who get into Lehigh University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Lehigh ranks #6 in the state of Pennsylvania and #71 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1410 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Lehigh regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1325 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1325, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1240, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Lehigh University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1410 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1407, you have around a 46% chance of being admitted. A 1490 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 62% chance of getting in.

Lehigh University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1490 and Above Good >62%
1407 to 1490 Avg + 46%-62%
1325 to 1407 Avg - 31%-46%
1243 to 1325 Reach 19%-31%
Less than 1243 Low <19%
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Lehigh ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Lehigh University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 31
Math 25th Percentile 28
Composite 25th Percentile 30
ACT Scores for Lehigh University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 34
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Lehigh?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Lehigh is 32, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 30 and 34.  The school ranks #5 in Pennsylvania and #66 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 32. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 30 and score in the score in the top 7 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 28.

18 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lehigh University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Lehigh University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Lehigh for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 32 score has around 46% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 62% with a 34 ACT score.

Lehigh University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >62%
32 to 34 Avg + 46%-62%
30 to 32 Avg - 31%-46%
28 to 30 Reach 19%-31%
Less than 28 Low <19%
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High School Class Rank

66% of Lehigh University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Lehigh University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 66%
Top 25% of class 89%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Lehigh University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,790 7,317 14,107
Accepted 3,484 3,001 6,485
Acceptance Rate 51% 41% 46%
Enrolled 726 793 1,519
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 26% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 31 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Lehigh University is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Lehigh University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Lehigh University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Lehigh University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Lehigh is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.81 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1410 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1490 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 32 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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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.


Does Lehigh University prefer SAT or ACT?

36% of students submit their SAT scores to Lehigh. 18% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lehigh University?

46% of those who apply are granted admission to Lehigh. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Lehigh University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1325 and 1490. The average SAT score is 1407. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Lehigh University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. The average ACT score is 32. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.