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Lehigh Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Lehigh University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
32.1%
Admission Difficulty for Lehigh University
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Lehigh and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,023 out of 15,649 applicants were admitted making Lehigh a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 12 percent. Lehigh University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Lehigh SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT
63%
SAT Scores for Lehigh University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for Lehigh University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1450
Average SAT Score 1370

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

Lehigh University typically requires applicants to be in the top 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Lehigh University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >44%
1365 to 1450 Avg + 32%-44%
1280 to 1365 Avg - 22%-32%
1195 to 1280 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 1195 Low <14%
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Lehigh ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
37%
ACT Scores for Lehigh University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Lehigh University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Lehigh regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 37 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lehigh University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Lehigh University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >44%
31 to 33 Avg + 32%-44%
29 to 31 Avg - 22%-32%
27 to 29 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 27 Low <14%
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Lehigh GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.81*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Lehigh University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Lehigh. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Lehigh University was 3.81 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Lehigh will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.81 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

64% of Lehigh University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Lehigh University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 64%
Top 25% of class 92%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Lehigh University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,723 8,926 15,649
Accepted 2,415 2,608 5,023
Acceptance Rate 36% 29% 32%
Enrolled 630 776 1,406
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 30% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

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

Lehigh University Admission Requirements
Test Scores 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

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

FAQs

Does Lehigh University prefer SAT or ACT?

63% of students submit their SAT scores to Lehigh. 37% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lehigh University?

32% of those who apply are granted admission to Lehigh. Admission competition is high 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 1280 and 1450. 63% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 29 and 33. 37% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.