Chances of getting into Lehigh University

Lehigh University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Lehigh University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Lehigh and can I get accepted? The school has a 22% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,488 out of 15,622 applicants were admitted making Lehigh a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical 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 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Lehigh SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Lehigh University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1270
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 1360

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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 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1180. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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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 >32%
1360 to 1450 Avg + 22%-32%
1270 to 1360 Avg - 14%-22%
1180 to 1270 Reach 9%-14%
Less than 1180 Low <9%
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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
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Lehigh University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
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 #5 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 37 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lehigh University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Lehigh University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >32%
31 to 33 Avg + 22%-32%
29 to 31 Avg - 14%-22%
27 to 29 Reach 9%-14%
Less than 27 Low <9%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Lehigh University. 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. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Lehigh is a very selective school.

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Admission Statistics

Lehigh University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,993 8,629 15,622
Accepted 1,780 1,708 3,488
Acceptance Rate 25% 20% 22%
Enrolled 611 664 1,275
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 39% 37%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Lehigh University and what considerations affect 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 IPEDS survey data for Lehigh University.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

22% of those who apply are granted admission to Lehigh. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1270 and 1450. 63% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

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.