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Reviews 789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Junior

Athletics: I enjoy the athletic facilities. They have everything needed to get a good workout and stay healthy. The gym is always clean and alive. They could use some bumper plates. Also, the gym is structured so that all of the girls run on treadmills and can look down at the lifting area.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lehigh has an interesting culture. It is Greek dominated. The students are attractive and dress well (fratty/preppy). Students can be stuck-up and act as if they are CEOs even though they've never even had a job. But many students are ready to have intellectual conversations and discover shared interests/hobbies/passions.

But Lehigh also has a very self-destructive culture and students often make dumb decisions as they become overtaken by a hive mind / mob-mentality. The frats take pleasure in moral depravity and drug abuse. The school could use a more intelligent, responsible, respectful student body - but those days may be gone due to the influence of the media on expectations of college students in regards to partying, drug-abuse, and sex.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a few scholarships through the school by filling out a simple survey. They are there if you want to work for them.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Industrial Engineering at Lehigh provides an excellent opportunity for future career success. The courses could be presented in a more interesting way with more application. A lot of theory is taught with the banking style of education - lectures - with little class involvement. Some courses are more interactive.

The facilities have good labs with fast computers, new tools, and easy access. The only downside to the IE building on campus is the poor lighting and slow elevator.

The internship and job opportunities are definitely present and Lehigh is well connected with potential employers. Students seek them out individually, so make sure to learn about the process early on. And on that note, the advising is probably one of the worst aspects of the program.

5 College Junior

Academics: Lehigh offers you the potential to have an excellent academic experience, but you will need to navigate the system and learn how to play the game. The school needs to work on its first year programs so that students know how to be succcessful early on in their college careers. The class sizes can be large for some of the 100 level courses, but as you move on in your degree they become smaller. The lighting also was not the best in some of the older buildings and I found it to be one of the worst aspects of the facilities.

The workload is intense. Lots of problem sets are to be expected. You have to stay on top of your work throughout the semester. Students should try to attend as many office hours as possible and seek out tutoring, which is often readily available, as a means of preventing any slipping in courses.

The professors are sometimes foreign and difficult to understand and some of them are just not meant to be teachers; they're researchers. They can be disorganized and often will not update the course website. It amazes me how poorly structured some of the courses are despite being older topics such as Calculus. They should have mastered the teaching technique by now, yet it still changes yearly and not always in the right direction.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Lehigh could use a little more campus strictness from the student body in restraining itself. The school is filled with self-destructive people and mentalities.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It is not hard to apply and the awards are promptly distributed.

4 College Junior

Academics: I find the course work to be challenging but not overwhelming. I can succeed.

4 College Junior

Academics: The registration process is always stressful but I feel the quality of the courses offered are top-notch.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I have visited Taylor Gym many times and I find that most students feel that a healthy lifestyle is important.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I have ventured over to North Bethlehem before and it is definitely a historic place!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I feel like Sodexo foods are alright but not that great. It would be great if Lehigh added something like Chiptle in Upper or even redid the food menu.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel like Lehigh University offers a great blend of an academic life and social life. Due to its small class size, you get to know each other well and have a chance to interact with the professor.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Bethlehem is not the most interesting out there unless you make it or have a car to explore it. Bethlehem has charm and beauty but some may be put off.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Lehigh is some of the best in the countries and provide the best parties. Non-greeks, mainly athletes, that do want to be a part of the party scene can easily come to parties through friends and such. The only problem with greek life is a lot of times there is dislike between certain frats and sororities but I guess that is impossible to avoid.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local atmosphere is honestly horrible. Lehigh is situated in a very poor neighborhood and with most Lehigh students being wealthy white students the local demographic, blacks, (not to be racist) does not really like the students. Many students get robbed right on campus and off campus houses are easily broken into. There is no shopping within walking distance and probably 2 ok fast food places. The parking is not bad and the nightlife is just a couple crappy bars and nothing else. You get over it pretty easily though because most everyone who lives off campus lives next to each other, so parties and such are fairly close and most of your neighbors are other Lehigh students.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There scholarships available for every student who makes the Dean's List.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors I have met with are very nice and helpful. They help whenever I ask through email, and they spend a good chunck of their time helping students who still have questions.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The campus has more than one gym. The most often used gym has several floors, a swimming pool, basketball courts, squash courts, rock wall climbing and rooms for cardio and weight lifting

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Economically challenged area although lots of revitalization plans

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have a large double In the choice dorm. It's been a great experience

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I really have never felt unsafe on campus

1 College Freshman

Parking: Bethlehem police ticket the cars if meters run out. Metered parking

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received aid to cover my full demonstrated need

College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not a partied. Nightlife is what u make it. I hang out with friends, go to dance club and pretty much chill after a hard day of classes


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Linderman Library
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Linderman Library Linderman Library A historic feeling is sensed immediately whenever you enter Linderman Library, one of the oldest university libraries in the nation. With more than 400,000 volumes in the humanities, it houses most of the reference materials for liberal arts research.
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Charlie Gimber
Sudbury, MA
English and Journalism
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There’s nothing quite like being an undergraduate at Lehigh University. There’s a reason why many people call college “the best four years of your life,” and that statement applies to Lehigh perfectly. It may not be in the greatest town in the world—the winters can be harsh, and the student body is incredibly homogenous, but Lehigh students love their school. The professors are mostly knowledgeable and friendly, and academics play a huge role in any college student’s experience, but the friendships forged and the outstanding social life are what make Lehigh students fall head over heels for their school. Freshmen enter Lehigh unsure of what awaits them and emerge four years later wishing there was a way they could stay for another four years. You’re thrown together in various dorms in hopes that you’ll be able to coexist with one another, and for the first time in your life, you have unlimited freedom—you take classes you hate and eat horrible meals in the dining halls, but the Hill still has an intriguing, almost otherworldly aura about it.

From freshman through senior year, each has its own distinctive memories, and the entire four-year duration can almost feel like a dream at times. Many have called their time at Lehigh a fantasy, and there are few other experiences in life where that statement will be applicable.

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