Academics

Location
Bethlehem, PA
Undergrads
4,824
Tuition
$42,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

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

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 60th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 63rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 97th
    Most Available Classes
  • 110th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 112nd
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Hometown
Sudbury, MA
Major
English and Journalism
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The student body is essentially in agreement when it comes to Lehigh’s academics—if the professor makes the class interesting, the student will become much more fascinated by the subject. Students in the business and engineering schools tend to complain more often about boring classes, while liberal arts students seem more likely to praise their professors. A professor’s passion for the subject really makes all the difference. Lehigh’s workload isn’t impossible, but students are kept busy doing homework, group projects, or studying for tests.

Most professors at Lehigh are engaging, knowledgeable, and friendly. Every professor has office hours, and most are flexible if a student needs to meet outside of those hours. Lehigh has long been pigeonholed as an engineering and business school, but the administration has made excellent progress in establishing the credibility of the College of Arts and Sciences with the construction of the Zoellner Arts Center, as well the renovation of Coppee Hall, the home of the journalism department. (The excellence of the journalism department may be one of Lehigh’s best-kept secrets.) The new STEPS—Science, Technology, Environment, Policy & Society—development will prove to push Lehigh’s Arts and Sciences over the edge. The 135,000-square-foot green building will focus strongly on energy issues. Lehigh has earned its solid academic reputation, as well as the students’ unofficial motto: “Work hard, party hard.”

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
482
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
112
Total FT Faculty
630
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$106,598
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Graduation Rate
88%
Programs/Majors Offered
96
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 42%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education
  • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Finance, General: 5%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Fairchild-Martindale Library
  • Linderman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Give yourself ample time to study for exams.
  • Go to your major classes.
  • Have an idea of what you want to major in before coming to Lehigh.
  • Join a fraternity/sorority.
  • Network with your house's alumni.
  • Pick classes you think you will enjoy.
  • Stay away from 7:55 a.m. classes.
Did You Know?
  • "Brown Cow" was the nickname of the first Lehigh brown-and-white school bus.
  • Lehigh founder Asa Packer ran for president of the United States in 1868.
  • The last all-male class graduated from Lehigh in 1972.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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