Academics

Location
Bethlehem, PA
Undergrads
4,824
Tuition
$42,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am very challenged in academics

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Pushes you to be your best

4 College Freshman

Academics: I love Global Studies! And I'm happy I declared it already my first semester at Lehigh. It is an interdisciplinary major, so I will get to learn from professors from every school at Lehigh, I am also required to do a senior internship with some company, and am required to go on exchange, which would have happened either way, but now I get to worry less about getting credit, because that will be taken care of. Also the possibilities for double majoring are huge, and if i wanted to, I would probably have a lot of pre-reqs already done (again, because it is an interdisciplinary major).

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Personally, I disliked my first semester especially, purely because I was in classes that had people with waaay different interests than me, and sometimes I would just get really bored, because we would think on completely opposite wavelengths. Also, i felt I was being treated as a highschooler, with us just talking at/listening to the teacher instead of having intellectual, inter-student discussions. Second semester was better, and I was definitely more engaged in class. Registration was a pain in the ass; but not really too bad for me, because I'm a humanities major in a school of engineers.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The school really tries to narrow your focus so that you know what you want to do by the time you get out of college.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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