Diversity

Location
Bethlehem, PA
Undergrads
4,824
Tuition
$42,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity the problem is accepting it.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most Lehigh students are upper-middle class (or above), straight, white, Christians. we have had several instances of discrimination on campus that the school does everything they can to cover up and act like it didn't happen.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Lehigh has had some trouble with diversity, but they are doing an awesome job of uniting the campus, and I think its working.

2 College Junior

Diversity: A lot of people on campus are well off white kids. A large population from NY and NJ. There are very few black people on campus and sometimes hate is shown towards them. There are a ton of Asians on campus though.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is not very diverse at all. I am personally not of a minority, but I have friends who are. They don't all feel marginalized or unaccepted, but it is just a fact that Lehigh is not very diverse. Most students are not prejudiced and are accepting, but the few who aren't make the whole community look bad. The majority of students here are very wealthy and can throw money around like it's nothing. It is hard to be a poorer student here, because you will always feel somewhat lesser than all the rich students.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Hometown
Sudbury, MA
Major
English and Journalism
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Lehigh, despite its academic excellence, has a very poor track record regarding diversity. This doesn’t mean that diversity is nonexistent—in fact, there are a decent number of students of African American and Asian descent—but these small groups tend to stay very close to each other, which isn’t entirely surprising given Lehigh’s tremendous Caucasian population. The University has made attempts to help further integrate campus. The African American fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi was finally officially recognized by Lehigh several years ago, and a renovated fraternity house has been turned into the multicultural Umoja House, a residence hall in which students of all different ethnicities live together.

But Lehigh is still very much dominated by wealthy white students. The most prevalent religions are Judaism and Christianity, and a huge percentage of the student body hails from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, with a good number of the New Yorkers hailing from Westchester and Long Island. Despite the University’s efforts, Lehigh will still likely remain a very homogenous school for a long time.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
8%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
70%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
76%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 15%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 10%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The campus is accepting of the gay community, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the students. At such a homogenized school, any student considering coming out would probably be better off elsewhere.
Political Activity
Lehigh has a reputation as a fairly conservative campus, which isn't surprising given the sheer amount of wealth many of the students come from. The liberal group made itself known during the Obamam-McCain election-most students seemed to vote for Obama. Aside from presidential elections, however, there is a great deal of political apathy around campus.
Economic Status
It's no secret that Lehigh students generally come from a lot of money. Lehigh may as well adopt Audi's A4 as the official school car.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism and Judaism are the most popular. There is a sizable amount of students who attend church at Packer Chapel on Sundays, and many Jewish students attend synagogue on holy days.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Umoja House is dedicated to exploring African American and Hispanic traditions. Students in the Umoja House take an active role in planning a variety of social, cultural, and educational programs focused on learning more about these cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 32 responses

  • 12% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 28% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 31 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 26% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 13% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 23% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 23% Very accepting.

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