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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The traditions are fun; bed races, and Le-Lauf and stuff. There is the front lawn, which is a nice place to relax when it is warm. I don't really know what goes on around campus, but I know there are many campus activities - this year there was a cake wall, a Diwali festival, and free movies every Friday and Saturday. So its nice, I guess, if you go to those things.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The classes for freshmen seemed a bit on the high-schooly side, but they were alright towards the end. The building look very nice from the outside, but many of the older, brick buildings are kind of cruddy on the inside; especially the dorms, they kind have an 80s thing going on inside.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I think the campus is beautiful, maybe a little hilly and a tough workout, but many describe it as a Hogwarts-esque looking school. In the winter it is very nice to walk around campus. There are not many student "hangout" places except libraries and school buildings, which does suck during nice weather if you wanted to just go play soccer on the 'quad' (which doesn't exist to clarify). There are not many campus events but when the school needs to get together and drink there are usually plenty of times, especially things like Football weekend tailgates.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The main unique thing, which can be a good and bad thing depending on what kind of person you are, is the fact that most of social life is dominated by frats and sororities. If you are not in a frat, and a fairly good one at that, then you will not be partying or meeting many girls. If you are in a frat though you usually can party 4-5 days a week and have a good group of guys to hang out with.
One of the best weeks at probably any school is Lehigh-Laf week. Which is endless drinking for a week, that even the teachers understand most students come to class either drunk or just skip. It is probably the most fun week and I compare it to being better than spring-break.

5 College Senior

Facilities: It was definitely a lot of fun and I made tons of friends who I still keep in touch with.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 91st
    Best Library
  • 302nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 307th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 449th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 981st
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Hometown
Sudbury, MA
Major
English and Journalism
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There aren’t many complaints about Lehigh’s facilities, save for the gym. The gym is one of the most crowded facilities on campus, and the students feel it’s in serious need of an upgrade. Most of the cardiovascular machines are old, and the stationary machines are outdated, not to mention there aren’t nearly enough stations. The gym is an almost unbearable place to be during peak times, which is usually right after class ends at 4 p.m., but those in search of exercise should be able to find solace in the pool or basketball or volleyball courts.

Aside from the gym, the Ulrich Student Center is pleasant inside, although it could benefit from more shops or diversions. It’s also something of a social hub because it’s almost impossible not to bump into someone when you go to get your mail. Some complain about the layout of the campus, what with it being on a giant hill and all, but many would argue that the peaks and valleys are what give the school its character.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
83
Campus Size
2,000 acres
Student Centers
Ulrich Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Fairchild-Martindale Library
  • Linderman Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Square
  • Dorm Quads
  • The Hill
  • Johnny's Bagels
Bar on Campus
None, but there are several bars not far from campus
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Johnny's Bagels in Campus Square, Lucy's Café in the bottom of Linderman Library, and Baker's Junction in the upper UC
Movie Theater on Campus
The Kenner Theater in the Ulrich Student Center
School Slang
  • 100-Cup: A 100-cup version of Beirut created at Lehigh. Each team is comprised of four players. Play requires a case of beer as well as 100 cups per side. There is no re-racking; you merely place the empty cup right back where you picked it up, and the first team to clear all 100 cups wins, as long as the other team fails to hit their rebuttal shots. A Lehigh hallmark that many have attempted, but few can play without throwing up at least once during the the game.
  • Beirut Leg: Obtained by leaners, Beirut leg is a beer stain on the front of your pants.
  • The Bone: Rathbone Dining Hall.
  • The Brown and White: Lehigh's official school newspaper; also the school's official colors.
  • Brownies: Lehigh's version of rent-a-cop. The brownies, decked in all brown, patrol the Hill at night in search of unregistered parties. If they do indeed find one, they notify the Lehigh University police to break up the party.
  • Fairmart: Fairchild-Martindale Library.
  • Four-Cup: A very rare shot in Beirut in which there are only four cups remaining, and the ball actually lands and remains in the center of the four-cup square, ending the game.
  • The Goose: Goosey Gander deli, a student favorite. Also, fraternities tend to have a member nicknamed The Goose, as well.
  • Gryphon: Residence Hall Advisor.
  • The Hill: The area situated above the main campus where all of the fraternity houses are located, as well as a few sorority houses. The Hill is the main social hub at Lehigh until senior year.
  • Hotels: A popular fraternity party in which each brother's room contains a different mixed drink.
  • Leaning: Leaners are thought to have an unfair advantage in Beirut, but it's perfectly legal and may be advantageous to longer-limbed players.
  • Lower Cents: Centennial II freshman dorm.
  • M&M: McClintic & Marshall freshman dorm.
  • Mardi Gras: The biggest party of the year, generally held in April by Delta Phi fraternity, this indoor/outdoor party is always the wildest and drunkest party students will attend all year.
  • Registered party: Every party at Lehigh is supposed to be registered, which means security guards must be present and you need to be 21 in order to get a wristband, which enables you to drink. Registered parties are usually held every weekend, and can range from dance parties to cocktails.
  • TRACS: The free nightly van service around campus.
  • The UC: The University Center.
  • Unregistered party: These go on almost every night of the week. Lehigh considers an unregistered party any event in which more than 50 people are present and there is alcohol being consumed. And yet, more Beirut is played on a daily basis than any other activity at Lehigh. Go figure.
Traditions
  • Fraternity Rush: The time during which freshmen interested in going Greek must decide which house is the best fit for them. Rush events include dinners at the house, dinners at restaurants, Beirut tournaments, and trips to New York City. By the end of rush, freshmen should have an excellent idea of where to pledge.
  • Greek Week: Every year in April, the newly-initiated members from all the fraternities and sororities participate in Greek Week, filled with competitions ranging from hot-dog eating to dancing to a bachelor auction to Mr. Lehigh and Dream Girl contests. The house with the most points wins Greek Week. On top of the events, Greek Week is often cited as the most enjoyable week of the year, as fraternities have parties and barbeques scheduled all day and all night for the entire week. For many students, it will be the drunkest week of their lives.
  • Lehigh-Lafayette Football Game: The oldest rivalry in college sports, the Lehigh-Lafayette football game is a true classic. This weekend sees more alumni return than any other weekend throughout the entire year. Fraternities and sororities plan weekend-long events capped off by huge dinners on Saturday night. It's a great weekend to catch up with old friends and classmates and enjoy watching Lehigh annihilate Lafayette.
  • Sorority Rush: Sorority rush is much different than fraternity rush, as it lasts only two weeks and takes place at the beginning of spring semester. In this brief two-week period, freshman girls are supposed to decide which house will be the best fit for them for the next four years. Surprisingly, most girls wind up being happy with the decisions they make.
  • Tailgates: Tailgates are an incredibly popular, long-standing tradition. When Lehigh has a home football game on Saturday, many students wake up at 8 a.m. to start drinking. Fraternities have morning cocktails, followed by the actual tailgating near the football field. Tailgating is the only event at Lehigh where students don't have to worry about being caught drinking. Beer, barbeques, and fun in the sun-it doesn't get much better.
Urban Legends
The administration allegedly wants to get rid of every last fraternity.
Favorite Things To Do
Many students go to the gym between classes, take a jog around Lehigh's steep and hilly campus, or relax on the lawn of the University Center. The Zoellner Arts Center is host to entertainment of all kinds-plays, musical acts, ballet, and art exhibits. Although these activities tend to attract older residents of Bethlehem, students are slowly attending more events. There's no real area where students come together and congregate-Lehigh students have a tendency to bond very tightly with the people they live with, so a lot of time is spent in the dorms. Campus Square has outdoor seating, and students are beginning to take to it.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 400 student organizations on campus. The following is a partial list.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 31 responses

  • 16% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 29% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 6% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 30 responses

  • 47% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 37% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 10% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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