Lehigh University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Bethlehem, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
33 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Greek life
  • Playing Beirut
  • Forging incredibly close friendships
  • Fraternity parties

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parties frequently getting busted by cops
  • Parking tickets
  • Bethlehem winters
  • Sporadic weather

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Lehigh Student Reviews

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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.


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