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.”