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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the professors mean well with their class

5 College Freshman

Academics: The profs are always willing to help and they are understanding of everything.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A wide variety of courses are offered, and the coursework is manageable and interesting. The professors are not as passionate as I expected, but that could be because I am taking entry level courses right now.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in IBE (Integrated Business and Engineering). It's GREAT. It is a really nice community of students. The advisors provide us with a myriad of resources that help us figure out thing freshman year, and then as we get older too. It's an incredible program.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Lehigh has phenomenal academics. Professors are clearly very knowledgable in their given area. As long as you choose the right classes, you will have a great academic experience. Almost everybody graduates Lehigh with a great job.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 51 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 32 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 31 responses

  • 29% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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