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.