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3 College Freshman

Diversity: People are accepting if you do your own thing

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people I see are rich, white, rude snobs

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Diversity: Lehigh lacks diversity as far as race and class.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity the problem is accepting it.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most Lehigh students are upper-middle class (or above), straight, white, Christians. we have had several instances of discrimination on campus that the school does everything they can to cover up and act like it didn't happen.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
8%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
69%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
76%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 15%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 10%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The campus is accepting of the gay community, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the students. At such a homogenized school, any student considering coming out would probably be better off elsewhere.
Political Activity
Lehigh has a reputation as a fairly conservative campus, which isn't surprising given the sheer amount of wealth many of the students come from. The liberal group made itself known during the Obamam-McCain election-most students seemed to vote for Obama. Aside from presidential elections, however, there is a great deal of political apathy around campus.
Economic Status
It's no secret that Lehigh students generally come from a lot of money. Lehigh may as well adopt Audi's A4 as the official school car.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism and Judaism are the most popular. There is a sizable amount of students who attend church at Packer Chapel on Sundays, and many Jewish students attend synagogue on holy days.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Umoja House is dedicated to exploring African American and Hispanic traditions. Students in the Umoja House take an active role in planning a variety of social, cultural, and educational programs focused on learning more about these cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 30% Conservative
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 11% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 15% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 27% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 51 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 27 responses

  • 19% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 33% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 35% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 30% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 5% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 44% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 30% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 4% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 36 responses

  • 22% Very accepting.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 25% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 17% It's hard to be a minority here.

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