Lehigh University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Campus view of Lehigh University in Autumn with Linderman Library in the middle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Lehigh University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 22%. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University is comprised of three contiguous campuses totally 1,600 acres. Lehigh offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs with engineering and business majors among the most popular. The university boasts an impressive 9-to-1 student/faculty ratio with an average class size of 29 students.

In athletics, the NCAA Division I Lehigh Mountain Hawks compete in the Patriot League. For its strengths in the arts and sciences, Lehigh earned a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. The university ranks among the top Pennsylvania colleges and top Middle Atlantic colleges.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Lehigh University admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Lehigh University had an acceptance rate of 22%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 22 were admitted, making Lehigh's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,622
Percent Admitted 22%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 37%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Lehigh University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 63% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 690
Math 650 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Lehigh's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Lehigh University scored between 620 and 690, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 650 and 760, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 760. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1450 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Lehigh University.

Requirements

Lehigh University recommends, but does not require, the SAT writing section. While also not required, SAT Subject test scores will be used for placement if submitted. Note that Lehigh participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Lehigh University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 37% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 29 34
Math 27 32
Composite 29 33

This admissions data tells us that most of Lehigh's admitted students fall within the top 9% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Lehigh University received a composite ACT score between 29 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 29.

Requirements

Lehigh University recommends, but does not require, the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Lehigh superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

Lehigh University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Lehigh University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Lehigh University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Lehigh University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Lehigh University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Lehigh has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and Lehigh writing supplement and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that Lehigh University does consider demonstrated interest in admissions decisions.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1250 or above (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 27 or better. Applicants with grades and scores above these lower ranges will have stronger chances of being accepted.