Lehigh University Admissions Statistics

Learn About Lehigh and the GPA and SAT / ACT Scores You'll Need

Campus view of Lehigh University in Autumn with Linderman Library in the middle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Lehigh is a highly selective university with a 25 percent acceptance rate. Applicants will need high grades and strong SAT or ACT scores to get in. Lehigh uses the Common Application and requires the main essay and a writing supplement. Letters of recommendation are encouraged.

Why You Might Choose Lehigh University

Located in picturesque Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University is situated on three contiguous campuses totally 1,600 acres. Lehigh is best known for its excellent engineering and applied science programs, but its college of business is nationally ranked and equally popular among undergraduates. The university boasts an impressive 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio with an average class size of 29 students.

For a school of its academic caliber, Lehigh has an impressive NCAA Division I athletic program. The Mountain Hawks compete in the Patriot League. The university's strengths in the arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. The university ranks among the top Pennsylvania colleges and top Middle Atlantic colleges.

Lehigh GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

Lehigh University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Lehigh University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Lehigh, and the GPAs are unweighted. If you want to see how you measure up, you can calculate your chances of getting in and see the real-time graph with a free account at Cappex.

Discussion of Lehigh's Admissions Standards

Lehigh University has highly selective admissions—only a quarter of all applicants will get in. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average (especially in math because of Lehigh's engineering strengths). 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 higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 27 or better. Have grades and scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances of receiving an acceptance letter.

Good grades and test scores, however, do not guarantee admission to Lehigh. You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Some students with numerical measures that were on target for Lehigh University were not admitted. The opposite is also true—a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Lehigh's admissions process is based on more than quantitative information. The university uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The Lehigh admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Students can further strengthen their applications by using Lehigh's supplement to the Common Application to demonstrate their interest in the university.

The university does consider demonstrated interest when making decisions.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • Lehigh University Acceptance Rate: 25%

Test Scores—25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 620 / 700
  • SAT Math: 650 / 730
  • ACT Composite: 29 / 32
  • ACT English: 28 / 33
  • ACT Math: 28 / 33

If you compare Lehigh's SAT scores to other top Pennsylvania colleges, you'll see that only a handful of schools have higher score ranges.

More Lehigh University Information

Lehigh's graduation rate is strong for a university with a strong focus in STEM fields. Engineering programs often take more than four years because of both the field's academic demands and co-op, internship, and research experiences. On the financial aid front, only 48% of Lehigh students receive any kind of grant aid from the university suggesting a large population of students from well-to-do families.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,059 (5,080 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 56% Male / 44% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,740
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,120
  • Other Expenses: $1,065
  • Total Cost: $65,925

Lehigh University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 69%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48%
    • Loans: 44%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $36,014
    • Loans: $8,341

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, English, Finance, Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse Golf, Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Basketball, Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country

If You Like Lehigh University, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to Lehigh University often apply to other strong colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Popular choices include Villanova University, Lafayette College, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Students looking beyond Pennsylvania should check out Boston University, Colgate University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. All of these schools are selective, but the admissions bar isn't all that different from Lehigh.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex. All other data from the National Center for Education Statistics.