Wednesday, December 18, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

[Source: Lehigh University]

Picture yourself on a beautifully wooded campus spanning 2,358 acres, one of the largest private campuses in the country. More than 6,900 students call this hillside university "home." With four distinguished colleges, Lehigh strikes the perfect balance: It's an internationally recognized research university that has the atmosphere of a small college.

Lehigh is a premier private residential research university. More than 75,000 alumni from around the world have earned a Lehigh diploma, and nearly 97% of 2012 graduates have gone on to find career-related opportunities just six months after leaving campus.

Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia and is right in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic corridor. The Lehigh Valley region is home to about 750,000 people, giving students and the campus community plenty to do.

  • Website:
  • Private, 4-year or above
  • Established: 1865
  • Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree - research/scholarship

Schools and Colleges:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education
  • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
(Fall 2013)
  • Total enrollment: 7,080
  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,904
  • Total graduate enrollment: 2,165
  •  Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
  • Average class size: 28
  • Full-Time Faculty: 493
Student Body
(Fall 2013)

Total international student population: 1,008

  • International: 354 (7%)
  • Number of countries represented: 58
  • Full-time: 708

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3094
Undergraduate Admissions:

Morgan Volkart
Director of International Recruitment

Student Life

Lehigh University welcomes students from all over the world. It offers a number of services, programs, organizations, and events that help international students acclimate to their new environment, and to avail themselves of all the opportunities for intellectual and personal growth that the university offers.

Lehigh University offers a vast array of opportunities for engagement, including:

As part of the Lehigh family, you’ll be immersed in a welcoming and vibrant community where learning and living go hand in hand. We want your time on campus to be rewarding and enjoyable, both inside and outside the classroom.

Residential Services provides a clean, safe living environment for all students. Students can choose from a variety of residential options, including a traditional residence hall, an apartment or suite, a fraternity or sorority, or even special “theme” housing for students who share personal interests such as music, technology and the environment. Lehigh's residence halls are staffed and run by talented and supportive people who are eager to help you make the most of your time on campus.

Lehigh Dining Services offers a variety of on-campus dining locations and cafĂ© options, guaranteed to meet everyone’s schedules and please everyone’s palates. The Dining Services team has designed meal plans and options that emphasize great taste and good nutrition–everything from international fare, to vegetarian entrees, to freshly baked desserts.

International Admissions

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • Common Application and Lehigh Questions and Writing Supplement
  • $70 Application Fee 
  • Recommendations and Reports
  • School Report (including counselor recommendation) and Official High School Transcript
  • Teacher Recommendation (one)
  • Midyear Report Forms
  • Final Report
  • Official SAT or ACT scores, which must include the writing sub-score
  • International Student Certification of Finances
  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile or International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA). 

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must be completing or have completed the equivalent of 12 years of education (primary and secondary) or the program of study that leaves them eligible for admission to university-level study in the educational system in which they are enrolled. For example, students who are completing or who have only completed O level or GCSE/IGCSE study are not eligible to apply and should do so when they are completing the final year of A level study, or the equivalent.

Graduate Application Requirements

Prospective graduate students can learn more about the graduate admissions process here. Application requirements and deadlines vary by academic department.

Financial Aid

Lehigh offers financial aid to international students on a very limited basis. For more information about financial aid for international students, please visit the financial aid page for information for non-U.S. citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien living abroad, and you want to apply for federal financial aid, you must have a U.S. Social Security Number. You should apply for this at the local U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible.

English Proficiency

Must be submitted directly from ETS. (Although the TOEFL requirement will be waived for students who have scored 570 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading section, it is highly encouraged of all applicants whose first language is not English.)

[Source: Lehigh University]

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