Lehigh University is a private university that was established in 1865. It has a total of 5,178 undergraduate students. It is located in a city and covers an area of 2,355 acres. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks participate in 25 NCAA Division I sports and are members of the Patriot League. They play their home games at Lewis Katz Center for Sports & Entertainment.
As far as football programs go, they have had success over the years. They have won two conference championships (1902, 1903) and have made it to the playoffs twice. They went 8-0-1 in 2002 but lost in the first round to Miami (OH).
They were originally called the "Students' Interscholastic Athletic Association" and then changed its name to Lehigh University in 1969. The school's mascot is Puckett's lehigh, named after John J. Puckett, who served as president from 1902 to 1909.
He helped lead the university through a period of growth during which time it added several new buildings on its campus including Klein Hall, which was completed in 1900. Puckett died in office at the age of 44 after being hit by a car near his home in Bethlehem.
After his death, Lehigh University held a memorial service for him on the grounds of the university's main library.
Lehigh University is described as a "secret Ivy League." It is one of the country's most well-known research universities. Lehigh University is well recognized for its engineering and business schools, although many other fields are equally well-known. The university was founded in 1884 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
It has six colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health & Human Performance, Science & Technology, and Education. Each college contains multiple departments. There are more than 100 degree programs available at Lehigh. The largest group of students comes from the United States with approximately 28 percent coming from outside of Pennsylvania. International students make up about 16 percent of the student body. About 1 out of 5 students receives some sort of financial aid.
Princeton Review lists Lehigh as number 2 best value among private universities. It also ranks it second best in the nation for science and technology. For only being nine years old, Lehigh has very few dropouts or failing grades. 99 percent of those who enter medical school graduate, compared to 93 percent of those who start law school.
Students can expect to pay $50K - $100K dollars per year to attend Lehigh. However, there are many scholarships and grants that can be applied for. Also, because it is a small school, everyone knows each other and there is a strong community spirit.
Lehigh University is ranked among the top national universities in the United States. Lehigh is ranked 21st in the country for "best value" and 31st for "undergraduate instruction" among national institutions. In addition, Lehigh is ranked No. 58 among the "most innovative colleges."
These rankings are based on several factors, including research output, faculty productivity, return on investment, diversity of education experience, and access to learning resources. In addition, Lehigh is listed as one of the "top 100 schools for veterans' education" by the American Association of Universities.
Of particular note is that Lehigh is considered one of the most ethnically diverse universities in America. Lehigh's student body is approximately 9% Hispanic, 7% African American, and 3% Asian American. Also of interest is that Lehigh is classified as a "special doctoral university" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This means that Lehigh offers more than 300 courses per year at the doctoral level.
Students can choose from more than 40 majors and programs to pursue at Lehigh. There are also more than 150 clubs and activities available to participate in. The average tuition cost is $48,000 per year while the median is $20,000. However, there are many scholarships available that can reduce this number significantly for students who qualify.
Lehigh University's Academic Life Finance, General; Mechanical Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Accounting; and Marketing/Marketing Management, General are the most popular majors at Lehigh University. The average freshman retention rate is 94 percent, which is a sign of student happiness. Also notable is that only 1 in 5 students at Lehigh goes on to graduate school—a low rate compared to other colleges and universities.
Retention rates are high because Lehigh offers many opportunities for students interested in different fields. For example, there are more than 30 clubs and organizations for students to get involved in, including: academic teams (such as debate and forensics), art societies (such as photography and painting), business organizations (such as marketing and management), community service groups (such as volunteer work with local schools or hospitals), cultural groups (such as jazz band or choir), political action groups (such as Habitat for Humanity or AFS Intercultural Programs), religious organizations (including Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi and Islamic study group Circle K), social clubs (such as Quaker club or Vietnamese association), and sports teams (including baseball, basketball, football, and hockey).
There are also many jobs available after graduating from Lehigh University. The median salary for alumni who have completed some form of employment within six months of graduation is $45,000. This amounts to an annual salary of $90,000 before taxes and other costs of living.