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Lehigh University

Lehigh University is located on a large hill in Bethlehem, PA, in the Lehigh Valley. The school is about an hour north of Philadelphia. The architecture is mostly Gothic style, with a few modern buildings sprinkled in. There are approximately 4,800 students.

A student interested in Lehigh applies to one of four undergraduate colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences (38% of students), College of Engineering (32%), College of Business and Economics (27%) and Special Programs (3%). The College of Engineering, in particular, has a very strong reputation, and the College of Business is ranked in the Top 25 undergraduate business programs by Business Week.

Special Programs include a 5-year masters degree in Education, a 7-year B.A. program with Drexel University, and a B.A./M.D. Dentistry program.

Many Lehigh students take advantage of study-abroad programs, with over 200 programs in over 60 countries to choose from. On campus, 98% of students participate in an extracurricular activity. Approximately one-third of the students are involved in Greek life.

Lehigh athletes compete in the Division I Patriot League. The annual Lehigh vs. Lafayette football game is considered the sports rivalry event of the year. There are over 22 Varsity sports teams, as well as Club and Intramural sports offerings. The stadium seats over 16,000, and the basketball arena seats 5,600. The athletic center, Taylor Gym, is large and available for use to all students.

The alumni base at Lehigh is considered strong, and helpful in networking for jobs upon graduation. The school prints a handout with the average starting salary of Lehigh graduates in various fields, the graduate schools they attend, and the top employers, which include Lockheed Martin, Price Waterhouse and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Lehigh has tough academic standards for admission. The average SAT score of admitted students is 1300 – 1400 (out of 1600), and ACT score average is 28 – 32. 94% of admitted students are in the top 10% of their high school class. The top 10% of entering students receive merit scholarships from Lehigh. Students are expected to work hard and be challenged once they are at Lehigh, but they are also enthusiastically happy about the school.

Lehigh has two Early Decision dates: November 15, and January 1 (declare by January 15). Regular Decision deadline is January 1. 42% of matriculated students are accepted through ED.

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