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Lehigh University

Lehigh is a private research university with especially strong business and engineering programs. The university spreads across more than 1,600 acres in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and gives students easy access to Philadelphia and New York City. Lehigh students can take their pick of over 100 degree programs, and most say they feel secure that they'll get jobs in their fields after graduation. More than 1,000 of Lehigh's 7,000 students participate in research opportunities. Feeling adrift? Don't worry: Resident advisors are called Gryphons after the mythological beast tasked with guarding gold -- which, at Lehigh, refers to their fellow students. Greek life plays a prominent role on campus, and athletics, too, are a significant part of the university's culture. Lehigh's Division I football team has a longstanding rivalry with its counterpart at nearby Lafayette College. Every year, Spirit Week brings the school together for a series of events, including "bed races" in which student "jockeys" race in beds pushed by teammates. Keep an eye out for Clutch, the school's emerald-eyed mountain hawk mascot.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$68,900
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,700
Average price for low-income students
$13,620
admissions
Acceptance rate
25%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1350/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,057
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
97%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$12,724
student success
Graduation rate
86%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$23,580
Average salary within 3 years
$67,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
57%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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