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Rank: 117

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PAwww.lehigh.edu
Lehigh is a private research university with especially strong business and engineering programs. The university spreads across more than 2,300 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 say they feel secure that they'll get jobs in their fields after graduation. Feeling adrift? Don't worry: Resident assistants 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 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 2018-2019
$67,500
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,500
Average price for low-income students
$20,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
26%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1330/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,337
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
97%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$12,914
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$24,300
Average salary within 3 years
$65,400
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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