Lehigh University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$58,970
3.49% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$30,453
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.484%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
37%
15,163 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
7,394
89.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
91.2%
1,138 Graduates

About

Lehigh University is a higher education institution located in Northampton County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Lehigh University were General Finance (197 degrees awarded), Computer Science (138 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (80 degrees).

In 2022, 2,137 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lehigh University. 50.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,338 degrees), 7.96 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (168 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $58,970, which is $28,820 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $58,970, which is $28,820 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,453.

In 2022, 55% of undergraduate students attending Lehigh University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 37% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$58,970
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Lehigh University was $58,970. The cost of tuition at Lehigh University is $28,820 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$30,453
2022 Value
3.44%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Lehigh University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,453. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Lehigh University grew by 3.44%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,330
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lehigh University was of $15,330 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

55%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
37%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

55% of undergraduate students at Lehigh University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 31.3% with respect to 2021, when 80% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.484%
2019 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Lehigh University was 0.484%, which represents 4 out of the 827 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Lehigh University received 15,163 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 7.49% annual growth. Out of those 15,163 applicants, 5,607 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 37% acceptance rate.

There were 7,394 students enrolled at Lehigh University in 2022. 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lehigh University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

37%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,607
Accepted Out of 15,163

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lehigh University was 37% (5,607 admissions from 15,163 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 46%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 7.49%, while admissions declined by −13.5%..

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage (2022)
552
Scores Submitted (2022)

37% of enrolled first-time students at Lehigh University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lehigh University had a total enrollment of 7,394 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Lehigh University is 6,611 students and the part-time enrollment is 783. This means that 89.4% of students enrolled at Lehigh University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lehigh University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.9% White, 9.13% Hispanic or Latino, 8.71% Asian, 4.69% Black or African American, 3.37% Two or More Races, 0.0811% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0541% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lehigh University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (32.1%), followed by White Female (27.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.22%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (19.5%), followed by White Male (18.6%) and Asian Female (2.47%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lehigh University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,394 students. The full-time enrollment at Lehigh University is 6,611 and the part-time enrollment is 783. This means that 89.4% of students enrolled at Lehigh University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Lehigh University was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Lehigh University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,279 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    675 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    644 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Lehigh University is 57.9% White, 9.13% Hispanic or Latino, 8.71% Asian, 4.69% Black or African American, 3.37% Two or More Races, 0.0811% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0541% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 185 students (2.5%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 21 more women than men received degrees from Lehigh University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lehigh University is white (1,338 degrees awarded). There were 7.96 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (168 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lehigh University is General Finance (197 degrees awarded), followed by Computer Science (138 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (80 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Lehigh University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (466 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (59 degrees), and Math & Statistics (47 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Software developers (1,052,593 people), Other managers (498,530 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (402,275 people), Civil engineers (293,265 people), and Postsecondary teachers (234,592 people).

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University in 2022 are Engineering (466 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (59 degrees), Math & Statistics (47 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (97 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (193 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (466 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (59 degrees), Math & Statistics (47 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (97 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (193 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Computer Systems Design (1,111,828 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (508,764 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (469,675 people), Elementary & secondary schools (367,268 people), and Construction (349,612 people).

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (466 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (59 degrees), Math & Statistics (47 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (97 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (193 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Lehigh University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 197 degrees awarded
  2. 138 degrees awarded
  3. 80 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lehigh University was General Finance with 197 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,058
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,079
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,058 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University, which is 0.981 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,079).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 144 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University in General Finance, which is 2.25 times more than the 64 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 64 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University in General Finance, which is 0.444 times less than the 144 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

79%
100% Completion Time
88%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 79% of students graduating from Lehigh University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 89% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Lehigh University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.04% of graduates (46 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,338 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    168 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    154 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lehigh University is white (1,338 degrees awarded). There were 7.96 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (168 degrees).

2.53% of degree recipients (54 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    687 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    651 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    85 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Lehigh University is white female (687 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (651 degrees).

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Operations

Lehigh University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.68B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−2.31%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Lehigh University had a total salary expenditure of 455M. Lehigh University employs 205 Professors, 177 Associate professors and 129 Assistant professors. Most academics at Lehigh University are Male Professor (156), Male Associate professor (99), and Female Associate professor (78).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lehigh University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 238 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 212 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 209 employees.

Endowment

$1.68B
2022 Endowment
5.87%
decline from 2021

Lehigh University has an endowment valued at about $1.68B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Lehigh University declined 5.87% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.31B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$190M
2022 Salaries
2.57%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Lehigh University paid a median of $190M in salaries, which represents 41.9% of their overall expenditure ($455M) and a 2.57% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$73.9M
Instructional Salaries
564
Number of Employees

In 2022, Lehigh University paid a total of $73.9M to 564 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
205 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
238 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lehigh University were Professor with 205 employees, Associate professor with 177 employees, and Assistant professor with 129 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lehigh University were Business and Financial Operations with 238 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 212 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 209 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lehigh University was Male Professor with 156 employees, Male Associate professor with 99 employees, and Female Associate professor with 78 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Lehigh University.

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