Lehigh University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$54,790
4.4% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$26,631
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.32%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
32.1%
15,649 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
6,953
88.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
87.4%
1,063 Graduates

About

Lehigh University is a higher education institution located in Northampton County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Lehigh University were General Finance (201 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (111 degrees), and Computer Science (98 degrees).

In 2019, 2,030 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lehigh University. 46.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,180 degrees), 7.47 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (158 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $54,790, which is $26,290 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $54,790, which is $26,290 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,631.

In 2019, 51% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 38% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$54,790
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Lehigh University was $54,790. The cost of tuition at Lehigh University is $26,290 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$26,631
2019 Value
0.564%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Lehigh University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,631. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Lehigh University grew by 0.564%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,600
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lehigh University was of $13,600 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.66% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
38%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

51% of undergraduate students at Lehigh University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2% with respect to 2018, when 50% 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.
2.32%
2017 Default Rate
19
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Lehigh University was 2.32%, which represents 19 out of the 819 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Lehigh University received 15,649 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 0.173% annual growth. Out of those 15,649 applicants, 5,023 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 32.1% acceptance rate.

There were 6,953 students enrolled at Lehigh University in 2019, and 70% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lehigh University has an overall enrollment yield of 28%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

32.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
5,023
Accepted Out of 15,649

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lehigh University was 32.1% (5,023 admissions from 15,649 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 22.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 0.173%, while admissions grew by 44%.

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SAT Scores

70%
Submission Percentage
981
Scores Submitted

70% of enrolled first-time students at Lehigh University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lehigh University has a total enrollment of 6,953 students. The full-time enrollment at Lehigh University is 6,145 students and the part-time enrollment is 808. This means that 88.4% of students enrolled at Lehigh University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lehigh University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59% White, 8.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.77% Asian, 3.74% Black or African American, 2.83% Two or More Races, 0.129% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0719% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Lehigh University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (33.3%), followed by White Female (28.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (4.97%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (18.6%), followed by White Female (18.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.31%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lehigh University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,953 students. The full-time enrollment at Lehigh University is 6,145 and the part-time enrollment is 808. This means that 88.4% of students enrolled at Lehigh University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

93%
2019 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 93%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Lehigh University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,101
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    570
  3. Asian
    471

The enrolled student population at Lehigh University is 59% White, 8.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.77% Asian, 3.74% Black or African American, 2.83% Two or More Races, 0.129% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0719% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 254 students (3.65%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 152 fewer women than men received degrees from Lehigh University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lehigh University is white (1,180 degrees awarded). There were 7.47 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (158 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lehigh University is General Finance (201 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (111 degrees) and Computer Science (98 degrees).

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 (559 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (70 degrees), and Math & Statistics (61 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,002,657 people), Other managers (451,177 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (376,176 people), Civil engineers (284,083 people), and Postsecondary teachers (220,253 people).

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (559 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (70 degrees), Math & Statistics (61 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (18 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (160 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (559 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (70 degrees), Math & Statistics (61 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (18 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (160 degrees).

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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 (1,026,045 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (609,334 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (428,972 people), Construction (349,625 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (262,848 people).

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (559 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (70 degrees), Math & Statistics (61 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (18 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (160 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 201 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 111 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 98 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lehigh University was General Finance with 201 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,091
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
939
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,091 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University, which is 1.16 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (939).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 146 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University in General Finance, which is 2.21 times more than the 66 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 66 degrees were awarded to women at Lehigh University in General Finance, which is 0.452 times less than the 146 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

76%
100% Completion Time
86%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 76% of students graduating from Lehigh University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 86% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 87% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lehigh University is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.51% of graduates (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,180 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    158 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    139 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lehigh University is white (1,180 degrees awarded). There were 7.47 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (158 degrees).

3.89% of degree recipients (79 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    637 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    543 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    81 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lehigh University is white male (637 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (543 degrees).

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Operations

Lehigh University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.41B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $153M (10.9%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Lehigh University had a total salary expenditure of $415M. Lehigh University employs 189 Professors, 162 Associate professors, and 104 Assistant professors. Most academics at Lehigh University are Male Professors (145), Male Associate professors(99), and Female Associate professors (63).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lehigh University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 224 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 220 employees, and Management with 198 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.41B
2019 Endowment
4.33%
growth from 2018

Lehigh University has an endowment valued at about $1.41B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Lehigh University grew 4.33% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.1B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $28.6M - Federal
  2. $7.53M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Lehigh University received $28.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.53M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$180M
2019 Salaries
2.65%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Lehigh University paid a median of $180M in salaries, which represents 43.3% of their overall expenditure ($415M) and a 2.65% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.35% growth from 2017 and a 4.28% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$67.9M
Instructional Salaries
548
Number of Employees

In 2019, Lehigh University paid a total of $67.9M to 548 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
189 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
224 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lehigh University were Professor with 189 employees; Associate professor with 162 employees; and Associate professor with 104 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lehigh University were Business and Financial Operations with 224 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 220 employees; and Management with 198 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lehigh University was Male Professor with 145 employees, Male Associate professor with 99 employees, and Female Associate professor with 63 employees.

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

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