Lehigh University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$47,920

4.49% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$27,478

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.9%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

26.1%

13,403 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

7,059

88.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

88.8%

1,073 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 (151 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (114 degrees), and Accounting (83 degrees).

In 2016, 2,131 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lehigh University. 48.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,273 degrees), 9.09 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $47,920, which is $22,064 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $47,920, which is $22,064 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,478.

In 2016, 50% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 41% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$47,920

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Lehigh University was $47,920. The cost of tuition at Lehigh University is $22,064 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$27,478

2016 Value

0.855%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Lehigh University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,478. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Lehigh University grew by 0.855%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,280

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lehigh University was of $12,280 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.37% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

50%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

41%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

50% of undergraduate students at Lehigh University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 1.96% with respect to 2015, when 51% 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.

1.9%

2015 Default Rate

18

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Lehigh University was 1.9%, which represents 18 out of the 947 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 13,403 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.36% annual growth. Out of those 13,403 applicants, 3,499 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 26.1% acceptance rate.

There were 7,059 students enrolled at Lehigh University in 2016, and 58% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lehigh University has an overall enrollment yield of 35.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

26.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

3,499

Accepted Out of 13,403

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lehigh University was 26.1% (3,499 admissions from 13,403 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 30.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 4.36%, while admissions declined by -104%.

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SAT Scores

58%

Submission Percentage

727

Scores Submitted

58% of enrolled first-time students at Lehigh University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lehigh University has a total enrollment of 7,059 students. The full-time enrollment at Lehigh University is 6,230 students and the part-time enrollment is 829. This means that 88.3% of students enrolled at Lehigh University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lehigh University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.7% White, 7.28% Hispanic or Latino, 7.07% Asian, 3.27% Black or African American, 1.94% Two or More Races, 0.113% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.085% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lehigh University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (37.3%), followed by White Female (27.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (4.66%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (17.3%), followed by White Female (13.9%) and Asian Female (1.71%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lehigh University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,059 students. The full-time enrollment at Lehigh University is 6,230 and the part-time enrollment is 829. This means that 88.3% of students enrolled at Lehigh University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2016 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 95%. 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

    4,214

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    514

  3. Asian

    499

The enrolled student population at Lehigh University is 59.7% White, 7.28% Hispanic or Latino, 7.07% Asian, 3.27% Black or African American, 1.94% Two or More Races, 0.113% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.085% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 295 students (4.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 77 fewer women than men received degrees from Lehigh University. The majority of degree recipients at Lehigh University are white (1,273 degrees awarded). There were 9.09 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lehigh University is General Finance (151 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (114 degrees) and Accounting (83 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 (661 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (74 degrees), and Physical Sciences (69 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 Miscellaneous managers (577,640 people), Physicians & surgeons (484,068 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (440,992 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (328,317 people), and Postsecondary teachers (315,232 people).

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (661 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (74 degrees), Physical Sciences (69 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (16 degrees), and Biology (123 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 Physicians & surgeons, Economists, Chief executives & legislators, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (661 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (74 degrees), Physical Sciences (69 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (16 degrees), and Biology (123 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 Hospitals (586,857 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (585,026 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (548,066 people), Computer Systems Design (500,466 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (345,255 people).

The most specialized majors at Lehigh University are Engineering (661 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (74 degrees), Physical Sciences (69 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (16 degrees), and Biology (123 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. 151 degrees awarded

  2. 114 degrees awarded

  3. 83 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lehigh University was General Finance with 151 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,104

  2. 1,027

In 2016, 1,104 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University, which is 1.07 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,027).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 154 degrees were awarded to men at Lehigh University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 6.42 times more than the 24 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 69 degrees were awarded to women at Lehigh University in Accounting, which is 1.13 times more than the 61 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

76%

100% Completion Time

87%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 76% of students graduating from Lehigh University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 87% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lehigh University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 3.36% of graduates (36 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,273 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    140 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    139 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lehigh University is white (1,273 degrees awarded). There were 9.09 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

4.04% of degree recipients (86 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    669 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    604 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    81 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lehigh University is white male (669 degrees awarded). There were 1.11 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (604 degrees).

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Operations

Lehigh University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.21B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $47.3M (3.9%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Lehigh University had a total expenditure of $368M. Of that $368M, they spent $162M on salaries and $368M on benefits.

Lehigh University employs 195 Professors, 156 Associate professors, and 109 Assistant professors. Most academics at Lehigh University are Male Professors (152), Male Associate professors(100), and Male Assistant professors (60).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lehigh University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 273 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 232 employees, and Management with 178 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.21B

2015 Endowment

0.224%

decline from 2014

Lehigh University has an endowment valued at about $1.21B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Lehigh University declined 0.224% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $942M 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. $26.5M - Federal

  2. $7.26M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Lehigh University received $26.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.26M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$162M

Salary Expenditure

$368M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Lehigh University had a total expenditure of $368M. Of that $368M, they spent $162M on salaries and $368M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Lehigh University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$162M

2015 Salaries

3.21%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Lehigh University paid a median of $162M in salaries, which represents 44.1% of their overall expenditure ($368M) and a 3.21% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.62% growth from 2013 and a 4% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$60.7M

Instructional Salaries

521

Number of Employees

In 2015, Lehigh University paid a total of $60.7M to 521 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

195 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

273 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lehigh University were Professor with 195 employees; Associate professor with 156 employees; and Associate professor with 109 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lehigh University were Office and Administrative Support with 273 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 232 employees; and Management with 178 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lehigh University was Male Professor with 152 employees, Male Associate professor with 100 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 60 employees.

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

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