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Lehigh University
LUwithShield-CMYK.svg
MottoHomo minister et interpres naturae (Latin)
Motto in English
Man, the servant and interpreter of nature
Type Private
EstablishedJuly 27, 1865
Endowment $1.412 billion (2019) [1]
President John Douglas Simon
Provost Patrick V. Farrell
Academic staff
540 (full-time) [2]
Administrative staff
1,196
Students6,849 [2]
Undergraduates 5,047 [2]
Postgraduates 1,802 [2]
Location, ,
United States
Campus Urban and Suburban; 2,350 acres (950 ha)
Colors Brown and White           [3]
Athletics NCAA Division I
    Patriot League
    MAISA
Nickname Mountain Hawks
Affiliations NAICU
MascotClutch the Mountain Hawk
Website www.lehigh.edu
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Lehigh University (LU) is a private research university in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1865 by businessman Asa Packer. Its undergraduate programs have been coeducational since the 197172 academic year. [4] As of 2019, the university had 5,047 undergraduate students and 1,802 graduate students. [2]

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Lehigh has four colleges: the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest, with 35% of the university's students. [2] The university offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Lehigh alumni and faculty include Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright Fellows, members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences, and National Medal of Science winners.

Campus

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Asa Packer Campus, 1907.
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Alumni Memorial Building

Located in the Lehigh Valley, the university is a 70-mile (110 km) drive from Philadelphia, and an 85-mile (137 km) drive from New York City. [5]

Lehigh encompasses 2,350 acres (9.5 km2), including 180 acres (0.73 km2) of recreational and playing fields and 150 buildings comprising four million square feet of floor space. It is organized into three contiguous campuses on and around South Mountain, including:

In May 2012, Lehigh became the recipient of a gift of 755 acres of property in nearby Upper Saucon Township from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. The gift from the estate of the long-time benefactor allowed the university to expand its footprint to now comprise 2,350 acres across all its campuses, and to consider its long-term potential uses. [6]

Rankings and reputation

University rankings
National
ARWU [7] 156–171
Forbes [8] 67
Times/WSJ [9] 48
U.S. News & World Report [10] 50
Washington Monthly [11] 71
Global
ARWU [12] 601–700
QS [13] 551–560
Times [14] 601–800
U.S. News & World Report [15] 799

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lehigh tied for 50th among national universities, 26th for "Best Value Schools", and tied for 30th for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" in its 2020 edition of "Best Colleges". [16] The Economist ranked Lehigh 7th among national universities in its 2015 ranking of non-vocational U.S. colleges ranked by alumni earnings above expectation. [17]

Admissions

U.S. News & World Report classifies Lehigh's selectivity as "Most Selective." [16] For the Class of 2022 (enrolled fall 2018), Lehigh received 15,623 applications and accepted 3,418 (22%). [18] Per Lehigh's school newspaper, 2022 marked the most selective year with a 19% acceptance rate for regular decision applicants.

Academics

As of 2019, Lehigh has 540 full-time faculty members, with 95% holding a doctorate degree or the highest degree in their field. [2] Faculty members are required to have a minimum of four office hours per week.

Lehigh's average class size is 28 students; the student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. [2]

Lehigh University offers undergraduate enrollment in all colleges but the College of Education. Students are able to take courses or major/minor in a subject outside of their respective college. [19] The university operates on a semester system. [20]

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Packard Laboratory
Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus. Lehigh University Mountain Top Campus.jpg
Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus.
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Sayre Observatory belonging to the University
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Williams Hall (1904)

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduates of Lehigh's engineering programs invented the escalator [21] and founded Packard Motor Car Company [22] and the companies that built the locks and lockgates of the Panama Canal. Other notable alumni include Roger Penske, Lee Iacocca, and Terry Hart. Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, was founded at Lehigh. [23]

College of Business and Economics

In 2012, BusinessWeek ranked Lehigh's College of Business and Economics 31st in the nation among undergraduate business programs. [24] Lehigh's finance program is particularly strong, ranked as 7th overall undergraduate finance program in the nation by BusinessWeek. The accounting program is also strong, ranked as the 21st best undergraduate program in the nation by BusinessWeek. [24] Additionally, US News & World Report ranked Lehigh's part-time MBA 20th in the nation in 2018 rankings. [25] Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review named Lehigh the 24th best undergraduate college for entrepreneurship in 2012. [26]

College of Arts and Sciences

Based in Maginnes Hall, [27] Lehigh offers a variety of humanities courses and visual arts programs and many music programs, including a marching band, the Wind Ensemble and the Philharmonic orchestra. In addition to the sciences, English and Journalism are particularly strong, with a long history dating back to Richard Harding Davis's days. It has a dedicated Humanities Center, which is the site for many literature and other arts-based programs, including the DWS, or Drown Writers Series. [28] [ vague ]

Lehigh also has a program called ArtsLehigh, [29] oriented towards enhancing interest in the arts on campus.

College of Education

More than 7,000 students have received master's, education specialist, PA Department of Education teaching certificates and certifications, doctoral degrees and professional certificates from Lehigh's College of Education as of 2018. [30]

Athletics

Called the Engineers until 1995, Lehigh's teams are now officially known as the Mountain Hawks.

As a member of the Patriot League, Lehigh competes in 25 different NCAA Division I sports. Lehigh's 2006 student-athlete graduation rate of 97% ranked 12th among all 326 NCAA Division I institutions. [31] In 2002, it won the inaugural USA Today /NCAA Foundation Award for having the nation's top graduation rate of all Division I institutions. [31]

Lehigh graduates have gone on to professional careers in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer,and the National Basketball Association as players, scouts, coaches and owners. Lehigh graduates have competed in the Super Bowl and won gold medals for the US at the Olympics. And while not a school sport, a number of graduates such as Roger Penske, Al Holbert, and John Fitch went on to successful careers in auto racing.

Basketball

Lehigh's fifth trip to the NCAA tournament in 2012 proved to be their most notable to date, thanks to its first-round game as a #15 seed on March 16, 2012 against the #2 seed Duke Blue Devils. Despite being a heavy underdog, thanks to C. J. McCollum's 30-point heroics, the Mountain Hawks pulled off the stunning upset, defeating the Blue Devils 75-70 and making it only the sixth time that a 15th seed has defeated a 2nd seed. [32]

Wrestling

The most storied athletic program at Lehigh is its wrestling team dating back to 1910. Over the past several decades it has turned out 136 All-Americans and had numerous squads finish with Top 20 NCAA national rankings, including the highest finish at the NCAA tournament as 2nd in 1939. [33] Under coach Greg Strobel, Lehigh dominated the EIWA (The Patriot League does not sponsor wrestling). On April 15, 2008, the athletic department announced the hiring of former assistant coach and two-time national champion and two-time winner of the EIWA Coach of the Year (2009, 2012) Pat Santoro as Lehigh's next head wrestling coach. [34] Home dual meets and tournaments take place on campus at the Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. [35] Grace Hall has historically been the site of Lehigh's matches, but in 2013 the building had been converted into the Caruso Wrestling Complex, with a visiting area and a 'Wall of Fame'. The latter lists various Lehigh National Champions, in their respective weight class. In 2017, Lehigh wrestler and Bethlehem native Darian Cruz won the NCAA national wrestling tournament, [36] becoming the team's first National Champion wrestler since Zach Rey won the heavyweight title in 2011.

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Goodman Stadium on the Murray H. Goodman Campus.

"The Rivalry"

Lehigh University is notable for its rivalry in sports and academics with nearby Lafayette College. Since 1884, the two football teams have met more than 150 times, making "The Rivalry" the most played in the history of college football. [37] As of their last game, played on November 17, 2018, Lafayette holds the series lead, with a record of 78-71-5, although Lehigh has won the previous four matchups (2015-2018). It is also the longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football, with the teams playing at least once every year since 1897. This game is sold out long before gameday each year. For the 150th meeting, the teams played in Yankee Stadium in New York City on November 22, 2014; Lafayette won, 27–7.

Greek letter organizations

A large majority of Lehigh's social fraternities and sororities have their own university-owned houses; most of the fraternities and sororities are on the "Hill" along Upper and Lower Sayre Park Roads. Approximately 34% of undergraduates are members of a fraternity or sorority. During new member education, Greek membership rises to almost 45%. There are 13 fraternities, [38] all of which are housed on campus, and 8 sororities, all of which are housed on campus: [39]

NIC fraternities

NPC sororities

CGC fraternities and sororities

1. ^ Non-Residential.

In addition to the 31 social fraternities and sororities, there are also a number of professional and honor fraternities and sororities on campus. It is most well known for Tau Beta Pi the engineering honor society since it was founded at Lehigh. [40]

Professional fraternities and sororities

Honor societies

1. ^ Non-Affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies

Spirit and traditions

Lehigh students have several lasting traditions: Lehigh's school colors, brown and white, date back to 1874, and the school newspaper of the same name was first published in 1894.

Following the death of Asa Packer in May 1879, the University established "Founder's Day" to be held in October to remember and recognize those have contributed to the success of the University. The event remains an annual tradition.

Freshmen are traditionally inducted into the University in a convocation in the Zoellner Arts Center and welcomed at a Freshman-Alumni Rally where their class flag is given to them by the class from fifty years before.

Until the 1970s, freshmen wore small brown hats with their class numbers called "dinks" from the beginning of the fall semester until the Lafayette football game. The week leading up to the big game was full of festivities created to unite the students and fuel spirit. In one of these events, "The Pajama Parade," the freshmen were led across the penny toll bridge in their pajamas singing "We Pay No Tolls Tonight" to the Moravian College dormitories where they would serenade the women. The week before the game still involves decoration of the Greek houses, a bonfire, parties, rallies and the Marching 97 performing unexpectedly during classes the Friday before the game. [41]

The Clery Act

On April 5, 1986, a 19-year-old Lehigh freshman was raped and murdered in her dorm room; the perpetrator was apprehended, tried and sentenced to death. The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires that colleges reveal information regarding crime on their campuses. [42] [43]

20 years after the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act took effect, thought leaders on campus safety came to Lehigh to discuss critical safety issues for colleges and universities. The event, "Proceeding in Partnership: The Future of Campus Safety," was held on the Lehigh campus in September 2011, and was co-sponsored by Security on Campus (SOC), which was founded by Connie and Howard Clery following the death of their daughter, Jeanne Clery. The conference represented the first cooperative effort between Lehigh and the organization since Jeanne Clery's death. [44]

Notable people

Alumni

Notable alumni include:

Faculty

Notable faculty members include:

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