Lehigh University


Lehigh University (LU) is a private research university in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. The university was established in 1865 by businessman Asa Packer and was initially affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Lehigh University's undergraduate programs have been coeducational since the 1971–72 academic year.[5] As of 2019, the university had 5,047 undergraduate students and 1,802 graduate students.[2]

Lehigh University
MottoHomo minister et interpres naturae (Latin)
Motto in English
"Man, the servant and interpreter of nature"
TypePrivate research university
EstablishedJuly 27, 1865; 158 years ago (1865-07-27)
FounderAsa Packer
Religious affiliation
Nonsectarian; historically Episcopal Church
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.37 billion (2020)[1]
PresidentJoseph J. Helble
ProvostNathan Urban
Academic staff
540 (full-time)[2]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusSmall city[3], 2,350 acres (950 ha)
NewspaperThe Brown and White
ColorsBrown and white[4]
NicknameMountain Hawks
Sporting affiliations
MascotClutch the Mountain Hawk

Lehigh has five colleges: the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Health. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest, with 35% of the university's students.[2] The university offers 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.

The university is classified among "Doctoral Universities R2: High Research Activity".[6]

Campus edit

An illustrated postcard of Lehigh University's campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1907
Alumni Memorial Building in November 2019

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the historically industrial Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, which is located between two of the nation's largest cities, 70-mile (110 km) from Philadelphia, the nation's sixth-largest city, and 85-mile (137 km) from New York City, the nation's largest city.[7]

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:

  • The Asa Packer Campus, built into the northern slope of the mountain, the university's original and primary campus;
  • The Mountaintop Campus, atop South Mountain, including intramural sports fields and Iacocca Hall; and
  • The Murray H. Goodman Campus, immediately south, where a 16,000-seat stadium and other sports facilities are located.

In May 2012, Lehigh was the beneficiary a gift of 755 acres of property in nearby Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. The gift from the estate of the long-time benefactor allowed the university to expand to its current size of 2,350 acres across all its campuses, and to consider new long-term potential uses for university's new properties.[8]

Admissions edit

For the Class of 2027, Lehigh received 18,414 applications and accepted 5,246 for an acceptance rate of 28%.[9][10][better source needed]

Rankings edit

Academic rankings
THE / WSJ[12]14
U.S. News & World Report[13]47
Washington Monthly[14]65
U.S. News & World Report[18]850

U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Ranking ranked Lehigh tied for 47th[19] among "National Universities", tied for 26th for "Best Undergraduate Teaching", and 24th for "Best Value Schools" in its 2024 edition of "Best Colleges".[20] In 2015, The Economist ranked Lehigh seventh among national universities in its ranking of non-vocational U.S. colleges ranked by alumni earnings above expectation.[21] In its 2024 ranking of best U.S. colleges, The Wall Street Journal ranked Lehigh the 14th-best overall.[22]

Along with three other Pennsylvania colleges, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Lafayette College in Easton, and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Lehigh was a 2020 recipient of the Campus Sustainability Achievement Award issuied by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in commemoration of its participation in the Solar Collaboration Project.[23]

Academics edit

Sayre Observatory, an 1896 donation to the university
Iacocca Hall, named in honor of Lehigh University alumnus Lee Iacocca
The university's Packard Laboratory in November 2015
Williams Hall in November 2019

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]

The university offers undergraduate enrollment to all its colleges except its College of Education. Students are permitted to take courses or major and minor in subjects outside of their respective college.[24] The university operates on a semester system.[25]

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science edit

Graduates of Lehigh's engineering programs invented the escalator[26] and founded Packard Motor Car Company[27] and the companies that built the locks and lockgates of the Panama Canal. Other notable alumni include Roger Penske, Lee Iacocca, John W. Fisher, and Terry Hart. Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, was founded at Lehigh.[28] In 2005, George Tamaro, a Lehigh University master's degree in civil engineering alumnus, was the John Fritz Medal award recipient, issued by the American Association of Engineering Societies.[29]

College of Business edit

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Lehigh's part-time MBA program 20th in the nation.[30]

In 2012, BusinessWeek ranked Lehigh's College of Business 31st in the nation among undergraduate business programs.[31] In 2012, BusinessWeek ranked Lehigh the seventh-best overall undergraduate finance program in the nation, and ranked its undergraduate accounting program the 21st-best in the nation.[31]

In 2012, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review named Lehigh the 24th- best undergraduate college for entrepreneurship.[32]

College of Arts and Sciences edit

Based in Maginnes Hall,[33] 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. It has a dedicated Humanities Center, which is the site for many literature and other arts-based programs, including the Drown Writers Series.[34][vague]

Lehigh also has a program called ArtsLehigh,[35] oriented towards enhancing interest in the arts on campus.

College of Education edit

More than 7,000 students have received master's, education specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certificates and certifications, doctoral degrees, and professional certificates from Lehigh's College of Education as of 2018.[36]

College of Health edit

Lehigh's College of Health offers classes in biostatistics, epidemiology, population health data science, and others related to population health.[37] The college opened on August 21, 2020, and was the first in the world to offer undergraduate, graduate, and executive degrees in population health. It is based at the Health, Science, and Technology (HST) building which opened in January 2022.[38]

Administration edit

Board of trustees edit

As a private institution, Lehigh University is governed by its board of trustees, established 1866. The board can have no less than 18, nor more than 35 members at any given time. The board selects the university president, as well as their vice presidents who operate as "executive agents" of the board.[39]

Presidents edit

No. Name Tenure Notes
1. Henry Coppée 1866-1875 Mexican–American War veteran and President of the Aztec Club of 1847. Christmas Hall renovated, Packer Hall and President's house constructed.[40]
2. John McDowell Leavitt 1875-1880 Episcopal priest, lawyer and journalist. Linderman Library constructed.[40]
3. Robert Alexander Lamberton 1880-1893 Lawyer. Coppee Hall and Chandler-Ullmann constructed. Phi Beta Kappa founded.[40]
4. Thomas Messinger Drown 1895-1904 Created MIT's chemical engineering program. Led school through Panic of 1893. Williams Hall constructed.[40]
- William H. Chandler 1904-1905 Chandler, a professor at the university, served as acting president after Drown's death.[40]
5. Henry Sturgis Drinker 1905-1920 Class of 1871, first alumnus to hold position. Fritz Lab, Drown Hall, Coxe Lab, Taylor Hall, Taylor Gym, Taylor Stadium, and Lamberton Hall constructed. Split school into colleges.[40]
- Natt M. Emery 1920-1922 Drinker resigned in 1920. His vice president, Natt M. Emery, served as acting president until 1922.[40]
6. Charles Russ Richards 1922-1935 Graduate school opened to women, Alumni Memorial constructed.[40]
7. Clement C. Williams 1935-1944 University of Iowa's dean of engineering, Richards and Drinker dorms built. Retired in 1944.[40]
8. Martin Dewey Whitaker 1946-1960 Manhattan Project alumni. Dravo, McClintic-Marshall, and Centennials I dorms built. Whitaker Lab built.[40]
9. Harvey A. Neville 1961-1964 First and only elected president.[40]
10. Deming Lewis 1964-1982 Bell Labs alumnus. Maginnes Hall, Whitaker Lab, Mart Science and Engineering Library, Sinclair Lab, the Seeley G. Mudd Building, Neville Hall, Rathbone Dining Hall, Centennial II, Brodhead, Trembley Park, Saucon Village dorms, and the Philip Rauch Field House, and the Stabler center constructed.[40]
11. Peter Likins 1982-1997 Purchased Mountaintop Campus from Bethlehem Steel. Demolished Taylor Stadium to make room for Rauch and Zoellner Halls. Resigned to become an advisor to George H.W. Bush.[40]
- William C. Hittinger 1997-1998 Class of 1944. A 22-year veteran of the board of trustees. Selected as interim President after Likins resigned.[40]
12. Gregory C. Farrington 1998-2006 Helped raise $250 million for the endowment of professors as well as another $75 million for the recruitment of new professors.[40]
13. Alice P. Gast 2006-2014 First female president. Opened Lehigh's Stabler Campus. in 2010 named to the post of science envoy by Hillary Clinton. Resigned to be named President of the Imperial College London.[40]
- Kevin L. Clayton 2014-2015 Alumnus from large family of alumni, 22-year veteran of the board of trustees.[40]
14. John D. Simon 2015-2021 Former provost of the University of Virginia. Established the College of Health. SouthSide Commons, Singleton, Hitch, and Maida dorms constructed.[40]
15. Joseph J. Helble 2021–present Class of 1982.[40]

Student governance edit

In 1988, a student senate was created at the university to act as a governing body for undergraduate students, though it is empowered only to offer recommendations to the university's board. Still, the student senate still has an impact as it determines which clubs receive funding and which are authorized to be listed as official university clubs.[41][42][43]

A separate student senate exists for graduate students, known as GSS, which focuses on advocacy for grant procurement and graduate student travel costs to visit sites.[44][45]

Athletics edit

The LafayetteLehigh most valuable player trophy plaque prior to the 144th meeting of The Rivalry in 2009; the series between the two colleges, which are 17 miles (27 km) away from each other in the Lehigh Valley, is the most-played rivalry in college football history with 158 meetings since 1884.
Philadelphia Eagles training camp at Lehigh in August 2009
Goodman Stadium at Lehigh in October 2007

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.[46] In 2002, it won the inaugural USA Today/NCAA Foundation Award for having the nation's top graduation rate of all Division I institutions.[46]

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 U.S. at the Olympic Games. While it is not a school sport, a number of Lehigh alumni, including Roger Penske, Al Holbert, and John Fitch, went on to successful careers in auto racing.

Basketball edit

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 CJ 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 had defeated a second seed.[47]

Football edit

Lehigh University and nearby Lafayette College are rivals in sports. Since 1884, the two football teams have met over 150 times, making the game between the two programs, known as The Rivalry, the most played in the history of college football.[48]

The rivalry between Lehigh and Lafayette is also the longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football; the teams have played annually since 1897. For the 150th meeting, the teams played before a sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York City.[49]

Wrestling edit

The most storied athletic program at Lehigh is its wrestling team, which began in 1910. Over the past several decades, the Lehigh wrestling team has produced 158 All-Americans and had numerous squads finish with Top 20 NCAA national rankings, including finishing second in the nation in 1939.[50] In 2008, the athletic department hired Pat Santoro, a two-time national champion and two-time winner of the EIWA Coach of the Year (2009, 2012) as Lehigh's head wrestling coach.[51]

Home dual meets and tournaments take place at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall on the university's main campus.[52] In 2013, Grace Hall was converted into the Caruso Wrestling Complex, including a visiting area and Lehigh's College Wrestling Wall of Fame.

In March 2017, Lehigh wrestler and Bethlehem native Darian Cruz won the NCAA Division I national wrestling tournament,[53] becoming Lehigh's first national champion since Zach Rey, Lehigh's current assistant wrestling coach, won the title in the heavyweight division six years earlier, in 2011.

Fraternities and sororities edit

A large majority of Lehigh's social fraternities and sororities have their own university-owned houses; most of the fraternities and sororities are located along Upper and Lower Sayre Park Roads in a region known as "The Hill".

Lehigh has one of the highest levels of student participation in fraternities and sororities; 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,[54] all of which are housed on campus, and eight sororities, all of which are housed on campus:[55]

Student traditions, newspaper edit

Lehigh students have several lasting traditions. Lehigh's school colors, brown and white, date back to 1874, and the school newspaper, The Brown and White, has been continuously published since 1894.

Lehigh's football game with Lafayette in the longest-running rivalry in the history of college football. The week leading up to the game features traditional festivities, including decorating fraternity houses, parties, rallies and the Marching 97 performing unexpectedly during classes the Friday before the game.[56]

The Clery Act edit

On April 5, 1986, Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh freshman, was raped and murdered in her Lehigh dorm room; the perpetrator was apprehended, tried, and sentenced to death. In 1990, the backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led the United States Congress to pass the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, known as the Clery Act, which requires that colleges reveal information regarding crime on their campuses.[57][58]

Notable people edit

Alumni edit

Notable alumni include:

Faculty edit

Notable past or present faculty members include:

Honorary degrees edit

See also edit

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