Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by industrialist Asa Packer as a technical school for boys focusing on mathematics and science. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on over 2,300 acres. Lehigh University enrolls more than 6,700 graduate and undergraduate students, and confers degrees through four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Education.The University offers 90-plus undergraduate programs with over 2,000 course options. Class sizes average 27 students and are limited to 35 students with an average student:faculty ratio of 10:1. Long recognized as a leader in research, Lehigh’s libraries hold over 1.2 million volumes, along with 21,500 print and electronic journal subscriptions.
Lehigh University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Individual programs are also accredited, including the undergraduate General and Accounting programs and the Master of Business Administration programs by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the Engineering programs and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science by ABET, as well as the Department of Theatre by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Lehigh University has also been awarded approval by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for programs in Education, in addition to approval by the American Chemical Society for Chemistry programs.
Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Lehigh University has offered distance learning for select graduate programs and certificates. These online graduate-level programs give educational options to working professionals and meet the same standards as on-campus programs. Lehigh University’s online learning incorporates two formats: Classroom LIVE, a virtual classroom that delivers online classes in real time and encourages participation, and Classroom Online, an asynchronous format providing flexibility and convenience. Lehigh University offers eight online Master’s degree programs and six non-credit certificate programs. Master’s degrees focus on the fields of:
- Business Administration
- Molecular Biology
- Chemical Engineering
- Biological Chemical Engineering
- Manufacturing Systems Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Polymer Science Engineering
Certificate programs allow students to complete up to 12-credit hours without seeking a degree. Areas include:
- Analytical Chemistry Principles of Pharmaceutical Science
- BioOrganic Principles of Pharmaceutical Science
- Manufacturing Systems Engineering
- Project Management
- Regulatory Affairs in Technical Environment
- Supply Chain Management
The Master’s programs in Business Administration and Molecular Biology, along with the Certificate in Project Management require real-time participation in Classroom LIVE. All other degree programs are formatted via Classroom Online. Online courses engage students through discussion boards, web conferencing, and podcasting. In addition, students have access to technical support and University resources, including the library.
Each program of study retains specific criteria that students must meet in order to be accepted into Lehigh University. In addition, all students seeking a graduate degree will need to submit an application and fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, essay, GRE/GMAT assessment scores, and English language proficiency (if applicable). Prerequisites for the certificate programs are also program-specific and include the application and fee, along with official transcripts, proof of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, along with English language proficiency (if applicable). Students entering certificate programs may later opt to enroll in a graduate degree program and transfer eligible credits.
Lehigh University offers financial aid benefits, and encourages all students to complete the FAFSA. Lehigh works with eligible students to distribute the following aid and awards:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Lehigh Grants (Endowed & Sponsored Scholarships), need-based
- Available State Grants for qualifying students
Scholarships/Merit Based Awards
- Academic Merit Awards
- Dean’s Scholars
- Lehigh Scholars
- Performing Arts and Athletic Awards
- President’s Scholars
- Private Scholarships
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Stafford Loans
- Federal Parent PLUS Loan
- Lehigh University Tuition Loans
- Private/Alternative Loans
- Federal Work Study
In addition, Lehigh University supports the Montgomery GI Bill for eligible participants.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,108
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