Lehigh University (LU)

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LU can be found in Bethlehem, PA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Around seven thousand students are enrolled at Lehigh University.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 1280 (25th percentile) to 1450 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 29 (25th percentile) to 33 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is usually submitted among applicants accepted to LU. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Lehigh University (LU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.68 - 3.89. 32% of all those students that apply are admitted to LU, from which 28 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at lehigh.edu.

Overall Lehigh University (LU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Lehigh University was reported as 32.1% in Fall 2020 with over 15,600 applications submitted to LU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • LU ACT Scores: 29 - 33
  • LU Average GPA: 3.68 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into Lehigh University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Lehigh University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for LU has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 26.1%
  • 2017-2018: 25.2%
  • 2018-2019: 22.3%
  • 2019-2020: 32.1%
  • Projected LU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 25.3%

How Does Lehigh University (LU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Lehigh University is seventy-seven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary75.2%
DeSales University78.8%
Muhlenberg College66.2%
Cedar Crest College60.9%
Lafayette College31.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Lehigh University (LU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 690
Math660 - 760
Total Score1280 - 1450
ACT®Score Range
English30 - 35
Math27 - 33
Composite Score29 - 33
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