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Lehigh University


Founded in 1865 by the businessman and railroad pioneer Asa Packer, Lehigh University is a private research university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. With almost 7,000 students and more than 2,300 degree programs offered, Lehigh describes itself as an internationally recognized research university with the atmosphere of a small college.

The university is made up of four distinct colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, the college of Education, and the P.C. Rossin college of Engineering and Applied Science. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college today, home to roughly 40% of the university's students.

Lehigh sits within 2,300 acres of picturesque woodland on what is one of the largest private university campuses in the country.

The university prides itself on having an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to learning.  

Lehigh has produced Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright Fellows, American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences members and National Medal of Science winners. 

Notable alumni include Jesse W. Reno, the inventor of the escalator; and Howard McClintic and Charles Marshall whose construction company helped to build the Golden Gate Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Panama Canal and New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lehigh the 44th among national universities in its 2017 edition of "Best Colleges". The Economist ranked Lehigh the 7th among national universities in its 2015 ranking of non-vocational U.S. colleges ranked by alumni earnings above expectation.

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The university offers a variety of degrees, including 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. 

Other most popular majors by the number of registered students are business/marketing, biology, mechanical engineering, accounting, chemical engineering, computer science, industrial engineering, logistics and supply chain management, psychology.

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Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive West Bethlehem,
United States
PA 18015
United States
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Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, Pa., 100 km north of Philadelphia and 130 km west of New York City.