Lehigh University has highly selective admissions -- only a third of all applicants will get in. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average (especially in math because of Lehigh's engineering strengths). In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1900 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better.
Good grades and test scores, however, do not guarantee admission to Lehigh. You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Lehigh University were not admitted. The opposite is also true -- a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Lehigh's admissions process is based on more than quantitative information. The university uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The Lehigh admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Students can further strengthen their applications by using Lehigh's supplement to the Common Application to demonstrate their interest in the university.
To learn more about Lehigh University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Lehigh University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?