The Fairchild-Martindale Library at Lehigh University

Lehigh University

#T-28, overall score 65.83/100

Fun Fact:

In the week leading up to the big rivalry football game against Lafayette, students hold “bed races,” pushing modified mattresses and bedframes down Library Drive.

Why should Jewish students attend Lehigh? Lehigh’s Jewish community is big enough to make the campus feel “Jewish” and small enough to be welcoming and easy to navigate. Lehigh Jews are proud of their Judaism and eager to learn more about this identity by building community together on Shabbat and holidays, going on Birthright, taking our excellent Jewish studies classes and finding each other in every activity that is offered on campus. It is both easy to be Jewish at Lehigh and a place that you can take real leadership if you wish. Add to that a campus that is supportive of Israel and offers multi-faith encounters on campus and abroad, and you have a great place to grow in your Judaism over your four years. — Rabbi Danielle Stillman, Endowed Director of Jewish Student Life, Lehigh University Hillel Society

ACADEMICS Score: 25/30

  • Score: 25/30
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $48,320
  • Room & board costs: $12,690
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $38,852

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,075
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 800
  • Jewish population share: 16%
  • Student origin: 26% in-state/74% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Mountain Hawks
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Lehigh Ultimate, Gravity

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 36
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Lehigh Friends of Israel, TAMID
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.5/40

  • Score: 22.5/40
  • Hillel: Lehigh University Hillel Society
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad at Lehigh
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: Kibbutz Lehigh
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 6 (2 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Martin Baron
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country
  • Kosher food details: While there is no kosher dining plan, kosher prepared foods are available part of the week in the retail section of the University Center. Hillel has a kosher kitchen (unsupervised), serves Shabbat dinner every Friday and keeps the kitchen stocked with snacks.
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