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#35, overall score 65.67/100

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 Steve Nathan, Endowed Director of Jewish Student Life and Associate Chaplain

At Chabad at Lehigh, we have weekly Shabbat services and dinner, Sinai Scholars, holiday programming, Shabbat 300, a Mega Challah Bake, Birthright trips, girls’ lunch and learn, barbecues, a weekly Torah class, and an annual Campus Menorah Lighting. - _Dit Greenberg, co-director, Rohr Chabad at Lehigh.


  • Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,080
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 800
  • Jewish population share: 16%
  • Student origin: 27% in-state / 73% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Brown and White
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Mountain Hawks
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Lehigh Ultimate / Gravity

COST & AID Score: 7.50/15

  • Score: 7.50/15
  • Tuition: $50,740
  • Room & board costs: $13,120
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $39,499
  • Average loan debt: $35,440
  • Starting median salary: $65,400

ACADEMICS Score: 16.67/20

  • Score: 16.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1270-1430
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13.67/20

  • Score: 13.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 36
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Lehigh for Israel, Tamid at Lehigh
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced.

SAFETY Score: 11/11

  • Score: 11/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 0.85/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 19.86/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Lehigh Pride Center

JEWISH LIFE Score: 16.83/34

  • Score: 16.83/34
  • Hillel: Lehigh University Hillel Society
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad at Lehigh
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 85
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (2 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 2 Reform, 1 Other Denomination)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Martin Baron
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: There is no kosher dining plan, but vegetarian and vegan foods are available in all dining services locations. Hillel has a kosher kitchen which serves Shabbat dinner every and is stocked with snacks and drinks. Arrangements can be made to store kosher food in the kitchen for students to prepare on their own.

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