About Lehigh University
Lehigh University is a four-year graduate and undergraduate private university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The wooded, 1600-acre campus serves 4600 undergraduate and 2000 graduate students. Bethlehem is in the Lehigh Valley region and has a population of around 71,000. Each area of the city, north, south, and west have areas and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bethlehem hosts a ten-day music festival, Musikfest, each August, which draws millions of people. Other annual events include the Celtic Classic, the Southside Film Festival, and the Northeast Rock Art Festival. The Bethlehem Area Public Library offers arts and entertainment. The Banana Factory showcases local artists.
Asa Packer established Lehigh University in 1865 as a four-year technical college. He founded the school for men only and with an endowment of $500,000, which was the largest academic gift of the times. The school was intended to educate men in technology and science while also providing and arts and literature education.
Lehigh offers a degree program in visual design called design arts. It is a multidisciplinary program that combines design with applied art, industrial art, architecture, and other related areas. The focus is on communicating ideas through design using digital and other technologies. Students learn not only basic studio art skills, but also theory and history of design and art. Design students can narrow down their field of study by concentrating in graphic design, product design, or computer imaging.
The college of arts and sciences also offers bachelor's degrees in architecture and architectural history. The department of art and architecture puts a focus on design in all degree programs. The architecture degree is intended to be pre-professional, preparing students for further, graduate study. Coursework includes design, history, theory, and technology of architecture. Students have access to a variety of materials in the studio as well as galleries and exhibits. Study abroad and intern opportunities are available for students to gain knowledge and experience outside of the university setting.
Lehigh's financial aid office is committed to assisting all students in financing their education. More than half of all first-year students at Lehigh receive some form of financial aid. The university itself offers need-based aid to students in the form of grants, loans, and jobs. To apply for aid, students must fill out the College Scholarship Service (CSS)/Financial Aid PROFILE application as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Awards based on academic merit are also available from Lehigh.
Individual departments and colleges at Lehigh are accredited by the appropriate institution.