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Lehigh University College of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: January 23, 2024.

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201 E Packer Ave
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
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Tuition & Fees In-State: $299,545*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $299,545*

Average Salary: $83,595

Graduates With Jobs 90 Days After Graduation: 92%

International: 7%

Minority: 17%

First generation college students: 17%

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

Acceptance Rate: 25%

Average SAT: 1,417

Average ACT: 32

Average GPA: 99.36

HS Class Top Ten: 65%**

*The total cost of the degree over four years for the most recent graduating class inclusive of school fees, room, board, or living expenses.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statistics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

Coming in at No. 23 in this year’s 2023 rankings, Lehigh has climbed four places from last year’s No. 27 in the 2022 rankings. 

The acceptance rates were much more exclusive for this year’s most recent incoming class – with only a quarter, 25%, of applicants accepted into the program as compared to last year’s 38.03%. The average SAT score went up a touch to 1417 for the most recent incoming class from last year’s average of 1413

Schools typically fluctuate for better or worse each year with their internship and career stats – but this year, Lehigh has held steady. Just as they did the year before, a solid 87% of students from the Class of 2023 completed business-specific internships before graduation.

When it comes to full-time employment, 91.95% of the Class of 2023 secured full-time employment within 3 months of graduation – just slightly under last year’s rate of 93.48% for the Class of 2022. Companies that have consistently hired Lehigh graduates include the “Big Four” accounting firms, Citigroup, Vitech Systems Group, and IBM. Other top hirers are General Electric, Accenture, Prudential, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


At Lehigh, all students begin with an intro to business course to learn the fundamentals of business and a Professional Development Track to help hone in on career strengths and professional development. Students also frequent guest speaker series and professional skill workshops, and have access to faculty advisors.

In the Analytics and Decision Making Sequence, students learn calculus, statistics, and a new business analytics course right from the start. They engage in hands-on programming, learn basic concepts of data collection, organization, and exploration and explore decision making. They also take a more in-depth business analytics course their junior year where they engage in hands-on data analysis and practice techniques for creating effective visualizations to support business decision making.

In the Business Communications Sequence, students discuss critical issues affecting society today and are introduced to writing claims in respective conversations with others. They practice delivering evidence-driven persuasive communications including memos, reports, and presentations. In their junior year, students build on their skills and learn how to translate and analyze data, organize a narrative around data, and make persuasive recommendations.

“We’ve always had a strong focus on technical education and we’re teaching our students more about data analytics. However, students need to take that learning and communicate, sell an idea, create a narrative around that information, and make it impactful,” Zalatan said. “It’s the heart of why you have business communications and our new curriculum is designed to run alongside technical training.”

In the Leadership and Management Sequence, students engage in group projects and co-curricular activities and practice leading with impact. 


For many years now, the College of Business and the Lehigh@Nasdaq Center has hosted the Startup Academy – a 10-week internship where students gain practical experience by spending up to 40 hours per week interning with early-to-mid stage startups based in Silicon Valley or anywhere around the world.

The Segal Accounting Distinguished Lecture Series is a course where speakers who are thought leaders inform students on current accounting issues from their perspective. Past speakers include Rick Petrino, Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer of American Express Company, who is also a Lehigh alum.

In line with rapid changes happening in the finance industry, the school offers a FinTech Minor consisting of four courses, with topics including disruptive technologies like cryptocurrency, business analytics, blockchain, mobile banking, cybersecurity, machine learning, and mobile trading as applied to the financial services sector.

Lehigh offers a 12-credit Business Analytics Certificate where students work on computer programming, business intelligence, computer models, and data management.

Alumni say:

I had the privilege of participating in the IBE Capstone project, an experience that profoundly shaped my critical thinking and decision-making skills. This project afforded us the opportunity to collaborate with an actual startup, playing a role in fostering their growth from the ground up. This invaluable experience provided me with deep insights into the intricacies of business and the enduring commitment required not only to generate profits but also to ensure the sustainability of a company.”

“Being able to simulate the process of starting a business and pitching to investors was pertinent to my education. It showed me that when starting a business, there are countless things you must account for and take into careful consideration. It changed the way I look at new products, business endeavors, or services.”

“We had a management capstone project that really brought together everything we had learned throughout our business curriculum. It involved a simulation where our grade was correlated to how well our ‘company’ performed in the market. This simulation also involved team projects that genuinely prepared me for working with a diverse group of people, as each student in the group had a different business major and was able to offer valuable insight to help our ‘company’ perform its best.”

“I did a study abroad summer program in Prague, Czech Republic where I had an internship at Deloitte in Prague and got to work with other students there as well. It helped me gain an international perspective of business because we had to bring our experience as Americans to help recommend ideas/strategies for companies in Prague as well as act as test subjects to provide insight as to how native English speakers interact with their websites. It was all around such an incredible experience to be able to work in business in another country, and an opportunity I would not have had if I weren’t in Lehigh’s Business program.”

“As part of the IBE (Integrated Business and Engineering) program at Lehigh, I participated in the IBE Capstone project. This is a year-long project where students get to work hands-on with a local startup, entrepreneur or company that needs help developing their business plan, finding their niche market, or really anything else in the business strategy or product development space. My experience was extremely positive; my team of five students (from all different business and engineering majors) helped a local entrepreneur develop a business strategy to bring his application for creating music covers to life.”

“There was a market simulation where my team and I went through and combined all the aspects of business degrees, from accounting to advertising and supply chain. I loved not only learning how to apply these skills in a simulation of the real world, but watching how my teammates approached their challenges. We learned to rely on others because no one person could do all the work to run our virtual company.”