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Lehigh Welcomes Newest Members of the Class of 2027

Students represent 49 U.S. states and 51 countries in the Regular Decision cohort.

Story by

Mary Ellen Alu

Photography by

Douglas Benedict

Lehigh offered Regular Decision admission to high school students from 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as 51 countries.

The cohort of students in the incoming Class of 2027—which includes high school class presidents, male and female Eagle Scouts, a book series developer and high school students working on health and transportation issues—will join the students admitted to Lehigh during the Early Decision I and Early Decision II rounds in a record year of applications to the university. 

“In all, we offered admission to 5,246 students out of an applicant pool that was the largest in Lehigh's history—18,414—for an admit rate of 28%,” said Dan Warner, vice provost for admissions and financial aid. 

“In another historic first, Lehigh received more applications from women than from men for the first time ever, especially meaningful as we celebrate 50 years of coeducation at Lehigh and the launch of the Soaring Together scholarship program,” he said. 

Warner said that 50 of the admitted students were selected as Soaring Together Scholars, which comes with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship and mentor and pre-professional opportunities. 

The admitted members of the Class of 2027 include: 

  • A children’s folktale book series developer
  • A published researcher in transportation and civil engineering
  • A software developer and lab assistant in an advanced biofuels lab
  • A first author of publication in American Chemical Society applied nano materials
  • A designer/programmer of an iOS app that shows live grades and insights with grade change notifications for the student’s school district   
  • A creator of a website that aims to empower and educate fellow teens interested in biology by providing information on careers in biology and health essays
  • A student who launched a branch of The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s
Story by

Mary Ellen Alu

Photography by

Douglas Benedict

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