GO: The Campaign for Lehigh is a $1 billion-plus fundraising and engagement initiative that will strengthen our efforts to attract the best students, develop new facilities and programs, and support the research of our renowned faculty.
With a $5 million gift to elevate the student experience, Julie ’20P ’21P and Jordan Hitch ’88 ’20P ’21P are providing for future generations of Lehigh scholars by being the first to support the New Residential Houses project.
GO: The Campaign for Lehigh is a historic, comprehensive undertaking that encompasses hundreds of initiatives to support our colleges—the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and our new College of Health—as well as athletics, international programs, and more. Scroll below to learn more about our seven university-wide initiatives that will shape the future of Lehigh and vastly expand our impact as a university.
Students and the Residential Experience
We are committed to creating a diverse, vibrant community of the most talented students, regardless of their financial capacity. We provide the resources, support, and facilities these students need to excel while at Lehigh—so they are prepared to lead lives of consequence thereafter. You can help ensure the most talented and ambitious students always have a place at Lehigh.
Financial Aid, Scholarships, and the Lehigh Fund
To ensure talented students have access to the Lehigh experience
We seek to establish lasting and unassailable resources for financial aid in the form of endowed scholarships and the Lehigh Fund. Your support of endowed scholarships ensures Lehigh can continue our commitment to meet the demonstrated financial aid needs of all students, while gifts to the Lehigh Fund help bridge the gap between the demonstrated needs of students and what our financial aid budget can provide.
Student Access & Success
To provide all students with the support they need to thrive
With this campaign, we are building 21st-century support systems that will enable all students—particularly first generation and low-income students—to have access to a Lehigh education and achieve at the highest level. These programs span recruitment and admissions, student life, academic coaching, mentoring, and career development, among others, and are being coordinated across the university by a new Center for Student Access and Success. Your support will help provide students with the services they need to take advantage of all that Lehigh has to offer so that they can excel.
University Center &
New Residential Houses
To foster leadership and connections through a vibrant campus environment
A renovation and expansion of the University Center, as well as the 720-bed New Residential Houses project, will reimagine the Lehigh student experience. The University Center project will create updated dining spaces, event venues, and new recreational and work spaces, while honoring the building’s historic splendor. The adjacent New Residential Houses bring a modern living complex to the heart of campus. Together, they form a crossroads where students can relax, work, and socialize. Your support will help foster an environment that unifies our community, strengthens our traditions, and creates an atmosphere of connections, collaboration, and leadership.
Architectural renderings of the renovated University Center and New Residential Houses.
Amplifying Our Strengths
A Lehigh education is purposeful, practical, and powerful. Our hands-on and high-impact learning experiences equip students with the skill sets and mindsets necessary for success in today’s rapidly changing world. You can help to continue our investment in programs that prepare students for the careers of tomorrow and teach them to translate big ideas into bold actions with real-world impact.
College of Health
To prepare students and shape the future of global healthcare
We are facing a time of historic expansion within the healthcare industry. Job growth in healthcare is increasing at a rate that far outpaces most other sectors while global healthcare spending is expected to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020.
But with growth come new challenges and opportunities—and Lehigh is making the most of them. The new College of Health will be a novel, nonclinical college that will take full advantage of Lehigh’s strengths in interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial approaches to research and education. Programs and classes will enable students to explore healthcare from a variety of perspectives, preparing them for careers in areas such as public health policy, environmental health and science, disease and disaster preparedness, health education, population health, and health economics, among many others.
GO: The Campaign for Lehigh will provide critical resources for the launch of the new College of Health. Your support ensures Lehigh faculty and graduates will play an important role in this rapidly growing sector—helping to shape and reshape the healthcare industry for years to come.
“We have the utmost confidence that our College of Health will become a nexus for critically important research and industry and that Lehigh faculty and graduates working in health and health-related fields will help shape and reshape the industry well into the 21st century.” –Patrick V. Farrell, Provost
Increasing our Impact on Students and Society
Our community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students pursues groundbreaking discoveries that identify and address complex problems and drive progress. We are explorers, artists, and scholars, with interests ranging from engineering to the liberal arts, business to the social sciences, and creative endeavors to education. With focused, strategic investments, we can continue to cultivate our research environment and power the ideas that will change our world for the better.
Interdisciplinary Research Institutes
To bring together diverse disciplines to power progress
We believe that interdisciplinary research is our best hope for addressing the complex challenges that lie ahead. Lehigh’s Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) bring together leading faculty and graduate researchers from a variety of fields to focus on a specific challenge. This innovative approach allows these research teams to use their combined strengths to confront problems from every perspective and to develop multifaceted solutions. We have launched three IRIs, with more envisioned for the future.
These IRIs and other collaborative structures build our strengths in key areas where Lehigh can lead on the national and international stage by incubating new ideas, bringing seemingly disparate talents to bear on large-scale issues and scaling possible solutions in order to impact the world outside Lehigh.
Health, Science & Technology Building
To support world-class collaborative research with impact
Top research universities need top research facilities. At Lehigh, the new Health, Science & Technology building (HST) will be that facility—providing flexible and collaborative spaces where Lehigh’s interdisciplinary research endeavors can flourish.
HST will house work across a variety of disciplines and serve as the administrative home of the new College of Health. The building’s layout will blend research and administrative activities and allow undergraduates to engage with research alongside faculty and graduate students. This new facility will give Lehigh the flexibility to adapt to changing dynamics in the world of research, allowing our faculty to tackle the greatest challenges of our time and prepare for a future we can’t yet anticipate.
Driving Impact Across the University
GO: The Campaign for Lehigh will also provide critically important funding for numerous other initiatives supporting all aspects of the university. Learn more about other giving opportunities here.