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First-Year Experience


You have made it to one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life…college! College is a time of growth and change for students and their families. During your first year at Lehigh, The Office of the First-Year Experience (OFYE) is here to provide you with resources and support to make your transition a successful one.

The OFYE also plans events throughout the academic year to support your living and learning experiences. We want you to be successful at Lehigh, and we will do everything we can to help keep you on the right track. We are excited you will be joining the Lehigh community and we want to help you make the most out of your experience!

Your first-year experience at Lehigh is named evoLUtion for its definition of a gradual process in which something changes into a different, more complex or better form.

In order to assist in your transition, we have broken down your evoLUtion into three phases:

  1. Pre-arrival activities and Orientation
  2. evoLUtion seminar
  3. Program and Events

The evoLUtion:1 tab on the Campus Portal is now live!

Summer Checklist

You may now begin completing items on the Summer Checklist such as registering for a Prelusion program and submitting your Housing Contract.

Housing Information

The Housing Contract is available for you on the evoLUtion:1 tab at Under the Summer Checklist channel on the left side of the screen, click on the Submit Housing Contract link. The deadline to for you to complete this portion of your first-year student responsibilities is May 31, 2015.

If you wish to petition for exemption of the first-year student residency requirement, you can download the form at, and return it to the Office of Residential Services via fax: 610-758-3568 or email:

Email Reminder

Your Lehigh email will be ready for use shortly and can be accessed by clicking the Mail icon in the portal. Beginning Monday, May 18 ALL official university communications will be sent to your Lehigh email. Be sure to check your Lehigh email account often.


For questions related to housing, please contact the Office of Residential Services at 610-758-3500 or for additional assistance regarding housing.

For questions related to the Summer Checklist, please contact the Office of the First-Year experience at 610-758-1300 or

Please note: If you have not opened your Lehigh computing account you will not see the evoLUtion 1 tab on your portal. You must have opened your computing account and have your Lehigh credentials (example abc123. If you do not have this information, you will need to go to the Applicant Student Portal, where you logged in using your personal email to open your account.

View the Class of 2019 Welcome Kit here.

Faculty and Staff, click here to apply to be an evoLUtion Seminar Facilitator and here to be a Summer Reading Discussion Leader.

Summer Reading Program

Visit the Summer Reading page on our website to learn more about 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Download a copy of the Draft Book here