YES! During Orientation you will be divided up into small groups. All group meetings are required. This is our chance to show students the ropes to college life and provide them with multitudes of resources to help them succeed at Lehigh, both in and out of the classroom. Students will meet faculty, upper-class student leaders, an academic advisor and learn about resources available while making new friends!
Yes! This is where you will get helpful information and meet other transfer students. You will not be able to register for future semesters if you don’t attend!
New first-year students move-in on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Room assignments and arrival information will be emailed through your Lehigh email in mid-July.
Check out the What to Bring to Lehigh page for a complete list of things you might need to bring with you on Move-In Day.
Orientation begins the afternoon of Thursday August 18, 2022. The Orientation Schedule will be available later in the summer.
Orientation Leaders (OLs) are returning upper-class students who have been trained to help new students make a smooth transition into the Lehigh community. There are 90 OLs who will each be assigned to a small group of students and will be able to help answer questions and guide you through Orientation.
You will register for courses in July. Throughout the month of June important updates and information regarding the registration process will be posted on your student portal and will also be sent to your Lehigh University email address. It is very important that you monitor your email regularly, as we continuously send additional information to prepare you for registration. Keep an eye out for emails about when and how to register, videos reviewing how to utilize the registration system, and advice from your college advisors.
Your first year at Lehigh you will be required to take some introductory level courses that most upper-class students have already taken, so you are not competing with them during your course request process. Courses that you are required to take during your first year (e.g. Engineering 1) will be scheduled so that all students needing those courses will get into a section.
Classes will begin Monday, August 22, 2022. Check out the academic calendar.
Every textbook for every course can be found at your campus bookstore, a branch of Barnes & Noble. They have the largest selection of used textbooks on campus, and convenient shelf tags throughout the store tell you exactly which textbooks are required for each course and list additional textbooks recommended by the course instructor. And their generous return policy offers cash back on unwanted textbooks year-round—no matter where you bought them. They accept all major credit cards, as well as personal checks, college or government financial aid program vouchers, school debit cards, and Barnes & Noble gift cards. If you prefer to reserve your textbooks online, visit lehigh.bncollege.com.
The network and software are generally compatible with both PCs and Macs. However, there are a few instances where Engineering students will need a PC or to use public sites in order to use the necessary software.
If you are in the market for a new computer check out this website with purchase information.
Lehigh offers pre-orientation programs, known as preLUsion, which start a few days prior to Orientation. These programs are designed to be fun and to help your transition to Lehigh by introducing you to staff and fellow new students. PreLUsion is a great way to meet other new students with similar interests that want to make the most out of their college experience!
No, you don't. Students participating in a PreLUsion program will move in to their residence hall on Monday, August 15, 2022. We will have a Family Orientation Program on Monday so you don't have to make the trip back to Lehigh on Thursday.
Lehigh assigns rooms based on desired housing and programmatic preferences. A random process will be utilized for all deposited students to determine your housing assignment along with others who have made similar selections. To accommodate all students, halls are pre-designated by gender based on enrollment. Once your residence hall is assigned, you are matched with a roommate using the information you provide through My College Roommate. If you request a student and they request you, you will automatically be placed together.
You are matched with a roommate using the information you provide through My College Roommate. If you request a student and they request you, you will automatically be placed together.
Room assignments and arrival information will be emailed through your Lehigh email in mid-July.
You can re-enter the housing contract and update your housing information. You can continue to search and add or change roommates through My College Roommate until the deadline. Assignments are processed in June; therefore, the application must be complete by the deadline in order for it to be considered.
For more Housing FAQ's visit Housing Services website.
You will submit your ID card photo on the campus portal in the summer. You will get your ID card when you check-in on Move-In Day. If you did not complete the application in advance you will need to go to the ID card office on 42 University Drive when you arrive.
Lehigh University students have several banking options located in Bethlehem. Lehigh students also have access to a full-service Wells Fargo bank branch and ATM located in the University Center. The Pennsylvania States Employee Credit Union (PSECU) operates a Financial Education Center at the Mountaintop Campus, Building C, 2nd Floor, and they have an ATM located in Farrington Square between Johnny's Bagels & Deli, and the current location of the Mail Center. (The Mail Center will be moving above the bookstore during summer 2022)
For additional questions not addressed here, please contact the Office of the First-Year Experience: