Lehigh University is a private, co-educational university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the United States. It was established in 1865 by Asa Packer as a four-year technical school and has grown to include four diverse colleges. The university comprises 4,856 undergraduate students, nearly 2,000 graduate students, 600 professors, and 1,500 staff.
The university has four colleges: the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the nationally ranked College of Business and Economics, and the graduate-only College of Education. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college, home to roughly 40% percent of the university's students. The colleges offer a variety of degrees, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy. Additionally, they collaborate on a variety of cross-disciplinary programs and on cross-college faculty research. In the 2009 U.S. News & World Report Best National Universities Ranking, Lehigh was ranked 35th overall. In BusinessWeek's 2008 ranking of Which College Grads Earn the Most, Lehigh ranked #14