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High School Scholars

This program provides an opportunity for talented rising senior students to take courses at Lehigh University that their high schools may not offer.


To provide additional incentive and motivation for talented students towards college careers and advanced study. To establish closer ties with Lehigh University and the surrounding high schools. To provide an opportunity for Lehigh University faculty and staff to become better acquainted with the needs and interests of high school students, as well as those of high school teachers and staff members in the community.

Nomination Process

Students must be nominated by the teacher, principal and guidance counselors at the high school they attend. Also, students may request that they be nominated, or the nomination could come at the suggestion of high school personnel.

Each school may nominate up to three students to this program for any given semester. Please note: a school can nominate up to five (5) students if a son or daughter of a Lehigh University faculty or staff member is among the school's top three nominees. Admission of new students in the spring semester will depend on the number of students who return from the fall semester. Lehigh reserves the right to make selections among nominees.

Application Process (Open for Spring 2015)

Application materials for each nominated student must include the following:

  • An official copy of the high school transcripts from freshman to junior year
  • PSAT and SAT scores
  • Any AP scores and/or transcripts from other academic institutions
  • Completed, typed application form
  • Letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher or principal.

These materials should be submitted to: Academic Outreach 618 Brodhead Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18015

Selection Process

Admission to the program will be made by the High School Scholars Program Committee led by Angela Nicole Scott, Director of Academic Diversity and Outreach. The committee consists of the Registrar, Associate Director of Admissions, Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Associate Dean of College of Business & Economics. Students and nominators will be notified of the decision.

The application materials will be reviewed by the department chairperson offering the course selected by the student. The chairperson may consult with his or her faculty members as appropriate. As determined by the department chairperson, an interview with a nominated student may be required. This interview may take place over the phone or in person. The nominator and student will be contacted should such an interview be required. The department chairperson will provide a recommendation to the program director as to whether the student should be admitted to the course selected.

Program Conditions

The high school student may select one primary course and up to two alternates from the list of available courses from designated academic departments. This list is provided to the guidance counselor's office along with applications and course schedules to assist students and school staff in the course selection process.

Course availability, to be determined by the departmental chairperson, will depend on space in the class and on the course level. Availability of any specific course cannot be guaranteed at the time of application. Once admitted, the student will be guaranteed a place in the course selected.

The student will be expected to complete all course work and will receive a grade in the course. The student will also be expected to adhere to all attendance policies as specified by the course instructor. Pass/fail or course auditing does not apply to this program. Credits earned through this program will count towards Lehigh University graduation requirements if the student later is admitted and attends Lehigh as an undergraduate. There are no guarantees that other institutions will accept the credits.

Upon written request, an official transcript of the grade and credit earned in the course will be provided for students by the Registrar. The same university policies applies to such request as currently in place for regular university students. Please be advised that a scholar's academic performance while in the program will affect their GPA should they later be admitted to Lehigh as a full-time student after high school.

A mandatory orientation meeting for students and parents participating in the program will be held prior to the beginning of each semester. At this meeting, conditions of the program will be reviewed and questions will be answered. Specific information will be provided in a letter to students accepted into the program from the Executive Director of Academic Outreach.

All students must be enrolled as a full-time student at their respective high schools.



If homeschooled, please email, an application packet will be sent to you for submission.