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Welcome, new grad students!




Fall 2019 Orientation


Airport Arrival Information below!





Dear New Graduate Student,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Lehigh and welcome to the Lehigh community of 2,100+ graduate students! The Graduate Student Life Office is here to assist you with student life concerns by providing information, referrals, advice, and consultation. Your department will handle any of your academic concerns, including departmental assistantship awards.

Please take a look at the Graduate Student Resource Book , as well as the other electronic materials on this website to help you as you prepare to move to and live in our community. Also, take a minute to look at our video clips for new international students which include valuable information for domestic students as well.  They include information on:


In addition, please see Residential Services website on both on-campus and off-campus housing:   http://www4.lehigh.edu/housing/graduate

Lehigh graduate students express their experience in getting housing for graduate school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjEk8bEqQa8&t=27s

Low cost temporary housing: Lehigh will also offer temporary housing at a low-cost just before Fall semester begins . Please see information regarding temporary housing here.


  • Pennsylvania State Law requires that students living in university housing either (1) obtain a meningitis vaccine or (2) fill out a declination form. You may obtain the vaccination at the Health Center for a fee. Lehigh’s injury and sickness insurance does not cover this fee because the insurance does not cover preventive medicine. Medically, only college freshmen living in dormitories are at an increased risk, so graduate students may feel comfortable choosing to waive the meningococcal vaccine. If you do not want the vaccine, you may waive it by completing the declination form. The form is available at the Student Health Center, Johnson Hall. This law does not apply to students living off-campus. Please address questions and comments directly to the Health Center: 610/758-3870. For details, please visit Lehigh's Health Center Site.

  • Taking and passing the TOPSS test is required of all international T.A.s whose first language is not English.  SPEAK testing is offered throughout the year. For information: 610/758-6099.
  • Mandatory Health Information. Please make sure to complete all necessary forms regarding health information. Checkout the requirements at http://www.lehigh.edu/health or call the Student Health Center: 610/758-3870.
  • Lab Safety Training: You must go through this training if you will be working in a lab. You will not be allowed in the lab until the training is complete. Please consult the schedule in your orientation packet for time and location.
  • Teaching Assistant Training: If you have been awarded a teaching assistant position, your department will require this training.  Each Fall, the Graduate Life Office presents T.A. training on the Wednesday of Orientation week.  If you are/were unable to attend the live training and you will be a T.A.,  please watch the current TA Video series, write a brief summary, include your name, department and email to gradlife@lehigh.edu.   Please email gradlife @ lehigh.edu for any questions you may have.       

     Teacher Assistant Training Videos here.

  • Lehigh computing account. New graduate students must establish their Lehigh computing account through the Lehigh graduate application at http://applyweb.com/lehighg.
    Click on View Your Decision Letter and follow the link under “Next Steps”.  
    More information here on E-Mail accounts and technology resources.


ID CARDS https://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/content/id-office

Your Lehigh ID card provides you with access to several important services, such as access to academic buildings (with approval), a GoldPLUS account http://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/goldplus, athletic facilities and events, bookstore discounts and library borrowing.

Your ID card identifies you as a member of the Lehigh University community. The University has developed a "one-card" system with the goal of improving access and services for the safety and convenience of the University community.  Your University ID card should be treated with care. Holes, creases, cuts, and improperly applied stickers will render the card inoperable. Please do not leave the card in direct sunlight, near heat sources, or in contact with magnetic fields.  Because your identification card can also access your residence hall, academic building, meal plan and/or GoldPLUS account, you will need to safeguard it at all times.

Please DO NOT punch holes in your ID Card


IDEAL Office
(IDs, Electronic Access & Locksmith)
42 University Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Regular Office Hours
Monday through Friday
7:30am - 4:30pm


**ID Photo Submission Information**

You must submit a photo of yourself in advance, to be used on your ID card.

The picture must be a color, head-and-shoulders photograph of you facing the camera with a plain background. We cannot accept photos where you are wearing sunglasses, hats, or anything that would make it difficult to determine your identity.

We reserve the right to refuse any photo, due to poor quality, unacceptable content, or other variables.

We reserve the right to crop or edit the image in order to produce an acceptable ID picture.

You must email your photo as a .jpg file to inideal@lehigh.edu prior to your arrival on campus (please label your photo file with your LIN, example, 876543210.jpg). Recommended picture size is a minimum of 400 x 400 pixels, and a maximum of 800 x 800 pixels.

NOTE: New employees may not have access to their LIN prior to their start date; in this case, please label your photo file with your full name (example, Borden_Lizzie.jpg).


Make sure to check out the rest of the Graduate Student Life website for updates on Orientation and about the services we provide and events we have planned for all graduate students. Also, please note that the Office of International Students and Scholars will an orientation for international students. In addition, academic programs or departments will also have orientation events for you. Please be on the look-out for information about those other orientation programs!

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.

See you at Orientation -- Feel free to email us at any time! gradlife@lehigh.edu

Kathleen Hutnik, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Graduate Student Life

Amy McCrae, Coordinator for the Graduate Life OFfice


Registering for classes:

  1. Make an appointment to see your advisor to select your semester courses and to find out your Registration (Alternate) PIN. You must have this PIN to register.
  2. Access Secure Login at https://lewisweb.cc.lehigh.edu via the Campus Portal.
  3. Select the following links:
    • Student & Financial Aid
    • Registration
    • Check Registration Status
  4. If you have any holds, you need to contact the appropriate office to clear the hold before registering. You should also note the date and time at which you can register. We have assigned different time slots for students according to class status. 
  5.  New graduate students must establish their Lehigh computing account through the Lehigh graduate application at http://applyweb.com/lehighg. Click on View Your Decision Letter and follow the link under “Next    Steps”. 


International Students & Scholars:

Check out the ISSS webpage to register for International Orientation & other useful information.

Airport Arrival Information and Transportation