Lehigh University logo
Lehigh University logo

Summer 2014

Students will take on a diverse group of Mountaintop projects in the Summer of 2014.
Read more >

An Environment for Learning, Discovery and Engagement

"In an age where Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, challenge traditional higher educational hierarchies by providing anyone coursework on a screen, the Mountaintop project is taking physical, collaborative learning environments and hurtling them into the 21st century." - Fast Company magazine

Lehigh has acquired two former Bethlehem Steel research facilities on South Mountain with the vision of remaking these industrial-era spaces into vibrant environments for a 21st century learning community.

We begin with an abiding commitment to the next generation of leaders and a tradition of cultivating rich connections between our work and the concerns of our society. We seek to increase our students' capacities for independent discovery, for taking intellectual risks and learning from failures, for collaboration, for recognizing important problems and opportunities, and for effecting constructive and sustainable change.

An integrated learning environment that supports these goals is a distinctive element of residential education in a research-intensive environment and can be a point of particular distinction for Lehigh.

Lehigh has a track record of success with these kinds of integrated learning environments, and a $20 million gift from Scott Belair '69 is enabling us to scale up in a way that makes these kinds of experiences available for all of our students.

The 2014 Mountaintop Experience: The second summer of programming at Mountaintop saw more students and more faculty get involved in an initiative that is changing the way Lehigh thinks about teaching and learning.