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Student Access and Success

The mission of the Student Access and Success office is to expand access to the university for all underrepresented groups with a focus on first generation and lower-income students and to insure that a support system is in place, which enables these students to have an enriching and successful Lehigh experience.  This work involves developing and implementing a comprehensive set of university-wide strategies addressing recruitment and admission, financial aid, student life, academic coaching and advisement, and postgraduate support.   The office will coordinate all work related to supporting the American Talent Initiative and the Managing Director will serve as Lehigh’s representative to ATI.

For more information, here is a summary of our student access programs


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Student Guide Position Description

The Lehigh University Student Scholars Institute (LUSSI) is a year-long program that strives to support our F1RST+ community of students as they transition into their first year at the University and continue that support during the academic careers at Lehigh. The F1RST+ community of students are students identified as; first generation, low/moderate financial family income, pell eligible and underrepresented minorities.

Selected guides will be assigned to a “LUSSI Family”, a “LUSSI Family” is a group of approximately 16-25 students. Each family will be assigned two student guides who will serve as a direct contact throughout the first academic year, each family will also be supported by a (1) faculty and (1) staff member from the Lehigh University community.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Communicate with assigned LUSSI student family members during the months of July and August, leading up to the start of the pre-orientation programming (*details on this process will be shared with selected student guides)

  • Help facilitate and guide LUSSI family during the pre-orientation programming (August 16th -19th, 2020)

  • Monthly meetings with LUSSI families throughout the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 semester (16-20 hrs a month). Meetings include:

  1. ​  Bi-weekly family meetings with assigned LUSSI family 
  2.  1-hour individual meetings (*Each family will be assigned 2 student guides, student caseload will be shared) 
  • Monthly staff meeting with Director and Assistant Director of the Center for Student Access and Success (*other meetings may be scheduled as the semester progresses and as needs arise)

  • Serve as a mentor for students and connect students to needed support services at Lehigh

  • Help plan and engage students in special programming offered throughout the academic year


  • Must be a full time student 
  • Must be available on campus during the FA20-SP2021 academic year (Students completing study abroad for either semester will not be considered)
  • Must be in good academic and behavioral standing 


  • This will be considered a work-study position for those who qualify
  • Early move-in to student housing at no additional cost
  • Food will be covered throughout the summer program

Interview Timeline:

If you are interested, please fill out the student guide application  by APRIL 1st, 2020 by 5PM. 

Interviews will be scheduled from April 6th-10th.

Final decisions will be sent out the week of April 13th.


If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact Nathalie Lynn nkl218@lehigh.edu

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