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Lafayette College
Lafayette provides university-sized resources in an exclusively undergraduate college. Anything is possible here.

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

Lafayette provides university-sized resources in an exclusively undergraduate college. Anything is possible here.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,533 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
51% male — 49% female
71% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
238 full-time faculty
48 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Almost 100% of students living on campus. On-campus housing is mandatory unless commuting from your parents house or you are married.

School Location

Easton is a quiet, rural town about 60 miles from Philadelphia and 70 from NYC. Students can enjoy local farmers markets and outdoor activities.

Retention Fall 2015

95% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

90% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 5%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%

Academic Programs

African Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Russian Studies, Women’s Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Computer and Information Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, English Language, French, German, Spanish, History, Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Geological and Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Social Sciences, Art, Drama, Film, Music

Lafayette wants its students to be in a constant state of learning—a process that involves participation in class, engagement in subject matters, and challenging one’s surroundings. The student that takes control of their educational experience has the freedom to explore their potential, while learning to adapt to the changing needs of society. And that makes for one marketable individual.

An Educational Experience Outside of the Classroom

Lafayette gives its students several opportunities to learn outside of the traditional classroom setting. Study abroad is embraced by Lafayette as an integral part of an undergraduate experience. Students that study abroad gain cross-cultural communication skills, as well as an appreciation for another culture. Other non-traditional opportunities include: undergraduate research, first-year seminars, and community outreach.

First-Year Seminar (FYS)

First-year seminar courses are limited to 16 students per class. These courses cover special topics and are vital for improving writing and communication skills. Students are taught to participate and actively engage with other peers. Students will also learn the basics of research, a valuable skill that can be used throughout all four years of college.

Lafayette has 215 full-time faculty members, 99% of which have a doctorate or other terminal degree. The student-to-faculty ratio is a low 10.5:1. Lafayette’s faculty are extremely involved in the lives of their students. Professors and students establish meaningful relationships that drive real results. Students are prepared to succeed in their post-graduate lives through a series of personal and educational experiences, both of which happen in and out of the classroom.

The College Writing Program (CWP)

The College Writing Program has been a part of Lafayette’s curriculum since 1987. The program incorporates writing into several different courses, across all disciplines. CWP is meant to increase students’ understanding and practice with the writing process. The ability to communicate through writing is an incredibly useful tool, and Lafayette works hard to ensure that each graduate has had the proper training. The program offers select undergraduates to train as writing associates. Once trained, students can act as tutors to their peers.

The Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC)

ATTIC is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to succeed. The center gives direction to students and helps them maximize their educational experience by offering a selection of programs, including tutoring and academic advising.

The campus community at Lafayette is an exciting combination of Art, athletics, and various clubs and organizations. Students have access to more than 250 clubs with many diverse interests. 

Community Service

Lafayette students are regularly involved in community service initiatives. Students gain access to service projects through weekly organizations and trips to places in need. In addition to voluntary service, students can take classes with supplementary community service projects. This gives students the opportunity to apply theories learned at the academic level to real life situations. 

A Diverse Community

Lafayette is committed to fostering a diverse community, accepting of all backgrounds and beliefs. Lafayette wants all of its students to be inclusive members of the campus community, learning from one another and embracing each other’s differences.

Athletics, Health, and Wellness

Lafayette has 23 NCAA Division I athletic programs—11 men’s, 11 women’s and 1 co-ed. Lafayette also offers several recreational sport options, including club and intramural sports. For those students that just want to exercise, there are fitness classes available. On top of the recreational activities offered, the College provides health and counseling services to ensure the mental and physical well-being of each individual.

Lafayette students are well-equipped to succeed after graduation. Most have had hands-on experience in their area of study through internships or field experience. Many go on to graduate school at some of the nation’s top institutions. For those who decide to enter right into a career, start an internship, or volunteer, Lafayette’s post-graduate success rate is 95%, after just six months. Most importantly, Lafayette ranks among the top ten schools in the U.S. for four-year graduation rates.

Giving Students the Right Tools

Lafayette students humbly demonstrate their intellectual capabilities in our ever-changing and demanding society. Those skills include: innovation, critical thinking, problem solving skills, communication skills, and applied knowledge. Students gain these skills through a variety of disciplines and activities. Upon graduation, they are well-equipped to handle any challenges their careers or future schooling might present.

Faculty Adviser

Every incoming student is assigned a faculty adviser that assists with academic and career related questions. Faculty advisers work with students through their sophomore year. Once a student has declared their major, they are re-directed to the chair or adviser of their chosen department. Students are encouraged to maintain contact with faculty advisers. Communication can be highly beneficial as advisers are highly knowledgeable on academic and personal opportunities.


Admissions Fall 2015

7,465 Total Applicants 
2,258 Total Admissions 
672 Total Freshman Enrollment

30.25% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 580 670
SAT Math 620 710
SAT Writing 590 690
ACT Composite 27 31
ACT Math 27 31
ACT English 27 33
ACT Writing 8 9




Tuition $46,590
Fees $420
Total $47,010
Room and Board (on campus) $13,920
Room Only $8,610
Board Only $5,310
Estimated Total On Campus $60,930


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

55% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
33% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$36,912 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,753 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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