Students Say

Lafayette College is “a small, prestigious liberal arts school” that offers a “warm, community feel.” Even before you decide to attend, “walking around campus left me with a cozy, at-home feeling,” one psychology major gushes. Thanks to the “top-quality engineering education,” many students say, “Lafayette is your classic liberal arts college with a twist” and point to the “vast array of research” and “study abroad opportunities” available to undergrads. The college “prides itself on student/faculty relationships.”

Overview

Applicants
6,766
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

24%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 670
SAT Math
610 - 700
ACT Composite
27 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
February 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Lafayette College is “a small, prestigious liberal arts school” that offers a “warm, community feel.” Even before you decide to attend, “walking around campus left me with a cozy, at-home feeling,” one psychology major gushes. Thanks to the “top-quality engineering education,” many students say, “Lafayette is your classic liberal arts college with a twist” and point to the “vast array of research” and “study abroad opportunities” available to undergrads. The college “prides itself on student/faculty relationships.” A geology major proclaims when professors are “good, they’re great. Even the ‘bad’ professors, however, take the time to know each student and are usually available outside of class.” An international affairs major says, “Whether you’re an engineer, a premed student, or an art major, there is a great academic program and an embracing group of people waiting for you at Lafayette.” Overall the professors get high marks because “their office doors are always open,” and “are invested in seeing [students] not only graduate but also do well.” The focus on undergraduate education provides “maximum opportunities and makes resumes and applications for graduate school and jobs look fierce!” Students go so far as to claim, “It’s not very common to hear that someone doesn’t like one of their professors at Lafayette.” Generally, “classes are challenging but manageable, if you put in the time.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
266
with Terminal Degree
240

167
Men
99
Women
36
Minority
14
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
98%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Marcia Bernicat, Class of 1975
Former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal & the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

H. Keffer Hartline, Class of 1923
Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1967

Philip S. Hench, Class of 1916
Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1950

William C. Lowe, Class of 1962
Led the 150-member team that developed the IBM PC

Roger S. Newton, Class of 1972
Co-discoverer of atorvastatin (LipitorR) cholesterol-reducing drug

William E. Simon, Class of 1952
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1974-77

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
94
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,311

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,218

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,495

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,281

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,358

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,230
Required Fees
$405
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Lafayette students are “passionate and driven” and “tend to be athletic, very preppy, and serious about their education.” A sophomore says the typical student is “white middle to upper-middle class students from the tri-state area,” but another adds, “Recent years have brought in a number of different types of people.” “More lower income, international, and non-white students have joined” the Lafayette community. Regardless, some students point out that it can be “a very self-segregated campus.” “These cliques are not unique to Lafayette, but they are present.” Just under 30 percent of the student body is“involved with Greek life,” and some feel that those “not involved in Greek life or sports can be isolated”; however, many students have felt a change occurring in recent years with Lafayette “trying to add more living learning community (LLCs) to create a social living space outside the Greek system.” On weekends, most students stay on campus, and Very rarely is there a weekend where something isn’t going on.” Organizations are always “sponsoring fun events, including Condom Bingo, which is a fan favorite. And if you’re into the party scene, it isn’t too hard to stumble into one.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,503
Out of State
79%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

3.52%
Asian
5.12%
African-American
7.20%
Hispanic
74.13%
Caucasian
7.55%
Unknown
8.51%
International

47% female
53% male
79% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

At Lafayette, the “campus is gorgeous,” and students say you feel the “close atmosphere of the school” after “immediately walking onto the campus.” Overall students feel, “the campus community is very supportive,” and a civil engineering major says, “The family atmosphere adds to the education and makes Lafayette feel more like home than school.” With “over 200 clubs and organizations on campus,” there “is something that will fit everyone’s lifestyle and hobbies,” and when it comes to their Division I athletics, “students radiate school pride.” Lafayette boasts a “great career center due to the close ties alumni have with the college,” and career services are offered to students during all four years of their undergraduate study. The administration actively requests “student forums and opinions when decisions need to be made.” While some say “the facilities are first rate” and improving, others lament “the arts, while growing, are still fairly small.” Lafayette has welcomed a new President and there are changes on the way. Within the last year, the food provider has been replaced and offerings have “improved tremendously.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
85
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
8

18% join a fraternity
38% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

21% participate in intramural sports
21% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Leopards)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Leopards)
16 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Lehigh University

Sustainability

Want a cleaner, greener freshman dorm? Try Lafayette College’s “Treehouse” (The Real Environmental Experience House), which strives to establish a low-impact, environmentally conscious culture. The house is a “paradigm of recycling, efficiency, and conservation employing human ingenuity to develop a virtually waste-less community.” Though a relative newcomer to the green campus movement, the intensity of Lafayette College’s commitment to sustainability has brought sweeping green change to campus in a short amount of time. The school focuses on waste reduction and conservation through an aggressive composting program (100 percent of composted food waste is used for landscaping maintenance, and this is actually part of the environmental engineering curriculum), recycling program (expanding beyond just student involvement and will not work with any service vendors who don’t recycle 100 percent of their recyclable products), and water conservation program (all new buildings will feature water-saving technology and any renovations or retrofitting will incorporate the same fixtures to reduce the amount of sanitary effluent waste). A signatory of ACUPCC, Lafayette has determined that all new buildings and renovations should be designed to strive for LEED silver or higher standards certification. The college’s Climate Action Plan, commits to reducing GHG emissions by 20 percent over a 10 year period. Lafayette’s dining services has also committed itself to sustainability through the exclusive use of 100 percent compostable packaging and dining ware and 100 percent green cleaning supplies. Lafayette doesn’t just invest in green ideas on campus, but also in the classroom, instilling its students with the ideals of eco-awareness and environmental responsibility through class offerings, orientation week events, and curriculum initiatives, such as growing organic vegetables in the Metzger community garden on campus. Recent additions to sustainability efforts include additional shuttles and bike racks to promote alternative transportation; more e-waste, battery and text book recycling opportunities; an ECO Reps programs to encourage sustainable efforts in the residence halls; an organic farm, “LaFarm” that uses composted food waste to help produce food that is distributed to campus.

Green Rating
87

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
22%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
46

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Matthew Hyde
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
118 Markle Hall
Easton, PA 18042-1770

Phone
610 330-5100

Email
admissions@lafayette.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Skillman and Kirby Libraries
Farinon College Center
Williams Center for the Arts
Kirby Sports Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Arts Trail
Easton Restaurants/Farmer's Market
Canal Museum
Crayola Factory/Two Rivers Landing
Hugh Moore Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, Saturday open only for information sessions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
610 330-5100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3:15pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sun-Thurs only; not available during exams or breaks

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Lehigh Valley International Airport is a 20-minute drive from campus. Taxis are available for the trip from airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 33 (Lehigh Valley) to Rte. 22 E. From Rte. 22, take the 4th St. exit (the last exit in Pennsylvania before you cross the Delaware River to go to New Jersey). At the stoplight at the end of the exit ramp make a left turn. At the next traffic light, make a left turn onto 3rd St. Go up College Hill and make the first left onto McCartney St. At the next stop sign, make another left onto High St. The admissions office is in Markle Hall, which is on the right. Parking is available on the street or on the parking deck behind Markle Hall. From the New York area, take the George Washington Bridge to Rte. 80 W.; then take Rte. 287 S. to I-78 W. Take I-78 to Exit 3 (Rte. 22). Proceed on Rte. 22 to the toll bridge that connects Phillipsburg, NJ, to Easton, PA. Take the first exit labeled Easton (a right-hand exit). At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn at the traffic light. Follow the preceding directions from College Hill.

Local Accommodations
Lafayette Inn, 525 W. Monroe St.; (610) 253-4500/(800) 509-6990 (walking distance); Hampton Inn Easton, 3723 Easton/Nazareth Hwy.; (610) 250-6500; Holiday Inn Express, 90 Kunkle Dr.; (610) 923-9495/(800) HOLIDAY
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Key Stats

6,766
Applicants
2,503
Size
34%
Acceptance Rate
1280
SAT Scores

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