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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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.” Some say “the facilities are first rate” and improving, and a new arts campus opened two year’s ago, including facilities for the theatre, film, and media studies departments.

Overview

Applicants
8,469
Acceptance Rate
31%
Average HS GPA
3.53

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
29%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — February 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
293
with Terminal Degree
265

171
Men
122
Women
54
Minority
13
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Russian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Music, General.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$61,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$123,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$62,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$130,300

Percent High Job Meaning
42%

Percent STEM
41%


Students Say

The average starting salary for a Lafayette graduate is roughly $61,500, according to PayScale.com, which also reports that 42 percent of Lafayette graduates consider their careers to be in keeping with making the world a better place. Popular jobs after graduation include project engineer, civil engineer, and marketing coordinator, with the most popular majors being Mechanical Engineering, Economics, and Civil Engineering. “Career counseling services start freshman year and are readily available to any student who wants to utilize them,” says one Government/Law and Spanish double major. The Office of Career Services is “proud to be a national leader in career development,” according to the school's website, and is ranked as one of the top twenty higher education career services offices. Students are encouraged to join Gateway, the school's four-year individualized career exploration program, and Lafayette's website reports that 85 percent of each undergraduate class signs up. A Psychology and Government double major praises the school's “strong career services program that provides excellent opportunities and . . . works closely with alumni to provide career exposure opportunities even to first year students.”

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,113

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,399

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,099

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,324

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$45,100

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,415
Required Fees
$465
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,470
Comprehensive Fee
$63,355

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

4.14%
Asian
5.04%
African-American
6.68%
Hispanic
66.30%
Caucasian
5.51%
Unknown
10.16%
International

81% are out of state

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Rebecca Brenner

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

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

22% join a fraternity
34% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

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.

79/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Matthew Hyde
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
730 High Street
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
Williams Visual Arts Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Arts Trail
Downtown Easton Restaurants/Farmer's Market/Easton Public Market
Canal Museum
Crayola Factory
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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