Lafayette College is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Founded as a men's college in 1826, it adopted coeducation in 1970. It has a small college environment with limitless opportunities. Its focus is on the student, promoting active learning with all students, monitored by a caring faculty. Its 110-acre campus is located in Easton, 60 miles north of Philadelphia.

Website: www.lafayette.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,642
Undergraduate
Students
(52.2%) 1,380 Women
(47.8%) 1,262 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
29% of 9,237 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.51
SAT Math
630-735 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
663 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
27-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$74,006
Tuition and Fees
$55,002
Room and Board
$16,254
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$49,256
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,341
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
239
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Easton Population
26,951
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City, Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
92% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Leopard
Sororities
34% of women participate
Fraternities
24% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.6% Asian
5.8% Black/African-American
7.6% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.3% White
6.5% Unknown
International Students
9.4% from 53 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
82.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   2
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives   5

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 25
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
730 High Street
City, State, Zip
Easton, PA 18042
Phone
(610) 330-5100
Fax
(610) 330-5127
E-mail
admissions@lafayette.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, February 1
Early Decision Notification
Not reported
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
29% of 9,237 applicants were admitted
Women
33% of 4,313 applicants were admitted
Men
26% of 4,924 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
680 (25%) of 2,715 admitted students enrolled
Women
368 (26%) of 1,419 admitted students enrolled
Men
365 (28%) of 1,296 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
52% of 772 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
2,332
Students Accepting Wait List Position
948
Students Admitted From Wait List
2

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.51
3.75 and Above
31%
3.50 - 3.74
29%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
630-735 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
41%
Score of 600 - 700
45%
Score of 500 - 600
14%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
663 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
29%
Score of 600 - 700
58%
Score of 500 - 600
13%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
27-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
53%
Score of 24 - 29
43%
Score of 18 - 23
4%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 52%
Top quarter: 78%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$74,006
Tuition and Fees
$55,002
Room and Board
$16,254
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$1,000
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003284
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
479 (65.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
277 (54.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
277 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
277 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,256
Need-Based Gift
Received by 259 (98.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $44,741
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 235 (91.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,985
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 57 (17.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
23 (4.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $29,253

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,403 (52.5%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
849 (60.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
849 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
849 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$50,594
Need-Based Gift
Received by 811 (96.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $45,231
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 762 (92.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,551
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 134 (16.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
181 (8.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $30,781

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
39%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,341
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,172
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Engineering, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
239
Part-Time Faculty
58
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
79%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 66% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 17% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,016,804
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
690
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Easton Population
26,951
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City, Philadelphia
Campus Size
340 acres

Weather

Temperature
18.8 average low in January, 80 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Easton
Nearest Train Station
50 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
92% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Leopard
School Colors
Maroon and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf     x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
crew, equestrian sports, rugby, skiing (downhill), weight lifting
Men's Club Sports
crew, equestrian sports, ice hockey, rugby, squash, weight lifting, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, crew, cross-country running, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, weight lifting, wrestling

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, laf (lafayette activities forum), student government, crew, international students association, leopards lair
Sororities
34% of women participate
Fraternities
24% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,642
Women
1,380 (52.2%)
Men
1,262 (47.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,603
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.6% Asian
5.8% Black/African-American
7.6% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.3% White
6.5% Unknown
International Students.
9.4% from 53 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
82.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
86.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
90.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Average Starting Salary
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 8%
Law 6%
Arts and Sciences 12%
Medicine 4%
Veterinary Medicine 1%

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