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Founded in 1826, Lafayette College. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,550 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Lafayette College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 237 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Lafayette College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,23% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 88% were in the top quarter, and 62% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Lafayette College.
55 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
39 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
54 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.
54 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
17 Students rated Lafayette College
I absolutely love my school. The campus is gorgeous, the academics are solid, and there's a lot of great people (plenty of not-so-great people too, but as long as you find the right group you're fine). I've enjoyed the classes I've taken so far, and professors really care about their students and want to help you do well. The fact that is a smallish liberal arts school with an engineering department and D1 sports is pretty unique and makes for a "best of both worlds" experience (at least in my view).
Lafayette College is a place for students who are focused on academics. Coursework comes first for many students. Greek life exists but isn't a driving force on campus, and honestly many of the college staff and administration are actively opposed to Greek life. The community service programs are stellar, emphasizing education on social issues and personal reflection in addition to direct service. There are plenty of extracurricular activities and the college is open to starting new clubs and groups if there is interest. Overall I'd say the academic focus and connection to community is much stronger than a social or party scene.
Throughout my time at Lafayette I can only speak to the experiences that are my own, unique to how I navigated through the course of my undergraduate education. All shaped by the two pillars of college, academics and extracurriculars.
Academically, Lafayette works hard to ensure that it supplies its students with the tools they need to succeed. In large part, this is made possible through the environment that Lafayette aspires to create. The campus is quaint and serene, I mean it is literally a registered arboretum, and has a gorgeous central quad – kind of like the ones you see in movies (except this one only gets used about 3 months a year when the weather is nice). The chemical and biomolecular engineering department is stellar. Professors are beyond helpful, most of them having an “open-door” policy – whenever their office door is open you are welcome to walk in and ask questions. The professional staff are truly invested in the success of their students. During my time here, I have had the ability to participate in research since I was a sophomore, allowing me to gain experience that is unheard-of at many of the larger institutions. Likewise, in the class room, I never feel like I am overshadowed. Honestly, it’s difficult to every feel that way when your classes are capped at 25 people and all the professors know you by name.
Socially, Lafayette struggles. A lack of both success and enthusiasm for the varsity sports program, despite our being a Division I institution, leaves the entire community lacking a shared entity to rally around. This leads to a clear social divide between athletes, Greek life, and those unaffiliated with both parties. Not that you don’t know people across all these groups, the campus is much too small for that, but it is likely that if you belong to one of these 3 categories your weekends affairs will dictate as such. On that note, if you’re looking for wild parties every night Lafayette might not be your place Although, if you are determined there is always someone doing something. Thursday – Sunday there will no doubt be options, but again they tend to be exclusive, so you likely need to know someone.
Our student body, demographically, lacks diversity, with most of our students coming from upper-middle class homes. Although, variety of thought is still strong. Students are constantly engaged in the social and political climates effecting society. There are a wealth of clubs and groups to join with more being added each year. Our presence within the community of Easton is something we are very cognizant about and as such volunteer/ outreach opportunities are available in abundance.
Lafayette, like many things in life, is only what you make of it. Thanks to Lafayette I have gained some of the dearest friends, a well-rounded education, and memories that I know I’ll never forget. College is going to be unforgettable no matter where you attend, but if you are looking for a close-knit community, with top-notch academics, and open-minded peers, this might be your place.
Lafayette College has amazing academics and great professors. If you want to be involved, there are opportunities for that. The dining halls on campus can be a hit or a miss at times. Sometimes one dining hall will have horrible lunch, but later on it will have amazing dinner. The onion rings here are amazing! And Simon's, the sub cafe here, has amazing sandwiches. The students here are generally welcoming and fun to be around. It may take a little while to find your place on campus, but once you do, Lafayette starts to feel like a home.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Lafayette College is 28%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I have a younger sister who is just about to choose a college, so lately Ive been formulating such advice. I think that the best thing to do is take some time your senior year and really research and think about what you want to do after college. Do a lot of shadowing/ externships/ etc. so that you will truly understand why you want to go to college, and so you can also find the right college for you. I wish that I would have researched my career aspirations in high school. I circled around the healthcare profession, from surgeon to researcher to nurse, finally landing on nurse midwife. A little more research in high school would have saved time and money in the journey that is the college experience.
My classmates, I would consider more of my siblings. I trust them with everything, and they help me whenever I need a shoulder, or advice, or a friend. My classmates are diverse and interesting, and I love learning from them and talking to such engaging people.
Size and location.
The worst thing about Lafayette is the meal plan.
Small liberal arts schools for those who love to explore their own identities.
Lafayette College has an excellent and extremely challenging science and engineering programs. A Lafayette degree in science is something to brag about.
The best part is that there is always stuff going on. If you want to have a good time, whether it be with alcohol or without, you can always find something to do. The only drawback to this is that stuff can get a little too repetitive at times, but not for most people.
Students who want a giant population on campus because the college campus is small and has about 2400 students total. There is a good social aspect but not the same as a large university.
Lafayette has wonderful academics. If a student is looking to come to the school, it should be first and foremost because of its academics. Students who come to this school can get an incredible amount out of our academic programs, provided he or she is willing to work hard and put the effort in. Lafayette professors are completely accessible and enjoy nurturing driven students toward whatever direction they are interested in.
I think the strong academics. I also am proud of our strong alumni connects. The professors do a good job of working with the students to make the experience the best it can be.
No. The majority of students that attend Lafayette have eclectic interests and don't necessarily fit into the small-liberal-arts-college stereotype.
I dont agree with this though
How much the social life is based on fraternities and sororities, and that if you don't get into one your life will suck here.
Laf-Lehigh is probably our longest running campus tradition. The rivalry speaks for itself, and it's the one campus event that revs up school spirit like none other. March Field and the Quad are awash in a sea of leopard print. By 7AM you can look out your window and see the pep rally making its way across campus. People come out and they make a lot of noise and wave their Pard Pride around like it's nobody's business. Even if you're not the biggest fan of football, Laf-Lehigh will stir something in you.
Definitely an active social life. About a third of students participate in greek life, but you can still have a social life without participating. Lots of athletes (Division 1 sports.)
Lafayette College is a small private college that consists of about 2400 student. For me, it is just the right size. With the small number of students in every classroom, I usually have more time to talk to my professor having a leisure conversation or asking some homework question. I personally think that if you are a person that really wants to work hard and gets to know people, Lafayette is the place to be.
OK with knowing prof's personally, not afraid to stand out, not looking for big-city opportunity, likes leadership opportunities, open to a diversity of interests.
There really is nothing frutrating aboutLafayette. Anything that is frustrating comes from my own personal issues as a student, it has nothing to do with the school. The personal fustrations that I do face can be fixed through different resources actually provided by the school.
I give a quick little tour of PT Farinon, the worst dorm on campus.
Their are plenty of dining options at Lafayette and most of them are very good. There are two main dining halls with all you can eat buffets (farinon and Marquis), a food court and two other options that offer sandwiches, burgers etc. One of these places (Gilberts) is open late night and is a popular place in the early am for Nachos.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
54% of students
attending Lafayette College receive some sort of financial aid.
10% were awarded federal grants.
While 29% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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