Lafayette College Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

18%

Very Good

56%

Average

22%

Poor

2%

Terrible

2%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

33%

Average

23%

Poor

18%

Terrible

26%

Campus Food
Excellent

5%

Very Good

31%

Average

27%

Poor

24%

Terrible

13%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

44%

Very Good

44%

Average

9%

Poor

2%

Terrible

2%

Class Size
Excellent

69%

Very Good

22%

Average

5%

Poor

2%

Terrible

2%

Activities
Excellent

42%

Very Good

36%

Average

15%

Poor

4%

Terrible

4%

Local Services
Excellent

28%

Very Good

30%

Average

28%

Poor

9%

Terrible

6%

Academics
Excellent

30%

Very Good

39%

Average

20%

Poor

6%

Terrible

6%

Overall Review for Lafayette College

Excellent

25%

Very Good

44%

Average

25%

Poor

0%

Terrible

6%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?


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Stephanie

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.

Katarina

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.

Lucia

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.

Susan

Lafayette is a very acedmic school. If students are looking for a party school they should not come here but once you settle in and find your group of friends everything else seems to fall into place. What’s so great about Lafayette is the opportunities that the school open ups for students as long as students are very proactive about reaching out for support from factuality.

Christopher

Very small school, less than 3000 students. They bring a lot of attention to the engineering program, one of the best for liberal arts colleges. Other majors don't get much attention, except for econ/finance. Sports teams are not good. Food is okay to good. Housing is pretty limited and they're increases student body size, which doesn't make a lot of sense at the moment. Courses are challenging and professors are very accessible. Not much to do right outside of campus.

Julia

Lafayette is unique and wonderful in a plethora of ways. Not only does it offer outstanding educational opportunities, but it also provides interdisciplinary courses. You can take all kinds of classes or major in two completely different fields. The collaboration and discussion in the classroom is also amazing. It really provides students with the chance to think and voice their opinions. Not only that, but both students and professors alike are passionate about education. Professors are readily available outside of office hours and are always enthusiastic in helping students/getting them excited about course material. Academics are not the college's only strongpoint, however; Lafayette is also responsible for a close, tightly-knit community and students who genuinely care about one-another's wellbeing. On top of that, Lafayette and its students are extremely passionate about social justice. There is no paucity of opportunities to get involved and make a difference on campus!

Johanna

Lafayette College allows for students to feel at home in all that they do. Professors genuinely care about their student's well-being and are readily available. Staff take time and get to know many of the students creating even more personal connections. In addition, the academics at the school are steller. Although the classes can be difficult, there are many resourses to make sure that the students are able to succeed at all they try to accomplish. The school does not just feel like a place that I go to learn, but it instead feels like home.

Danielle

Lafayette is a great school. The academics are rigorous and can be difficult but the professors care a lot as do the rest of the faculty. Socially, the school is fun and easy to find your own niche and be able to be involved as much or as little as you want. Lafayette has some issues that they are trying to solve and they need to have more people of color on campus.

Catherine

Lafayette only wants rich kids. The school could not care less about you unless you have the money to apply there and if you don't, they will "throw your application in the trash" because you are "wasting their time." Honestly, it is not worth the price tag anyway.

kiera

The campus is so beautiful and safety is never much of an issue. With security readily available and the tendency for students to travel in pacts, there are minimal incidences. The professors are always welcoming. Overall, the school is great and I would recommend to others.

chris

Went to lafayette and transferred in my junior year to NYU. Realized after transferring that lafayette is completely bush league. Yeah engineering is good but the small campus amounts to a college version of a country club with no realities of the real world. People partied there for four years and then hit the "real world" only to find major disappointment. If you have a trust fund or some job waiting for you this school is great. Otherwise try to go to a school that gets you set for life.

John

Amazing school, I would highly recommend. If you are looking for a positive environment that encourages academic prowess and provides all necessary resources to succeed, Lafayette is the school for you! We also have sports and Greek life, which are available options but are not forced are mandatory. You can do anything you want to do here!

Katharine

Lafayette is full of interesting people who will engage in interesting conversations and start cool projects, but there are a lot of more basic people who are not as interesting. If you surround yourself with the right people, you will have an amazing four years.

Jordan

Lafayette is a small school, that comes with small school benefits such as small classes, teachers who want to help you, and lots of recourses. Academically Lafayette is a great school. However, many people struggle socially due to the greek life situation here. You are not allowed to rush until sophomore year, and then when you do you spend most of your time with the people in your sorority, making it hard to stick with your old friends. Not being able to rush until sophomore year makes it really hard social freshman year. Besides that I love Lafayette!

Adriana

Lafayette College is an amazing place to spend four years. My professors were extremely accessible and super willing to help. The professors tend to put relationships with students high on their priorities. Lafayette is a place where you can partake in many different activities. The community is also amazing. I loved the small size of the college. I would recommend for anyone to attend Lafayette for college.

Dana

I've made a memorable experience so far at Lafayette. I am currently a freshman heading into my second semester and am extremely happy with my choice to attend. There is ALWAYS something going on at Lafayette, so often that sometimes it is quite overwhelming, so new students have plenty of opportunities to get involved and to meet new people. Lafayette's campus is gorgeous, and I encourage new students or visitors to check out my favorite place on campus, the Kirby hall library. Class sizes are small so you can certainly become close with your professors. Greek life is popular but not overbearing, and students don't rush until sophomore year so there is plenty of time to figure out who you are as an individual on campus before having to decide whether or not to go greek. The food is always fresh, and Marquis dining hall is a loved place by all students on campus. Unfortunately, food options on the weekend aren't as good as most places are closed or have different hours, which is one thing that I would change about Lafayette. There is a pretty decent party scene at Laf for being such a small school, and it's not uncommon for students to be going out on weekdays, but there is no pressure to drink if that is not your thing. As stated previously, there are plenty of activities going on everyday that you can chose to partake in instead.

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