Lafayette College

Lafayette College


For more than 175 years, Lafayette has been known for a spirit of exploration that ignores boundaries, where faculty work with students across disciplines to tackle challenges and solve problems. The ability to make connections and think critically is paramount—on campus, off campus, and after graduation.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Our Beloved Community

Saturday, November 4, 2017 Lafayette College, Easton, PA Lafayette College invites you to apply for the 6th Annual Our Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium on Saturday, November 4,2017. Our Beloved Community is named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a society that embraces each of its members, not merely putting aside but rather understanding and celebrating their differences. We seek a limited number of students nationwide to join the Lafayette community in this celebratory event that will feature interactive discussions on a variety of social justice topics. To apply for the Our Beloved Community Symposium, please touch base with Brittany Carlson at Financial assistance for travel and overnight hosting may be available on a limited basis. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Brittany Carlson at Learn more about Our Beloved Community

First-Year Experience & Transition Summer Program to Advance Leadership (SPAL)

Summer Program to Advance Leadership (SPAL) is a comprehensive six-week program that exposes students to Lafayette and college courses. Students in the program take a math course and a writing course, participate in lab modules in the sciences and engineering, and visit local employers of scientists and engineers. They also get to meet the provost, the dean of the College, their class dean, other deans and staff, and many faculty members. Through the program students begin their career counseling, learn about study abroad, and find out about all the other academic opportunities available to them at Lafayette. Learn more about Summer Program to Advance Leadership (SPAL)

Academic Advising & Support The Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC)

The Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC) provides academic services to enhance student success in an educational environment that can be demanding and challenging. ATTIC programs include peer tutoring, study skills workshops, academic counseling, disability services, academic support services for student athletes, and supplemental instruction. Learn more about The Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC)

Academic Courses & Service Learning President’s McDonogh Lecture Series

The President’s McDonogh Lecture Series brings scholars to campus who have gained prominent attention for their work with multicultural education and diversity issues. Speakers invited to campus for this occasion are asked to participate in a variety of events that can include a campus lecture, student leadership development, course teach-in, and discussion with administration and interested faculty. The McDonogh Lecture is always informative, engaging and often inspirational. Past McDonogh lecturers include David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar on race relations; Elizabeth Hutton Turner, curator of Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., who spoke on 20th-century artist Jacob Lawrence; Christina García, author of the award-winning novel Dreaming in Cuban; Oscar Arias Sanchez, former President of Costa Rica; Samuel A. Hay, African-American theatre historian, playwright, and visiting professor at Lafayette College; Dr. Carlos Munoz, renowned journalist, political scientist, and historian; Angela Davis, social justice activist, author and professor; Lani Guinier, Harvard Law professor and civil rights advocate; Julia Alvarez (pictured above), prize-winning author and co-founder of Alta Gracia sustainable farm in the Dominican Republic; and Majora Carter, environmentalist, economic consultant, founder of the Sustainable South Bronx corporation. Learn more about President’s McDonogh Lecture Series

Student Life & Support Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope encourages students to take an active role in promoting intercultural exchange and exploring issues of multiculturalism, equity and social justice. Through the facilitation of critical conversations, Kaleidoscope leaders are uniquely poised among their peers to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness and prompt genuine celebration of differences across campus. The program challenges student educators and peer participants to think critically about their communities. Student Coordinators of Peer Education (SCOPEs) are invited into various spaces on campus to facilitate in-depth dialogue on a particular social justice related topic. Residence hall floors, fraternity and sorority houses, student organizations, athletic teams and other groups on campus identify topics that they would like to discuss and request a Kaleidoscope program that is tailored to meet their needs. There is a foundational program called “Social Justice 101″ which must be experienced prior to requests for other programs focused on race, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status or other identity groups. Learn more about Kaleidoscope

Student Life & Support Multicultural Competency Training

Lafayette College believes all of our graduates should possess multicultural Awareness, Skills and Knowledge. Together, these function as an essential competency for students who want to thrive in an increasingly diverse world. Multicultural competence is achieved inside and outside of traditional classroom settings where students can ask big questions, engage in critical thinking, study differences and similarities across cultures and reflect on their learning. Many of Lafayette’s student leaders take part in our Multicultural Competency Training (MCT) program to develop or enhance their cultural awareness, skills and knowledge. The MCT program consists of three independent, but progressive tracks, and student leaders advance through the program as their campus leadership continues. The training program was developed over a decade ago as a collaborative effort between several offices, including Counseling, Dean of the College, Intercultural Development, Residence Life, and Student Life Programs. The Big 8: One of the fundamental goals of the training is to help students discover that humans carry many identities. We intentionally focus on eight identity groups in the MCT program: ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Although there are personal characteristics and traits beyond these eight, they are particularly important because society has constructed systems in each category that have historically privileged certain groups over others. For example, men have traditionally been paid higher for their work than their women counterparts. Multicultural competence typically leads to social justice advocacy, the idea that historic systems of privilege and oppression should be dismantled to ensure that all members of society are given equitable treatment. Learn more about Multicultural Competency Training

Student Life & Support Lafayette Safe Zone Program

As a LGBTQ person, it is sometimes difficult to determine who are your allies. At times you may worry about whether or not you can disclose your identity or if you may “slip up” and unintentionally come out when that wasn’t your intention. In order to help identify allies, The Lafayette Safe Zone Program, revised as of Fall 2012, was created. Individuals who would like to display a Lafayette Safe Zone card must attend an introductory training facilitated on a monthly basis. This training will include material related to identity development, common language, what it means to be an ally, and how to approach situations that the individual may encounter. Once an individual completes Safe Zone 101, they will be granted access to compiled resources and receive invitations for additional workshop opportunities. Learn more about Lafayette Safe Zone Program

Student Diversity

  • 2,505
  • 49/51
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 89%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 97%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 229
    Full-time faculty
  • 37
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 11:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics Biology Engineering Psychology International Affairs English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    ACACIA (African Consciousness) Amnesty International Anime Club Asian Culture Association Association of Black Collegians Association For Lafayette Feminists Baking Club Brothers of Lafayette (Male Support Group) CHILL (Wellness) College Democrats College Libertarians College Republicans Cooking Club Collaborative Freedom Fashion Club Global China Connection Hanasou Haven (Substance Free) Hispanic Society HOLA (Latin American Heritage) Holla Back (Voting Mobilization) International Students Association LAF (Lafayette Activities Forum) LAMP (Lafayette Association of Motion Pictures) Lafayette African and Caribbean Students Association Lafayette FACE AIDS Lafayette Outdoor Society Lafayette Wine Society LEAP (Environmental Awareness) LFAT (Lafayette Food Appreciation Troop) NIA (Multicultural Women’s Support Group) PAC Photography Club Portlock Black Cultural Center QuEST (Questioning Established Sexual Taboos) Russian Club SMAC (Student Movement Against Cancer) Student Alumni Association Students for Social Justice Engineering Honor Societies American Institute of Chemical Engineers American Society of Civil Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Leonardo Society Minority Scientists and Engineers Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Society of Women Engineers Governing Groups First-Year Class Council Intrafraternity Council Lafayette Leadership Education Committee LINC (Intercultural Networking) Panhellenic Council Residence Hall Council Senior Class Council Student Government Groups Related to Academic Programs Actuary Club American Chemical Society Anthropology and Sociology Club Association for Computing Machinery Biology Club Dry Surfers/Tech Floor ECON Club Emile Durkheim Society Engineers Without Borders Forensics Society Healthcare Professions Prep Club Geology Club German Club History Club International Affairs Club Investment Club Kirby Government and Law Society Le Cercle Francais Linux Users Group Math Club Mock Trial Team Model UN Neuroscience Club Physics Club Policy in Action Psychology Club Speech and Debate Club Sports Business and Marketing Club Intramural Sports Programs Arm wrestling Baby Biathlon Backgammon Badminton 2 on 2 Basketball 3 on 3 Basketball 5 on 5 Basketball Billiards Bocce Ball Capture the flag Chess Connect Four Croquet Dodgeball Doubles Horseshoes Flag Football 4 on 4 Flag Football Floor Hockey Foosball Golf Gotcha Home Run Derby Kickball Kickball Mini Golf Mixed Doubles Tennis Modified Slow Pitch Softball Monopoly Marathon Ping Pong Poker Quoits Scrabble Soccer Singles Squash Singles Tennis Softball Super Shooter Contest Team Bowling Team Golf Tug-of-War Co-ed Volleyball Grass Volleyball Inside Volleyball Uno Walleyball Water polo Whiffle Ball …Others added every season! Landis Community Outreach Center Active Minds Alternative School Break America Reads Blood Drive Building Inclusive Communities Adopt-a-Grandparent Art for the Young at Heart Best Buddies Habitat for Humanity Prison Tutoring Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter Community/School Partnerships Pard Pals: Boys and Girls Club Easton Area Community Center Easton H.S. After School Tutors Easton M.S. After School Tutors Equilibrium Firth Youth Center Ingles Numero Uno Spanish Club for Kids The Mentoring Program Third Street Alliance Kids @ Third Street Meals @ Third Street Sharing the Caring Teen Moms Adopt-a-Class K.I.C. (Kids In the Community) T.I.C. (Teens In the Community) English as a Second Language (ESL) The Center for Animal Health and Welfare Pard Projects: ESL Oxfam Hunger and Poverty Awareness SPCA Living Groups A.C.I.F (African-Caribbean Interest Floor) New Group! C.A.F.E. (Cooking and Food Enthusiasts) New Group! C.H.A.N.C.E. (Creating Harmony and Necessary Cultural Equality) H.O.L.A. (Heritage of Latin America) Industrial Arts Floor New Group! Japanese Interest Floor Mind, Body, Spirit Music Appreciation Floor Reeder House TREEhouse – The Real Environmental Experience (Fraternities and sororities are not considered student organizations and are therefore not listed here. Please visit the Greek Life page.) Performance, Arts and Communications Arts Society Cadence (Female a capella Group) Ceramic Society Chamber Wind Ensembles Chorduroys (Male a capella Group) Concert Band Concert Choir/Madrigal Singers FASAD (Theatre) Guitar Ensemble Jazz/Brass Ensemble Lafayette Arts Society Lafayette Association of Visual Artists (LAVA) Marquis Players Melange (Yearbook) Orchestra/String Ensemble Pep Band Percussion Ensemble Quintessence (Co-ed a capella Group) Radio Station WJRH Soulfege (Co-ed a cappella) The Lafayette (Newspaper) The Marquis (Literary Magazine) Sports Marketing WORDS (Writing and Performance Art) WorldWise (International Students Publication) Religious Organizations Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hillel Society The Journey Lafayette Christian Fellowship Muslim Students Association Newman Association Orthodox Christian Fellowship Sports Clubs and Groups Baseball Basketball Chess Club Cheerleading Crew Cricket Club Equestrian Fencing Field Hockey Gymnastics Ice Hockey Kayak Lacrosse (Men’s and Women’s) Lafayette Dance Team Martial Arts Outdoors Club Precision Step Team Quidditch Racquetball Roller Hockey Running Men’s Rugby Women’s Rugby Sailing Club Ski and Snowboarding Soccer (Women’s) Soccer (Men’s) Social Gaming Network Softball Club Sports Council Squash Swim Club Synchromotion (Dance) Table Tennis Tae Kwon Do Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball (Men’s and Women’s) Wrestling


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,450
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,185
    Required Fees
  • $14,470
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $33,080,341
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $45,615
    Average aid package
  • $29,324
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 10%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 50%
    Students with financial need
  • 50%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 50%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 8,123
    # of applicants
  • 28%
  • 3.53
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 580—680
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 620—710
    SAT Math
  • 590—690
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 01/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date