Location: Easton, PAFunding: PrivateSize: 2,486 Student body: 53% male / 47% female Tuition (one year): $45,635Greek Life: YesAcceptance Rate: 34%Popular Majors: Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Engineering, English
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Lafayette College’s website at http://admissions.lafayette.edu
Why Choose Lafayette?
“I chose Lafayette because of the community. As soon as I walked onto campus, I knew that I would fit in with the people here. The camaraderie of Lafayette’s environment makes you feel like you are at a home away from home. The campus is also picturesque whether the leaves are changing colors in the fall or if the campus is covered in white with snow in the winter. It’s nice to feel enclosed in a small, close-knit place.”
“Lafayette has an amazing academic reputation. There are tons of majors and minors to choose from. The best thing about a liberal arts school is that you have the ability to explore different areas of study that interest you before ultimately deciding what you major in.”
“The community at Lafayette is very unified. There are plenty of ways to get involved on campus whether you decide to join a club or organization. The variety of clubs and organizations truly reflects the diversity of Lafayette.”
“As a first year student, one of the things I loved best about Lafayette was the spirit. Considering the fact that Lafayette is a small school, everyone truly gets to know the athletes. When you go to games, you are not only cheering for Lafayette but you are also cheering for some of your closest friends. Not to mention the huge rivalry against Lehigh makes athletics so much more exciting.”
“Lafayette’s location is often overlooked. The circle of Easton is always active whether there are certain events taking place or whether people are just going to have a nice meal with friends and family. There are also a ton of little places to eat right off campus. In other words, there is always somewhere to go.”
“Lafayette’s gateway program is known to be one of the best in the country. It makes me feel more comfortable knowing that I have both student and alumni resources to help me when searching for a job, internship or externship before and after graduation.”
"One of my favorite parts about Lafayette College is the Quad. As soon as it gets even a little bit warm outside, everyone chills there with their friends, their homework or their meals. It's a great mingling hub where tons of activities take place.""Something that is very unique to the Lafayette College social scene is my favorite place- Campus Pizza! I go there during the day with friends for the most delicious chicken caesar salad and penne vodka- they accept our meal plans which is great. Then at night, it turns into a dance club! It's fun when everyone congregates there at the end of the night." "We are famous for our Lafayette-Lehigh football rivalry! For 150 years, we have duked it out on the field in order to win the title for the oldest college football rivalry in history! There are fun events leading up to the game like midnight breakfast made for us by professors, charity events to raise more money than Lehigh does, and tons of Leopard Pride everywhere. The day of the game is one of my favorite days of the year.""WaWa. Being only a quick block-walk away from WaWa is definitely one of the best parts about going to Laf. It is open 24/7 which is perfect for late nights, study snacks, or early morning coffee. They also offer free giant cups of water that immediately magically hydrate you."
"I love being a student at Lafayette because you will not walk for longer than seven minutes without seeing someone you know and having a really friendly chat with them. From the second I stepped on this campus as a high school prospective student, I was warmly welcomed. This school is full of the nicest people ever!" "I love that we go to a school that is small enough that we get the chance to be friends with D1 athletes. We all live in the same dorms, take the same classes, and eat in the same cafeterias. There is an incredible sense of community here.""HOMECOMING!!! It is so awesome waking up early to start your day seeing familiar faces of your friends who graduated last year. Everyone comes together to celebrate our school from dawn until dusk!"
“I wish Res Life didn’t wait so long to put on the heat when it starts getting cold out and is there anything we can do about the spiders across campus?!?!?”
“Lower, Gilberts, Dining Services in general!!! They keep making all these changes “for us”, but the service just keeps getting slower and it feels like there are less things available for meal exchange.”
“There’s ALWAYS something under construction. Which is great in the long run, but can I please walk into Farinon without having to play musical staircases since odds are one will be having work done!”
“I wish some people would respect other people’s religions and struggles more. It’s always disheartening to hear that someone has ripped down a flag on the Quad when that flag could represent someone’s religion or now some form of relationship abuse that someone has been through.”
“When it’s cold out it gets harder to want to get out of bed and go across campus to hang out with friends, especially if you’re in one of the further dorms like the Fishers, Rubin, or Kamine.”
“Unless you know how to drive or know someone who can drive you’ll feel like you’re stuck on campus if L.A.F. isn’t doing something. Also, there aren’t that many entertainment options within driving distance.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“I have such great memories from orientation. At first, I thought it was going to be a very boring 4 days, but once I got to Lafayette, I realized I was very wrong! Orientation was filled with tons of fun activities. We played many icebreaker games that really helped me learn the people on my floor and we watched skits performed by the orientation leaders that helped me get a sense of college life. My favorite part about orientation was the hypnotist. I will never doubt hypnological skills after seeing him perform!” “Before coming to Lafayette I was very nervous. I didn’t know anyone coming in as a freshman nor did I know any upper classmen. I was entering a new chapter of my life completely unsure of what it would entail for me. Thankfully, Lafayette has an amazing orientation program. After the four days of orientation, I felt extremely comfortable at Laf and was ready to start my classes for the semester! Orientation helped me get a sense of the campus, make friends, and learn where to eat and where to workout. I started to recognize Lafayette as my new home!”
“Orientation helped me make friends at Lafayette. During the four days, you get to know the people on your floor very well. During orientation everyone is looking to make friends so it was very easy to approach people and start a conversation. Within the first day, I had already felt so close to many of the girls on my floor. Getting to know my floor mates early on helped me ease into sharing a bathroom with 20 girls!”“My first few days at Laf were a struggle. I was very homesick which made it hard for me to break out of my shell and make friends. If it wasn’t for orientation, I may never have made the effort to make Lafayette my new home. My orientation group and leader forced me to participate in activities that helped me feel more comfortable at school. After a short while, I started to realize how great Lafayette was. With new friends, so much to do, and awesome classes I barely thought about home!”
“My favorite part about orientation was the anonymous question session. Us, as freshman, wrote on a notecard all the questions we wanted to ask but were too embarrassed to. Then all of the orientation leaders answered our questions. It was nice to get to talk about things ‘off the record’, such as the hook-up culture, social scene, and strange bathroom questions.”
All About Academics
What are the most popular majors/departments?
“Although there are 37 majors, not including the choice in creating your own major, the most ocular fields are engineering, government & law, economics with a finance certificate, and psychology. “
What is the workload like?
“Workload varies per department. However, any given department has professors who assign more work than others. Generally, reading and other course materials throughout the semester are given in mass and are necessary for achieving a high grade in a course.”
Are you required to do any large final projects for your major like write a thesis?
“Thesis requirements vary by department. Depending on class style preference, students in the majority of majors choose between an honors thesis or taking capstone seminars. “
How does the advising system work? What is course registration like?
“Advising is based on major selection, which is declared sophomore year. Advising prior to sophomore year is done at random. Course registration is completed based on seniority; the seniors have first dibs on courses. “
“Registration is hectic, however students end up with the courses they need and or want to take the majority of the time. Knowing a professor teaching a course can often aid in admittance to a class that is already considered 'full.'”
How easy is it to fulfill any general academic requirements?
“Filling general academic requirements is easy. Many of the courses offered fulfill more than one requirement. This is most frequently seen with humanities courses that also checkmark the writing course requirement.”
Do people spend a ton of time in the library?
“Students definitely utilize the library, for studying and for social purposes. The social aspect of Skillman takes a significant role in why students enjoy completing assignments there. That being said, the library fails to be the most quiet of places, pushing students who need quiet to other academic buildings or either the engineering or government libraries. “
Learn From The Best
One of the best things about Lafayette is our small class sizes. I have yet to take a class with over 25 students in it. Some of the larger, more popular prerequisite classes and lab sciences (bio 101 etc.) can get larger but RARELY ever exceed 50-75 students. I’ve even taken a class that only had 7 students! The small classes make it easy to connect with professors. They notice when you’re not in class (watch out for attendance), but are easy to approach with general questions/ make up work. They know you by name and are always willing to give the benefit of the doubt to hardworking, dedicated students.
Professors also love to be involved around campus. Most of them live around the Hill or in the Easton area. I’ve met almost all of my professor’s children and pets out on the quad or down in Easton circle at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. At the end of each semester professors tend to invite their students over to their homes for dinner/ cookies and coffee. This is super cool and unique to Lafayette’s small school setting. Professors are comfortable enough with their student’s to open their homes to them!
One of the best pieces of advice I can give incoming students is to pick your FYS wisely. Some of the Freshman Year Seminar classes can be boring but we have such a wide variety of FYS options that choosing something out of your comfort zone that seems cool or interesting to you can make a huge difference in your next four years. For me, I chose ‘islands and isolation’ with professor Dave Sunderlin. I absolutely loved the class. It was a solid amount of work but it really prepared me for a college level work ethic. After that class I stayed in touch with Prof. Sunderlin. He is now, easily, one of my favorite academics on campus. He’s a Geology professor, (I’m an English and Philosophy double major) but I go to him for anything I need help with. I drop in his office hours to discuss papers for other classes, he helped me pick my study abroad program and I’m even taking an interim class in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with him and Dr. Malinconico this January.
Don’t miss out on the endless study abroad and interim opportunities at Lafayette. We have so many options and if you cant find a study abroad program for you, you can make your own. The interim classes are a great way to stay on or off campus to boost your credits and have the chance to explore a foreign country/ culture with friends from school and professors you love.
"Lafayette is full of awesome professors. The Geo. Building always has food and an awesome rock exhibition if you’re bored between classes. The Kirby library is one of the top 15 beautiful libraries around the world. William Art’s Center is constantly putting on performances with students and professors, and Pardee is home to almost all of everyone’s classes."
I suggest Prof. Phillips and Dr. Rhoman for higher-level English courses. They are both wonderfully smart and have the ability to make some potentially drab topics (old poetry and anthologizing literature) fun and exciting. Phillips likes to start his classes with a song, image, poem, video or really anything that could spark some conversation and get brainpower flowing. Rhoman requires journal entries from extracurriculars that take place at Lafayette. This forces you to explore all of the cool lectures and happenings around campus that you might otherwise ignore.
"Schneiderman is extremely popular among Sociology students. Although I haven’t yet had the opportunity to take a class with him, I’m hoping to take one by the end of my four years! When it comes to Philosophy, Gildenhuys is the man. He’s a little quirky and makes hilariously inappropriate jokes but he’s a genius and a wonderful professor."
Honestly, I really haven’t encountered a bad professor at Lafayette. We have a wide variety of classes to choose from and the school works hard to have some of the best professors in the nation. It’s easy to find great classes with awesome professors here. Take advantage of your opportunities, work hard and remember that office hours are the golden ticket to a 4.0.
Interests & Involvement
At Lafayette there are many different actives that you can be involved in! There are a wide rage of volunteering activities, academic clubs, leadership activities, intramural teams and a ton of other options on campus! If you have a great idea for a club or activity you can also start your own club!
Click on LAFAYETTE HERE to check out Lafayette’s website that will help you find what club or activity you might want to get involved in!
Check out below what people said about our campus activities!
“I am part of Athletes C.A.R.E. and I am so happy I applied to join the organization. We raise money and host events to help the homeless and hungry. We are all about helping the needy. One of my favo`rite activities we do is correspond with a pen pall from a local boys and girls club!”
“Our calendar is always full and there are always activities being planned. You will get so many emails telling you about upcoming events!”
“Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a group I am part of and it is a nice place to relax and talk to friends. I like to go there and talk about some of the problems I was having. I have become really close with some of the people in this group.”
“LDAPA is a group focused on non-alcoholic activities and is great for people to come and have a fun time. Recently, we had an event with karaoke games, board games and cards against humanity.”
“In the beginning of the year there is an activities fair where all of clubs set up booths and share information about their club! At this, you can find intramural sports, clubs pertaining to your major, for example the Government and Law Society.”
“The week of the Lafayette-Lehigh football game always provides activities to show our school spirit! I love this week of school!”
“Clubs and activities that Lafayette have are a great way to make new friends, especially people that aren’t in your immediate friend group.”
“The badminton club was a lot of fun! I meet a lot of great people!”
“Physics Club has tea every Wednesday at 4pm and it’s a great place to relax and take our minds off our studies!”
"Lafayette is a school that is very focused on sports as it is a Division 1 School."
"There is a lot of hype around campus about the upcoming Lafayette-Lehigh game, the 150th game in the rivalry!"
"The Homecoming and Laf-Lehigh football games are probably the most popular sporting events to attend at our school."
"Lafayette offers many intramural and club sports - they're a great way to have fun with your friends in a more relaxed setting."
"I don't think there is a separate athlete culture at Lafayette, many athletes are involved in other groups on campus."
“There's no specific way you need to dress on-campus because everyone has their own style. Some people are preppy, others chic, and some free-spirited. You just gotta dress warm when winter is coming!”
“Flawless. Irreplaceable. Run the World. Oh I’m not listing Beyoncé songs I’m just describing females at Laf!”
“Laf girls are confident, know what they want, and go after it!”
“I think that a majority of organizations at Laf are dominantly ran by females. When we choose to do something we go all the way!”
Food & Drink
“Our campus has five dinning halls. There is Marquis dining hall, upper Farinon, lower Farinon, Simons café and Gilerts café”
“ The food on this campus is alright, nothing special. I wish there was more variety but I can always find something to eat”
“My favorite place to eat on campus is probably Giberts because they have a range of foods from huge salads to soups to sandwiches to burgers”
“People do not have to have a school meal plan for all four year. Some fraternities have chefs that make them food so they usually don’t go to the dining halls but I would say the majority of the school go to the dining halls all four year to get their meals”
“Ever dorm has a common kitchen area on every floor. It comes with a fridge, microwave, oven and stovetop and a sink. People don't usually cook in the kithen, but the microwave and fridge do come in handy”
“Wing Friday is a big thing at this school. It is held in marquis, and there is always a line for the wings”
“There are three Italian resturaunts within two blocks outside of campus, and there is a sushi place that is only a few blocks away. There are also many restaurants just down the hill”
For the most part, Greek life and sports teams dominate the social scene at Lafayette College. You can join Greek life the fall semester of your sophomore year. There are six sororities and three fraternities on campus. The sororities and fraternities often have closed parties a few times per week. Sometimes, a sorority and fraternity will co-sponsor an event for philanthropy, which is open to the public. These events usually have DJs and food, and are held at one of the fraternity houses. Sports teams have parties together as well as with Greek life, or they host open parties that anyone can go to. Each sorority, fraternity and sports team will typically have a formal each semester, which are invite only.
Late night, students often head to Campus Pizza or Milo’s. Campus Pizza is a fun place to dance with your friends and grab a slice, or two. Milo’s is another great late night option, and features $1 beer Mondays. Both of these spots are just right off campus and easy to walk to.
Lafayette is definitely not a bar school. Most of the parties and events happen on campus or at off-campus houses. However, there are a few bar events each semester. For instance, big events such as Halloween or formals will be held at bars.
Here’s what students have to say about the social scene at Lafayette:
“The social scene of Lafayette is dominated by Greek life and sports teams. There is a good balance between things to do both on and off campus, so there is a good variety of late night activities. There are great bars nearby in downtown Easton and even some in New Jersey that are accessible”
“The social scene at Lafayette is definitely what you make of it. If you find a good group of friends, you have no problem finding something fun to do on the weekends. Freshman year wasn’t as eventful, but it allows you to find a solid group of true friends.”
“People go out a few nights a week, and are usually good at balancing school with their social life. A lot of the parties are themed, which can be really fun.”
Living on campus is one of the best experiences of Lafayette - not only do you meet people who will become long lasting friends, but it also will create a lot of memories. Here’s a rundown of the dorm and living options at Lafayette College available for First Years. For a full comprehensive list of living options available after your first year, visit reslife.lafayette.edu!First Year Dorms [ranked from * (worst) to **** (best)]1. Kamine *Kamine is exclusive to first year students and has 3 stories - the ground floor houses Simon’s cafe, which is a popular sandwich restaurant on campus. Each floor has it’s own kitchen, laundry room, and lounge (couch/chairs/TV). It’s not the most desirable dorm since it’s the farthest from campus (adjacent to Sullivan Parking) but it’s a relatively new building and Simon’s is a plus. 2. Conway *Conway houses 30 first year students in who participate in service days, volunteer projects, Landis, or alternative breaks. It only has two stories (first floor being single gender, second floor being co-ed) and has a laundry room in the basement, a communal kitchen, and main common area on the first floor. It’s located near the Sullivan parking garage and the DU fraternity house, so it’s a little bit of a walk. 3. Marquis **Marquis is a girl’s only first year dorm with 3 stories. It houses public safety in the basement and the Anthropology & Sociology department. It also is a dining hall, which seems really confusing, but it’s a huge advantage. There’s a kitchen on the second floor and the laundry room is also located on the second floor. It’s an older building so it’s facilities aren’t as nice as Kamine or Conway, but it’s in a much better location and the access to Marquis Dining Hall is a huge plus. It also can be really beneficial for first year students to foster a tight group early on in the school year. 4. Watson **Watson houses both freshmen and upperclassmen, but the freshmen are on the first and second floors in “wellness” housing (meaning no alcohol, substances, etc.) and are single gender by wing. Watson is not as new as other dorms, but it is in a really good location and has its’ own courtyard which is really pretty in the spring. It’s close to the library, engineering buildings, and it’s right across from the quad. It has a kitchen and laundry on the lower level, and another kitchen on the second floor. 5. Ruef **Ruef is exclusively first year students and has four stories. It is single gender by floor. It has a game room, a kitchen and laundry room on the first floor, a main lounge on the first floor and smaller, subsequent lounges on the second and third floor. It’s also not as new, but it’s somewhat nicer than Marquis. It tends to get a little rowdy, and a lot of people leave doors open to play music and invite people in. It’s definitely a middle of the road dorm, but it’s in a fairly good location - next to Marquis and a few minute walk to the quad. 6. Easton ***Easton has both first years and upperclassmen, but all upperclassmen stay in single rooms. First years either have doubles or triples, and is arranged co-ed by room, except for the ground level, which is single gender. Easton has a kitchen, laundry room, and main common area on the ground floor - with smaller common rooms on other floors. Easton isn’t the newest dorm, but it’s another good location (next to Marquis) and is a dorm that creates really good friendships your first year with the people you live with. The RAs are also usually very lax and Easton is just a fun dorm to live in, in general. 7. Gates ***Gates is a combination of first year and upperclassmen, but like Easton, the upperclassmen are lower in number and only live in singles. Gates is single gender by floor. There’s a lounge, kitchen, and laundry room on the lower floor. Gates isn’t quite as nice as McKeen (the dorm right next to it) but it is one of the best locations on campus. It’s situated as close to the quad as possible, and is right near the student center.
8. McKeen ***McKeen is right next to Gates and very similar, but somewhat more popular since it has a reputation of being a “cleaner” dorm. McKeen is a more balanced divide between first year and upperclassmen, who all primarily live in doubles (some singles). McKeen is also single gender by floor. McKeen has a kitchen on both the third floor and lower level, and a laundry room on the lower level with a lounge and study areas in the basement (lower level). McKeen is a really popular dorm for both first years and sophomores because of its location.9. South ****My personal favorite, South. South College is technically called South College-Jesser Hall because of an addition to the building, but everyone calls it South. I lived in South my freshmen year and it was one of my favorite memories from that year. It’s newly renovated, has bigger rooms, A/C, 2 full common rooms on each floor (with a kitchen, study areas, a TV), an elevator, a study room on the first floor (called the Fishbowl), and is in a super convenient location - close to Pardee (the major academic building) and Marquis Dining Hall. It also fosters really great friendships - South accommodates sophomores as well as first years. You get to meet a few upperclassmen who can give you advice and helpful info. South has been called the “party dorm” although that’s not necessarily true. It more often than not depends on the group of friends on each floor, so it really depends. It’s easy to get involved in dorm parties in South, but just as easy to stay away from it. South is probably the most coveted dorm for first years, so if you get assigned here, take full advantage of it!
"Easton is constantly expanding with new restaurants!"
"There are stairs from the hill leading down to Easton that students can use to get to and from places down the hill. From the bottom of the hill there are numerous restaurants that are within walking distance. Try out MESA!"
"My favorite thing to do down the hill, is to attend to Farmers Market on the weekends!"
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