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Academics

Lafayette College is “a small, prestigious liberal arts school” that offers a “warm, community feel.” Even before you decide to attend, “walking around campus left me with a cozy, at-home feeling,” one psychology major gushes. Thanks to the “top-quality engineering education,” many students say, “Lafayette is your classic liberal arts college with a twist” and point to the “vast array of research” and “study abroad opportunities” available to undergrads. The college “prides itself on student/faculty relationships.” A geology major proclaims when professors are “good, they’re great. Even the ‘bad’ professors, however, take the time to know each student and are usually available outside of class.” An international affairs major says, “Whether you’re an engineer, a premed student, or an art major, there is a great academic program and an embracing group of people waiting for you at Lafayette.” Overall the professors get high marks because “their office doors are always open,” and “are invested in seeing [students] not only graduate but also do well.” The focus on undergraduate education provides “maximum opportunities and makes resumes and applications for graduate school and jobs look fierce!” Students go so far as to claim, “It’s not very common to hear that someone doesn’t like one of their professors at Lafayette.” Generally, “classes are challenging but manageable, if you put in the time.”

Student Body

Lafayette students are “passionate and driven” and “tend to be athletic, very preppy, and serious about their education.” A sophomore says the typical student is “white middle to upper-middle class students from the tri-state area,” but another adds, “Recent years have brought in a number of different types of people.” “More lower income, international, and non-white students have joined” the Lafayette community. Regardless, some students point out that it can be “a very self-segregated campus.” “These cliques are not unique to Lafayette, but they are present.” Just under 30 percent of the student body is “involved with Greek life,” and some feel that those “not involved in Greek life or sports can be isolated”; however, many students have felt a change occurring in recent years with Lafayette “trying to add more living learning communities (LLCs) to create a social living space outside the Greek system.” On weekends, most students stay on campus, and “very rarely is there a weekend where something isn’t going on.” Organizations are always “sponsoring fun events, including Condom Bingo, which is a fan favorite. And if you’re into the party scene, it isn’t too hard to stumble into one.”

Campus Life

At Lafayette, the “campus is gorgeous,” and students say you feel the “close atmosphere of the school” after “immediately walking onto the campus.” Overall students feel, “the campus community is very supportive,” and a civil engineering major says, “The family atmosphere adds to the education and makes Lafayette feel more like home than school.” With “over 200 clubs and organizations on campus,” there “is something that will fit everyone’s lifestyle and hobbies,” and when it comes to their Division I athletics, “students radiate school pride.” Lafayette boasts a “great career center due to the close ties alumni have with the college,” and career services are offered to students during all four years of their undergraduate study. The administration actively requests “student forums and opinions when decisions need to be made.” Some say “the facilities are first rate” and improving. A new arts campus opened in 2016, including facilities for the theatre, film, and media studies departments, and a new five-story sciences center opened in 2019.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Matthew Hyde
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
730 High Street
Easton, PA 18042-1770

Phone
610 330-5100

Email
admissions@lafayette.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Skillman and Kirby Libraries
Farinon College Center
Williams Center for the Arts
Kirby Sports Center
Williams Visual Arts Building (downtown)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Arts Trail
Downtown Easton Restaurants/Farmer's Market/Easton Public Market
Canal Museum
Crayola Factory
Hugh Moore Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, Saturday open only for information sessions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
610 330-5100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3:15pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sun-Thurs only; not available during exams or breaks

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Lehigh Valley International Airport is a 20-minute drive from campus. Taxis are available for the trip from airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 33 (Lehigh Valley) to Rte. 22 E. From Rte. 22, take the 4th St. exit (the last exit in Pennsylvania before you cross the Delaware River to go to New Jersey). At the stoplight at the end of the exit ramp make a left turn. At the next traffic light, make a left turn onto 3rd St. Go up College Hill and make the first left onto McCartney St. At the next stop sign, make another left onto High St. The admissions office is in Markle Hall, which is on the right. Parking is available on the street or on the parking deck behind Markle Hall. From the New York area, take the George Washington Bridge to Rte. 80 W.; then take Rte. 287 S. to I-78 W. Take I-78 to Exit 3 (Rte. 22). Proceed on Rte. 22 to the toll bridge that connects Phillipsburg, NJ, to Easton, PA. Take the first exit labeled Easton (a right-hand exit). At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn at the traffic light. Follow the preceding directions from College Hill.

Local Accommodations
Lafayette Inn, 525 W. Monroe St.; (610) 253-4500/(800) 509-6990 (walking distance); Hampton Inn Easton, 3723 Easton/Nazareth Hwy.; (610) 250-6500; Holiday Inn Express, 90 Kunkle Dr.; (610) 923-9495/(800) HOLIDAY

Admissions

Applicants: 8,521
Acceptance Rate: 31%
Average HS GPA: 3.52







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