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Lafayette Admissions Information

Lafayette College
Easton, PA (map)


As a small liberal arts college with its major strength in the physical sciences and engineering, Lafayette College has a broad curriculum and teaches its students to approach real-world problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. While classes at Lafayette may be difficult, their small size and patient, hands-on professors help students to succeed in a challenging environment. This is a particularly important aspect, especially for a college that tends to focus on the sciences.

Notably, Lafayette’s student body is exclusively comprised of undergraduates. This means that research opportunities, career services, and Lafayette’s alumni network–ranked among the best in the country for small liberal arts colleges–are all at the disposal of the undergraduates, instead of being taken up by graduate and doctoral students.



Basic Info

Main Address: 118 Markle Hall
Easton, PA 18042
Phone Number: (610) 330-5000  
Website: www.lafayette.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts College, College of Engineering  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division I, Club, Intercollegiate Sports, Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,414  
Percent out-of-state: 77%  
Percent international: 5.92%  
Female to Male ratio: 45:55  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
New York Semester
ROTC, Army
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Urban Semester
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Guaranteed On-Campus Housing For All Undergraduates
Men's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Bands
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Society
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Student Newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #17, Best Career Services
  • Ranked #16, Best Athletic Facilities

Admissions Information

Lafayette College seeks prospective students who are active leaders. Admissions officials look for applicants who will take their education outside of the classroom to make change on campus, in the community, and potentially in the world. As such, the admissions office at Lafayette looks not only at grades, but also at rigor of courses taken in high school (AP or honors courses, for instance), while also comparing a student's performance to other students in their class.

Lafayette is also looking for evidence from outside the classroom that a student is well-rounded and eager to achieve. Admissions officials seek illustrations of leadership, talent, individuality, and community involvement as evidenced by extracurriculars and other activities. Additionally, while the school does not require SAT II subject test scores, the admissions office recommends their submission, as some academic departments use them to determine placement.

Admissions address: 118 Markle Hall
Easton, PA 18042
Phone number: (610) 330-5100  
Fax number: (610) 330-5355  
Admissions Website: admissions.lafayette.edu/  
Email: admissions@lafayette.edu  
Contact Person: Carol Rowlands, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 5,822  
Percent of applicants admitted: 42%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Personal Essays
Standardized Test Scores
School report and official high school transcript
Guidance counselor recommendation letter
Teacher recommendation letter (minimum of one)
Mid-year grades submitted directly from the high school when they become available

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across all SAT test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2361  
ACT code: 3606  
Learn more about other Top Pennsylvania schools:
St. Joseph’s University   Carnegie Mellon  

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