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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Lafayette is a highly rated private, Christian college located in Easton, Pennsylvania in the Allentown Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,603 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Lafayette acceptance rate is 29%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduating 87% of students, Lafayette alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $56,400.
High St
Easton, PA 18042
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League

Lafayette College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Laf Admissions

Acceptance Rate
29%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1250-1440
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,855/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$41,785/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
57%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,603Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
39
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
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  • Motivated
    57%
  • Involved on Campus
    17%
  • Stressed and worried about grades.
    13%
  • Clique-y
    9%
  • Down-to-earth
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.49 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Liberal Arts
    73%
  • Close Knit
    18%
  • Image
    5%
  • Part research university, part liberal arts
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$68,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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My take ... academics are very good and you'll get out of it what you put into it. Career Services is EXCELLENT. Engineering majors seem to be favored. Many dorms are old and dirty for what they charge. Some athletic teams are supported better than others. They like to give partial scholarships. Be prepared to buy some of your own gear and fundraise for your team (is this really appropriate at D1?). Athletics is only so-so & they lag way behind in the Patriot League. When you register for courses, the registrar reserves the right to change your section without telling you - and they do! Athletes don't get registration priority & even if you manage to schedule your classes around your practices, the registrar might still move you into a class when you have practice. Alcohol is rampant - even with the death of a student in Sept 2017 - administration still looks the other way as does the coaching staff. Seems like most of the social scene involves alcohol.
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This school is far better than the admissions statistics would suggest. The endowment, campus, resources, professors and alumni success rival the best of the Patriot League and the New England Liberal Arts colleges. This school has it all from humanities, to engineering and the undergraduate offerings in economics and business. Maybe the fact that the students here tend towards the pre-professional and seem less inclined towards academia reduces the allure to those interested in an academic career. Still, Lafayette is a rigorous school full of ambitious and talented students with amazing resources at the disposal and with proximity to the best labor market in the country, Philly, NYC, DC. Few colleges can offer what Lafayette does, and that is no exaggeration.
I chose Lafayette because I am interesting in engineering and physics as well as art, music, etc. Most people here are very well-rounded. I love the professors in the engineering and physics departments. Nothing's perfect, of course. Some professors are better than others, but who you get is kind of up to you. If you check professor evaluations from previous semesters and maybe sites like ratemyprofessor.com, you'll be fine. Lafayette's sitting on a lot of money, especially considering its size, so every student gets incredible access to good food, interesting public lectures, expensive technology and equipment, and so on. There are a lot of very wealthy students here, but I've met so many good, down-to-earth people regardless. There are lots of international students here and many students go abroad at some point, which is pretty cool.