Lafayette College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Pennsylvania


Lafayette College is a small, highly selective college located in Easton, Pennsylvania. The college has the feel of a traditional liberal arts college, but it is unusual in that it also has several engineering programs. Lafayette's strengths in the liberal arts earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Quality instruction is central to Lafayette's mission, and with an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio, students will have lots of interaction with the faculty. Kiplinger's ranks Lafayette highly for the school's value, and students who qualify for aid often receive significant grant awards. On the athletic front, the Lafayette Leopards compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League.

Most Popular Majors

Art, Biology, Civil Engineering, Economics, English, International Relations, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2382
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 2382
Faculty: 208

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 53%
Percent Female: 47%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

High St
Easton Pennsylvania 18042


Main Email:

Main Phone: 610-330-5000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Joan Lichtenwalner
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Bruce McCutcheon
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
While a minimum GPA is not specified, the majority of those offered admission present very strong records of achievement.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Approved courses with a grade of C or higher are eligible for transfer and Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable. Grades will not be recorded or computed in the Lafayette GPA.

Credits (Min/Max):
Transfer applicants must have a min of 3 transferable courses. You are required to spend at least two academic years at Lafayette in order to be eligible for graduation. At least half the courses applied toward the major must be taken at Lafayette.

Test Scores for Applying:
Official SAT or ACT scores using Lafayette SAT code 2361 and ACT code 3606 are required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
A Dean's recommendation and a School Report are required.

Essay(s) required:
Personal Essays are required.

Application Fee:
There is an application fee of $65, which may be submitted electronically if applying online. If a student is unable to pay this fee, he or she must provide a fee waiver or fee waiver request.

Other Requirements:
Transfer students are normally required to spend two academic years at Lafayette in order to be eligible for graduation.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 26 31
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 590 680
Math 620 700
Writing 580 680

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 185

Transfers Accepted: 15

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 8%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 40%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -32%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2011


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 1000

Room and Board: 12362

Tuition and Fees: 41358

Total Cost: 55720

Note on Costs:
Please visit our website at for more information on tuition and fees.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
We awarded more than $34 million in College-funded grants and scholarships in 2010-11 and has budgeted $35 million in financial aid for 2011-12. More then half of Lafayette students receive College-funded aid through scholarships or need-based grants.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6073

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 61%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 49%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 46%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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