Location
Easton, PA
Undergrads
2,438
Tuition
$42,980
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Greeks dominate the social scene, they get the houses.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Good academics is about all this school has

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school is trying to destroy it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school tries its hardest

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I felt very safe at Lafayette. The campus is on top of a hill, separated from outside visitors for the most part.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It's fine. It doesn't affect enough of the population to really be a nuisance.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There is a lot of underage drinking, but not a lot of drugs. You really have to look to find drugs.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Typical undergrad institution. Frat houses frequently host parties, although the administration has started coming down pretty hard on them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: You can almost always live in a suite of some kind, which is great. A few of the dorms are old and unpopular.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: You get the chance to get to know your professors and if you are a hard-worker, to do EXCEL research with them, which is an opportunity you would not get on other campuses.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of good places down the hill, although they can be a bit pricey.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: People are relatively tolerant, but the school is predominately comprised of wealthy white kids.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The school is D1, but we aren't that great at most sports. Occasionally the basketball team does well and it's always fun with the football team beats Lehigh!

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's chilly in the winter, hot in the summer, typical East Coast weather.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: When I was there, the school was relatively lenient, but I have heard that they have tried to crack down on underage drinking in the past two or three years.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Bring a car if you possibly can, or befriend an upper classman.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The technology was what you would expect, sometimes a bit better in the new language labs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: My program wasn't particularly spectacular, but I got to work with faculty members individually, which was wonderful.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I would definitely do it over again. Lafayette allowed me to work with professors who knew my name and were able to write me recommendations years later.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: PSafe, or public safety, is annoying. They typically bust parties in the dorms and try to control the craziness on campus and basically get students in trouble. Most students have little to no run ins with PSafe, but they are definitely present around campus. The Health Center takes a very long time to get an appointment (depending on the care needed) and is not the best with medication. However, the services available are very diverse which is convenient because there is very little need to outsource to other doctor's offices/hospitals.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city of Easton is okay. There's not much to do, but I find that many students do not have time or the need to go off campus for a lot of things. There are not any professional sports teams and the nightlife is not the best.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want drugs and alcohol, it's there. Alcohol is present at all parties to be honest, and most people drink before they get to the party they plan to attend. So, for students who do not want to be in the presence of alcohol, it would be difficult to go out without seeing it. However, I find that no one pressures anyone to drink when they refuse to. The peer pressure factor at Lafayette is very low. It will be offered, and if refused, it is accepted. As for drugs, they're present. Marijuana use happens, but due to the high athlete population I find that many people do not use drugs of any sort and do not partake in those activities. Study drugs (ADD/ADHD drug) are used during finals week in particular, however they're definitely not the norm for many students.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Lafayette. Granted, there's things here and there that aren't so great: sometimes I wish it was a bigger school, there could be more major possibilities, some athletic facilities could be on campus, etc. However, I love the people I've met. I find that generally the same type of person comes to Lafayette: someone who is extremely devoted to their academic performance and spends a vast majority of their time on the weeknights in the library, BUT (and it's a big but) they enjoy many other things. Whether that be having a social life, joining clubs, or being involved in athletics (or often a combination of all three), I find that a majority of Lafayette students CAN have it all.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Lafayette is a big deal for the 2-3 weeks of recruitment/rushing and pledging. Once that dies down, the influence of sororities and fraternities definitely die down. However, many guys and girls are involved in greek life on campus. I find that more non-athletes than athletes do go greek, yet some athletes do join as well. I know the time commitment is huge for a greek organization as well, proving that Greek Life is somewhat of a big deal on campus, but also something you can live without.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love it because I am a part of it. As a Division I athlete, it's hard work. And I could imagine that some people do resent the fact that campus does highly revolve around sporting events and the athletic teams themselves. However, in my circumstance, I find it is very easy to get involved with these teams, attend parties (for girls), and get to know many of the athletes on campus.

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The Quad The Quad The Quad, captured here on an overcast day, is at the center of Lafayette's 110-acre campus.
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Shehtaz Huq
Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Having a productive college experience on Lafayette's campus means that the students have to learn to get involved. Starting from the first week of class freshman year through the last days of Senior Week, Lafayette students have to learn to balance their academics with their social lives, jobs, and extracurricular activities. Nothing quite comes easy—almost everyone has to start from scratch, find a niche, build up a circle of friends, and pick and choose courses until they decide on a major. But the experience is wildly rewarding. While on campus, students get the opportunity to foster meaningful relationships with a plethora of people. Friends and floormates, co-workers and team members, professors and administrative staff—there are many connections to be made and sustained, many moments to cherish. 

While in school, Lafayette students might complain about the workload. The pressure to maintain grades while still being active in different clubs, sports teams, and/or organizations can be daunting at times. There are expectations to be met. Obstacles can come in the form of a challenging curriculum, failing relationships, and demanding professors. In spite of these challenges—or maybe because of them—Lafayette students learn to be well-adjusted, well-spoken, savvy young men and women by the time they graduate. Students leave campus knowing that they picked a place that challenged them intellectually and shaped them socially. At their five-year, 20-year, or 50-year reunion parties, Lafayette students will find familiar faces and relish memories.

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