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

Academics: I have had a great experience so far. All my professors have been extremely enthusiastic about teaching and more than available and willing to help. I was able to get involved with research as a freshman with my faculty advisor. The career services program at my school has also set me up with two internships in my field, as a freshman. The support system and available opportunities are outstanding. We also have clubs like society of neuroscience that I hold a board position with to be even more involved on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Professors want you to do well, learn and succeed. No professors are out to get you or unfair. They also offer numerous office hours. The tutoring center is more than helpful. Most classes come with a Student Instructor in addition to the Professor who hold review sessions twice a week. Most people study in Skillman Library. Registration is not to bad. It is stressful at the time but the registrar office works with you to fix all issues. We only have four classes so the workload is manageable but the curriculum is challenging and thought provoking.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Good academics is about all this school has

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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.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Very difficult to be an engineer but it's worth it in the long run

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 234th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 358th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 366th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 640th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 738th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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In terms of its academics, Lafayette College is lauded for a number of things: its strong liberal arts program, stellar engineering department, and small student-to-teacher ratio, to name a few. Engineering is one of the College’s top five majors, along with English, psychology, and social sciences. Most humanities classes do not exceed 15 or 20 students, with engineering/science classes running 25 to 30 students. Introductory courses (general biology/chemistry/psychology) typically have the largest class sizes, which dramatically dwindle as students take more and more specialized courses. Grading is a product of many factors—professors’ policies, assignments, attendance, and participation in class being some of them. Most professors are not lenient graders; they are fair, and sometimes a little on the strict side. However, some professors do give students the opportunity to dispute grades (within reason). In that vein, the workload for each given class can vary—from a hundred pages of reading a day to 40 math problems, due at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. One thing to make note of: slacking off is not an option.

Curriculum depends largely on the individual student’s degree. Bachelor of Science degrees are generally more structured, with certain courses that need to be taken at certain points of the academic year. Engineering majors, for example, have a set agenda for the four years of their college career. Liberal arts majors, on the other hand, have more wiggle room in terms of what classes they want to take. Most Bachelor of Arts majors require nine to 11 courses in a given specialty. It is not unusual to find liberal arts students who are double majors; English and theater, political science (called "government & law") and economics, art history and classical civilizations—these are just some of the combinations with which Lafayette College’s double majors have graduated. 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
220
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
31
Total FT Faculty
220
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,312
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Transfer-Out Rate
7%
Graduation Rate
91%
Programs/Majors Offered
37
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 61%
  • 20 to 49 students: 37%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 7%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Interim sessions
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Kirby Hall Library
  • Skillman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Apply for an externship.
  • Get to know the professors outside of class-they'll be a good resource.
  • Go to Career Services beginning sophomore year.
  • Go to class, listen, and take notes.
  • Hand in assignments on time.
  • Know when to party and when to study.
  • Stay in at least one weekend night to do work.
  • Take a wide range of courses.
  • Take advantage of professors' office hours.
  • Use the Internet as a resource for almost everything.
Did You Know?
  • Many Lafayette professors use the online Moodle site. This site has discussion forums, class participant lists, assignments, and course grades.
  • Lafayette has offered a wide variety of special courses abroad during the winter break interim. Students are offered courses on four continents in countries including: China, Africa, Germany, England, and the Bahamas. Each interim class earns the same credit as a semester course.
  • The EXCEL Scholars program is Lafayette's paid research assistantship program. Students do research working one-on-one with a faculty member. Each year, 100 students gain experience from the program.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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