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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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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are good for the most part, classes are challenging

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5 College Junior

Academics: Tough but fair. As a bio major the work load is heavy ,but I'm sure it is the same with almost all the areas of study. Managing your time well and doing homework even when you feel like you have finished makes things easier. Professors care about each individual student, but they will not baby you toward success either. you really have to reach for it and find the drive within yourself. Lafayette emphasizes discussion in the classroom and with such small classes your voice can be easily heard. My writing has gotten better since i came here as well. i could not.imagine the academics to be much better at Laf.

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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
Dhaka, Bangladesh
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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