Diversity

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

Diversity: Laf is a small school and tends to be what you expect

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much diversity on campus. Everyone pretty much comes from the same economic background.

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3 Recent Alumnus

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

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Overall, Lafayette is a pretty white campus. Caucasians definitely dominate, with Asians most likely falling behind. It does not affect me too badly, maybe because I'm white myself. However, I'm very good friends with many African-American students and don't see it affecting them negatively in any way. Basically, Lafayette's lack of diversity does not seem to hinder any students I know.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people here are either white or an international student

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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At first glance, Lafayette College is not the most diverse campus on the East Coast. Most of the student body is comprised of upper-middle class, mid-Atlantic Caucasians. The College catalog claims that 5 percent of the student population comes from outside of the United States; however, most international students do not interact with the rest of the student body and vice versa. Even among the American students, instances of racial/ethnic/class segregation are quite prevalent. Social circles are commonly split along the racial/ethnic divide. A saunter through the Farinon College Center will reveal pockets of such behavior; for example, students involved in the Posse program (which draws mostly inner-city ethnic minorities) typically hang out with other students in the program. Likewise, members of the same sports team or the same Greek house will also socialize within their own circles.

The College, for its part, does try to promote campus diversity. While there have been instances of anti-semitic behavior, these issues were promptly addressed by the administration and the student body. Events hosted by the International Students Association (ISA) are widely publicized, as well as programs organized by the Association of Black Collegians (ABC), the Association For Lafayette Feminists, and the campus LGBTQ group, QuEST (Questioning Established Sexual Taboos). However, the campus is not known for having the most LGBTQ-friendly student body. Few people of diverse sexual backgrounds attend Lafayette College. 

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
5%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
66%
Unknown
13%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
79%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 3%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
Over the past few years, Lafayette students have become a bit more accepting of homosexuality on campus; with groups like QuEST (Questioning Established Sexual Taboos), there is an outlet for gay and straight students alike to voice opinions. However, the gay community has struggled with a number of problems due to Lafayette's conservative undertones. A number of QuEST members have continually said that it is generally hard to "come out" on campus.
Political Activity
Lafayette is well-known as being a "bubble" in regards to the outside world. The campus is generally apathetic to political events, and it is rare for a protest to ever occur. Generally, however, the campus is a mix between liberal and conservative thinking. Some might say that the students are liberal, and the administration is conservative. However, the school does support the College Democrats and College Republicans, two active political groups on campus.
Economic Status
Yes, those stereotypes are true. Lafayette is generally all white and upper-middle class, with students mostly coming from New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania. While the College boasts that more than 50 percent of students receive financial aid, walking on campus shows a different story.
Most Common Religions
Lafayette is very tolerant of all religions and offers a number of options to students. Although the Jewish population is relatively small, the Hillel Society is the most active and well-known religious group. The Newman House and Lafayette Christian Fellowship are also popular, as well as the Muslim Students Association and the International Students Association.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Lafayette's minority clubs are large and thriving on campus these days. The International Students Association (ISA) is popular, and the Association of Black Collegians (ABC) has proved its staying power on campus. ISA also has its annual "extravaganza" that promotes cultural diversity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 11% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 17% Not sure
  • 36% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 24 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 24 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 57% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 27% Very accepting.

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