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Academics: Lafayette gives you the opportunity to have one-on-one time with professors on the forefront of their disciplines and to develop strong working relationships with them. With a shared research credit on your résumé, you will go far - and will have Lafayette to thank for that.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Lafayette is a great place to learn.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Huge workload. Harder to stay in than to get in. You may learn a lot, but your grades won't always reflect that, which doesn't help show future employers what you know.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Lafayette is a great school with a great reputation. I know I am getting one of the best possible educations out there at Lafayette and the professors are always there to help me out when I need them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: High quality academics and passionate students make for a good learning environment


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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 20 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 53% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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