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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I often find myself thinking I live in a magazine. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the nation and I love the open green spaces (like the quads) mixed with the cobblestone sidewalks and colonial architecture. Being a NCAA athlete, the training facilities are top notch as well. The gym for the regular student body is quite large and fits just about any need you may want. The athletic training facility (Maroon Club) is also nice, though it could be bigger. The newly-renovated gym and huge football field are great, and the fields at Metzgar and the accompanying Morel Indoor Facility for the baseball and softball teams is state of the art.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Academically, there are very few schools that parallel Lafayette. The top notch academics alone set it apart from thousands of schools out there. I find that the students at Lafayette are brilliant, however, they're "normal." In saying that, the people I have met have been extremely devoted to their academic careers, yet have been in involved in athletics, drama, etc. in high school and may or may not be continuing them in college. Therefore, people are passionate about many things and have been able to balance many activities throughout their lives, rather than having their nose in a book. Also, I wouldn't trade the small campus for anything. Granted, some students want to see new faces and meet new people everyday. And at Lafayette, that still is possible. However, the small, liberal arts college forces many people to make really good relationships very quickly. The people I've met at Lafayette are genuine and extremely nice, something I think is very hard to find on a larger setting.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: One thing that sets my school apart is the proximity of everything. Since its a small liberal arts school, classes, dorms, the student center, library, and the gym tend to be all in walking distance. Another thing that is unique is the friendliness of the professors. Many professors not only love what they do, they love to help the students as well so even having a casual conversation with teachers happens fairly often.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: First and foremost, Lafayette is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever stepped foot on. The student center (Farninon) is a nice place for student to grab a quick meal and socialize with friends. In the basement of the student center our school store supplies students with necessary items for success, while the post office allows students to keep in touch with folks from back home. With the friendly and helpful staff that work in this building, it makes for a more welcoming environment. Our library is also very nice. With sall glass windows, Skillman library stands out when looking upon it from the quad. With the plethora of information that exist in the library and the helpful staff, Skillman is one of the best resources that students have when it comes to doing work for school. When students need to take a load off, Kirby Gym tends to be the place to go. From rock climbing to swimming to simply working out, Kirby has it all.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Cutting edge facilities in engineering, sports, library, etc. Mediocre student center. A few problems (biology building, geology, etc.), but there are already plans for renovations within the next 4 years.


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Lafayette College is an aesthetically pleasing campus. The quad, an expanse of immaculately manicured grass and trees, is the unofficial nucleus of the campus grounds. Trees line the streets that loop around the various academic buildings and residence halls, and the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette overlooks the perpetually-tinkling fountain of Colton Chapel—until winter sets in, that is. Student and athletic centers are diligently well-kept. Farinon Center, the college’s student center, is home to the campus’s major student-led clubs and organizations. The school newspaper, aptly titled "The Lafayette," operates out of the first floor of Farinon. Student government, Association For Lafayette Feminists, the International Students Association, Landis Community Outreach Center—these are some of the organizations that line the first floor of Farinon. The basement of the student center also has the Limburg Theater, where monthly screenings of recently-released films play throughout the week. The Kirby Sports Center is also a hub of student activity, a favorite of athletes and non-athletes alike. The rock-climbing wall is a gem, along with the two indoor swimming pools, the indoor track, the squash and racquetball courts, and the Kamine gym.

Various parts of the campus are frequently renovated and updated. The campus has recently undergone a facelift, in order to make it more pedestrian friendly. Different academic and administrative buildings are also subjected to scaffolding throughout the year. Both Skillman and Kirby libraries are wonderfully equipped to deal with students’ needs. The libraries offer personalized research assistants, a variety of media equipment, an expansive DVD and VHS collection, and nearly a quarter of a million books and periodicals.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
340 acres
Student Centers
Farinon College Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Skillman Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Farinon (especially during lunch and dinner)
  • Gilbert’s
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Gilbert's Café in Kirby Hall
  • Skillman Café in Skillman Library
Movie Theater on Campus
Limburg Theater in the Farinon College Center
"Green" Initiatives
Students are especially involved in sustainability issues. The Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (SEES) works hard to promote student research in sustainability; plus, the student-run group also participates in local improvement projects and outreach programs.
School Slang
  • 1,000 Nights: A semiformal dance for all freshmen and their dates in September, approximately 1,000 nights before their graduation
  • 100 Nights: A semiformal dance for all seniors and their dates in February, approximately 100 nights before their graduation
  • All College Day: Always the Saturday after classes end in May, this day is a school-sponsored event with music, rides, and free food.
  • Campus: The nickname for Campus Pizza, which is packed on party nights
  • The Courts: Watson Courts
  • Externship: Shadowing a Lafayette alumnus and his or her profession for three or four days annually during winter break (a shortened internship)
  • Farinon: Farinon Student Center; it's the center of everything. It currently holds the bookstore, mailroom, and two dining halls in addition to student organization offices.
  • First-years: Freshmen
  • Gilbert's: The campus coffeehouse with the best cheese fries and wings in town
  • Interim: The six-week period in between the fall and spring semesters
  • The Job Vault: Through Career Services, where alumni-sponsored and outside job postings are offered
  • Lower/Downstairs Farinon: The snack bar downstairs in the atrium of Farinon. Lunch is packed 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.; dinner is between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. It is where everyone basically eats and hangs out.
  • The Pit: The chairs in a lowered enclosed area of Farinon where the Delta Gamma sorority women sit
  • PLA: Psychology lab assistant
  • RA: Resident adviser
  • Senior Week: The week after finals are over and before graduation, seniors stay on campus and enjoy discounts at bars, nightclubs, and special events.
  • Spinning: Indoor dance parties that are always packed, feature loud music, and are usually sponsored by fraternities
  • Sullivan: Referring to the Sullivan lots where students park their cars, located all the way on the farthest end of campus
  • TA: Teaching assistant
  • Upper/Upper Farinon: The main dining hall on campus; better food than the other dining hall on campus
  • WA: Writing associate
  • Wawa: Late-night eatery
  • Dance Marathon: Pi Beta Phi's annual philanthropy event is an all-night dance contest in which organizations and other Greek houses participate.
  • Greek Olympics: During the spring semester, all Greek houses play against one another in a number of events, like tug-of-war and mattress races, to crown the champion of the fraternities and sororities.
  • Lehigh/Lafayette Football Game: Probably one of the best weekends of the school year, the game is either at home on Fisher Field, or students are bused over to Lehigh (it alternates annually). It is the oldest rivalry in college football, and it shows. Students spend Friday night drinking, Saturday morning drinking, Saturday afternoon going to the game, taking a nap, and then-guess what?-more drinking.
  • Senior Week: All seniors get to have a special week on campus after finals and before graduation. For about $70, seniors get a wristband that allows them discounts at bars, free food, and special events.
Urban Legends
  • Sororities on campus are not allowed to have a personal chef or own their own house like the fraternities do because of an old Pennsylvania law declaring that a group of more than 12 women living together is considered a brothel.
  • The fifth floor of Pardee Hall is haunted.
  • There is an underground tunnel system below the quad.
Favorite Things To Do
During the week, Gilbert's is packed and so is the gym. The athletic facilities are modern and fabulous; exercise classes and equipment are free to students. In Farinon, movies are cheap and offered every Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Lafayette Activities Forum (LAF) sponsors comedians and bands for students wanting to stay on campus. You can go to the gym, see a movie, attend a Patriot League basketball game, or sample the cheese fries at Gilbert's.
Student Newspaper
The Lafayette
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Early in the fall semester, all of the campus's 250-odd clubs and organizations participate in an activities fair to recruit new members. Many students sign up for multiple clubs/organizations before deciding on which two or three they want to be a part of. Club sports draw large crowds. So do organizations like the Landis Community Outreach Center, the International Students Association, and the various political organizations like College Democrats, College Republicans, and College Libertarians.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 39% Lehigh/Lafayette Football Game
  • 13% Greek Olympics
  • 13% Senior Week
  • 13% Homecoming
  • 13% Rush
  • 10% Dance Marathon

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 32% Go downtown.
  • 21% Coffee Shops on the hill
  • 14% Walk/Run over to a local park
  • 14% Quad chilling in spring
  • 11% There is nothing to do around campus
  • 7% Go to random talks

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 14 responses

  • 71% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 14% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 7% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 47 responses

  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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