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Lafayette College is a private, coeducational, engineering and liberal arts college located in Easton, Pennsylvania, United States. It was officially chartered in the year 1826. The institute was named after French military officer, General Lafayette. Classes began on May 9, 1832. The college sits on a 110 acre campus. More than 2, 000 undergraduate students enroll in Lafayette College every year. The Student Enrolment comprises of individuals from over 30 states in the U. S. and more than 50 countries worldwide.

Students of Lafayette College can choose from over 40 majors offered through the following academic divisions:

  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
The U. S. News and World Report's 2009 edition placed Lafayette College at the 35th position among all liberal arts colleges in the U. S. The college's athletics department is affiliated with the NCAA Division I. The teams are called the Leopards, and they participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, field hockey, softball, fencing, and volleyball. The football, baseball, men's basketball and soccer, and women's lacrosse teams have won a number of National and Patriot League championships.

Profile of Lafayette College

Easton, PA is home to Lafayette. Easton is a large suburb. Students select the school partly because it is a Presbyterian Church (USA) school. Lafayette is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school go up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in science, engineering, mathematics, art studies, and liberal arts.

Lafayette Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. Lafayette attracts a lot of applicants every year, and can only accept about 35% of them . Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 570. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 610 and 710.


Lafayette maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Lafayette is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

The school has 2, 403 enrolled students .

Student Life

Lafayette has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Lafayette offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Patriot League. Lafayette offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"In an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, Lafayette College seeks to nurture the inquiring mind and to integrate intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College strives to develop students' skills of critical thinking, verbal communication, and quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavor; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others, to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility, and to regard education as an indispensable, life-long process. "

Lafayette Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts266economics, political science, English, history, international relations, social studies, American studies, econometrics, . . .
Engineering113mechanical engineering, civil engineering, engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering
Science57biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, geological and earth sciences
Therapy and Counselling39psychology
Art Studies13art studies
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy, religion

Contact: Lafayette

Lafayette College

High St

Easton, PA 18042-1768

General Phone: (610) 330-5000


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