Lafayette College

Lafayette College

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 body 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 & 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.

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Contacting Lafayette

Lafayette College
High St
Easton , PA 18042-1768
General Phone: (610) 330-5000

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Lafayette Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts306African studies, American studies, Russian studies, area and Cultural studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Engineering101engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Science84biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geological and earth sciences, physics
Therapy and Counseling44psychology
Art Studies21art studies
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Lafayette in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree59936

Lafayette Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lafayette had a total enrollment of 2,403 students (2,483 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 45%
22-24 4%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey26%
New York19%
(International Students)7%
Washington, DC1%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%

Lafayette Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %

Lafayette Room and Board (2007)

Lafayette offers campus housing for 2,118 of its 2,483 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Easton, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Lafayette Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580670
SAT Math610700
SAT Writing590680
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lafayette Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,090
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,090
Room and board $ 11,248
Room charge $ 6,773
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,475
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Lafayette participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 328400)

Lafayette Faculty

Lafayette has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2725
Non-tenured and not on tenure track149

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year55$119,11916$108,035
Associate professoracademic year49$86,34215$79,489
Assistant professoracademic year25$71,76624$69,663
Instructoracademic year1*0*
No academic rankacademic year13$60,40610$60,680
All faculty totalacademic year143$93,91865$79,994

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lafayette Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Patriot League
Basketball Patriot League
Baseball Patriot League
Track Patriot League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports133548

Lafayette Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Liberal Arts
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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