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On Site: Lafayette College

At a Glance

Easton, PA

Undergraduate Students: 2,700

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Acceptance Rate: 41%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Freshman Retention Rate: 91%

Notable Majors/Programs: Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Biology, Government, Visual and Performing Arts, Engineering and International Studies - dual degree.

The Feel

  • Lafayette is “in the middle of everywhere,” located only an hour and a half from New York City or Philadelphia. The city of Easton, home to the college, offers plenty of dining, art and festivals throughout the year.

  • They are one of the rare small liberal arts colleges that offer strong sciences, including multiple options in engineering.

  • Housing is guaranteed all four years at Lafayette, and overall 93% of students live on campus.

  • New students take a first year seminar, which introduces them to interdisciplinary approach to research, critical analysis, debate, writing and more. Students can choose one of dozens and dozens of themes.

Standout Points

  • Upwards of 60% of the student body chooses to study abroad, and Lafayette even offers study abroad experiences for engineering students in Germany or Spain. Many of these students take advantage of it.

  • They are one of the smallest institutions in NCAA Division 1, and they boast the highest graduation rate among athletes in the Patriot League.

  • One of their most popular programs is a dual degree offering in Engineering and International Studies which includes a study abroad experience and focus on mastery of a foreign language.

  • Lafayette, as a true liberal arts college, does not offer a business major but they do have the Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship which offers many business-related workshops and support for designing products.

  • They are a member of a short list of schools that meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for their students.

Fun Fact

  • They have a large and impressive football stadium for a school of their size and celebrate the annual rivalry with Lehigh, which includes a whole week of fun events and traditions.

Bottom Line Fit: For the accomplished student who appreciates a small liberal arts setting and who seeks a friendlier admissions rate than Colgate, Swarthmore, Lehigh and Bucknell.

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