On Site: Lafayette College
At a Glance
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.
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.
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.
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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