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Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

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Lafayette College overview
Location Easton, Pennsylvania
Online lafayette.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Lafayette College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Lafayette College is a private liberal arts institution located in Easton, Pennsylvania, within close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. Founded in 1826, the college stands on a suburban campus distinguished by a blend of traditional collegiate Gothic architecture and modern facilities. It hosts a diverse undergraduate student body and is notable for a curriculum that integrates the liberal arts with engineering, emphasizing a cross-disciplinary approach. Lafayette offers a range of majors, with engineering, economics, and psychology among the most popular. The college provides residential living options, with the majority of students living on campus throughout their tenure. Application to Lafayette is highly selective, reflecting its commitment to academic excellence. While Lafayette participates in NCAA Division I for athletics, it is particularly recognized for its longstanding football rivalry with nearby Lehigh University.

In the most recent statistical year 10,500 prospective students applied, and 3,531 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 757 enrolled in the school.  2,712 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 17 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $58,110 plus fees of $1,258. Lafayette College is ranked 65 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Lafayette College is rated within the top 15% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Lafayette College overview
SAT 1330/1480
ACT 30/33
GPA 3.53

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Lafayette College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,258
Room and Board $17,336
Budget for Other Expenses$1,150
Total One Year Cost$78,854

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$81,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

88% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Lafayette College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 33%
Engineering 19%
Biology 10%
Psychology 8%
English and Literature 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=213385 IPEDS survey data for Lafayette College.

Current students may use the Lafayette College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.