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Lafayette College Admission Requirements

Easton, Pennsylvania

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Chances of getting into Lafayette College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
36%
Admission Difficulty for Lafayette College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into Lafayette College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Lafayette College is 36%.  It ranks #6 in Pennsylvania and #121 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Lafayette College is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,922 out of 8,215 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 15 percent (SAT 1250/1440 ACT 28/33). Lafayette College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.53. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Lafayette College application fee is $65 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Lafayette College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Lafayette College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1250-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT 
70%
SAT Scores for Lafayette College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for Lafayette College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1350

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Lafayette College?

Lafayette College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1150. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. Lafayette College ranks #7 in Pennsylvania and #87 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Lafayette College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1440 and Above Good >52%
1345 to 1440 Avg + 36%-52%
1250 to 1345 Avg - 23%-36%
1155 to 1250 Reach 13%-23%
Less than 1155 Low <13%
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Lafayette College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
28-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
41%
ACT Scores for Lafayette College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Lafayette College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Lafayette College?

Admission data indicates that Lafayette College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Pennsylvania and #95 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lafayette College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Lafayette College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >55%
30 to 33 Avg + 36%-55%
28 to 30 Avg - 25%-36%
26 to 28 Reach 17%-25%
Less than 26 Low <17%
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Lafayette College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.53
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Lafayette College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Lafayette College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Lafayette College was 3.53 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #34 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Lafayette College will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School GPA's for admitted Lafayette College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 12.23% Good
3.75 to 3.99 20.33% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 27.11% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.67% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.39% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.94% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.33% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

61% of Lafayette College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Lafayette College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 61%
Top 25% of class 85%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Lafayette College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,900 4,315 8,215
Accepted 1,475 1,447 2,922
Acceptance Rate 38% 34% 36%
Enrolled 303 303 606
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 21% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Lafayette College is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Lafayette College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Lafayette College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Lafayette College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Lafayette College prefer SAT or ACT?

70% of students submit their SAT scores to Lafayette College. 41% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lafayette College?

36% of those who apply are granted admission to Lafayette College. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Lafayette College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1440. 70% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Lafayette College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 33. 41% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.