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Lafayette College Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Lafayette College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Lafayette College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lafayette College is 40.7%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in Pennsylvania and the 149th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Lafayette College and can you get accepted?

Lafayette College is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,366 out of the 8,262 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 10 percent on standardized admission tests. 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 quarter of their high school class. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Lafayette College?

41% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Lafayette College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.53 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1380 on the SAT
  • Score 31 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Lafayette College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Lafayette College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Lafayette College are to have around a 3.53 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Lafayette College will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Lafayette College is 3.53 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #41 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Lafayette College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Lafayette College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.49% Good
3.75 to 3.99 22.05% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 26.15% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 20.51% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.38% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.15% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.26% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Lafayette College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Lafayette College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 28% of students submitted SAT scores and 13% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Lafayette College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 640
Math 25th Percentile 660
Composite 25th Percentile 1300
SAT Scores for Lafayette College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 720
Math 75th Percentile 740
Composite 75th Percentile 1460
Average SAT Score 1380

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Lafayette College is 1380 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1300-1460. Students who get into Lafayette College score in the top 12 percent of all SAT test takers..  Lafayette College ranks #7 in the state of Pennsylvania and #91 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1380 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Lafayette College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1300, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1220, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Lafayette College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1380 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1380, you have around a 41% chance of being admitted. A 1460 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 57% chance of getting in.

Lafayette College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1460 and Above Good >57%
1380 to 1460 Avg + 41%-57%
1300 to 1380 Avg - 27%-41%
1220 to 1300 Reach 16%-27%
Less than 1220 Low <16%
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Lafayette College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Lafayette College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 30
Math 25th Percentile 27
Composite 25th Percentile 30
ACT Scores for Lafayette College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 32
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Lafayette College is 31, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 30 and 33.  The school ranks #8 in Pennsylvania and #92 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 31. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 30 and score in the score in the top 7 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 28.

13 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lafayette College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Lafayette College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Lafayette College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 31 score has around 41% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 62% with a 33 ACT score.

Lafayette College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >62%
31 to 33 Avg + 41%-62%
30 to 31 Avg - 31%-41%
29 to 30 Reach 23%-31%
Less than 29 Low <23%
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High School Class Rank

75% of Lafayette College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 45% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Lafayette College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 94%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Lafayette College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,024 4,238 8,262
Accepted 1,688 1,678 3,366
Acceptance Rate 42% 40% 41%
Enrolled 369 413 782
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 111 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

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 Considered but not 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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Lafayette College is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.53 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1380 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1460 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 31 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Lafayette College often consider these colleges

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


Does Lafayette College prefer SAT or ACT?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to Lafayette College. 13% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lafayette College?

41% of those who apply are granted admission to Lafayette College. Admission competition is low 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 1300 and 1460. The average SAT score is 1380. 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 30 and 33. The average ACT score is 31. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.