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Lafayette College Overview

Lafayette College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Easton, Pennsylvania. Easton is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Lafayette College Known For?

779 Undergraduate Awards
$51,425 Avg Cost After Aid
36% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Lafayette may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Lafayette is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Lafayette.
  • In 2017-2018, 85% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Lafayette with a bachelor's degree make about $68,600 a year. That's 68% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Lafayette to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Lafayette College Rankings

Lafayette is ranked #31 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Lafayette also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Lafayette has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#36 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Lafayette.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Lafayette has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Sociology & Anthropology Schools College Factual
#9 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools College Factual
#20 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#42 Best Social Sciences Schools College Factual
#42 Best English Language & Literature Schools College Factual
#51 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Lafayette College?


Contact details for Lafayette are given below.

Contact Details
Address: High St, Easton, PA 18042-1768
Phone: 610-330-5000

How Do I Get Into Lafayette?

You can apply to Lafayette online at:

Admission Requirements for Lafayette

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Lafayette?

36% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
75% Submit SAT Scores
Lafayette has a fairly low acceptance rate of 36%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 34%, and the acceptance rate for women is 38%.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to Lafayette submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 710. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lafayette College  ( 620 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Lafayette College  ( 630 to 730 )
Lafayette received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 26 and 31. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Lafayette College  ( 30 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Lafayette College  ( 26 to 31 )
ACT Composite Scores for Lafayette College  ( 28 to 33 )

Can I Afford Lafayette College?

$51,425 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Lafayette is $51,425. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Lafayette, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $8,941 a year. That adds up to $35,764 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lafayette is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Lafayette College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,457 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,514 undergraduate students at Lafayette, with 2,457 being full-time and 57 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,457 full-time undergraduates at Lafayette, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lafayette College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 107
Black or African American 123
Hispanic or Latino 187
White 1,634
International Students 224
Other Races/Ethnicities 182

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Lafayette College. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 60 countries are represented at Lafayette. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and India.

Online Learning at Lafayette College

2,514 Took All Classes Online
2,514 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 2,514 students took at least one online class at the school.

Lafayette College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Economics 117 117
Political Science & Government 85 85
Mechanical Engineering 57 57
General Psychology 48 48
International Relations & National Security 48 48
Sociology & Anthropology 36 36
General Biology 34 34
Civil Engineering 34 34
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 33 33
Chemical Engineering 31 31
Computer Information Systems 23 23
History 23 23
General Engineering 18 18
Romance Languages 18 18
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 18 18
General English Literature 17 17
Electrical Engineering 15 15
Fine & Studio Arts 15 15
Mathematics 14 14
Natural Resources Conservation 13 13
Area Studies 11 11
Ethnic Studies 10 10
Philosophy 9 9
Geological & Earth Sciences 9 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 8 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7 7
Germanic Languages 6 6
Physics 6 6
Chemistry 5 5
Drama & Theater Arts 4 4
Music 4 4
Religious Studies 3 3
TOTAL 779 779


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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