Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

#70 National Colleges

31.48% Admission Rate
Moderately Selective

2,641 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)

By Tomwsulcer - Own work, CC0,

Lafayette College is a private liberal arts college based in Easton, Pennsylvania, with a small satellite campus in New York City. Founded in 1826 by James Madison Porter and other citizens in Easton, the school first held classes in 1832. The founders voted to name the school after General Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution who toured the country in 1824–25, as "a testimony of respect for [his] talents, virtues, and signal services... in the great cause of freedom".Lafayette is considered a Hidden Ivy as well as one of the northeastern Little Ivies.

Located on College Hill in Easton, the campus is in the Lehigh Valley, about 70 mi (110 km) west of New York City and 60 mi (97 km) north of Philadelphia. Lafayette College guarantees campus housing to all enrolled students. The school requires students to live in campus housing unless approved for residing in private off-campus housing, or at home as a commuter.

The student body, consisting entirely of undergraduates, comes from 46 U.S. states and territories and nearly 60 countries. Students at Lafayette have access to more than 250 clubs and organizations, including athletics, fraternities and sororities, special interest groups, community service clubs, and honor societies. Lafayette College's athletic program is notable for The Rivalry with nearby Lehigh University. Since 1884, the two football teams have met 157 times, making it the most played rivalry in the history of college football.

"Lafayette College." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 February 2022,

Easton, Pennsylvania

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Bachelor's degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 31.9%
Engineering 22.3%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 11.4%
Psychology 7.5%
Visual And Performing Arts 6.4%
English Language And Literature/Letters 4.4%
Physical Sciences 3.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3.3%
Mathematics And Statistics 2.5%
Natural Resources And Conservation 2.2%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.6%
History 1.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.4%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.3%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.3%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1363 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 740 685 630
Verbal 700 660 620

ACT Scores

31 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 32 30 27
English 34 32 29