Lafayette College: Narrative Description

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Easton, PA 18042-1798
Tel: (610)330-5000
Admissions: (610)330-5100
Fax: (610)330-5127
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1826. Setting: 340-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. Endowment: $590 million. Research spending 2003-04: $594,400. Educational spending 2003-04: $26,316 per student. Total enrollment: 2,303. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 5,581 applied, 39% were admitted. 63% from top 10% of their high school class, 90% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 2,245 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 58 students, 29% women, 71% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 41 other countries, 70% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 0% 25 or older, 98% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: trade and industry; engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; English. Core. Calendar: semesters plus interim January program. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 5 members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT, SAT Subject Tests. Recommended: interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 3/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,267 includes full-time tuition ($29,822), mandatory fees ($160), and college room and board ($9285). College room only: $5345.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 250 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, social dorms; 26% of eligible men and 45% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Association of Biscer Collegians, International Student Association, Activities Forum. Major annual events: All College Day, Earth Day, Lafayette-Lehigh Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,200 college housing spaces available; 2,100 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Skillman Library plus 1 other with 530,000 books, 3,500 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 480 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 29,000, Easton is located at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers in the Lehigh Valley. The area is served by bus lines and a county airport. The valley has a YMCA, YWCA, nine hospitals, four public libraries, many churches and synagogues, a community concert association, and numerous civic and fraternal organizations. Recreational activities include baseball, softball, tennis, bowling, golf, boating, swimming, hunting, and fishing.

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