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Lafayette College Data & Information Overview

271 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
41% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Lafayette College Ranked?

#96 Best Colleges in Nation
#9 Best Colleges in PA
Art Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Lafayette College was awarded 271 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is art studies.

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Overall Quality

Lafayette is ranked #96 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Lafayette is also ranked #9 out of 109 schools in Pennsylvania.

See all of the rankings for Lafayette College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Lafayette?

41% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Lafayette College has an acceptance rate of 41%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Lafayette.

Average Test Scores

About 28% 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 640 and 720. Math scores were between 660 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lafayette College  ( 640 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Lafayette College  ( 660 to 740 )
Lafayette received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Lafayette College  ( 30 to 33 )

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Lafayette College Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
87% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Lafayette, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Lafayette College is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lafayette College

91% Freshmen Retention
84% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Lafayette College has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Lafayette for first-time, full-time students is 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Lafayette College.

Lafayette College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,457 Full-Time Undergraduates
20.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,514 undergraduates at Lafayette with 2,457 being full-time and 57 being part-time.

How Much Does Lafayette College Cost?

$32,926 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
$39,748 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Lafayette is $32,926. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lafayette

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,728 $12,400 $13,393 $19,462 $49,560

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Lafayette, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Lafayette, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $9,937 a year. That adds up to $39,748 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lafayette is 0.3%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Lafayette Graduates Make?

$84,939 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Lafayette make around $84,939 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Lafayette students since it is 100% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Lafayette College make the most money.

Location of Lafayette College

Pennsylvania State
2,457 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Lafayette College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Easton, Pennsylvania. Lafayette is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Lafayette are given below.

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

Lafayette College Majors

32 Majors With Completions
720 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 110 $63,927
Political Science & Government 61 $46,408
Mechanical Engineering 60 $67,784
General Psychology 43 NA
International Relations & National Security 41 $47,229
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 39 NA
Chemical Engineering 35 $64,532
Civil Engineering 32 $67,033
Computer Information Systems 28 NA
General Biology 28 $35,718

Learn more about the majors offered at Lafayette College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Lafayette

1% Take At Least One Class Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 31 students took at least one online class at Lafayette College. This is a decrease from the 2,514 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 31 0
2019-2020 2,514 2,514
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Lafayette College.

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Notes and References


*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.


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