This pictures were taken @ Lafayette College, Easton Pennsylvania. Attended by Bros Jesse, Lemuel, Junie, Doods, Sis Ellen

Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania

The College

Lafayette is classified as one of the nation's most academically competitive colleges and is committed to providing the best undergraduate education in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering for men and women who can benefit most from the Lafayette experience. The current undergraduate enrollment is 2,300. Students from thirty-nine states and forty-one other countries currently attend Lafayette. They represent a wide range of interests, special talents, and aspirations. The College draws strength from the diversity of its students.

Primarily residential in nature, Lafayette guarantees on-campus housing to all students who choose to take advantage of the varied living options available to them. More than 96 percent of the students live on the 110-acre main campus in single-sex or coeducational residence halls, social residence halls, fraternities, or sororities, and another 2 percent live close to campus. An array of student organizations, cultural events, social opportunities, and varsity and intramural sports programs are available to all students.

Recent trends indicate that approximately two thirds of Lafayette graduates go on to obtain a graduate or professional degree. About 20 percent pursue full-time graduate or professional study immediately. A large and growing number obtain practical experience through employment and then undertake full-time study for an advanced degree, often with an employer's financial support. Others continue academic pursuits on a part-time basis.


Lafayette is located in a picturesque setting atop a hill overlooking the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers and Easton, a progressive city of 30,000. Allentown and Bethlehem are located near Easton, and, together with the city and adjacent areas, they make up the Lehigh Valley, the third-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. Various business establishments that serve the needs of students are available near the campus and in downtown Easton. Beyond Easton to the west and north are rolling farmland, beautiful countryside, and the Pocono Mountains. New York City is 70 miles east of the campus, and Philadelphia is 60 miles south.

Majors and Degrees

Lafayette awards the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the following fields: behavioral neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, geology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, and psychology. The Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree is awarded in the following majors: American studies, anthropology and sociology, art, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics and business, engineering, English, French, geology, German, government and law, history, international affairs, mathematics, mathematics/economics, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, religion, Russian and East European studies, and Spanish.

In addition, Lafayette students may enroll in a five-year program leading to either a B.S. and an A.B. or two B.S. degrees.

Academic Program

Students work together one-on-one with faculty advisers to ensure the planning of a program that is both educationally sound and responsive to the student's individual interests and needs. Each academic department specifies core curriculum requirements for its majors. All A.B. candidates must satisfy a course-distribution requirement, which can be met through advanced placement, transfer credit, or a broad selection of college course work.

In combining arts, sciences, and engineering in one undergraduate institution and in having one faculty with a unified educational approach, Lafayette has a distinctive capability to exercise a broadening influence on all students. Approximately one half of Lafayette's students major in the humanities and social sciences, while the other half specialize in the natural sciences and engineering. Flexible curricular arrangements enable students to defer their final decision on a major until the end of the sophomore year.

In addition to the formal majors offered at the College, interdisciplinary minor programs are offered in ten areas: Black studies, classical civilization, East Asian studies, environmental science, ethical studies, health care and society, Jewish studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, technology studies, and women's studies. A number of internships can also be arranged through the various academic departments.

Students planning to continue their study in a professional school are assisted by faculty preprofessional advisers in designing a program of study that provides an appropriate foundation for advanced work.

Army ROTC programs are offered for both men and women.

The College observes a two-semester academic calendar. An optional January interim session is offered. Classes are available on campus as well as off campus, including study overseas.

Off-Campus Arrangements

Students are encouraged to spend a semester or a year in a study-abroad program sponsored by the College or another institution. The College has recently established affiliations with four universities overseas. Groups of students led by Lafayette professors attend Vesalius College at the University of Brussels, l'Universit de Bourgogne in Dijon, Middlesex University in London, the University College in London, and the Sweet Briar junior-year-abroad program in Paris.

Students also travel widely during the Lafayette interim session. Two faculty members have accompanied each group of students in their pursuit of knowledge in China, England, Germany, France, Israel, and Russia as well as in Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

Lafayette is a member of the American Collegiate Consortium, an association of some sixty American colleges and universities that operates a prestigious study-abroad program at the Universities of Voronezh and Yaroslavl in Russia. Students may take a full semester of courses in the fields of their choice alongside Russian students.

Academic Facilities

Skillman Library, a building that has won awards for its architectural design and functional effectiveness, contains more than 525,000 hardbound volumes, as well as numerous pamphlets, periodicals, electronic databases, CD-ROMs, electronic journals, microfilms, audiovisual materials, and special collections. The library operates on an open-stack policy. Cooperative arrangements with other Lehigh Valley colleges make more than 1 million books available to Lafayette students.

Ten additional classroom, laboratory, and departmental buildings house specialized libraries, modern scientific and engineering equipment, studio rooms, galleries, classrooms, seminar rooms, and faculty offices.

The College's rapidly growing Academic Computing Services facilities include a campuswide network with connections in every residence hall, office, and classroom, and to more than 600 public microcomputers available for student use (many of them for 24 hours a day). At no charge, students can have access to electronic mail and the Internet and to general and course software from the computing sites or from their rooms.


The comprehensive fee for 2002-03 was $25,946. Additional costs included a room fee of $4515, a board fee of $3554, and an estimated $1625 for books, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.

Financial Aid

Substantial amounts of financial aid are available for students with demonstrated need. Approximately 60 percent of the student body receives financial aid: more than 40 percent of Lafayette's students receive financial aid directly from the College in the form of grants, loans, and work opportunities, and almost 20 percent are assisted by government grants or other awards not funded by the College. Detailed information regarding financial assistance is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042-1777 (telephone: 610-330-5055). Each year, through the Marquis Scholars Program, Lafayette offers merit scholarships to 60 entering first-year students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Each recipient is awarded a minimum of $12,500 each year with a scholarship to full need each year if need exceeds $12,500. In addition, 32 entering freshmen receive $7500 Trustee Scholarships.


One hundred percent of the College's 184 faculty members hold the doctoral degree or the terminal degree in their fields. Many have earned wide recognition for their research and scholarship or have won awards for superior teaching. Some hold faculty chairs endowed to attract or retain professors of exceptional ability. Students benefit from a student-faculty ratio of about 11:1 and from the fact that all faculty members-full professors and heads of departments, as well as junior faculty members-teach classes and advise students on an individual basis.

Student Government

Traditionally, students have contributed to major policy decisions at Lafayette. Student Government is responsible for formulating student activity policy, distributing funds to student organizations, and maintaining liaison with the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and the administration. Voting student members sit on four trustee committees and on almost all faculty committees, and student representatives participate in faculty meetings.

Admission Requirements

Lafayette admits students without regard to sex, race, religion, or physical handicap. All Lafayette students pursued a strong college-preparatory program of studies, and approximately one half graduated in the top tenth of their secondary school class. Many held leadership positions in school or community organizations or on sports teams. They are encouraged-and expected-to assume major responsibility for all aspects of their lives at the College and to continue to develop those attributes and talents on which their admission was based.

Lafayette requires submission of SAT I or ACT scores. Three SAT II Subject Tests, one of them Writing, are recommended. It is also recommended that B.S. degree candidates take Subject Tests in Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry in addition to the Writing Subject Test. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Lafayette campus for an admission interview and a student-guided tour.

Application and Information

Applications for admission should be filed by January 1. Candidates are notified of the admission decision around April 1. If a student requests consideration of their application under the Early Decision Plan, a decision is normally made within thirty days of receipt of completed application forms. February 15 is the deadline to request early decision. Applicants accepted under early decision are obligated to enroll at Lafayette unless their financial needs are not met.

Office of Admissions

Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042-1770
Telephone: 610-330-5100
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