of our grads are employed, continuing their education, in internships or in volunteer work 6 months after graduation.
of our students graduate, with 89% finishing in four years. Lafayette is among the top 10 schools in the country for four-year graduation rate, according to U.S. News and World Report.
of Lafayette students have had an internship or other field experience by their senior year.
- 53% of Lafayette students have studied abroad by their senior year. We’re a national leader in short-term study abroad courses. Our faculty-led programs recently went to Bali, China, the Czech Republic, Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands, England, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, North Korea, South Korea, Turkey, and the western United States. You can also join your professor and classmates for a semester abroad, including our newest program in Costa Rica.
- 66% of our engineering students study abroad -- while staying on track for graduation in four years. Lafayette professors lead programs tailored to engineering majors in Bremen, Germany, and Madrid, Spain.
By their senior year, 50% of students have done research with a faculty member.
Our endowment-per-student is in the top 8% of all colleges and universities in the country. What does that mean for you?
- TOP FACULTY.
- SUPERB FACILITIES.
By their senior year, 79% of our students have participated in community service or volunteer work.
Lafayette ranks #6 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in 30-year annual return on investment, according to Payscale.com.
"Thanks to Lafayette, my daughter has been able to compete with Ivy League students for coveted summer internships. She interned one summer at Goldman Sachs in NYC and another summer at Google at its headquarters in Mountain View, California." – Jill Tanenbaum, Classes of 2012 and 2015 parent
"Lafayette graduates have been great hires. They are prepared emotionally and functionally and contribute very quickly. Many have advanced rapidly in the organization. They have higher natural curiosity and energy than many of their peers. We continue to intern students during the summer—and hire several upon graduation." – Douglas M. Burcin, Global CEO, Havas Health
"As a television producer, I'm always fielding various creative challenges. Lafayette definitely prepared me for this type of professional environment, particularly through its small class sizes and hands-on professors. Your professors knew your name. They asked you to engage in class discussion, and expected you to voice your own unique perspective. That's great preparation for any field where you need to bring something new to the table each day." - Jen Gsell '04, producer, MTV's "Made"
What else are people saying?
"The Lafayette alumni network is incredible. One summer, my daughter was a paid intern for an alumnus in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, she gave her resume to a Lafayette parent who was able to arrange an internship with a judge in the Youthful Offender Part in Manhattan Supreme Court. She currently attends NYU Law." – Celeste Murphy, Class of 2012 parent
"Lafayette graduates enter the workforce with a broad worldview that enables them to interpret and respond to the broad array of challenges faced by global institutions such as ours today. We are looking for students who can communicate effectively across broad audiences, while being well-versed in their field of study. The College prepares the students we need not only to be successful in their field of study, but to be good corporate citizens who can contribute more broadly to the communities in which we operate. Lafayette graduates are among our most senior leaders today." – Dave Taschler, risk, compliance, & business continuity planning manager, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
"There is something about Lafayette’s environment that nurtures and fortifies students to a point that when they are released from the Hill they are ready to explode into the real world" – Eric Von Arx III '87, professonal artist
Skills Employers Want Most
Problem Solving Skills
* American Association of Colleges & Universities
Our students gain these in many ways,
including these programs:
In the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project, students from different majors work with residents on major community initiatives in areas such as Easton, New Orleans, and Honduras.
The Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership provides opportunities for students from the liberal arts and engineering to work together on real-world problems.
Students from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering collaborate to provide solutions to nonprofit, government, and business clients.
Liberal arts and engineering students are teaming up to resolve some of the most pressing global issues of the 21st century.
We make a strong commitment
to the arts:
- An $800,000 Mellon Foundation grant supports further integration of the performing and visual arts throughout the curriculum and in co-curricular activities.
- A new arts campus is being built to house theater and film and media studies programs, anchored by the existing Williams Visual Arts Building.
- The Creative and Performing Arts (CaPA) Fellowship program provides up to $7,500 to admitted students with a record of achievement in creative and performing arts. The funds are for students to pursue and develop their creative abilities.
We have the resources to:
- Increase the size of the faculty, which means smaller classes and more choices for you.
- Compete in Division I, the highest level of collegiate athletics in the country, in 23 sports.
- Have world leaders visit us and inspire our students. In the past two years alone, they’ve included:
"Undergraduate research increases participants’ understanding, confidence, awareness, and desire to pursue advanced degrees."
* Stanford Research Institute
- It enhances resumes and problem-solving ability.
- Our exclusive focus on undergraduates means that professors give you—not graduate students—opportunities to conduct research with them in fields ranging from art to neuroscience to chemical engineering.
- You can even get paid to do research through our EXCEL Scholars program.
- Many students go on to co-author publications in academic journals and even to present their research at conferences with travel funding provided by Lafayette—while still undergrads! This provides a big edge for graduate school admission and some job applications as well.
- Our graduates attend top graduate and professional schools, including Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, NYU, Rice, Stanford, UCLA, Virginia, and every Ivy League school.
- Be an award winner! We help our students compete successfully for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, including from the National Science Foundation for graduate study and many Fulbright Grants to study, do research, and teach abroad.