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Lafayette College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Lafayette College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Lafayette College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 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 562 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sociology and anthropology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Lafayette as #49 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Lafayette held the #53 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 134 colleges in Pennsylvania, Lafayette is ranked at #6.

See all of the rankings for Lafayette College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Lafayette?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Lafayette College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 36%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 75% 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 620 and 710. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lafayette College  ( 620 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Lafayette College  ( 630 to 730 )
Lafayette received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Lafayette College  ( 28 to 33 )

Learn more about Lafayette College admissions.

Lafayette College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Lafayette is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lafayette College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Lafayette College has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. 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  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Lafayette the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 83%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  83 out of 100

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

Lafayette College Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of Lafayette is $32,551. 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 +
$6,934 $11,360 $17,121 $26,450 $48,047

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 $8,941 a year. That adds up to $35,764 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lafayette is 1.2%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Lafayette with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $68,600 in their early years. This is good news for future Lafayette graduates since it is 72% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Lafayette College make the most money.

Location of Lafayette College

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

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 117 $60,839
Political Science & Government 85 $45,383
Mechanical Engineering 57 $67,473
General Psychology 48 $43,426
International Relations & National Security 48 $52,152
Sociology & Anthropology 36 NA
Civil Engineering 34 $72,022
General Biology 34 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 33 $30,771
Chemical Engineering 31 $66,821

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

Online Learning at Lafayette

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 2019-2020, 2,514 students took at least one online class at Lafayette College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,514 2,514
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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