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Lafayette College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1826
Affiliation: Presbyterian
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,381
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $689,849,883
Admissions Address

118 Markle Hall
Easton, PA 18042



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.8
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Carol A. Rowlands
Admissions office telephone: (610) 330-5100
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: February 15
Decision sent by: N/A
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 2
Lab N/A 2
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A 5
Total academic units N/A 18

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: N/A
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: N/A
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Important
Volunteer work: N/A
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: N/A
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 37%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 68%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 35%
Total applicants: 5,875
Total acceptances: 2,169
Total freshman enrollment: 633
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 42%
Male applicants: 3,294
Male acceptances: 1,140
Male freshman enrollment: 342
Female applicants: 2,581
Female acceptances: 1,029
Female freshman enrollment: 291
Out-of-state freshmen: 79%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,618
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 636
Students enrolled from waiting list: 58

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 62%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 92%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 56%
Average high school GPA: 3.8
First-year students submitting GPA: 86%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 98%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 580 – 670
Math: 620 – 710
Combined: 1200 – 1380

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 14.4% 30.7%
600-699 51.0% 51.8%
500-599 29.8% 15.6%
400-499 4.4% 1.9%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 15%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 24 – 29

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 20.7% N/A N/A
24-29 61.9% N/A N/A
18-23 15.2% N/A N/A
12-17 2.2% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A


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