Impressions Of
Lafayette College

Academic Experience

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

Is there anything you feel Lafayette has done especially well or poorly academically?
Considering that I am trying to pursue an Economics and Government & Law degree, I do see that there is more emphasis on the STEM majors than the humanities majors at times. Sometimes it’s really difficult to find resources for help.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

How was managing both your club sport and your coursework?
It’s not difficult at all. We don’t have super long practices, and it’s about six hours a week in total. Sometimes I have to leave practice a little bit early because I have work to finish, but my coaches are very understanding and tell us to put school first.

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2022

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s collaborative. If I don’t want to study by myself, I don’t have to because there’s always a study group of people willing to let you take a seat. At my high school there was an underlying competition of people asking, “What did you get on the quiz?” but that doesn’t exist here. How you do doesn’t matter to anybody else.

Social Opportunities

Male Environmental Science Major C/O 2021

  • How happy are you with the weekend activities at Lafayette? Is there anything you would change if you could?
    It’s been pretty good overall. That’s also because when I go out I go out with people I have genuine connections with. For me, it’s more about who I’m with than where I’m going.

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

How happy are you with the nightlife options at Lafayette? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m satisfied with the party scene. It is definitely a change in culture and music taste going to a school that is predominantly White and where the frats are predominantly White. It’s sometimes difficult to get excited about music you don’t really enjoy, so one thing I would change is to have a multicultural fraternity, so that way I would want to participate in a fraternity.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

Can you describe a typical night going out freshman year?
A lot of the fraternities and sororities would team up together and throw parties with a costume theme, where all the money goes to charity. Those parties were nice because all the freshman go, and it’s just for the freshman so you don’t have to know anyone in Greek Life and there’s no pressure.

Campus Culture

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I’d say rarely. It almost never occurs. There are a lot of Whites staying with Whites, Black staying with Blacks, Latinos with Latinos, or just people of color staying together. There’s a little mingling that happens in the center ethnicity-wise. From the perspective of a person who is Latino and also Gay, I feel like we mingle more with different sexualities within the people of color. We have a specific LGBT group here for people of color, so we have created our own space to deal with those issues and allow for different sexual orientations to get together. I feel like that stays within groups, so the White people have their own group and the people of color have their groups. There is never a huge overlap between races.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
There are a lot of sexuality specific and culturally specific groups, but there are also plenty of groups where no one thinks about things like that. For example, the rugby team is very diverse both in terms of ethnicity and sexuality. The varsity sports teams tend to be a little more divided and less accepting.

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2022

How would you describe the overall social scene?
As a student of color specifically, I think the social scene is very active and welcoming. There’s not a sense of, “you’re a freshman, we can’t speak to you.” Everybody wants to get to know you and see you succeed. I’ve never felt isolated because I’m a freshman, I’ve always felt welcome in the community.

Easton, PA

Pros of

  • There is Bacon Fest, which occurs annually in Easton, PA. I love food, so that’s pretty great.
  • It’s small, so there are a bunch of stores around you. [You can walk to stores from campus.]

Cons of

  • If it’s a just a regular weekend, there’s nothing happening in town. There’s a lack of events.
  • The small-town vibe can feel constricting at times.
  • I don’t see a bunch of color here. Back home I saw more Hispanics and other people of color, while here it is more White people. [About 55% of the population of Easton, PA is White and 23% is Hispanic.]

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Environmental Science Major C/O 2021

What is something a prospective Hispanic student may want to know that we haven’t touched on yet?
Sometimes the Hispanics here stay in their little cliques. I’m in the Hispanic Society of Lafayette, which is where a lot of Hispanics and other people meet up to talk about current events. One thing I noticed about that club is that it’s not as big as it could be, there are more Hispanics in the school. I believe some might not identify strongly as Hispanic or don’t know about it.

What is something a prospective first-generation student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
There definitely resources out there for academics. Most of the professors are pretty lenient. They’re not necessarily out to get you, there may be some, but most aren’t. There are weed out classes here, and those will be more challenging.

Male Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

What is something a prospective LGBT student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
Understand that it’s a smaller campus so there are fewer people who identify the same way. Being a person of color who also identifies as Gay, it’s even more of a struggle to find people to connect with because you’re two layers and some people may not understand how each layer affects you differently.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Lafayette before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew how to find resources on campus better, and who to go to when I have a specific problem. In my experience, it’s better to find your own resources, whether it be advisors, a coach, or someone else. The chaplain here has been an amazing resource for me.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Lafayette College

To Attend

  • The campus is beautiful. Being able to look outside and it looks beautiful, even on the most disgusting day, really impacts the way you feel about your day. That’s a frivolous detail, but I think it impacts you a lot because if you feel bad and you go outside and it looks bad, it impacts how you feel.
  • Lafayette spends a lot of money on its students, whether it’s keeping us occupied on the weekends, organizing events, or providing great resources like our counseling center.
  • You’re in between Philadelphia and New York City and tickets are relatively cheap. You have a nice balance of escaping Easton or hanging out in your dorm.
  • It’s a small campus so you’re going to know everybody and everybody is going to know you in your classroom.

To Not Attend

  • If you don’t want a small school experience. If you want to [be anonymous], don’t come here because it’s really easy to meet people and it’s a tight-knit community.
  • 95% of the professors are great, but I can think of four or five who are known to be problematic in some other way. They create a culture where students don’t want to succeed in their class.
  • They tend to really focus on STEM majors. There’s a lot of resources geared towards them.
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