How will I get to know my faculty adviser?
You will meet your faculty adviser on the first day of Orientation, and you will need to meet with your adviser at least once during the fall semester to register for your spring classes. But Lafayette faculty advisers encourage first-year students to check in with them often. In addition to your faculty adviser, department heads are always eager to answer first-year students’ questions about their academic programs. Make sure you reach out and access all of the faculty and staff available to answer your questions. They want to get to know you!
How do I ask for accommodations for my disability?
Students need to submit documentation to verify eligibility for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All documentation should be current (within the last three years) and should have been completed by a qualified professional. First-year students should submit all documentation to Rebecca Brenner, disability services coordinator of ATTIC, 312 Scott Hall. Requests for academic, housing, and dining accommodations should be received no later than July 1.
Why is the Interim term so long? Should I consider a study abroad trip during my first interim term?
First-year students are encouraged to participate (for more information on interim abroad, visit studyabroad.lafayette.edu). A two- to three-week interim program is an excellent introduction to both global issues and international travel, and experiencing this early in your college career can have a profound impact. For example, it might prompt you to explore an academic field you had not previously considered, or to spend a semester or an entire year abroad.
If you are even considering going abroad during your time at Lafayette — and especially if you might do so during your first year — please apply for a passport immediately. Application processing can take up to eight weeks, so it is best to have your passport in hand before you even arrive on campus.
What should I do if I don’t know which major to choose?
Good news: You are not supposed to know what your major is going to be. Depending on what you think your potential interests are (science, engineering, social science, the arts, or humanities), you need good advice from your faculty adviser and class dean regarding the courses you need to take, and at Lafayette, students have this mentorship as well as the necessary academic flexibility to go along with it. Engineers declare their major at the end of the first year, and all other students do so in their second year. Relax, get good advice, and enjoy this opportunity to explore your intellectual horizons. That’s what college is for!
Additional information can be found on connectedcommunities.lafayette.edu. This site is designed specifically for first-year students, and it includes information from academics to social life that will help you navigate your transition to college.
Is it too early to start thinking about what I will do after I graduate from college?
It’s never too early to start. Participating in Career Services’ Gateway program gives you the chance to consider the possibilities with the guidance of a professional counselor. Right now, you might not know what you want to do in the future, or even how to figure this out, or you might have known what your path is for many years at this point. Either way, your Gateway counselor will help you access a variety of programs and experiences to explore your interests and enhance what you learn in the classroom through real-world experiences. These include internships and job shadowing externships with alumni, parents, and others all over the country. Our easy access to New York City and Philadelphia is a major advantage for Lafayette students.