Below are some commonly asked questions about Lafayette.

If you don’t see your question here, feel free to contact admissions and ask away!

Your Account

If you have your ID but you have forgotten your password, need to set up or change your alternate email address for password resets, or need to change your password

If you do not have your ID

Call the Office of Admissions, (610) 330-5100, during business hours (weekdays 8:45 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. EST) or email us. You will be asked a few questions for verification purposes and then your ID will be given to you.

Activities

How can I get involved in campus life my first year?

The link below connects you with information about opportunities to be involved in clubs and organizations, Commons Council, Student Government, the arts, community service, entertainment planning, recreational programs, religious life, and intercollegiate athletics.

See the list of student clubs and organizations

Does the College offer opportunities for service learning for first-year students?

There are many opportunities. First, there is the Pre-Orientation Service Program the week before First-Year Orientation. Applications will be available late spring and can be accessed on the Landis Community Outreach Center website. Second, during the first week of classes you will receive a flyer in your mailbox listing all community service programs, from tutoring children to volunteering at the local jail. There is also a service fair the first week of classes in the student center highlighting all of our programs. Third, you can enroll in one of several First-Year Seminars that integrate community-based learning and service into the course.

What resources does Lafayette have that will enhance my spiritual journey or faith?

We have organized activities for those of the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. If you don’t come from a particular religious tradition but are concerned about your spiritual development, we can assist you on that journey as well. The Office of Religious Life is located in 101 Hogg Hall and can be reached at (610) 330-5320 or rellife@lafayette.edu.

I was very involved in theater and music in high school. Can I get involved as a first-year student at Lafayette?

Absolutely! First-year students can immediately audition for theater productions and music ensembles, register for classes or lessons, or go introduce themselves to faculty directors. Our performing arts classes, programs, and productions are open to all students at all levels, and since we are not a conservatory, our actors, musicians, designers, and crews are drawn from all majors and disciplines of the College. Engineers minor in theater! Biology majors take lead roles in plays! You won’t find that at many colleges. But as a liberal arts college, we believe that EVERYBODY should come and “play.”

Advising

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.

Visit the Office of Disability Services website

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 interim.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 fye.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.

Learn more on the Career Services website

Residence Life

Why are students required to live on campus?

On-campus residency is part of the academic mission of the College. Membership in a residential, academic community provides unique opportunities for enhanced learning and personal growth outside the classroom. Our campus is not just a place where you take classes and exams, it is your home for four wonderful years and a place to which you’ll feel an indelible bond for the rest of your life. Extra- and co-curricular life opportunities are a big part of why our students develop such a strong sense of connection to Lafayette. On-campus housing is guaranteed for all students. There are living environments to accommodate a variety of interests and needs.

Where do first-year students live on campus?

Incoming students are purposefully assigned to designated first-year residence hall groupings called Commons. The five Commons are comprised of the following residence halls: 49 South College Drive, Conway House, Easton Hall, Gates Hall, Kamine Hall, Marquis Hall, McKeen Hall, Ruef Hall, South College-Jesser Hall, and Watson Hall. Because sharing a living space with another person is an important aspect of the residential and academic experience, all first-year students live with a roommate unless they are approved to commute from their parents’ home.

First-year students may request to join a Wellness Living Community where residents explore wellness in six dimensions: social, occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. On these floors, students have opportunities to participate in special programming and create an environment where healthy choices are encouraged and supported, which includes a substance-free lifestyle.

All residence halls are smoke-free.

How are first-year room assignments made?

First-year students are assigned to rooms based on their responses to the First-year Housing Application and enrollment deposit date. Enrolled students are contacted via their Lafayette email account around June 1 with specific information on how to move forward with the process.

When do new students receive their residence hall and roommate assignments?

Incoming students should expect to receive communication from the Office of Residence Life around August 1. Residence hall room number and contact information for roommates will be included as well as move-in dates and links to information that will help students plan for their transition into the residence halls.

Where can additional information about the housing program be found?

The Office of Residence Life website contains a great deal of information about the department’s philosophy, procedures, living environments, and staffing.