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Lafayette College, Easton, PA (, TE
Posted 09/28/2017 05:22PM

I hope some of you give Lafayette your serious consideration. Lafayette's enrollment is about 2500 and it located on the eastern edge of Pennsylvania, about 90 minutes from New York City and maybe an hour from Philadelphia. It belongs to an exclusive group of elite liberal arts colleges that also offer great engineering programs. It is rare to find engineering in smaller schools, because of the resources required for those programs. However, Lafayette has been doing it for a very long time. The 90,000 square-foot Acopian Engineering building is open 24 hours/day during the week and on weekends. There is a recently new arts campus, too, and many of the buildings at Lafayette feature large open learning spaces. The new Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Leadership was created to provide a venue for hands-on, multidisciplinary collaboration between students majoring in the liberal arts and those in engineering. In addition to engineering, Lafayette is particularly known for its programs in economics/business, government/law, and psychology. Lafayette boasts some of the highest stats for number of students who study aboard. Even engineering students can participate through a special arrangement Lafayette has with the Free University of Brussels that enables engineering students to maintain normal progress toward their degree even while abroad. Students tend to be serious about their studies, hard-working, compassionate and highly talented. It is not a very politically active group and most students are middle of the road on issues. There are Greek organizations, but only 18% of the men and 38% of the women are members. This is another small school that competes in D-I athletics. Financial aid is generous, and there is financial aid available for international students. To be competitive for admission, students should have grades that are generally in the 90's, but some high 80's are fine, too, and SAT scores (CR +M) in the 1300 range or better. Andrew Bachman chose Lafayette over several other attractive options-enough said!


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