Lafayette College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (7)
The education and culture at Lafayette College provide great opportunities for personal growth and development. The small size of the school allows for close knit bonds with people of all different interests and backgrounds. Though it may take some time to find your niche, the diverse courses and activities this school offers allow for exploration, investigation, and innovation. In addition, the campus is filled with welcoming, knowledgeable, and passionate professors and faculty that have your best interests at heart, putting their best efforts to help you succeed in any manner. Though it may take some time to find your niche, the diverse courses and activities this school offers allow for exploration and investigation.
Lafayette College is dedicated to helping you succeed. During my four years, I found that the career services program at Lafayette offered much more preparation for post-graduation than the programs at my peers' universities. There is summer financial support for unpaid internships. Lafayette students are very much academically driven, with a main focus on schoolwork and less focus on a social scene. Greek life exists, but is not a dominating presence on campus. Class sizes are small, with professors teaching many levels of courses to allow students to build relationships with the same professors over their four years. There are research opportunities during the school year and the summer, but they depend very much in individual relationships with professors and are not well advertised. I struggled to find jobs on campus because they were not well advertised. There are great student work opportunities, but it take some hunting to find them. Required four year housing and meals plans has pros and cons. The changes to the meal plan structure did not affect me, but I worried for the impact they would have on future students' ability to learn how to buy and prepare meals as a life skill. Tuition steadily increased over my four years here, which made financing an education difficult for many students. I'm proud to be a Lafayette graduate, but am concerned about the student loan debt I graduated with. I plan to pursue a career different from the field my bachelors is in, so I can't speak too much on the value of my specific field's degree from Lafayette. I think the neuroscience department has a lot of room for growth and redevelopment, but overall I was happy with my experience. The liberal arts focus of the college allowed me to pursue many interests outside of my main major.
Lafayette College overall was a very good experience and a good college, with strengths in both Liberal Arts and Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is the largest and probably the strongest of the Engineering divisions, as the ECE class I was in was the largest in years and still only had 30-something students, but all of the divisions contain high-quality professors and courses. The professors (with only a few exceptions) are very good overall, and there were a few in the ECE department who were almost adored by my classmates because they were so good at and cared so much about teaching and making sure you truly learned. The Greek life on campus is thriving if you're interested in that kind of thing, and the sport teams, especially the football team a few years back, are nothing to sneeze at. The most important thing in my opinion, and the reason I was able to attend Lafayette, is that although tuition is extremely high, the college has some of the best financial aid/scholarships around if you require it or have good enough grades. All in all, I would definitely recommend Lafayette if you're considering it.
Very rich stuffy atmosphere. BEAUTIFUL campus. Professors were not helpful in the Mech Eng department. Kind of read the textbook and better hope you understand it.
Great school, small class sizes, helpful teachers, good housing/food options. Definitely a small school, will know a ton of people by graduation, sometimes felt limited with course and professor selection.
My Lafayette experience was life-changing. I studied abroad, presented papers at conferences, did an internship with a newspaper, and received one-on-one attention from professors. The generous academic and need-based grants I received made it possible for me to attend and a prestigious four-year college and focus on studies rather than money, something I would otherwise never have achieved.
I would have chosen a different degree, particularly one that was specialized like an engineering degree idle instance.
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