General Requirements and Deadlines

Admission to Lafayette is highly competitive. We seek students from across the country and around the world, and from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Like the education we offer, we look for balance in the college community, and our evaluation process reflects that philosophy.

In addition, all applicants must submit the following by the stated deadlines:

First-Year Applicants

  1. Common Application
  2. Lafayette Writing Supplement to the Common Application
  3. Application fee of $65, which may be submitted electronically if applying online. If a student is unable to pay this fee, he or she must provide a fee waiver or fee waiver request letter from his or her college guidance counselor, school head, or other school official. Students and parents may not submit a fee waiver request directly to the College
  4. Official SAT or ACT scores
  5. School report and official high school transcript
  6. Guidance counselor recommendation letter
  7. Teacher recommendation letter (minimum of one)
  8. Mid-year grades submitted directly from the high school when they become available

Transfer Students

  1. Common Application — transfer version
  2. Application fee of $65, which may be submitted electronically if applying online. If a student is unable to pay this fee, he or she must provide a fee waiver or fee waiver request letter from his or her college guidance counselor, school head, or other school official. Students and parents may not submit a fee waiver request directly to the College
  3. Official SAT or ACT scores using Lafayette SAT code 2361 and ACT code 3606
  4. School report and official high school transcript
  5. Official college transcript
  6. Registrar Report

International Students

Applications from international students should be submitted by the Jan. 15 deadline. Students choosing to apply for financial assistance are required to submit their application for financial assistance by the Jan. 15 deadline.

All international applicants must submit the following:

  1. Common Application
  2. Lafayette Writing Supplement to the Common Application
  3. Official transcripts and recommendations provided by the secondary school
  4. Official results of SAT or ACT scores using Lafayette SAT code 2361 and ACT code 3606. If circumstances prevent an applicant from taking either of these tests, he or she must contact the Office of Admission to explain the situation
  5. SAT Subject tests. Lafayette recommends but does not require these tests
  6. Application fee of $65 USD, which may be submitted electronically if applying online. If a student is unable to pay this fee, he or she must provide a fee waiver or fee waiver request letter from his or her college guidance counselor, school head, or other school official. Students and parents may not submit a fee waiver request directly to the College
  7. PROFILE. This is required only if you are applying for financial aid.
  8. TOEFL results. International students whose native language is not English or whose language of instruction for all four years of secondary school has not been English must submit TOEFL results. Students should score a minimum of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 80 (Internet-based test)

Admitted students who accept Lafayette’s offer of admission are required to submit the enrollment form enclosed with the acceptance letter and to post a $700 nonrefundable deposit.

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