About 16% of each incoming class is comprised of international students (including dual passport holders). Some of the larger representative groups currently hail from Bulgaria, India, Nepal, Turkey, China, and Zimbabwe.

Early Decision I applications are due November 15. Regular Decision and Early Decision II applications are due by January 15. Please contact us at admissions@lafayette.edu with any international student-specific admissions and aid questions.

You need to submit the following for your first year admissions application to be complete:

  1. Common Application
  2. An application fee of $65 USD.  You will pay the fee electronically upon submission of the Common Application. If the application fee presents a hardship, the applicant may select the appropriate dropdown response for the fee waiver question on their Common Application.
  3. Letters of Recommendation from a guidance counselor and at least one teacher. We prefer that your teacher recommendation is written by a person who taught you in an academic subject during one of your last two years of high school.
  4. Official transcript and school report submitted directly from the secondary school.
  5. Mid-year or first trimester grades submitted directly from the high school when they become available. For students applying early decision, first marking period grades are required as part of your application. If your midyear grades will be delayed due to an extension of the marking period, please email admissions@lafeyette.edu to let us know.
  6. English language proficiency test, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo, is required for international students. If English is your first language or you have received academic instruction in English for the past 3 years, you may submit proof that you meet these requirements so that the English proficiency test is waived. Please email proof of satisfying the requirements  to admissions@lafayette.edu.
  7. Optional: SAT or ACT scoresFor applicants applying to Lafayette in the 2020-21 academic year, the submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional. Self-reported scores via the Common Application, official score reports, copies/images of official score reports, and/or scores listed on official transcripts are accepted. Lafayette recommends but does not require SAT subject tests. Prospective science and engineering majors are encouraged to take the mathematics and science tests.To update previously submitted testing, please email admissions@lafayette.edu with an image of the score report you would like added to your standardized testing profile. If you decide to change the status of testing as part of the submitted application, please email admissions@lafayette.edu by the application deadline of January 15 to indicate the change. Note: If you choose to provide self-reported SAT or ACT scores as part of your application, official SAT or ACT scores are required upon enrollment.
  8. If you are applying for need-based financial aid please submit the  CSS Profile form online.

Advanced Standing

Lafayette considers national examination programs of various countries (e.g., GCE A-level, French Baccalaureate, and German Abitur) on an individual basis for credit. Credit will be granted upon the receipt of certified copies of the official examination results. Additional course information (e.g., course syllabus) may be requested. For information on International Baccalaureate policies, consult the Office of the Registrar.

Financial Aid

Applications from international students are read on an accelerated schedule so admissions decisions can be mailed promptly. A priority review will be given to applications submitted prior to the deadline. Every consideration will be given, however, to students applying for admission and financial aid by Jan. 15.

We require all students seeking need-based financial aid to submit the CSS PROFILE online. Lafayette meets the full demonstrated financial need of international students through a combination of loan, job, and grant aid. The awarding of aid is extremely competitive.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Students who accept an offer of admission must submit the enrollment form electronically and post a $750 nonrefundable deposit electronically.

Learn More about Lafayette

We encourage you to take advantage of as many of the virtual events offered as possible, including virtual interviews. While interviews are not required, they are encouraged. We attempt to create events at times that are convenient for students around the world. When conditions allow, admissions staff travel outside the United States in the fall and conduct interviews. Contact information and a schedule will be available in the latter part of the summer.