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.

Applications from international students for admission and financial aid are due by Jan. 15. For international student-specific admissions and aid questions, please contact us at internationalapplicant@lafayette.edu.

Your application must include:

  1. Common Application
  2. Transcripts and recommendations provided by your secondary school (students may self-report their scores via the Common Application or email)
  3. SAT or ACT scores – 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. 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. Note: official SAT or ACT scores are required upon enrollment. Application fee of $65 USD, which may be submitted electronically if applying online. If you can’t afford this fee, provide a fee waiver or fee waiver request letter from your guidance counselor, school head, or other school official. Students and parents may not submit a fee waiver request directly to the College. SAT Subject tests. Lafayette recommends but does not require these. Prospective science and engineering majors are encouraged to take the mathematics and science tests.
  4. PROFILE. This is only required if you are applying for need-based financial aid.
  5. TOEFLIELTS, or Duolingo English Test results. These are required if your native language is not English or language of instruction for all four years of secondary school has not been English. Generally, most competitive international candidates achieve a TOEFL (iBT) score of 95 or higher, an IELTS of 7 or higher, or a Duolingo English Test score of 69 or higher.

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

Learn about admissions for first-year applicants.

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.

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.