As we adjust to this unprecedented time in our world, so Lafayette College is adjusting admissions practices for those applying during the 2020-21 academic year for Fall 2021 entry. Read on to find change of recruitment and applicant evaluation practices related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fall 2021 First Year Applicants

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on high school students and their academic experience, as well as their college search, is unprecedented.  The Lafayette community is keenly aware of the pandemic-related challenges presented to its prospective student population and is eager to mitigate the impact of those challenges.  Additionally, the Lafayette enrollment team seeks to maximize the embedded opportunities to enhance its virtual delivery of the College’s message, and create an even more humane and nimble approach to supporting its prospective student population.  Accordingly, the following changes to recruitment & applicant evaluation practices for the 2020-21 academic year have been approved.

  • The admissions committee will apply a discerning, but less critical, lens to Spring 2020 academic achievement, and we recognize that there may be pass/fail grades for some courses taken during the Spring 2020 term at schools.
  • The submission of standardized test results will be optional for prospects applying for admission to Lafayette in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • AP and IB test results from the 2019-20 academic year will be reviewed with an awareness that the Spring 2020 semester included curtailed time for instruction, exam preparation and included a new and altered testing platform. Read more about the credit being awarded for AP and IB tests.
  • The admissions committee will acknowledge disruptions to co- & extra-curricular involvements, honor and appreciate associated frustrations, and take a positive outlook on evolved forms of co- & extra-curricular involvement and social connection during the pandemic-impacted months.
  • Virtual “visits” and online engagement with Lafayette will be noted when possible and the review of “demonstrated interest” as part of an applicant file will continue to be a secondary consideration for the admissions committee.   A “demonstrated understanding” of Lafayette, which students can reveal through the “Why Lafayette” application essay prompt, during an interview, and through contact with the student’s admissions representative, will remain more central to applicant evaluations. 

Fall 2021 Transfer Applicants

  • The admissions committee will apply a discerning, but less critical lens to Spring 2020 academic achievement, and we recognize that there may be pass/fail grades for some courses taken during the Spring 2020 term at colleges.
  • The admissions committee will acknowledge disruptions to co- & extra-curricular involvements, honor/appreciate associated frustrations, and take a positive outlook on evolved forms of co- & extra-curricular involvement and social connection during the pandemic-impacted months.