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Rank: 67

Lafayette College

Lafayette College, one of the nation's oldest liberal arts schools, also has prominent engineering and science programs; its graduates get accepted to medical schools at a rate of 80%. At this close-knit school of about 2,600 students, several programs connect liberal arts majors with engineering, science, or technology students to tackle real-world problems. Such cross-disciplinary and practical experience may be one reason that alumni do well in the workforce, reporting early career salaries averaging $64,200, about 7% more than the average reported by graduates of institutions with similar student demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. The Pennsylvania school also has a 90% graduation rate. Lafayette may not come to mind as a sports powerhouse, but the college does have a rich football history. In 1894, a Lafayette player helped spur the invention of the football helmet by wearing leather straps around his head. The college participates in one of collegiate football's oldest rivalries -- it's had 154 match-ups (and counting) with nearby Lehigh University. A climbing wall, six-lane pool, intramural sports, and a daily schedule of yoga and fitness classes are available for students interested in their own exercise.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$71,700
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,900
Average price for low-income students
$7,770
admissions
Acceptance rate
31%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1350/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,567
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$28,900
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$24,790
Average salary within 3 years
$64,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
59%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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