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Overall Score: 76.92

Lafayette College

Lafayette College, one of the nation's oldest liberal arts schools, also has prominent engineering and science programs that prep students for applying to professional graduate degree programs. Graduates with good GPAs get accepted to medical schools at a rate of 74%, while acceptance rates for dental school are around 83%, and an impressive 100% for veterinary and optometry school. At this close-knit school of about 2,500 students, several programs connect liberal arts majors with engineering, science, or technology in an effort to prepare students to tackle real-world problems. Such cross-disciplinary and practical experience may be one reason that alumni do well in the workforce, with early career salaries averaging nearly $85,000, well above the salaries expected of graduates who attend similar institutions, according to a Money's analysis. 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 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 2022-2023
$76,100
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,300
Average price for low-income students
$11,730

Admissions

Acceptance rate
31%
Median SAT/ACT score
1350/31
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,640

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
7%
Average merit grant
$27,560

Student Success

Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$17,500
Early career earnings
$84,940
% earning more than a high school grad
84%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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