Lafayette College is a private liberal arts college in Easton, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1826 by James Madison Porter and other citizens in Easton, the college first held classes in 1832. The founders voted to name the college after General Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution.
|Latin: Collegium Lafayettense|
|Motto||Veritas liberabit (Latin)|
Motto in English
|The truth shall set you free.|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Endowment||$1.063 billion (2021)|
|Chairman||Robert E. Sell|
|229 full-time members|
|Undergraduates||2,514 (all undergraduate) (Spring 2022)|
110-acre (45 ha) main campus
and additional 230-acre (93 ha) athletic complex.
|Colors||Maroon and white|
|NCAA Division I – Patriot League|
Located on College Hill in Easton, the campus is in the Lehigh Valley, about 70 mi (110 km) west of New York City and 60 mi (97 km) north of Philadelphia. Lafayette College guarantees campus housing to all enrolled students. The college requires students to live in campus housing unless approved for residing in private off-campus housing or at home as a commuter.
The student body, consisting entirely of undergraduates, comes from 46 U.S. states and territories and nearly 60 countries. Students at Lafayette have access to more than 250 clubs and organizations, including athletics, fraternities and sororities, special interest groups, community service clubs, and honor societies.