Lafayette College

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.[7] The founders voted to name the college after General Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution.

Lafayette College
Latin: Collegium Lafayettense
MottoVeritas liberabit (Latin)
Motto in English
The truth shall set you free.[1]
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Established1826; 197 years ago (1826)
Academic affiliations
NAICU
CIC
Annapolis Group
CLAC
Oberlin Group
Endowment$1.063 billion (2021)[2]
ChairmanRobert E. Sell
PresidentNicole Hurd
ProvostJohn Meier[3]
Academic staff
229 full-time members[4]
Undergraduates2,514 (all undergraduate) (Spring 2022)[5]
Location,
U.S.

40°41′55″N 75°12′29″W
CampusSuburban
110-acre (45 ha) main campus
and additional 230-acre (93 ha) athletic complex.[6]
Colors    Maroon and white
NicknameLeopards
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IPatriot League
Websitewww.lafayette.edu

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.[8] The college requires students to live in campus housing unless approved for residing in private off-campus housing or at home as a commuter.[8]

The student body, consisting entirely of undergraduates, comes from 46 U.S. states and territories and nearly 60 countries.[9][10] 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.[11]


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