Lafayette College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$50,400

4.02% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$26,148

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.08%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

30.8%

8,469 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

2,594

98.3% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

90%

573 Graduates

About

Lafayette College is a higher education institution located in Northampton County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Lafayette College were General Economics (110 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (61 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (47 degrees).

In 2017, 734 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lafayette College. 50.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (486 degrees), 8.24 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (59 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lafayette College is $50,400, which is $25,206 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lafayette College is $50,400, which is $25,206 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,148.

In 2017, 51% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 29% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$50,400

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Lafayette College was $50,400. The cost of tuition at Lafayette College is $25,206 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$26,148

2017 Value

0.229%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Lafayette College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,148. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Lafayette College grew by 0.229%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,470

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lafayette College was of $14,470 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.95% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

51%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

29%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

51% of undergraduate students at Lafayette College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 2% with respect to 2016, when 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.08%

2016 Default Rate

4

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Lafayette College was 1.08%, which represents 4 out of the 371 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Lafayette College received 8,469 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.26% annual growth. Out of those 8,469 applicants, 2,609 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 30.8% acceptance rate.

There were 2,594 students enrolled at Lafayette College in 2017, and 57% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lafayette College has an overall enrollment yield of 26.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

30.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,609

Accepted Out of 8,469

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lafayette College was 30.8% (2,609 admissions from 8,469 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 28.3%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 4.26%, while admissions grew by 13.5%.

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SAT Scores

57%

Submission Percentage

386

Scores Submitted

57% of enrolled first-time students at Lafayette College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lafayette College has a total enrollment of 2,594 students. The full-time enrollment at Lafayette College is 2,551 students and the part-time enrollment is 43. This means that 98.3% of students enrolled at Lafayette College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lafayette College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 65.5% White, 6.59% Hispanic or Latino, 4.97% Black or African American, 4.28% Asian, 2.62% Two or More Races, 0.0386% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Lafayette College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (34.3%), followed by White Male (31.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.72%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

98.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lafayette College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,594 students. The full-time enrollment at Lafayette College is 2,551 and the part-time enrollment is 43. This means that 98.3% of students enrolled at Lafayette College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Lafayette College was 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Lafayette College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,700

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    171

  3. Black or African American

    129

The enrolled student population at Lafayette College is 65.5% White, 6.59% Hispanic or Latino, 4.97% Black or African American, 4.28% Asian, 2.62% Two or More Races, 0.0386% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 154 students (5.94%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 4 more women than men received degrees from Lafayette College. The majority of degree recipients at Lafayette College are white (486 degrees awarded). There were 8.24 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (59 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lafayette College is General Economics (110 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (61 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (47 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Lafayette College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Social Sciences (251 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (16 degrees), and Engineering (165 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lafayette College are Other managers (568,360 people), Physicians (443,316 people), Software developers (393,214 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (369,759 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (310,269 people).

The most specialized majors at Lafayette College are Social Sciences (251 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (16 degrees), Engineering (165 degrees), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), and Biology (83 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lafayette College are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Sales managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Lafayette College are Social Sciences (251 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (16 degrees), Engineering (165 degrees), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), and Biology (83 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lafayette College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (627,954 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (616,344 people), Computer Systems Design (547,823 people), Elementary & secondary schools (516,772 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (443,281 people).

The most specialized majors at Lafayette College are Social Sciences (251 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (16 degrees), Engineering (165 degrees), Language & Linguistics (27 degrees), and Biology (83 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Lafayette College.

Most Common

  1. 110 degrees awarded

  2. 61 degrees awarded

  3. 47 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lafayette College was General Economics with 110 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 365

  2. 369

In 2017, 365 degrees were awarded to men at Lafayette College, which is 0.989 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (369).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 74 degrees were awarded to men at Lafayette College in General Economics, which is 2.06 times more than the 36 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 36 degrees were awarded to women at Lafayette College in General Economics, which is 0.486 times less than the 74 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

87%

100% Completion Time

90%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 87% of students graduating from Lafayette College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 90% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lafayette College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.89% of graduates (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    486 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    59 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    50 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lafayette College is white (486 degrees awarded). There were 8.24 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (59 degrees).

8.04% of degree recipients (59 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    255 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    231 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    27 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lafayette College is white male (255 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (231 degrees).

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Operations

Lafayette College has an endowment valued at nearly $833M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $84.6M (10.2%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Lafayette College had a total salary expenditure of $167M. Lafayette College employs 90 Assistant professors, 77 Associate professors, and 72 Professors. Most academics at Lafayette College are Male Associate professors (52), Male Assistant professors(47), and Male Professors (46).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lafayette College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 98 employees, Service, with 95 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 91 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$833M

2017 Endowment

7.53%

growth from 2016

Lafayette College has an endowment valued at about $833M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Lafayette College grew 7.53% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $796M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.32M - Federal

  2. $88k - State

  3. $109k - Local

As of 2017, Lafayette College received $2.32M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $88k from state grants and contracts, and $109k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$61.9M

2017 Salaries

4.59%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Lafayette College paid a median of $61.9M in salaries, which represents 37% of their overall expenditure ($167M) and a 4.59% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.62% decline from 2015 and a 2.35% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$26.5M

Instructional Salaries

249

Number of Employees

In 2017, Lafayette College paid a total of $26.5M to 249 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

90 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

98 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lafayette College were Assistant professor with 90 employees; Associate professor with 77 employees; and Associate professor with 72 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lafayette College were Office and Administrative Support with 98 employees; Service with 95 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 91 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Male Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lafayette College was Male Associate professor with 52 employees, Male Assistant professor with 47 employees, and Male Professor with 46 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Lafayette College.

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