There is a little known theory about Lafayette. It doesn’t involve mathematics or chemistry, but it may describe the actions of thousands of people over more than a hundred and seventy-five years. No scientists, anthropologists, or philosophers have been consulted, but after reading this essay, the theory may get their support. The theory is simply this: There’s a certain type of magic you will find at Lafayette. That’s right—magic. There is no name for it, and no proof that the magic is in the water or in the air, but anyone who graduated from Lafayette knows it’s there. How else can you explain why such miraculous things happen at this college?
The heart of the magic is that year after year, the most well-rounded students begin their college careers at Lafayette. And during their four years at the college, these students find the magic contagious, as they exchange their own interests, enthusiasm, and passions with other students. It’s this magic, and the brilliance of the students, faculty, and administration that allows students to leave their mark, make a difference, and continue to contribute to the college long after graduation.
The Lafayette Experience
Afew years ago, the college put into words what Lafayette was all about. Titled the Lafayette Experience, it truly was created to describe a student’s experience, which includes
- student-focused teaching and mentoring by an exceptionally qualified faculty committted to each student’s success.
- a challenging, broad-based academic curriculum that also offers strong programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering.
- a small-college environment with large-college resources.
- a friendly community offering an exciting social life with a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities.
In fact, the Lafayette Experience is truly what students encounter on day one. Concerned and knowledgeable faculty advisors assist students in selecting classes, small classrooms make student-directed learning a reality, the finest and most sophisticated technology drives research in the lab and social interaction in the state-of-the-art recreation center. In Easton, Pennsylvania, on top of a steep hill, sits a well-manicured, tradition-soaked 110-acre campus. Although its geographic location doesn’t allude to it, Lafayette knows no boundaries—and neither do the students. That’s what makes the college so magical.
As you drive up the hill to the college for the first time, you can only see hints of the old buildings hanging over the cliff. But once you reach the top, you become immersed in the Lafayette lingo and way of life. The school lets you grow but nurtures you at the same time.
The best thing about Lafayette is that it will prepare you for your future in a way that no other college can. The sky’s the limit; if you want to try something new, create a new organization, research with a professor, create a major, or travel abroad, people at Lafayette will encourage and help you.
Lafayette is the perfect mix of independence and nurturing. You will become an independent thinker, an amazing writer, act in a play, sing in the chorus, play new sports, and of course, make long-lasting friendships. Lafayette will teach you how to think, how to be resourceful, and how not to let any obstacle keep you from your dreams—and that’s all part of the magic.