Congratulations on your decision to join the 190th Class of Lafayette College!


Fall 2021 Orientation will be conducted in-person the weekend of August 27 – 29. More information can be found and will be updated throughout the summer on the Orientation site.

This site will help you prepare to transition into your first semester at Lafayette. We know it can be a daunting task when there are a lot of forms and other materials that you’ll need to submit to us — especially when you’ve got a million other things to take care of before the start of college. Below is a simplified student checklist that will help you easily identify what you need to complete before you become a Leopard.

New Student Convocation

  • On Sunday, August 29th at 11:00 AM EST, the Lafayette community officially welcomed the Class of 2025 as the 190th Class. To watch this recorded celebration and tradition, please click

Required Steps (use this as your Checklist!)

Take your placement exams

Beginning May 11as part of your fall course selection, you are required to complete a Foreign Language and Math placement exam. Languages include: Chinese, French, German, or Spanish.

Further, if you plan to take General Chemistry you will need to complete the Chemistry placement test.

Note: Although placement exams will remain open after the course selection preference surveys are completed, it is suggested that students complete the appropriate placement exams by July 5th to ensure that the correct courses are selected for Math, Chemistry and/or Languages.”

Review Majors & Programs, First Year Seminars, and Fall course Offerings

This is your time to explore! Take time to carefully review the Majors & Programs offered at Lafayette College. Next, review the First Year Seminar offerings. Finally, review the Fall course offerings. Take notes. Pay special attention to what inspires you or really raises your curiosity. This will help you to identify the four courses you will take in the fall semester. 

Submit your fall course selection preferences before June 11

As a First Year student you will be emailed an individualized Course Preferences Survey link to your Lafayette email. The course selection preferences survey will remain open for those who have missed the June 11th deadline. Please monitor your Lafayette email and submit the survey as soon as you can.

Selections are not first come first served. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to the Office of Advising at

Submit your emergency contact information by June 30

It is very important for the College to have your most up-to-date emergency contact information, you are required to enter this information into Banner by June 30.

Complete the Dietary Information Form by July 1

The Dietary Information Form is required for all students. Please complete this form through the MyHousing website by July 1.

Complete the First-Year Housing Application by July 1st

  • Beginning June 1st, you will have access to the First-year Housing Application through your MyHousing dashboard. Your application preferences will be used to make your room and roommate assignment.  Expect an email around June 1st  with instructions.  For general information regarding housing for incoming students, please visit


Submit your medical forms by July 15

Staff at the Bailey Health Center knows how difficult it can be to make decisions, including ones about health and wellness. Staff members are always willing to answer all your questions, and to make this process even more simple, they’ve answered many common questions on their website. The Center requires much of the same documentation that may be asked for by your family health provider. It is important that you complete all the required Bailey Health Center forms by July 15 to make using Lafayette’s health services seamless. Please also review Bailey Health Center’s information about immunizations that are required for matriculation. You can contact the Center at (610) 330-5001 with any questions about this step and the required forms.

Beginning July 1st, upload a photo so your Lafayette ID card can be created (deadline August 20th)

Between July 1st and August 20th, you should follow these instructions to electronically submit a photo for your Lafayette ID card. This is an important piece of identification that you will need for obtaining meals, and for other important uses as a Lafayette student. IDs will be distributed as part of the move-in process.

View room, roommate, and meal plan assignments

You can view room, roommate, and meal plan assignment information in the MyHousing website in late July.

Submit your name recording by August 1st

Each year the Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs records each incoming student’s name as a reference throughout their time on campus. Most notably the recording is reviewed before your name is announced at commencement in the Spring of 2025!

Please use the link to log into your Spaces account and find “First Year Name Recording” and your class section. Follow the directions and submit before August 1, 2021.

Please direct any questions to

Refer to move-in schedule and arrival instructions, and prepare for your move to campus

First-year move-in is scheduled for Friday, August 27th.  Specific information will be emailed from the Office of Residence Life in July.  General information about move-in can be found on the Office of Residence Life website! Please note that International Student Move-in is August 22nd.

By August 22, complete the two short online courses related to alcohol and sexual assault prevention

As part of our comprehensive prevention program, first-year students and transfer students are required to complete an online alcohol education course and an online sexual assault prevention course.  These courses will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your time at Lafayette as well as after graduation. Students will receive communication directly from the College regarding registration.

Students who do not complete this course are unable to register for spring classes.

Submit tuition payment by August 6

There are a number of ways to submit a tuition payment. Information on tuition payments can be found on the Admissions and Aid website.

Take a few minutes to review some Academic Resources as you prepare for college classes

To support your success this fall, please review some of the general academic resources available to you as a Lafayette student.

Request Accommodations

Review the Getting Started page to learn more about the process of requesting services and/or accommodations through Accessibility Services.

Below are suggested timelines for non-housing requests:
Fall Semester: Submit Request by July 15
Spring Semester: Submit Request by January 15

Reference the Housing Accommodations webpage for deadlines regarding housing accommodation requests.

Participate in the New Student Orientation program

Fall 2021 Orientation will be held in person the weekend of August 27 – 29. More information can be found on the Orientation site.

Orientation provides new students with the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, current student leaders, and fellow new students at Lafayette. It familiarizes you with our shared community and academic values and expectations, encourages understanding the importance of operating in Lafayette’s pluralistic and inclusive community, introduces resources that can assist in making a successful transition to college life, and instills an appreciation for the value of liberal arts and academically rigorous and diverse community.

Attend your first day of classes on August 30

Your official Lafayette academic career is about to begin, so take advantage of all the College will be offering to you! Visit the Office of Advising and Co-Curricular Programs website for some useful resources, campus links, academic enrichment resources, general college transition advice, and much more.

See additional reminders and opportunities (Accessibility Services, Pre-Orientation Summer Program, Community Reading, Preferred First Name policy, International student and roommate move-in, working on campus, and other topics).

Orientation Schedules