Congratulations on your decision to join the 189th Class of Lafayette College!


Fall 2020 Orientation will be conducted virtually over the summer. More information can be found 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 16th at 2:00 p.m. EST, the Lafayette community will officially welcome the Class of 2024 as the 189th Class. To watch this celebration and tradition, please visit

Required Steps

Take your placement exams

Beginning May 12as 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.

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 12

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 12th 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 feel free to call the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs at 610 330 5080 or by emailing

Submit your emergency contact information by June 30

It is 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

Important note: Lafayette will be continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and government recommendations. Any impact on move-in and living on campus will be communicated to students as soon as possible. 

Living on campus has always been an integral part of the Lafayette experience. Living in a residential academic community boosts both intellectual and social development. All students are required to live in College housing unless they apply and are approved to commute from their parents/guardians’ home or reside in private off-campus housing (seniors only). You can read more about housing information for first-year students on the Residential Life website. Then, you must complete  the First-Year Housing Application through the MyHousing website by July 1


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. You can contact the Center at (610) 330-5001 with any questions about this step and the required forms.

View room, roommate, and meal plan assignments

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

Take a few minutes to complete the Student Self-Assessment to prepare for a flexible fall semester

To support your success this fall, please complete this Student Self-Assessment and review the resources and recommended actions at the bottom of that web page as relevant. Please also refer to the general academic resources available to you as a Lafayette student.

Submit tuition payment by September 1

There are a number of ways to submit a tuition payment. Information on tuition payments can be found on the Admissions and Aid website, and must be made by September 1.

Refer to move-in schedule and arrival instructions

Information will be sent in July from the College and the Office of Residence Life as the college adjusts plans as needed due to pandemic-related guidance.

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 links will be live in late July 2020. 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.

Prepare for your move to campus [UPDATE - Please refer to the announcement related to remote instruction sent to all students on July 22]

Please refer to the announcement related to remote instruction sent to all students on July 22

Participate in the New Student Virtual Orientation Program

Fall 2020 Orientation will be conducted virtually. 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 17

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 (Disability 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