Congratulations on your decision to join Lafayette College!

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 student checklist (starting with due dates) that will help you easily identify what you need to complete before you become a Leopard.


Required Steps (use this as your Checklist!)

June 15: Take your placement exams

As you embark on your academic journey it is important that we find out about you, and your previous educational experience. The placement exams in Mathematics, Languages, and Chemistry are currently open. These exams will be used as a guide and will need to be completed prior to selecting your course preferences beginning May 20th. 

Math Advising: As a Lafayette student you are required to complete a placement exam in Mathematics. 

Languages Placement: If you plan to take Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, or Spanish at Lafayette and you have prior knowledge of the subject (that is, you are not a true beginner), you are required to complete this exam. (Note: Lafayette uses an outside testing service, and there is a $10 fee. Alternatively, you may send an official AP, SAT II or IB-HL subject test score to the Registrar’s Office.)

Chemistry Placement: If you plan to take General Chemistry during your time at Lafayette you are required to complete a Chemistry Placement exam. 

Placement exams can be found here. Please be sure to read the directions carefully and if you have any questions you may contact the department regarding the exam

June 15: 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 offeringsFinally, 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. 

June 15: Submit your fall course selection preferences

As a First Year student you will be emailed an individualized Course Preferences Survey link to your Lafayette email on Monday, May 20th

  • The survey is not first come first served, but it is highly encouraged that you adhere to the June 15th deadline (11:59PM). (The course selection preferences survey will remain open for those who have missed the June 15th deadline.)
  • Please monitor your Lafayette email and submit the survey as soon as you complete your review of the courses and take the placement exams.

Again selections are not first come first served. Please take advantage of the resources available to you in order to select your preferences. If you have any questions or concerns, you should take advantage of some time with the First Year Dean through Summer Guidance. 

June 15: First-Year Housing Application

  • Beginning May 8th, 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 May 8th with instructions.  For general information regarding housing for incoming students, please visit


June 15: Complete the Religious Needs and Identity Survey

The purpose of this survey is to connect incoming Lafayette students to religious, spiritual, devotional, or educational communities, both on- and off-campus and capture any religious accomodiations that may be needed.

Any member of the Lafayette community may participate in any religious or spiritual community affiliated with Lafayette without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

Religious and Spiritual Life at Lafayette

June 30: Send your official final high school transcript and official test scores.

Close the loop with Admissions by being sure that official SAT/ACT test scores (for students who included standardized testing in their application and self-reported their scores) and a final copy of your high school transcript (with graduation date indicated) are sent to the Lafayette Admissions Office.

Your school counselor can send transcripts though the Common App or SCOIR, mail a hard copy of transcripts (Office of Admissions, 118 Markle Hall 730 High St., Easton, PA 18042) or send a PDF version to

July 1: Accept or Decline your Federal Loans/Work Study before July 1 to show on bill

If you are a financial aid applicant, you may have been offered Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans or Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid award (College Financing Plan). You are required to take action on these components by either accepting or declining them. To do this:

  • log into
  • click on Accept Financial Aid Awards in the Pay For School block
  • click the Financial Aid Award tab (will need to confirm all of this by impersonating a student). Please make your selection in by July 1 to ensure accepted loan amounts are on your fall billing statement.
  • loans will be cancelled in August if no action is taken

July 15: Submit your medical forms

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 15th to make using Lafayette’s health services seamless. Forms are available in early June. 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.

Click here to review information about mandatory health insurance for all students.

July 15: 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 15th
Spring Semester: Submit Request by January 15th

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

August 1: Use Banner Self-Service to update your personal information

It is very important for the College to have your most up-to-date information, you are required to enter this information into Banner by August 1st.

Included in updates are- Emergency Contact information, Cell Phone and Preferred name.



August 1: View room, roommate, and meal plan assignments

August 1: Submit your name recording

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 2028!

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 1st.

Please direct any questions to

August 1: Submit tuition payment

Visit the Finance & Administration page to look at Tuition, Fees and Payments as well as Bill Payment options.

August 1: Submit Waiver for Recreation Center use

The waiver is required to use the Recreation Center (includes fitness center, jogging track, swimming pool, dance rooms, basketball and racquet courts) plus all programs that occur inside the facility (e.g., group fitness classes, climbing wall, intramural sports). Upon completion, your ID will be programmed to allow access to the Kirby Sports Center.

Visit the Recreation Services website to get the waiver.

August 18: Upload a photo so your Lafayette ID card can be created

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.

Aug. 20: Complete the Student Awareness Training

As part of our comprehensive prevention program, first-year students and transfer students are required to complete a student awareness training.  This training 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 this training.

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

By August 22: Refer to move-in schedule and arrival instructions, and prepare for your move to campus

First-year move-in is scheduled for Thursday, August 22nd.  Specific information will be emailed from the Office of Residence Life in late 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 17th.

By August 26: Take a few minutes to review some Academic Resources as you prepare for college classes

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

Center for Integration of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CITLS)

English for Academic Purposes

College Writing Program

Math Cavalry

Academic Resource Hub

August 26: Attend your first day of classes!

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.