What should I do if I don’t know which major to choose?
Good news: You are not supposed to know what your major is going to be. Depending on what you think your potential interests are (science, engineering, social science, the arts, or humanities), you need good advice from your faculty advisor and class dean regarding the courses you need to take. Engineers declare their major at the end of the first year, and all other students do so in their second year.
Relax, get good advice, and enjoy this opportunity to explore your intellectual horizons. That’s what college is for!
How do I ask for accommodations for my disability?
Accessibility Services will work with you to determine reasonable accommodations for the college environment and your courses. If you had a 504 accommodation plan and/or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in high school, this plan does not automatically transfer to college. Please follow the steps to register with Accessibility Services to develop an accommodation plan for your time at Lafayette. Accessibility Services will begin to review incoming students’ requests for accommodations in June 2023.
Accessibility Services has compiled some Frequently Asked Questions and resources to assist in your transition.
How will I get to know my faculty advisor?
You will be connected your faculty adviser during Orientation, and you will need to meet with your adviser at least once during the fall semester to register for your spring classes. But Lafayette faculty advisers encourage first-year students to check in with them often. In addition to your faculty adviser, department heads are always eager to answer first-year students’ questions about their academic programs. Make sure you reach out and access all of the faculty and staff available to answer your questions. They want to get to know you!
Why is the Interim term so long? Should I consider a study abroad trip during my first interim term?
Interim, the six weeks between spring and fall semesters, allows students to participate in a few on-campus classes and 14- to 20-day study abroad trips that earn class credit.
First-year students are encouraged to participate.
A two- to three-week interim program is an excellent introduction to both global issues and international travel, and experiencing this early in your college career can have a profound impact. For example, it might prompt you to explore an academic field you had not previously considered, or to spend a semester or an entire year abroad.
If you are even considering going abroad during your time at Lafayette — and especially if you might do so during your first year — please apply for a passport immediately. Application processing can take up to eight weeks, so it is best to have your passport in hand before you even arrive on campus.
Is it too early to start thinking about what I will do after I graduate from college?
It’s never too early to start. Participating in the Gateway program gives you the chance to consider the possibilities with the guidance of a professional counselor. Right now, you might not know what you want to do in the future, or even how to figure this out, or you might have known what your path is for many years at this point. Either way, your Gateway counselor will help you access a variety of programs and experiences to explore your interests and enhance what you learn in the classroom through real-world experiences. These include internships and job shadowing externships with alumni, parents, and others all over the country. Our easy access to New York City and Philadelphia is a major advantage for Lafayette students.
Learn more on the Gateway Career Center website