Welcome home! We are excited that you are a part of the Lafayette Leopard family.

To see the full fall orientation schedule, download the Guidebook app and search for Lafayette College. More information about the app, how to download it, and more can be found here!

Lafayette’s New Student Orientation is designed for all new-to-Lafayette students, including transfer and international students, and provides new students with the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, current student leaders, and other new students at the College. Orientation familiarizes new students with our shared community and academic values and expectations, encourages an understanding of 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 aims to instill an appreciation for the value of an academically rigorous and diverse community.

Fall orientation schedule at a glance

Friday, August 27th
8am-4pm Class of 2025 Arrival and Move In
9am-4pm Guided Campus Tours, Open Office Hours, Games, & More
11am-1:30pm Family Picnic & Resource Fair
1:15pm Jummah Prayers (sponsored by Muslim Student Association)
4pm Parent’s Reception at the President’s House
4pm Student Meeting with Orientation Leaders
4:30pm Hillel Shabbat (sponsored by Hillel Society)
5pm Family and Friends Depart
5pm-7pm Dinner with Orientation Leaders
7pm Playing Safely: A Conversation About Alcohol Use
8:15pm First Friday
9:30pm Residence Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors
Saturday, August 28th
8am-9:15am Breakfast
9:30am-11am Pard Paths
11:15am Lunch
12pm-4:45pm Marquis’ Mission & Life at Lafayette
5pm-7pm Dinner with Resident Advisors
7pm-9pm Our Lafayette Community
9pm-11pm First Fest (sponsored by the Lafayette Activities Forum)
Sunday, August 29th
7:45am Catholic Mass (sponsored by Newman Association) &  Protestant Worship (sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life)
8am-9am Breakfast
9am Achieving Academic Success & Meet Your Advisor
11am Convocation
12:30pm-4:30pm Campus Wide Welcome
5pm-7pm Dinner
7pm Orientation Group Meeting


Contact the Office of Student Involvement:

Vanessa Pearson, Director
pearsova@lafayette.edu, 610-330-5031

Melissa Dalrymple, Associate Director
dalrympm@lafayette.edu, 610-330-5556