Congratulations on your decision to join Lafayette College!

Fall 2022 Orientation will be conducted in-person the weekend of August 26 – 28. 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.

Required Steps (use this as your Checklist!)

Initiate Transfer Course Evaluation

Please make sure to forward final official transcripts (and supporting materials as outlined below) from all institutions from which you have completed college coursework to the Lafayette College Registrar’s Office

Lafayette reviews each transfer credit individually by the appropriate department head or program coordinator. If a transfer course is determined to be equivalent to a course within Lafayette’s curriculum, students will receive credit for the Lafayette equivalent.  To facilitate this process students should provide the syllabus for each course that lists the required textbooks as well as the intended student learning outcomes. Depending on the schedule of each department, this process can take several weeks.

Please prioritize this step to ensure that we are able to accurately determine the appropriate courses for your first semester at Lafayette. For more information on the criteria used to evaluate transfer credits, please review the policy here.

Submit Final Transcripts ASAP

Transcripts may be sent electronically to registrar@lafayette.edu  (preferred method) or via hard copy to the following address: Lafayette College Registrar ℅ Office of the Provost, 219 Markle Hall, Easton, PA 18042-1768

Take your placement exams

The need for you to take placement exams will depend upon the type of course credit you have transferred to Lafayette as well as your academic interests.

Beginning May 10th, 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, Foreign 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 13th. 

Math Placement: All Lafayette students are required to complete a placement exam in Mathematics UNLESS you expect to complete the Quantitative Method Requirement via transfer credits. In order to fulfill the requirement, a transfer course must be evaluated to be equivalent to a Lafayette College course that has already been designated as having a Quantitative Reasoning attribute.

Foreign Languages Placement: The Common Course of Study requires that all graduates attain elementary proficiency in a foreign language. Please review the detailed information available on the Foreign Languages and Literatures website to determine how you can address this requirement. Placement Exams are necessary if you plan to take Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, or Spanish, and you have some knowledge of the subject; that is, you are not a true beginner. (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 any Chemistry courses and do not have Chemistry transfer credits, it will be necessary for you to complete a Chemistry Placement exam.

Links to all Placement Exams can be found here. Please be sure to read the directions carefully and direct all questions to the listed faculty member.

Review Majors & Programs and Fall course Offerings

Unlike the process used to establish schedules for the members of our freshmen class, course selection and registration for transfers is an individualized process from the onset. This is necessary because as a transfer student, it is not only important to consider your overall expectations for the type of academic and co-curricular experience you desire, but also to assess how your transfer credits will fit within your new curriculum.

After your transfer credits are finalized, you will work with Dean Selena or another member of the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs to craft your course schedule.

Before your transfer credits are finalized, take time to carefully review the Majors & Programs offered at Lafayette College. Next, review the Course Selection Resources:  Common Course of Study, Policy on AP & IB credits, and Resources on the Registrar’s page

Submit your emergency contact information by August 19

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 August 19th.

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 Housing Application by July 1st

Beginning June 1st, you will have access to the 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 https://reslife.lafayette.edu/information-for-new-students/

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 2026!

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, 2022.

Please direct any questions to deanofadvising@lafayette.edu

Submit tuition payment by August 8

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

By August 22, 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 registration.

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

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

First-year move-in is scheduled for Friday, August 26th.  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 21st.

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

If you experience one or more disabilities, review the Getting Started page 

Attend your first day of classes on August 29

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, Religious & Spiritual Life Opportunities, Pre-Orientation Summer Program, Preferred First Name policy, International student and roommate move-in, working on campus, and other topics).