This section contains information about administrative offices and their functions not found in the previous section. Hours for all administrative offices are Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the academic year; and Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during the summer.
Scott Hall, Third Floor, 610-330-5098
The Academic Resource Hub, part of the Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs, provides numerous academic services and resources to enhance student learning and success. Hub services include individual and group tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic counseling. Students are able to receive personalized support by making an appointment to meet with a member of the Hub’s professional staff by calling 610-330-5098 or resourcehub@ lafayette.edu. Hub staff are also available to facilitate group workshops on a variety of topics related to learning and academic success for academic departments, residence halls, or campus groups. More detailed information, including a detailed schedule of support options for each semester, may be found on the Hub’s website.
The Academic Resource Hub’s peer tutor program is certified by the International Tutor Training Program Certification under the guidelines set forth by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Tutors participating in the Hub’s program have the opportunity to receive Peer Tutor CRLA Level 1 certification.
Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are managed by the Assistant Director of the Hub for Accessibility Services as well as the Accessibility Services Coordinator.
Admitted students may request support services in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 2008 Amended Act.
Lafayette is committed to ensuring reasonable accommodations to students who are substantially limited by a documented disability.
The coordinator of Student Athlete Academic Support is also housed in the Hub and is responsible for administering specific academic support programs for varsity student athletes including the peer mentoring and structured study programs.
118 Markle Hall, 610-330-5100
As part of the Enrollment Division, Admissions, in partnership with Financial Aid, is charged with recruiting, selecting, and enrolling new classes of Lafayette students. In addition to hosting prospective students on campus for tours, information sessions, and interviews, the Admissions team recruits students and builds relationships with secondary schools and organizations across the country and around the world. As part of its operation, the Admissions team includes a considerable number of student volunteers and paid student ambassadors.
Scott Hall, Second Floor, 610-330-5080
Advising and Co-curricular Programs provides administrative support for the curriculum and the academic experience of students. The office represents the College’s commitment to intellectual integrity and achievement and serves as a link among faculty and staff, administration, and students. The staff mentors students in all areas of their academic development, monitors student academic progress, provides support for student interest in careers in law and the health professions, and works with students to pursue prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate fellowships and awards.
Class deans work closely with students and collaborate with families, faculty, and staff to support the academic experience of all Lafayette students. Class deans provide careful guidance and detailed referrals, and will follow up to meet the unique needs of each student. Together, class deans provide leadership in areas such as the first-year experience, academic integrity, and advising support for faculty.
The Health Professions program provides guidance and resources for students as they plan for medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school. The Pre-Law Advising program provides guidance and resources to students so they can make informed choices about if and how to pursue a career in law.
The fellowships office provides support to students and alumni applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. The office administers several prestigious scholarship and fellowship programs that require Lafayette endorsement prior to submission. In addition, the office assists students applying for scholarships that do not require Lafayette endorsement.
A dean’s excuse communicates to a student’s professor that a class absence has been officially excused. Students may request a dean’s excuse at the Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs (telephone or email is acceptable when the student is unavailable to make contact in person). For specific dates, a student’s absence from class under the following circumstances normally qualifies for a dean’s excuse:
Students also may request a dean’s excuse for extraordinary circumstances. The Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs will determine if such circumstances qualify for a dean’s excuse. Because a dean’s excuse is not available for class absences related to activities such as field trips, trips related to research with faculty, or other special opportunities, students are directed to communicate with relevant faculty members to request possible accommodations. Faculty members have the right to refuse to grant accommodations for absences not covered by a dean’s excuse.
Upon their return, students should consult with the relevant professor(s) to discuss the professor’s plan to accommodate the dean’s excuse.
*Varsity athletes seeking dean’s excuses for planned absences are expected to provide professors with the dates and total number of proposed class absences as soon as possible and no later than the first day of classes. This allows faculty to determine whether or not the frequency of expected absences violates the pedagogical integrity of the class. In such cases, faculty may advise the student to drop the class or be prepared to accept the academic penalty for such absences.
Class attendance is expected of all students because the formal basis of a college learning experience is the lecture, the laboratory, and the discussion group. Faculty members establish and maintain attendance requirements in their courses and must inform students and the Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs of those policies. Students are responsible for meeting class and examination schedules. Unwillingness to meet attendance obligations may result in a penalty, often failure in the course.
At the will and judgment of the class instructor, if a student accumulates an excessive number of unexcused absences, as defined in the course syllabus, the instructor can request a formal review of this behavior by the appropriate class dean in the Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs. During the review, the dean will meet with the student to assess the student’s commitment to the course and to formulate a plan, if necessary, for addressing any underlying issues beyond the classroom. Based upon the outcome of this review, the dean will normally include a formal warning to the student of possible mandatory withdrawal from the course if the unexcused absences continue. (In consultation with the instructor, this warning will normally specify the maximum number of additional unexcused absences before mandatory withdrawal.) The outcome of this review will be reported in writing to the instructor and student. The student also must meet with the instructor in order to reaffirm commitment to the course. If the student continues to miss class in excess of the formal warning and without excuse, the instructor may notify the dean of Advising and Co-curricular Programs, prompting the student’s mandatory withdrawal from the course.
The student will be awarded a WD for a course withdrawal that occurs through the 11th week of the semester. After the course withdrawal deadline, the student will have earned and be awarded the appropriate grade, as determined by the faculty member.
223 Pfenning Alumni Center, 610-330-5040
Alumni Relations is a student’s connection to the greater Lafayette family. Every person enrolled at Lafayette who has completed one academic semester at Lafayette is automatically considered an alumnus/a and joins more than 30,000 other Lafayette alumni from all 50 states and 90 foreign countries. Alumni Relations coordinates regional alumni chapter events, new student welcome events, Reunion, Homecoming, Lafayette-Lehigh telecast parties, Wine and Dine 3/9 celebrations, travel programs, and a host of other intellectual, social, networking, and community service activities. Alumni Relations also partners with other College departments, including student organizations, to offer student programming.
Graduates can help strengthen the Lafayette community by becoming involved with local alumni chapters as a member of chapter leadership, joining their class leadership teams attending alumni networking and social events, volunteering to help recruit and interview prospective students, or providing internships or externships.
The Lafayette Student Alumni Council (LSAC) is a student group that plans on-campus events to help bridge the student-to-alumni experience and to celebrate Lafayette’s rich traditions. The annual programs supported by LSAC include Leopard Launch, an evening to introduce first-year students to the Offices of Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, and Career Services in September; Homecoming each October; Lafayette-Lehigh Rivalry Week events in November; and annual Wine and Dine 3/9 gatherings that celebrate the March 9 anniversary of the signing of Lafayette College’s charter. Students interested in joining LSAC should contact Alumni Relations at 610-330-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 Cattell St. Third Floor, 610-330-3067
Landis Student Center, 120 Farinon Center
The Landis Center for Community Engagement serves as the primary resource for community-based learning and research activities at Lafayette College by facilitating partnerships between the campus and Easton communities. We provide experiential learning opportunities in engaged scholarship, civic leadership, and social advocacy that empower members of our community to their knowledge and skills in the creation of dynamic social action. Opportunities are available in research, through coursework, as part of our civic leadership team, or as community volunteers.
319 Pardee Hall, 610-330-5236
The College Writing Program (CWP) provides support for student writers. This can be support not just for writing classes, but for any writing tasks students work on across the curriculum. Much of the support is provided by writing associates. Writing associates (WAs) are experienced writers who receive intensive training to provide meaningful feedback on writing-in-progress. WAs will ask the kinds of “tough” questions about work that help writers discover and better articulate their intentions. WAs do not edit or proofread papers, but they will help students develop effective strategies for that work.
CWP offers the following kinds of support for student writers:
WAs for Individual Classes: Assigned at the professor’s request to most FYS sections and many other courses, WAs meet four times with each student in the class to discuss the student’s writing. These meetings help students develop their writing and provide strategies for revising their papers.
Drop-in Hours: Located in Pardee 219 and Skillman Library, CWP drop-in hours are open to students in all disciplines working on writing assignments for any class. Drop-in WAs can provide constructive feedback for students at any stage of the writing process (e.g., brainstorming, developing a thesis, organizing, etc.) and for the range of print and digital genres currently assigned to college writers (e.g., essays and term papers, annotated bibliographies, lab reports, précis, podcasts, etc.). Drop-in hours for each semester are posted on the CWP website. No appointment is necessary. Interested students should bring a draft of their work and a copy of the assignment.
Workshops: From time to time, writing associates will organize and lead workshops designed to help students master some of the finer points of writing. Recent topics have included “What Is College Writing?” and “Working with Sources in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” Workshops are announced on the campus calendar and on the CWP website.
Markle Hall, Third Floor, 610-330-5037
The division of Development and College Relations advances the Mission and strategic direction of Lafayette College by fostering meaningful engagement and lifelong connections, and by securing the resources needed to realize powerful outcomes.
The Development Office is comprised of several departments as follows:
Annual and Leadership Giving: Coordinates many ways for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents to give back to Lafayette College, understanding the impact that philanthropy has on campus. Examples of large-scale on-campus programs include Bring the Roar, Bring the Best, and Thank A Donor Day. The robust Senior Class Commencement Gift is a long-standing partnership between each year’s senior class and the Annual Fund. The volunteer-based student committee focuses on educating the student body about the importance of philanthropy. Previous contributions to the Class Commencement Gift have supported critical aspects of campus such as internship stipends, financial aid, athletics, and student organizations. Additional student partnerships exist through the management of the student phonathon program and partnering with the Office of Alumni Relations on the advising of the Lafayette Student Alumni Council (LSAC).
Major Gifts: Cultivates and solicits major donor prospects
Gift Planning: Partners with constituents who wish to include Lafayette in their estate planning
Advancement Services: Processes all gifts received by the College, oversees the Campaign
Donor Relations: Responsible for event planning and stewardship
Development Research: Provides information services and strategic advice to assist with the ongoing effort to identify, research, and qualify donors willing to be partners with and support the mission of Lafayette College.
Maroon Club: Responsible for athletic fundraising
Corporations, Foundations, and Government Relations: Oversees activities to secure support from foundation, corporate, and government sources for curricular, co-curricular, capital, and endowed priorities of the College.
Included in the division of Development and College Relations are the offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services.
Marquis Hall, 610-330-5343
At Lafayette, we do all we can to make sure students have a variety of appealing dining options, all of which are accessible by using a student ID card. Our philosophy is focused on developing community, serving fresh and delicious food, offering convenience, variety and education, and supporting environmental responsibility.
Locations: In total, there are six dining venues on campus with diverse menus for students available by using the Lafayette ID card. These cafés include:
Two dining halls providing All-You-Care-To-Eat service:
Four retail locations:
Meal Plans: All students are required to have at least the minimum qualifying meal plan for their class year and housing assignment; plans range from maximum to minimum moving left to right in the following table. As noted in the table, the Class of 2022 will automatically be assigned the 20-Meals-Per-Week plan. All other students may select any meal plan for which they are eligible through MyHousing. Meal plan selections may be modified through the second week of each semester. Meal plans are charged to the student account.
20-, 14-, 7- and 5-Meals Per Week Meal Plans allow a student to access either of the two all-you-care-to-eat campus dining halls, or to participate in a meal allotment at one of the other four a la carte restaurants, for a specified number of times each week. Meals must be eaten during the designated week and meals do not carry forward from week to week or semester to semester. If a student is dining in one of the other four a la carte restaurants, the meal allotment will cover a choice from several designated entrees and include a beverage, side dish, and dessert to make a complete and satisfying meal.
Pard Dollars: The Pard Dollars account is a prepaid cash balance account that allows a student to make purchases by using their Lafayette ID card. Pard Dollars can be used at all on campus venues and to purchase food off campus from select participating local merchants. All meal plans include an allotment of Pard Dollars for use during the fall and spring semesters which are non-refundable, do not roll over from semester to semester and are not available for use during the summer and interim periods.
Non-mandatory Pard Dollars: Additional Pard Dollars will carry forward semester to semester and year to year if unused. Only non-mandatory are available for use during the summer and interim periods. Upon request, students may receive a refund of unused non-mandatory Pard Dollars at graduation or at the end of any academic year. Additional Pard Dollars can be added to the account in one of three ways:
Restrictions: Even if you meet the legal minimum age, Pard Dollars cannot be used to purchase any alcohol, tobacco products, lottery tickets, money orders, traveler’s checks, or gift cards.
Guest Meals: When family or friends visit, students are invited to bring them to a meal in one of the College’s all-you-care-to-eat restaurants. All Meal Plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate dining with non-student guests. Guest meals do not carry forward from semester to semester.
Meal Exchange: Subscribers to the 20-, 14-, 7- or 5-Meals per Week Plans have the flexibility to use a meal allotment for a “meal exchange” at one of the retail dining venues on campus. A designated meal exchange will typically include an entree, a beverage, and one or two sides (e.g., a piece of fruit, a small bag of chips, and a dessert treat). Select entrees are not available on meal exchange and meal exchange options are limited during breakfast in some venues.
To-Go Program: Eco-clamshells, a hard plastic clamshell that can be used many times after sterilization in the dishwashing process, are offered as part of the College’s sustainability initiative. Students make a one-time purchase of the clamshell from one of the café locations for use at any of the cafés on campus. After use, the dirty clamshell is returned to a cashier for washing and sanitization. If you plan to take out food immediately, a clean clamshell will be provided. If you plan to utilize the clamshell during a different visit, you’ll be given a globe keychain for use the next time you plan to take out food. Simply hand the cashier your globe keychain and receive a clean clamshell.
Other Information and Policies
Additional dining information such as dining locations, hours, and menus can be found at dining.lafayette.edu.
Students should be aware of the following:
202 Markle Hall, 610-330-5055
The Office of Financial Aid (FAO) administers all the Title IV (federal), state, and institutional scholarships and grants, loans, and work study. The FAO also meets with students and their families to discuss financial concerns, borrowing, and financial options. Institutional financial aid funds are primarily need-based and serve as supplemental support to assist students who attend Lafayette College. Students and families are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid staff with any questions regarding financial concerns, campus employment, and loan opportunities.
201 Hogg Hall, 610-330-5115
Gateway is a personalized, four-year career-development program that helps students prepare for life after graduation. Students are encouraged to start taking advantage of all the resources and benefits of the Gateway program from their first semester on campus. The ultimate goal of Gateway is to prepare students for the future and give them an edge over the competition by providing them with valuable real-world experience that will help them transition from college to career or graduate school.
Gateway begins with self-discovery. Gateway Counselors help students evaluate their interests, strengths, and values to help them determine their right path. Throughout their four years, students receive valuable guidance and insight from experienced staff. Together, students and their Gateway Counselor identify activities to move students forward toward their goals and develop a flexible road map for life after graduation. Students who go through the process, ultimately gain valuable professional experiences, developing relationships and connections that can last a lifetime.
12 Markle Hall, 610-330-5060
Human Resources (HR) is charged with serving the Lafayette College community in the areas of HR policies and procedures, employment, labor relations, training, and employee benefits. The mission of Human Resources is to support the strategic vision of Lafayette. The office is located on the ground level of Markle Hall.
For students employed by the College, employment paperwork should be completed in Student Accounts on the ground floor of Marquis Hall.
Information Technology Services (ITS) develops capabilities that support faculty teaching, research, and student learning; supports the creation of and access to digital assets and data; promotes the efficient use of technology through community partnership; and supports communication and collaboration among members of the College community. In addition, ITS is responsible for overseeing Lafayette’s academic and administrative systems and the information technology infrastructure that supports them.
ITS is comprised of six departments: Office of the CIO, Application and Integration Development, Digital Infrastructure, Enterprise Application Support, Learning and Research Technologies, and User Services. The Office of the CIO is responsible for the strategic leadership of the division as well as project management for College initiatives. Application and Integration Development supports the College’s web infrastructure and integration between platforms to provide connections between a variety of College systems, including Banner, customer relationship management systems and student support applications. The department also provides support for many of the College web applications including WordPress, Moodle, College Calendar, and the Portal. Enterprise Application Support maintains the College’s ERP system (Banner) and supports all administrators, faculty, and students in its use. EAS consists of the ERP Hosting, Integrations, and Enterprise Reporting service teams. Learning and Research Technologies supports faculty and students in the use of technology for teaching, learning, and research. Research and High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources are available for computational intensive faculty research and teaching. User Services supports the use of technology by all faculty, students, and staff and provides primary or collaborative support for all academic, research and public labs. Support and asset management for all College computers is provided by User Services. The Help Desk and Tech Lounge also are managed through User Services.
316 Markle Hall, 610-330-5200
Lafayette College’s president, Nicole Hurd, is the chief executive of the College and serves as the official conduit for communication between the Lafayette College community—students, faculty, and administrators—and the Board of Trustees. President Hurd presides over all of the College’s public exercises and at meetings of the faculty and administration. She is responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of the management of the College.
President Hurd meets regularly with the editor of The Lafayette, the president of Student Government, and other student leaders. She has an open-door policy, welcoming appointments from students who would like to discuss ideas or issues. She addresses the student body at Convocation and Commencement, hosts several student gatherings, speaks at various academic and co-curricular events, and holds meetings with faculty and staff to create opportunities for open dialogue throughout the year. She also interacts with student representatives appointed to committees of the Board of Trustees.
The Office of the President and the Office of Development oversees Commencement and is advised by a Commencement committee, on which four students serve.
219 Markle Hall, 610-330-5070
The provost is the chief academic officer of the College and functions as a strategic partner to the president and her senior leadership team, with significant budgetary and other authority in addition to general oversight of the academic program. The provost supervises the Dean of Advising and Co-curricular Programs, Dean of the Curriculum, Dean of the Faculty, and the Dean of Libraries.
203 Pfenning Alumni Center, 610-330-5040
The Parent Relations Office serves as a liaison and resource for parents and family members of current students. Timely information is sent via email throughout the year. The Families website contains most information needed by parents. When additional information or assistance is needed, parents can contact the Parent Relations Office at 610-330-5040.
All parents of current Lafayette students are members of the Lafayette Parent Association. As members, they are entitled to receive the parent newsletter, Hill to Home, POINT (Parent Office Information News & Tips) emails, Lafayette magazine, Lafayette e-news, and invitations to events on campus and in their local area. Parents are encouraged to attend these events to receive updates on what is happening on campus and to meet other families, alumni, and students.
New parents are invited to attend a Parent and Family Orientation program on move-in day in August to receive information from Parent Relations, Student Life, Advising and Co-curricular Programs, and resident advisers.
Family Weekend, which will be held Sept. 28-30, 2018, is one of the largest campus events held in the fall semester. All family members are invited to participate in many activities and to meet faculty, administrators, students, and other parents as they get an inside look at Lafayette. It is a great time for students to share a memorable Lafayette experience with their families.
Parents have the opportunity to become involved by joining the Parent Advisory Committee, which holds two meetings per year. Parents also can volunteer by responding to a request for assistance from a variety of campus departments to share their time or expertise. Information can be found on the Families website at families.lafayette.edu.
235 Markle Hall, 610-330-5090
The Registrar’s Office maintains student academic records and facilitates course registration.
Banner Self-Service Portal: provides a variety of links relevant to course schedules and registration, grades, transcripts, and degree audits
Registrar’s Office Website: contains course registration announcements, final exam schedules, and petition forms
College Catalog: includes college academic policies, course descriptions, and degree/major requirements
030 Marquis Hall, 610-330-5145
Student Invoices: Invoices are posted online on or about July 6 for fall semester and on or about Dec. 10 for spring semester. The College accepts the following payment methods: electronic check (“ACH” payments), paper check, and wire transfer. The College offers an online installment payment plan. This plan will be available for enrollment starting on July 7, 2018. Students will not be allowed to register or attend classes until accounts are paid in full or until payment arrangements are made.
Families are encouraged to begin the financial aid process early to ensure aid is available to pay the student’s invoice by its due date. The student and parents are responsible for filing and following up on the status of financial aid forms, loan applications, and other sources of financial aid to assure that anticipated aid is approved and credited to the student’s account before the invoice due date.
Student Accounts: Students can access online bills at finadmin.lafayette.edu/paybill/ by clicking on “Student Access.” Students can then click on “My Account” and “Authorized Users” to allow others to view invoices and make payments on their behalf. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations require students to grant permission to others (for example, parents) to view their invoice and make payments. Students also may view their accounts in Banner Self-Service.
The College will apply credits for anticipated financial aid to the student’s account if such credits are known when bills are prepared. A $300 late payment fee will be assessed if payment is not received by the due date, and additional late fees may be assessed monthly thereafter on unpaid balances that remain after the first day of classes. Charges for other expenses incurred during the semester such as room damages, late payment fees, fines, and College Store charges are billed monthly.
Failure to pay the student’s invoice or any amount due to the College by the scheduled due date or failure to make acceptable payment arrangements to bring the account current may affect the student’s ability to register or attend classes and may cause the College to refer the delinquent account to a collection agency. The student may be responsible for paying the collection agency fee, which may be based on a percentage not to exceed 35 percent of the delinquent balance, plus all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, necessary for the collection of the delinquent student account. Further, the delinquent account may be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus.
Refunds: After financial aid is posted, a student’s account may have a credit balance. The credit will be refunded either through direct deposit (preferred) to the account designated for refunds on the eRefunds tab in the online billing system or a paper check. All paper check refunds must be payable to the student; however, the student may enter the parents’ bank account information on the eRefunds tab in the online billing system. Refunds, when applicable, will be paid directly to parents who receive PLUS loans during the term.
Student Banking: Students should research their banking options prior to arriving on campus. Several banks exist within walking distance in downtown Easton in addition to along free shuttle service routes. The nearby branches include Bank of America, Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust (KNBT), Lafayette Ambassador Bank, PNC Bank, Santander Bank, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank. An ATM is located on campus in the lower level of Farinon College Center and a nearby convenience store adjacent to campus. The College does not cash personal checks for students.
In addition, all student employees should enroll in payroll direct deposit through Banner Self-Service or stopping at the payroll window on the second floor of Markle Hall.
Health Insurance: Lafayette requires all students to have adequate health insurance while attending the College. To ensure that all students have access to comprehensive medical care while on campus, all students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) with the premium charged to the student’s account. This charge will only be removed if the student waives the coverage. Students may waive SHIP coverage if they are enrolled in a comparable insurance plan. Accessing the Lafayette College link found at universityhealthplans.com will provide information for comparison and allow a student to waive enrollment in SHIP by providing proof of comparable coverage and submitting the online waiver form by the semester’s billing due date. To make an informed decision regarding health insurance coverages while enrolled at Lafayette, the College recommends a close evaluation of your family’s policy to verify that local Easton, Pa., providers are covered by your health plan. The College is not responsible for medical or other expenses resulting from injuries sustained by students while enrolled, whether such injuries occur on or off campus. Additional questions regarding SHIP can be directed to University Health Plans at 1-800-437-6448 or email@example.com.
Property Insurance: The College assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to any student’s personal property while located in College-owned premises. Students should verify that coverage is provided under their own family’s homeowner’s policy. If the family’s policy does not provide coverage, students should visit collegestudentinsurance.com or contact an insurance agent.
Liability Insurance: While not required, the College recommends students verify that their family’s liability insurance extends coverage for the student’s actions both on and off campus.
(International and Off-Campus Education)
125 Pardee Hall, 610-330-5918
Study abroad is an experience that enriches a student’s curricular, cultural, social, and personal life. It prepares students for a lifetime of professional accomplishments and provides them with global citizenship skills that are so essential in today’s ever-changing global society. The Office of International and Off-Campus Education advises students on opportunities to study off campus on pre-approved domestic and international affiliated programs. Opportunities administered through IOCE include yearlong, semester, and three- to eight-week programs in January and May/summer led by Lafayette faculty. Lafayette offers programs to over 50 countries and through over 30 affiliated partner institutions. Over 200 students study off campus every year, more than half through faculty-led semester and short-term programs. Students from any major (including engineering and other STEM subjects) and with any language level can find programs that are suitable for them.
Through weekly Get Started sessions and other events throughout the academic year, students can learn how to select a study-abroad program that fits their priorities, receive information about program costs, financial aid and scholarships, eligibility requirements, and application procedures. In addition to general information sessions, the Office of International and Off-Campus Education offers one-on-one advising appointments where students can meet with an off-campus study adviser and discuss specific academic needs or concerns so they can identify the program that best fits their academic and personal goals. Depending on the type of program, students register or apply online, and must meet specific deadlines to complete the application process outlined on the Office’s website. When students don’t meet eligibility requirements or identify a program outside of the approved affiliated list, they may submit a petition to the Academic Progress Committee, with guidance from the Office of International and Off-Campus Education.
132 Williams Center, 610-330-5110
The Williams Center for the Arts is a multifaceted venue on campus hosting professional artists as part of the Performance Series, the Department of Music, Art History, College Theater events, Film and Media Studies events, and various student-produced performances, speakers, and readings.
The Performance Series presents internationally acclaimed music, dance, theater, multimedia and experimental artists in performances throughout the year, always free of charge to Lafayette students. While on campus, these visiting artists offer master classes, workshops, lectures, and demonstrations to furnish deeper understanding and participation in the arts.
The Music Department comprises classes in theory, history, and practice. Nine department ensembles devoted to instrumental, vocal, consort, jazz, percussion, and new music are open to all students, regardless of major. Auditions may be required. Private music lessons taught by professional musicians are also available in a variety of instruments, voice, and composition.
The College Theater season includes productions on the Williams Center main stage and in the intimate Black Box, as well as in the studio theater at the Williams Arts Campus. Auditions are open to all students; designers and stage technicians are always welcome.
The Williams Center Art Gallery on the main campus and the Grossman Gallery in the Williams Visual Arts Building in the downtown Williams Arts Campus offer many exhibitions during the academic year as well as present workshops, a brown-bag lecture series, and other special events. They serve as resources for art students and destinations for the campus and surrounding community.
The Film and Media Studies program hosts speakers, filmmakers, and festivals of student productions both in the Williams Center and in the downtown Williams Arts Campus.
The Arts Society is a student organization offering a variety of arts-related events and programs on and off campus, such as trips to New York City museums and theaters, the popular Block pARTy, and Afternoon of A Cappella concert. Membership in the Arts Society is open to all students.
The Williams Center also provides employment and professional development opportunities for students. Brochures, email lists, websites, social network pages, and campus calendars alert students to upcoming performances and engagement opportunities.