Lafayette College is an undergraduate liberal arts based institution in the town of Easton, Pennsylvania. The town is in the Lehigh Valley, around 55 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City. The institution is named for the famous revolutionary leader, the Marquis de Lafayette.
There are over 50 areas of study available at Lafayette, in the sectors of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Students will usually select a major at the conclusion of their sophomore year, and if meeting grade requirements may pursue a dual major or tailor a specific major across two departments. There a six majors available in separate fields of Engineering, though all have a uniform first year teaching to allow students time to pick a specialism. One of the more unique minors at Lafayette is Ageing Studies, which offers both an introduction to gerontology and a field experience course.
Williams Arts Centre contains a 400 seater concert hall, plus an art gallery and dedicated media classrooms. A centrepiece of the Arts Campus is Buck Hall, an 18,000 square feet building encompassing a 200 seater back box theatre and a 180 seat cinema.
The expansive athletics programme at Lafayette competes under the varsity teams name of the Leopards. Carrying a national reputation is the longstanding rivalry between the Lafayette and Lehigh University American football teams, having faced off over 150 times since 1884.
Some alumni of the college are Hollywood producer Joel Silver, Secretary of the Treasury William Simon, and Nobel Laureate Philip Hench. Novelist Stephen Crane studied at Lafayette for a short time before leaving to pursue writing full time.