Lafayette College sends out more rejection letters than acceptances, and successful applicants tend to have impressive grades and standardized test scores. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The graph shows that the majority of admitted students had high school grades of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Your chances are best if you have SAT scores of 2000 or better.
In the middle of the graph, you'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Lafayette were not admitted. At the same time, note that a few students were accepted with standardized test scores and grades that were a bit below the norm. This is because Lafayette's admissions folks look at more than numbers. The college uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The college will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." They will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Also important for admission to Lafayette is the college's supplement to the Common Application. You will need to write a short supplemental essay or participate in an interview. All applicants need to answer the question "Why are you interested in Lafayette?" Make sure your response is specific and shows that you have researched the college.
To learn more about Lafayette College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Lafayette College Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?