The College welcomed 649 members of the Class of 2018 last weekend during new student orientation.
It is the highest-quality academic class in Lafayette’s history while the College was more selective than ever in admissions. It is also the College’s most diverse class.
“While notable, the data is only a small piece of what makes this class an exceptional cohort,” says Matt Hyde, dean of admissions. “The breadth of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds represented in this class and the array of personalities and character traits in its mix make it truly exceptional.”
The mean SAT (math and critical reading) score of the class is 1290, and the proportion of students ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school class is 62 percent, an all-time high.
Lafayette received 7,859 applications, the most ever, an increase of 16.2 percent over last year. It is the third straight year of record applications. The College was more selective than ever, with an all-time low acceptance rate of 29.5 percent. The proportion of admitted students enrolling, or yield, is 27.9 percent, among the highest yield rates ever.
The class includes 317 women (49 percent) and 332 men, with 17.4 percent being U.S. students of color.
There are 42 countries of citizenship represented, in addition to 33 of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Sixteen percent of the students are international, i.e., hold a non-U.S passport. This includes 3 percent with dual citizenship.