May - June

Course selection – Congratulations! You have been admitted to Lafayette College and will soon begin the journey of a lifetime. Spend this month preparing to select your first semester courses by learning about Lafayette’s curriculum (especially the common course of study and the FYS program), taking placement exams, and consulting with academic advisers.

Online academic advising – PARDners/Peer Advisors aim to assist students in their transition, development, and success at Lafayette College from New Student Orientation through the end of their sophomore year as a part of the Connected Communities Program (CCP). The CCP will effectively engage through programming, regular individual and group interactions, and the formation of lasting community. PARDners are available to assist first year students with online academic advising over the summer. Students should take advantage of opportunities to chat with upper level student advisors in the month of May and continuing through the end of the course registration period in June. You will find the contact information for the peer advisors as well as information regarding their academic and co-curricular interests at

Residence hall and meal plan preferences – First-year students are assigned to rooms based on their responses to the First-year Housing Application and with the goal of achieving diverse and robust residential communities. Enrolled students are contacted via their Lafayette email account in early June with specific information on how to proceed with the process.

Pre-Orientation Service Program (POSP) – Jump-start your Lafayette experience! Students and staff of the Landis Community Outreach Center have been working hard all semester designing an action-packed week of volunteer service and fun activities throughout Easton. POSP starts Sunday, Aug. 21, and it’s a great chance to meet new friends and get connected in the community. The POSP application deadline is June 3, 2016.


Summer reading – The class of 2020 will be reading BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME. During orientation, you will engage in conversations with peers, Lafayette Faculty, and Easton community members to discuss the novel and explore the relevance of a liberal arts education in today’s world.

Important information coming soon – Before August 25th, you must complete two short online courses called AlcoholEdu and Haven, the College’s introduction to issues of sexual assault and affirmative consent. Be on the lookout for that message in early July and note that completion of these courses is required before move-in day. The courses will go live on July 20th and you’re encouraged to complete them soon. Both courses will take between 2-3 hours to complete.

Discover ways to get involved on campus and find peers and friends. LafSync  is a web-based community that allows students to explore student involvement opportunities, stay connected with news posts, and check out events on campus.


Residence hall assignment – You will be notified of your room and roommate assignment via your Lafayette email account around mid August. Start your relationship by making plans for your shared space.
Textbook orders – Forms to reserve your textbooks at the College Store should be completed no later than Friday, Aug. 19th. Additional information and the form can be found on the College Store page.

Faculty advisor assignment – All students will be contacted via their Lafayette email account with the name and contact information of their faculty advisor.

Pre-Orientation Service Program (POSP) – If you are a part of POSP 2016, you should plan to arrive on campus Sunday, Aug. 21. You’ll be greeted by POSP student leaders and staff, and your introduction to Easton and Lafayette will continue through Thursday, Aug. 25. Visit the POSP Website for more information.

First-year move-in – Residence halls open for first-year students Friday, Aug. 26. Students should check in directly at their residence hall between 7 a.m.-11 a.m.  In early August, you will receive an email with move-in reminders and a suggested arrive time slot to make your entry into the residence halls as smooth as possible.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist students and families.

Textbook pick-up – On Friday, Aug. 26, please come by the College Store in the basement of the Farinon Student Center to pick up any textbooks you reserved online.

Orientation – The First-Year Orientation program will provide a comprehensive introduction to the College and your class. Be prepared for three long days of fun and excitement. Visit the Orientation webpage for more information as move-in day approaches.

Publicity Permission Form – Class of ’20, we want to tell the world about you! If you haven’t done so already, please review and complete this form. We’d like your permission to publicize your achievements. Fill out the publicity form


Activities Fair – During the first week of classes each academic year, the Office of Student Life Programs sponsors the Activities Fair. Representatives from campus clubs and organizations, as well as some departmental programs, are on hand to display information, answer questions, and take names and contact information from potential new participants. Each year, the fair is packed with activities tables and students looking to get more connected at Lafayette. This past fall, we had well over 100 groups represented!

MOSAIC Community Service Fair – The Landis Center’s MOSAIC Program showcases opportunities for students interested in volunteering in the Easton community.  The fair occurs over lunch on the second Wednesday of the semester in Farinon Atrium.  Be sure to stop by to learn about ways you can get involved with the Landis Center.


First-year Gateway meeting – Get started with Career Services by attending a first-year Gateway group meeting. Learn about the program, including what it is all about, why to get started now, the benefits of staying engaged, and also hear other Gateway students share their experiences. Whether you know what you want to do or aren’t sure where to begin, Gateway is for you! Check out the Career Services website at for the first-year calendar and for more information.

Apply for an externship – Shadow an alumnus, parent, or “friend of Lafayette” during a typical workday to explore a career area of interest to you. You may become involved with projects, attend meetings, or meet with other members of the organization. Externship booklets and applications are emailed to you after fall break, and the deadline to apply is late October. Externships take place over the January break.

Family Weekend – Lafayette hosts the largest annual campus event each fall when it invites its students and their families to enjoy a packed three-day schedule for Family Weekend. A student committee spends six months planning for this wonderful Lafayette tradition, starting with a program theme. The weekend includes student performances and major entertainment, faculty panels, discussions and showcase lectures, athletic events, tours, open houses and exhibits, and of course, lots of food!

November - December

  • Midterm grade reports
  • Withdrawal deadline
  • Spring course registration


Continue with Gateway – If you were unable to attend a meeting in the fall, be sure to attend a first-year group meeting once classes resume for the spring semester. Sign up in Career Services (201 Hogg Hall). If you have already started, be sure to schedule a meeting with your Gateway counselor and explore the first-year Career Services calendar ( to find workshops and programs of interest to you. Remember, whether you have a plan or are unsure of where to begin, Gateway is here for you!

Fall Housing – Updated information about Room Selection and Housing Lottery will be available on the Residence Life website.  Beginning sophomore year, you can apply to join a variety of living groups (e.g. special interest houses, Grossman House, etc), apply for particular living environment options (e.g. upper-level Wellness, Block Housing, 6+ suite housing), or select your room through the Lottery.  Most application deadlines are in March (before spring break).

April - May

Fall Housing – Housing Lottery for rising sophomores.