“You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights!” ~Dr. Suess

Congratulations, and welcome to Lafayette! I am glad you have found your spot with us. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know the class of 2027! As your class dean, I am thrilled to have you join our community of scholars, creators, changemakers and “high fliers”.

A significant part of my role is to work with you during your first year to help navigate and transition you to Lafayette. I know that college can be both exciting and demanding, but I am here to tell you that you have made an excellent decision by choosing to become a Leopard. You are now a part of a warm, vibrant, and diverse community that will challenge you, support you, listen to-, and inspire you in a myriad of ways. 

While you journey through your first year, I encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources Lafayette has to offer. College is a time for exploration, discovery and let’s not forget fun, and I can’t wait to see what you will accomplish during your time here.

As you settle into your new home away from home, know that we are ALL Leopards with different spots. Get cozy and remember that you now belong to a community that values personal growth, diversity, traditions, creativity, and academic excellence.

Welcome home and let the adventure begin!

Dean Alexis A. Smith