Are there Academic Advisors available to assist me in selecting course preferences?

In response to COVID19 and remote learning, Lafayette will host virtual advising sessions for students held by academic departments to assist in the process of selecting courses. Please check your Lafayette email and for updates.

Although you will not be assigned an official academic advisor until August, the Office of Advising, the Registar’s Office,  and Department Heads for all academic majors are available to assist with course preferences throughout the summer.

Is there any course that all first-year students take?

Yes. As part of the Common Course of Study requirements, all first-semester students enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYS). You will be asked to provide us with your top five choices. Read FYS course descriptions carefully and make selections that will expand your academic horizons.

What is the First Year Seminar?

First-Year Seminars are a critical part of the Common Course of Study, a co-requisite for other courses taken by students in their first semester, and a prerequisite for subsequent courses.

First Year Seminars are limited to around 16 students per section, the First-Year Seminar includes significant reading, writing, discussion, and presentation and is affiliated with the College Writing Program. Students in First-Year Seminars are introduced to the use of the library for research.

How many courses do I take my first semester?

First-year students take four courses per semester. In addition, students may also take up to two music performance courses (e.g., music lessons, choir) and/or one ROTC military science course.

To choose my courses, do I need to have an academic major?

Absolutely not. Although you might have an academic program in mind and should follow course selection recommendations provided through the registration website, the Lafayette College Faculty has designed the curriculum to ensure that all students have an opportunity to study the liberal arts broadly, regardless of their intended major(s). Students are not asked to declare an academic major until the spring semester sophomore year.

How do I submit my course selections?

Each First Year student will receive and individualized Course Preferences Link sent to your Lafayette email. Online course preferences will open on May 12th and close June 12th.

The process is not first come, first serve! Take you time with your selections and be mindful of June 12th deadline.

How do I know if I need to take online placement test(s)?

There are online placement tests in three areas: chemistry, foreign languages, and mathematics. Regardless of academic area of interest, all students are encouraged by the mathematics department to take a math placement test. Similarly, all students planning to take chemistry must take a placement test. Language placement tests are also are required for students who have studied French, German, or Spanish for two years in high school. Full details and instructions are available here.

Do all students have to take one year of a language?

The college’s new common course of study has taken a global perspective on the liberal arts education. One of the many exciting features of our common course of study is that we ask all students to demonstrate elementary proficiency in a second language. Students can opt to take one year of a language upon their arrival at Lafayette, or they can demonstrate their proficiency in a language by earning an acceptable score on the AP exam, IB, or SAT II.

Can I change my course selections once they have been submitted online?

Yes, the choices you will make online are not final. Course selections can be changed after the registration period by contacting the Office of Advising and Co-Curricular Program, , or by waiting until you arrive on campus for Orientation in late August.

We will not be able to change sections of courses, however we can do a course for course switch if you’d need.

When are fall semester schedules finalized?

Course schedules are finalized around mid August before you arrive to campus. The Registrar’s Office will notify you once your schedule is complete.