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.

Once I know the courses I would like to take, what is the next step?

Once you have investigated your choices and taken appropriate placement tests, list your course selections on the Registration Worksheet.

How do I submit my course selections?

The online course preference selection survey will officially open on May 15. The survey will remain open until June 16 for you to submit your course selections. The process is not first come, first serve! Please click here to submit your choices.

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.

For students who have not yet taken the SAT II language test or an AP exam but feel they already have elementary proficiency in a language, there will be an opportunity to take the SAT II language test of your choice during orientation.

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.

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, (610) 330-5080, the Office of the Registrar, (610) 330-5090, or by waiting until you arrive on campus for Orientation in late August.

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.