Lafayette College is a private liberal arts college located in Easton, Pennsylvania, United States. The school, founded in 1826 by James Madison Porter, son of General Andrew Porter of Norristown, and the citizens of Easton, first began holding classes in 1832. The founders voted to name the school after General Lafayette, who famously toured the country in 1824–25, as "a testimony of respect for [his] talents, virtues, and signal services... in the great cause of freedom".
Located on College Hill in Easton, the campus is situated in the Lehigh Valley, about 70 mi (110 km) west of New York City and 60 mi (97 km) north of Philadelphia. Lafayette College guarantees campus housing to all enrolled students. The school requires students to live in campus housing unless approved for residing in private off-campus housing or home as a commuter.
The student body, consisting entirely of undergraduates, comes from 46 U.S. states and Territories and 48 countries. Students at Lafayette are involved in over 250 clubs and organizations including athletics, fraternities and sororities, special interest groups, community service clubs and honor societies. Lafayette College's athletic program is notable for The Rivalry with nearby Lehigh University. Since 1884, the two football teams have met 151 times, making it the most played rivalry in the history of college football.
The College leads American liberal arts colleges with the most Goldwater Scholarship recipients in the past six years.
Notable people of Lafayette College include CEOs Ian Murray (Vineyard Vines) and Chip Bergh (Levi Strauss & Co.), poet Stephen Crane, coach Pete Carril, and politicians William E. Simon (Secretary of the Treasury) and John W. Griggs (Attorney General). Additionally, Lafayette counts three Nobel Laureates as alumni, along with dozens of bankers, attorneys, and scientists.
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