Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to Lafayette and will soon begin the journey of a lifetime.

To help with your transition from high school to college, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide outlining what you should do this summer to set yourself up for a successful first year.

May – June

Check personal email for Lafayette NetID and password on May 14.

Fall course registration is open May 15 through June 15.

Course selection – Spend this month preparing to select your first semester courses preferences by learning about Lafayette’s curriculum (especially the common course of study and the FYS program), taking placement exams, and consulting with your class dean and academic departments .

The PARDner Program – Aims to assist students in their transition, development, and success at Lafayette College from New Student Orientation through the end of their first year as a part of Connected Communities.

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 advisers in the month of May and continuing through the end of the course registration period in June.

Accessibility Services accommodation requests due by June 1 

Accessibility accommodation requests are accepted on an ongoing basis, however for full consideration, housing, academic, and dining accommodation requests should be made by June 1. This will ensure adequate time for review of substantiating documentation and allow for appropriate planning of accommodations.

First-Year Housing Application and Dietary Information Form available in MyHousing on June 1 and due by July 1

Residence hall preferences and dining – 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. Beginning June 1st, incoming students will have access to the Application through MyHousing self-service.  Application preferences will be used to make room and roommate assignments.  Instructions will be sent to Lafayette emails around June 1st.  First-year students will automatically be registered for the required 20-meals-per-week plan.  All students should complete a Dietary Information Form through MyHousing.

Register for POSP (optional by June 1) 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. 20, and it’s a great chance to meet new friends and get connected in the community. The POSP application deadline is June 1, 2018.

Enter your emergency contact in Banner before June 30.


Summer reading – The Class of 2022 will be reading Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly. 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 the start of the semester, 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 in mid July 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

Bailey Health Center forms are due by July 15



Textbook orders – The College Store will pull, pack and hold all of your textbooks and charge them to your College Store account. This service is free, convenient and easy! An email will be sent out prior to August 1st with detailed information.

Residence hall assignment – Your room and roommate assignment will be posted in MyHousing around August 1. Start your relationship by making plans for your shared space.

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, you should plan to arrive on campus the Sunday before fall Orientation. You’ll be greeted by POSP student leaders and staff, and your introduction to Easton and Lafayette will continue through Thursday before orientation. Visit the POSP website for more information.

First-year move-in – Residence halls open for first-year students the Friday of Orientation. 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 of Orientation weekend, 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.


Involvement Fair – During the first week of classes each academic year, representatives from clubs and organizations, as well as departments are on hand to answer questions and welcome new students. Each year, the fair is packed with activities tables and students looking to get more connected at Lafayette.

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 College Center Atrium. Be sure to stop by to learn about ways you can get involved with the Landis Center.

Commons Council Interest Meetings-  All first-year students are encouraged to get involved in the Commons Council.  It is an opportunity to have a leadership position beginning in their first semester and plan memorable events for classmates.  Interest meetings are held by Commons in mid-September.

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!


First-year Gateway meeting – Get started with the Gateway Career Center 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 Gateway Career Center 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.

November – December

Withdrawal deadline – From the end of the two-week period until the end of the eleventh week of the semester, students may withdraw from a course without penalty and with a “withdrawal” recorded on the transcript if approval is granted by the Academic Progress Committee. Ordinarily, approval will be granted, provided that after the course deletion the student’s schedule does not fall below three courses. A student who drops a course without Committee approval will fail the course.

Midterms – Midterm grades are released each semester for students who record a grade of a D or lower in any of their courses. They are not recorded on the student transcript, but can serve as an early indicator to help the student identify resources available to them. Students receiving mid term grades should discuss approaches for improvement with their instructors, advisers, and their class dean.

Spring course registration – Lafayette College students are able to register online for their classes using Banner Self-Service using any web-enabled browser on the College campus. Students who wish to register in person may still do so by bringing their signed registration form to Markle 215 at their assigned time. If you have a problem during the registration process, please use the help link on the login page.

You will not be able to register online for any course that requires an instructor or department head’s signature unless notified otherwise. You can still register online for your other course selections. You must bring your registration worksheet with the required signature to the registrar’s office at any time after your registration period begins.


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 the Gateway Career Center (201 Hogg Hall). If you have already started, be sure to schedule a meeting with your Gateway counselor and explore the first-year Gateway Career Center 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!

April – May

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).