Lafayette Essay

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Lafayette students are highly motivated people who plan to use their education in class and in clubs, with teams and within organizations to pursue great achievements in the world. Engaged academically and socially, they are equipped to make a difference on campus and in the community. If this describes you, we invite you to apply to Lafayette.

In addition to the standard Common Application, you will be asked to respond to the following two questions, found within Lafayette’s Common Application Member Pages:

Why Lafayette? (Required. Length: 20-200 words.)

Lafayette comes alive each day with the energy of students who are deeply engaged in their academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular explorations. We want to know why you would thrive in such an environment.

What do you do? Why do you do it? (Optional, but recommended. Length:20-200 words.)

Choose one activity and add depth and color to our understanding of your involvement.

Find your passion.
Feel your success.

Imagine a place where welcome is in the air, invention is a way of life, red is everywhere you look, and ragin’ is what you want to be. That’s UL, that's Lafayette, and we’re pleased that you’re applying for admission. Every year, we welcome more than 6,000 undergraduates: freshmen, transfers, students returning after a break, and international students.

We invite you to explore the University and sample the ragin’ spirit that drives our community, informs our work, and enhances our play. 

You’ll see that spirit in our collaborative classrooms. And recognize it in our basic and applied research, our efforts to improve the survival of coastal communities, the health of fisheries in the Gulf, the literacy of low-income children.

Just take a look at our nationally recognized nursing program, our rigorous honors program, our new online options, our fast-moving campus renewal. You’ll see that a research university really can address large-scale issues with passion and ingenuity—and still nurture individual students with inventive, attentive teaching.

Maybe the best discovery: our value. We’re committed to providing a high quality education at a reasonable cost, which means you’ll graduate with good preparation and lower debt. When we say bienvenue (welcome), we mean welcome to your future.

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