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Posted at 9:26 AM ET, 04/19/2010

College Tour '10 -- Lafayette College

By Valerie Strauss

Lafayette College
From a student

The school is just beautiful, up on a hill. It’s really cool.

The only problem for me is that 30 percent of the students are involved in Greek life, and that’s too much for me. I don’t want to be involved, and that percentage is big to me.

The freshman year curriculum, and even in the years afterward, seems to be very writing-centric. They demand a lot of writing and want to teach you to be a better writer. That’s really cool.

We were walking around the school and people on campus could tell we didn’t know where we were going. They were really nice and stopped to help us, even without us asking.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 19, 2010; 9:26 AM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Lafayette College, college visits, visiting campuses  
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As an alum a couple years out I can tell you that the percentage may seem large but it is not a campus where non-Greeks are excluded. Also, Laf's structure where you do not rush/join until Sophomore year really lets you establish yourself independent of any greek org and get to know more about each one & whether you like what they do on campus long before its time to decide to join. I was not a member but many of my friends were in different sororities and frats and it never interfered. You make friends a lot of different ways, such as your dorm neighbors, in classes, on sports teams (varsity/club), volunteering, academic clubs, study abroad ... greek life is just one way of many.
It's an excellent school with great faculty and students, I am so glad I chose it. Good luck with your college search!

Posted by: amk19 | April 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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