For more than 150 years, Lafayette has been known for its excellent engineering programs that blend a world-class technical education with the broad education of a liberal arts college.

We feature hands-on projects and research that prepare students for industry or graduate school. Housed in the state-of-the-art Acopian Engineering Center, the division offers four bachelor of science degrees, one bachelor of arts degree, and several minor programs. The division also offers a dual degree program in international studies that may be earned along with a bachelor of science degree.

Lafayette engineering has been a worldwide leader in offering fully integrated study abroad programs for well over two decades. Approximately one-third of our engineering students spend a semester studying abroad and another third participate in a short-term study abroad program, while still graduating in four years.

Engineering at a glance

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Arts:

  • Engineering Studies
  • Dual degree of Bachelor Arts in International Studies and Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline

National Rank

  • 12th in U.S. News and World Report “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs”
  • 9th in College Magazine “Top 10 Colleges for Engineering Majors”

Enrollment figures

  • 2,600 total students
  • 750 students in the Engineering Division
  • 225 engineering students enter each year
  • 36% female in Engineering Division
  • 50% men, 50% women at the College
  • 91% of Lafayette students graduate, 89% within 4 years.
  • Many students pursue a second major and/or a minor.
  • 75% of students who begin in engineering, graduate with a degree from the Engineering Division. Those who leave the division find other degree programs at Lafayette.


  • 96% of Lafayette engineering graduates are employed, continuing their education, in internships, or in volunteer work six months after graduation.
  • 20% to 25% of graduates seek advanced degrees at top schools, typically with full funding. Students go on to schools such as MIT, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Johns Hopkins, among many others.
  • Lafayette is ranked sixth by Standard and Poor’s for placing graduates in CEO through director positions in companies with more than $1 million in revenue.
  • The Office of Career Services has been ranked as one of the top 20 higher education career services offices for the past three years by the Princeton Review. Employers include ExxonMobil, IBM, Google (Alphabet), Boeing, Lutron, Turner Construction, Proctor and Gamble, Picatinny Arsenal, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, and many others.
  • Engineering graduates pursue careers such as technical engineering, law, medicine, entrepreneurship, management, and finance.