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 five 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

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National Rank

  • Lafayette Engineering has been ranked in the top 20 for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” by U.S. News and World Report for more than five years
  • Lafayette College has been ranked among the “Top 10 Colleges for Engineering Majors” by College Magazine

Enrollment figures

  • 2,700 total students
  • 750 students in the Engineering Division
  • 225 engineering students enter each year
  • 49% men, 51% women at the College
  • Lafayette has consistently been above the national average for undergraduate women in engineering for the last 10 years, with three of five B.S. degree programs graduating nearly 50% female-identifying students.
  • 88% of Lafayette students graduate, 85% within 4 years.
  • Many students pursue a second major and/or a minor.


  • 98% of Lafayette engineering graduates are employed, continuing their education, in internships, or in volunteer work six months after graduation.
  • 20% of graduates seek advanced degrees at top schools, typically with full funding. Students go on to schools such as MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, 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 Gateway Career Center provides a personalized, four-year career-development program that helps students prepare for life after graduation. Employers include Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil, IBM, Google (Alphabet), Boeing, Citigroup, Lutron, Merck & Company, Turner Construction, Proctor and Gamble, Picatinny Arsenal, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, U.S. Department of Justice, and many others.
  • Engineering graduates pursue careers such as technical engineering, law, medicine, entrepreneurship, management, and finance.