Cur Non

Cur non
When the 19-year-old Marquis de Lafayette asked the King of France to finance his journey to assist in America’s fight for freedom, the king refused. Lafayette secretly purchased his own ship, adding the words Cur Non? (“Why Not?”) to his family crest to serve as his motto. This Latin phrase guides Lafayette College today in challenging students to move beyond the comfort of their familiar environment and experiences.

Why not use your intellect, talent, energy, and humanity to find your place in the world and make an impact? Why not have the courage and confidence to take risks, connect ideas, and care deeply about community? Why not engage in every aspect of campus life—leadership, internships, clubs, service, research, athletics, global study—to create your own destiny? Why not take pride in working hard and achieving results?

Read a brief biography of the Marquis
Read stories about the spirit ofCur Non in action