Living Groups

Special-interest houses are student-directed communities based on academic or co-curricular interests

Special-Interest Houses

Special-interest houses are student-directed communities based on academic or co-curricular interests. Students learn self-governance, engage in civic responsibility, share knowledge, and sponsor programs focused on a theme they agree upon as a group. Students often come together and seek permission to create a special-interest living arrangement.

Scholar House

About 20 students live together, by invitation, in McKelvy House. Students share a common desire for active learning outside the classroom, to live with like-minded peers who thrive on intellectual discourse. Members take turns organizing weekly discussions about timely topics and plan field trips.

Specialty Houses

There are also off-campus houses devoted to students involved in the Arts Society and Hillel.

Grossman House for Global Perspectives

The 25 Grossman House residents plan programming with the mentoring of faculty whose research and teaching address globalization.

Sororities and Fraternities

Six sororities and four fraternities are recognized on campus, each with its own house. All are affiliated with national Greek-letter organizations. Their role is to enhance the social, intellectual, and cultural life of the campus while upholding their founding values of brotherhood/sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, and service.

RSS Student Blogs

  • Back to it September 15, 2014
    Hey y’all! My name is Érika Hernández, and I am a sophomore here at Lafayette College. Just to give you all a little more information about myself, I come from a big family–I have eight cousins (whom I consider my brothers and sisters) and two younger siblings. We grew up under the same roof so going […]
    Erika Hernandez
  • Pep Band September 13, 2014
    At Lafayette, I am a member of the Pep Band, in which I play the clarinet. We play at the football games in the fall and the basketball games in the spring, as well as various events throughout the school year. When I came for Band Camp before Orientation freshman year, I was excited because […]
    Alexander Gordon-Sandweiss
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