For decades, Lafayette has contributed to and celebrated the rebirth of Easton.

The College’s strategic direction was designed to help Lafayette become more affordable and distinctive. The initiative is geared toward increasing financial aid for greater affordability, growing the size of the student body by about 400, and bolstering the size and salaries of the faculty to strengthen disciplinary offerings and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Investing in Lafayette’s people is the focus of the initiative. But it’s also a catalyst for major development and unprecedented integration with Easton. We’re adding facilities on College Hill and expanding the College’s presence in downtown Easton and along the Bushkill Creek. Here are the latest updates.

College Hill

Our Growing Community

Over the next six to eight years, the College is planning to increase its enrollment by about 400 students. Major components of the plan include new student residence halls and new academic buildings such as the Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center.

Learn about the proposed plans


The Alpha Building

About 80 staff members from community engagement, communications, admissions, and ITS will move to the third, fourth, and sixth floors of the Alpha Building on South Third Street, freeing up more student and office space on campus.

Learn about our move downtown

Williams Arts Campus

An Artistic Community

The Williams Arts Campus has increased the College’s space for the arts by almost 50 percent and created a spectacular gateway to both the main campus and Easton. It serves as a home to theater, film and media studies, and the visual arts. The latest expansion, William C. Buck Hall, contains a 200-seat black box theater, a 180-seat cinema, and opened its doors for classes in fall 2016.

Explore the Arts Campus

Getting around in Easton

Linking Lafayette and Downtown

Lafayette was recently awarded a $1.1 million state grant to increase pedestrian access and safety on roads near campus, including center islands on North Third Street near the Williams Arts Campus. Easton will receive a $250,000 state grant for a pedestrian bridge connecting the Karl Stirner Arts Trail to the Simon Silk Mill.

Learn about our Community Gateway

Serving in Easton

Learning through Service

Our Center for Community Engagement brings learning to life through community partnerships and research in local and global communities.

Get Involved