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

President Alison Byerly is leading a new strategic direction 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 the biggest development the College has undertaken in nearly a decade and an unprecedented integration into the city of Easton. Efforts are underway, some still preliminary, to transform Lafayette and expand the campus into the College Hill neighborhood, into downtown Easton, and along the Bushkill Creek. Here are the latest updates.

Downtown

The Alpha Building

Within a few months, Lafayette will take the latest step in engaging its hometown. 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 film-screening room, and opens its doors for classes this fall.

Explore the Arts Campus

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 on the western edge of campus and new academic buildings such as the Integrated Science Center.

Learn about the proposed plans

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.

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