This site offers different support materials and links to academic support offices (e.g. the HUB) that may be particularly helpful to first generation college students and freshman at Lafayette College. 

Resources, Handouts and Advice

This resource offers links to other academic support programs (e.g. The Academic Resource Hub) along with handouts on college transition advice, “Pard Pointers” or short videos tips on academic and non-academic matters, first year student FAQ, academic enrichment resources that help with study skills and time management 

PARDner Program 

PARDners are dynamic upperclass peer mentors who are maximizing their Lafayette experience through stellar academic performance, co-curricular involvement, and campus leadership. PARDners have been trained by the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs and Campus Life to answer your questions about course registration, academics, and social opportunities at Lafayette.

Goals of the PARDner Program:

Introduce first-year students to their new intellectual community,

Support students’ expressed academic interests, while encouraging exploration,

Ensure that first-year students have the tools to choose classes confidently and with a sense of purpose, and

Address general fears, doubts, and concerns about college

Success@Lafayette Summer Course 

Success@Lafayette is an online, five-week, non-credit course focusing academic and non-academic skills and concepts related to success at the college level. There is no fee for participants. 

Sophomore Summer Institute 

A free 6-week program that will blend asynchronous and synchronous elements highlighting the transition from the 1st year to the 2nd year at Lafayette and college in general. Components focus on academic, career, social, and personal topics and milestones for you to engage with as you make the most of your Lafayette experience.

The PARDapedia

Student-provided insider knowledge about Lafayette terminology, acronyms, and other useful information.

First Generation Student Support and Mentorship Program

This program hosts useful first-hand experience videos from first gen students and also has ways for you to sign up for a first gen mentor

First Generation Faculty & Administrator Directory 

To further the visibility of Lafayette College’s first-generation population, this directory was created to highlight faculty and administrators who have identified as being first-generation students themselves. It is our hope that through this directory, current students can further expand their network of connections with the campus.

Contact: Abby Schaffer

(610) 330-5080