Lafayette Supplement Essay 2013

Hey everyone! These are the essay I've written for Lafayette College. I want to know if they are good enough. The second prompt confuses me a bit and I don't know if this fits the prompt. Any help would be appreciated.

1. Prompt: "Why Lafayette? (20-200 words)"

1. Essay:

Although technology is my passion, I've always been fond of liberal arts subjects. So, LACs with Engineering programs are the right path for me. But why Lafayette? For reasons too big to express here! Because of the small student body here, I'd interact closer with the brilliant professors and learn better. The ECE curriculum's blend of the CS, ECE and Liberal Arts courses is perfect. The Lafayette community is caring and loyal. Email conversations with students and faculty have made this very clear. The facilities and resources at Lafayette are, needless to say, world-class. As a voracious reader and a geek, I'd haunt Skillman Library and Acopian. The programs at Lafayette are great, and I'd love to participate in IDEAL, EXCEL and the Technology Clinic. Being a huge Harry Potter fan, the Quidditch Team is a dream come true! Lafayette's campus and Easton are beautiful, the kind of places I crave to live in. At the end of four years at Lafayette, I wouldn't just be a great engineer; I'd be a better person. I would've made new friends, had fun, grown intellectually and maturely, and have gained a prestigious degree. The question I'd ask is, "Cur Non Lafayette?"

2. Prompt: "There's a difference between being busy and being engaged. Lafayette comes alive each day with the energy of students who are deeply engaged in their academic, co-curricular and extracurricular explorations. In response to the second prompt, keep it simple - choose one activity and add depth to our understanding of your involvement.

What do you do? Why do you do it? (20-200 words) The response to this question is optional."

2. Essay:

During the June of 2013, I got my first opportunity to intern at a startup. My father was looking for a developer for a mobile lead management app, and I excitedly volunteered to build the Android app and necessary PHP back-end. Being a developer for an actual enterprise product has since taught me a lot. Though I had thought I knew a lot about building an app, the real world requirements challenged all my learnings and pushed the limits of my skill. The app's features include image capture and processing, data capture, storage and retrieval, and application user management, and all these were successfully built. It has made me realize how much more I need to learn and how product design challenges programming. It has also taught me timely coordination with other developers and the value of teamwork.

Thanks a lot for your responses! :)

More than 65 colleges offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. We list all that we can find by providing the program and application dates and links to applications. If we provide a * before the college name, the trip is free. If we provide a (D), trip is for first gen students. We also give you estimated GPA and test scores for each college. 

*(D) Amherst College (2017)
Amherst, Massachusetts

Small private university; part of consortium, 3.7+ GPA ; mid to high test scores

Program: Fall 2017 Diversity Open House weekends (DIVOH):

  • Saturday, September 23 – Monday, September 25
  • Saturday, October 14 – Monday, October 16

The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, August 14, 2017.

*(D) Babson College (2017)
Babson Park, Massachusetts (suburban Boston)

Small private business-oriented college, 3.5+ GPA, mid-test scores

Program: Multicultural Overnight Experience

Dates: November 22-23, 2017

Application Deadline: September 1, 2017 (noon EST) noon EST.

*(D) Barnard College (2017)

New York, New York

Small private all women’s college. Big city. Connected to Columbia. 3.7+GPA; mid to high test scores

Program Dates:

Saturday, October 7 – Sunday, October 8, 2017 (BARNARD BOUND – for students admitted to the Barnard Bound program)
Monday, October 9, 2017 (OPEN HOUSE – All Barnard Bound participants will be automatically registered for our Open House.)

Application Materials Available May 1, 2017

Application Deadline and All Supporting Material: June 1, 2017 at 5 PM EST

For more info, visit-

*(D) Bates College (2017)

Lewiston, Maine

Small rural campus; liberal arts, 3.2+ GPA and higher. Optional test scores.

Prologue I runs October 8-10, 2017 and Prologue II runs November 12-14, 2017.

Application deadline for Prologue I: September 1
Application deadline for Prologue II: October 13

Prologue to Bates: FAQs

Beloit College (2017)

St. Beloit, Wisconsin

Small suburban college; 3.0 and higher GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: 2017 Summer Days: July 14, 2017, July 29, 2017, and August 5, 2017. Admitted Student Open House in the Spring that offers fly-ins

2017 Summer Visit Days
Take a campus tour with a student guide. Meet our faculty. Learn about the college’s academic programs, financial aid, and scholarships. Enjoy lunch in our dining hall. on a date below to register:

If our visit program dates are not convenient for you and you would rather schedule an individual visit on a different date, please contact us directly by calling the Admissions Office at 800-9BELOIT (923-5648) at least one week prior to your planned visit. Or, if you prefer, you may complete an online visit request form.

We welcome all guests to take part in all that Beloit has to offer: have lunch in the dining hall, attend an athletic event, see an acclaimed performance in Neese Theater, or take advantage of the various events occurring across campus.

*(D) Bentley College (2017)

Waltham, MA

Suburban private business college. 3.0 GPA and higher. 

Falcon Preview Program:  Friday, November 10 to Saturday, November 11.

Application due:All materials must be submitted no later than Friday, October 20, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and all decisions will be made by Friday, November 3, 2017. Please note, invitation to this Falcon Preview event is not an offer of admission to Bentley University.

*(D) Bowdoin College (2017)

Brunswick, ME

Rural college, private, liberal arts. 3.2+ GPA and higher. Optional test scores.

Explore Bowdoin I: September 21-24, 2017   Application Deadline: August 18, 2017 5 PM EST

Explore Bowdoin II: November 29-31, 2017  October 29-31, 2017   Application Deadline: September 22, 2017 5 PM EST

*(D) Brandeis University(2017)

Waltham, Massachusetts

Medium private college, 25 minutes from Boston. 3.4+ GPA and higher. Mid test scores

Program: SEED-Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity, October 19-21, 2017

Application deadlines: Applications due August 15, 2017

*(D) Bryn Mawr College (2017) 

Bryn Mawr, PA (Suburban PA)

Small, all women’s college

Program Date: Fall Travel Scholars: October 7-9, 2017 (for both juniors and seniors)

Application Opens: May 1, 2017

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017

*(D) Bucknell College (2017)

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Small suburban private college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle to high test scores.

Program: Journey to Bucknell, Oct. 29-31, 2017

Application Deadline: Rolling. Ideally by June. Apply as soon as possible. Both students can apply on their own and counselors can nominate.

*(D) Carleton College (2017)

Northfield, Minnesota

Small suburban private college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle to high test scores.

Program: 2017 Taste of Carleton, October 26-October 28, 2017

Deadlines: September 1, 2017

*(D) Carnegie Mellon University (2017)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Medium college, great sciences & arts, medium city, 3.3+ GPA, mid to high test scores (3.3 GPA and combined 1800 on SAT or 27 on ACT to qualify for travel aid)

Program: Celebration of Diversity Weekend-November 11-13, 2017 and January 20-22, 2018

Deadlines: November Program: Open to all prospective high school seniors
Registration will open in mid-August.
January Program: Open to students who have applied for admission to Carnegie Mellon. Fine arts auditions/portfolio reviews may be offered, please review the Fine Arts Applicants section below.

(*) Case Western Reserve University (2017)

Cleveland, OH

Mid-size private university, 3.3+ GPA. Middle test scores

Program: Diversity Overnight–November 12-13, 2017

Application Deadline: October 2, 2017

(*D) Colby College (2017)

Waterville, ME

Small rural college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: 2017 Colby Commitment Experience –Sunday, October 1-Monday, October 2, 2017

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017, 5 p.m.

The Colby Commitment Experience

*(D) Colgate University (2017)

Hamilton, New York

Small liberal arts college. Upper state New York. 3.2+ GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: Colgate in Focus: A Diversity Open House, October 15–17, 2017

Deadline: The application for Colgate in Focus is open.  All applications must be submitted by Friday, September 8,


(*D) College of Charleston (2017)

Charleston, SC

Medium public, medium city. 3.0+ GPA. Mid test scores.

Program: M.O.V.E.,Many backgrounds – One CougarNation–the Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience DATES:

    • October 20
    • November 10
    • February 2
    • April 6 (Juniors only) for more info and MOVE application.

*(D) College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (2017)

St. Joseph and  Collegeville, Minnesota

Small, Catholic college. Recruits heavily from So Cal. 2.6+ GPA. Low to middle tests scores.

Program: National Fly-in Weekend Program

  • November 18-20, 2017
  • February 3-5*, 2018
  • February 24-26, 2018
  • March 24-26, 2018
  • April 7-9, 2018

Registration for our 2017-2018 Fly-in Weekends will be available by September 1. For more information on visiting campus, pleasecontact your admission representative.

*College of the Atlantic (2017)

Bar Harbor, Maine

Small liberal arts college, 3.0+, Optional test scores

Program: Fall Fly-In: September 12-October 15, 2017

Application Deadline: July 21, 2017

*(D) College of the Holy Cross (2017)

Worcester, MA

Mid-sized, Catholic college, 3.0+, Middle test scores

Program: Perspectives Weekend is November 11-13, 2017.

Application Deadline: Rolling through Sunday September 24, 2017

Application link:

*(D) Colorado College (2017)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Small private college; one class at a time. 3.0+ GPA. Middle test scores.

Program: Tigers on a Quest: September 30 – October 2, 2017

Application Due: August 15, 2017

Fly-in and travel grant* for QuestBridge applicants (high school seniors only) to attend the Fall Open House at Colorado College

Apply for Tigers on a Quest!

View the student version of last year’s schedule.

View the parent version of last year’s schedule.

Program: Flyin’ Tigers: October 28-30, 2017

Application due: September 21, 2017

Application only fly-in program and travel grant* for high school seniors

Apply for Flyin’ Tigers!

*(D) Columbia University (2017)

New York, NY

Ivy League, top scores, top grades

Program: Columbia Engineering Experience: October 8 – 10, 2017. 


  1. CE2 Application, submitted electronically.
    Deadline: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  2. CE2 School Report, including a copy of your high school transcript.
    School Report should be submitted electronically by your guidance or college counselor.
    Deadline: Thursday, September 7, 2017

*(D) Connecticut College (2017)

New London, Connecticut

Small liberal arts. East coast. Near NY and Boston. 3.0+ GPA; middle test scores.

Program:  Explorer Weekend- November 11-13, 2017

Deadline: October 6, 2017


Undocumented students may apply.

*(D) Dartmouth (2017)

Hanover, NH

Rural IVY League. 3.7+ GPA. High test scores.

Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program, Sunday, July 16, 2017 to Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Applications due May 1, 2017

Dartmouth Bound: Native American Community. Oct.8-11, 2017 (Deadline, Not Yet Available for 2017)

*(D) Davidson College (2017)

Davidson, NC

Suburban, private college. 3.5+GPA; medium to high test scores.

Program: Multicultural Visitation Program. October 15-17, 2017

Application Deadline: The priority deadline for application submission is Monday, August 28; the final deadline is Monday, September 11

*(D) Dickinson College (2017)

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Small liberal arts college, test optional, 3.0+ grades. 

Program: Discover Diversity at Dickinson, October 8-10
November 9-11

Application Deadline: September 6, 2017

Limited travel assistance available.

*(D) Emory University (2017)

Medium college, mid to high test scores, 3.5+ grades

Program: Emory’s Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit Program, October 12, 2017 – October 14, 2017

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 16, 5:00 p.m. ET.

*(D) Franklin and Marshall College (2017)

Lancaster, PA

Suburban small liberal arts, great business. 3.0+ GPA; test optional.

Program: C^
*Fall Session 1: Sunday, September 25th to Tuesday, September 27th, 2017
Counselor Nomination Deadline: Fall Session 1 program is Monday, September 5th, 2017.

* Fall Session 2: Sunday, November 6th to Tuesday, November 8th.
The nomination deadline for the Fall Session 2 program is Monday, October 16th, 2017.

Students must be nominated to apply and participate:

Requires: A minimum GPA of 3.3 in rigorous classes. Must be of a background underrepresented in higher education. Must have demonstrated leadership in his or her school or community.


(*D) Grinnell College (2017)

Grinnell, Iowa

Small liberal arts; 3.0+ GPA; middle test scores.

Program: 2017 Diversity Preview Program, September 22-24, 2017

Deadline for application: September 4, 2017

*(D) Hamilton College (2017)

Clinton, New York

Small liberal arts, upper state NY, 3.2+ GPA; middle test scores

Diversity Overnight Program:  Diversity Overnight Program: SEPTEMBER 17-19 OR OCTOBER 29-31, 2017

Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline is August 4, 2017


Application Opens July 3:

*(D) Harvey Mudd College (2017)

Claremont, CA

Small science and engineering, 3.5+ GPA, high test scores

Program: Fall Future Achievers in Science and Technology Program (FAST): September 28-30, and November 9-11.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PDT



(*D) Haverford College (2017) 

Haverford, PA (Suburban Philadelphia

Small liberal arts, 3.6+ GPA, middle to high test scores

Multicultural Scholars Experience Program: October 29-31, 2017

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until September 15


*(D) Johns Hopkins University (2017)

Baltimore, MD

Medium, urban campus. 3.3+GPA and middle to high test scores

Program: H.O.M.E. (Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience), September 25-27, 2017

Application deadline: Monday, August 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.



*(D) Kenyon College (2017)

Gambier, Ohio

Small liberal arts; Midwest, suburban. 3.2+ GPA; medium test scores

Programs:  Cultural Connections: November 4-6, 2017

Deadlines: October 30, 2017. Qualified students may apply for a Travel Grant by October 13 to help cover transportation costs for this event.

*(D) Lafayette College (2017)

Rural small to medium campus, near Philadelphia, 3.0+ GPA,

6th Annual Our Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium: November 4, 2017

Application Due: October, 14, 2017

 *(D) Lehigh University (2017)

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Small to medium campus, suburban, near Philadelphia, 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Diversity Achievers Program, October 8-9, 2017

Application opens September 8, 2017 at noon EST

*(D) Lewis & Clark College (2017)

Portland, Oregon

Small liberal arts; 3.0+ GPA; optional test scores

Program: L.E.A.D. program, November 5-7, 2017

Application Deadline: Monday, September 18th, 2017


*(D) Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (2017)

Cambridge, MA
Mid-sized urban college, 3.8+ GPA, high test scores

Program: WISE: Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering:September 17-19, 2017 and October 1-3, 2017

Application Deadlines: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

*(D)Miami University (Ohio) (2017) 

Oxford, OH

Small Midwest college; 2.9+ GPA; medium test scores

Program: Bridges at Miami University, Session I: October 22-23, 2017 (Chillicothe, Columbus); Session II: November 29-30, 2017 (Cincinnati, Dayton; Session III: November 5-6 2017 (Out of State); Session IV: November 12-13, 2017 (Akron, Cleveland, Toledo)

Application Deadline: September 18, 2017

*(D) Middlebury College (2017)

Middlebury, Vermont

Small liberal arts, rural. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Program: Discover Middlebury, October 8-10, 2017

Application Deadline: August 11, 2017.

*(D) Mt. Holyoke College (2017)

South Hadley, Massachusetts, All Women’s College

Small all women’s; consortium, 3.0+ GPA; test optional

Program: Focus on Diversity. October 14-17, 2017

Deadlines: Counselors and teachers, please submit your nomination by Monday, June 12, 2017; students and nominators will be notified by early July.
CBO counselors, please submit your nomination by Thursday, August 24, 2017; students and nominators will be notified by early September.


*(D) Oberlin College and Conservatory (2017)

Oberlin, Ohio

Small liberal arts and conservatory. 3.3+ GPA; medium to high test scores

Program: Multicultural Visit Program

2017 Program Dates and Application Deadlines

Applications will come out mid-summer. Questbridge and Posse applicants must attend first session.

Program DateApplication Deadline
October 26 – 28, 2017October 5
November 9 – 11, 2017October 19
November 30 – December 2, 2017November 9

*(D) Ohio University (2017)

Athens, Ohio

Large public university. 3.0+ GPA and higher, middle test scores

Program: Multicultural Visit Program: Sunday-Monday, October 29-30, 2017

Application Due: Deadline to apply to attend: September 30, 2017

*(D) Pitzer College (2017)

Claremont, CA

Small liberal arts, progressive. 3.2+ GPA; test optional for GPA higher than 3.6 and top 5% of class

Program: Diversity Program October 26th through October 28th, 2017

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017




Diversity FAQs

* (D) Pomona College (2017)

Claremont, CA 

Small elite liberal arts college, 3.8+ GPA, SAT 2100, ACT 31

Program: Perspectives on Diversity September 30 – October 3, 2017 and October 7 – 10, 2017

Application deadline for both programs:: August 20, 2017 

The Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) fall fly-in program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to experience the Pomona College campus.

During POP prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, speak with faculty and explore the Pomona College community. Although space is limited due to the small size of our engaged community, we are dedicated to providing this opportunity to those

*(D) Reed College (2017)

Portland, Oregon

Program: Discover Reed Fly-In Program, October 8-10, 2017  

Deadline: September 5, at 11:59PM PDT

  • Eligibility requirements: Citizen or permanent resident, HS minority student, 2 short essays, SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, HS transcript.

More information:

*(D) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) (2017)

Troy, NY

Mid-size science oriented. 3.3 Average GPA, medium test scores

Program: STAR (Science, Technology, Arts @ Rensselaer):October 19-21, 2017 

Application Deadline: September 20, 2017

Program is for under-represented students and minorities. Picks up from NYC. Limited other travel assistance available.

*(D) Rice University (2017)

Houston, Texas

Mid-sized private college, 3.6+ GPA, high test scores

Program:Seeking Opportunities at Rice (SOAR): SAVE THESE DATES: SOAR events begin on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and conclude on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 18, by 11:59 p.m. CT. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

*(D) Scripps College (2017)

Claremont, California, All Women’s College

All women’s small, consortium, 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Program: Multicultural Outreach: October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2017

Application Deadline to submit online application is September 6, 2017


*(D) Smith College (2017)

Northampton, Massachusetts

Small, all women’s, 3.3+ GPA, test optional

Program: Women of Distinction: October 20-22, 2017

Application: Applications are available May 1 and due Friday, June 16, 2017.



*(D) Swarthmore College (2017) 

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Small, suburban, near Philadelphia. Intensive. 3.5+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Program: Discover Swarthmore 2017: Discover Swarthmore 2017: September 21-23 and November 2-4, 2017


External Nominations are due by June 24, 2017.

Students can apply themselves by July 14, 2017


*(D) Trinity College (2017)

Hartford, Connecticut

Small liberal arts, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Preview Weekend: November 5-6, 2017

Application deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017:

*(D) Tufts University (2017)

Medford, Massachusetts

Medium, private college, 5 minutes from Boston. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Program: Voices of Tufts:


OCTOBER 19-20, 2017


OCTOBER 26-27, 2017

Application Deadlines:

  • Engineering Experience: Applications and all required materials must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 3, 2017 to be considered.
  • Arts & Sciences Experience: Applications and all required materials must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 11, 2017 to be considered. Priority for travel assistance will be given to applications completed by October 4, 2017 5:00 PM EST.

*(D) Union College (2017)

Schenectady, NY

Small private college, 3.2+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Getting to Know Union: October 8-9, 2017 and October 22-23, 2017)

Application Deadline:

*(D) University of Pennsylvania (2017)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mid-sized Ivy League college, 3.7+ GPA, high test scores

Program: Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP): Sunday, October 8 through Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Application deadline: 5 p.m. ET on Friday, September 8, 2017 *Extended to September 13 for seniors living in SE Texas and Florida affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

(D) University of Richmond (2017) 

Richmond, VA

Small private college, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: MOVE (Multicultural Overnight Visitation Experience) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 

Deadline: To register, please call the Office of Admission at (800) 700-1662 or (804) 289-8640.

*(D) University of Rochester (2017)

Rochester, NY

Medium college, medium city, upper state NY, 3.3+ test scores, medium test scores

Program: Multicultural Visitation Program, November 9-11, 2017

Application: Friday, October 6, 2017

Multicultural Visitation Program 2017

*(D) University of Vermont (2017)

Burlington, Vermont

Medium public, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Discovering UVM 2017 

  • October 22–24, 2017
  • November 5–7, 2017

Application deadline:

  • October 11 for October 22-24
  • October 24 for November 5-7


*(D) Vassar College (2017)

Poughkeepsie, NY

Small liberal arts college, 3.5+ GPA, mid to high test sores

Vassar View Program: October 22-24, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 (Application will open August 1)

*(D) Wesleyan College (2017)

Middletown, Connecticut

Small liberal arts, east coast. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Columbus Day Open House October 8-9, 2017
Priority deadline – June 29
Regular deadline – September 4

Veterans Day Open House November 9-10, 2017
Regular deadline – October 13

Application opens May 2017 for more info.

*(D) Wellesley College (2017)

Wellesley, MA

All women’s, near Boston, 3.5+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Discover Wellesley for FREE-October 15-16, 2017

Application Available:late May 2017

Priority Deadline: June 30

Final Deadline: August 15

*(D) Whitman College (2017)

Walla Walla, Washington

Small liberal
arts college, 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Fall Visit Scholarship Program November 5-7, 2017

Deadline: September 30, 2017

*(D) Williams College (2017)

Williamstown, Massachusetts

 Small liberal arts, rural, 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores

Program:  Windows on Williams (WOW)- September 21-23, 2017 and October 12-14, 2017.

Application Deadlines:  Application Is Available. SUBMIT ASAP


*(D) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (2017)

Worcester, Massachusetts

Mid-sized private technical 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores

Program: Discover: The Diversity Experience Overnight. November 9-10, 2017

Application Deadline: September 29 at 5 pm (EDT).

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