From the School

Founded in 1857, Lake Forest College has a long tradition of academic excellence and is known for its innovative curriculum. In addition to majors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the College features programs of study in pre-law, pre-medicine, communication, business, finance, computer science, and still other practical areas. Lake Forest prepares students to lead successful lives, and many go on to competitive graduate programs and top jobs. Abundant internships, research opportunities, personal guidance from professors, and connections to nearby Chicago also set the Lake Forest apart. Students learn in a rigorous academic environment in small class settings where professors do all the teaching and also serve as advisors and mentors. Professors are accomplished scholars, published authors, and recipients of prestigious grants. Many have come from some of the top PhD programs in the country.

Students represent 47 states and 79 countries around the world and international and ethnic minorities make up more than 25 percent of the student body. Together they comprise a learning community that prepares them to succeed in a global society. More than fifty student groups provide a host of extracurricular opportunities that develop leadership skills and enhance students' campus experience and post-college prospects. Lake Forest College offers recreational music, art, and theater programs, as well as 17 varsity sports and intramural and club sports. It competes in NCAA Division III.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
SAT Math
ACT Composite
23 - 28


Early Decision
November 15

February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA



From The School

The First-Year Studies Program (FIYS)
First-year studies classes are small in size to encourage interaction and discussion. The FIYS professors also serve as the students' primary academic advisors and help them navigate the College's academic offerings during their first year. With more than twenty topics to choose from, first-year studies courses cover a wide range of academic interests from music, art, and politics to neuroscience, terrorism and religion, many with a focus on Chicago or directly utilizing the resources available there. Chicago plays an integral role in the FIYS program. Students travel to the city with their class during orientation week, providing a first-hand introduction to how the educational, cultural, and social resources of Chicago will influence their coursework and experiences during their four years at Lake Forest.

Honors Fellow Program
As part of the first-year student admission application process, select students are invited to apply to the Honors Fellow Program.

The Richter Apprentice Scholars Program This program provides students, early in their academic careers, with the opportunity to conduct independent, individual research with Lake Forest faculty. In the summer after their first year, each student in the Richter Program is employed for a ten-week period and does independent research one-on-one with a faculty member.

The Independent Scholar Program
This program allows students to develop an academic major of their own, working closely with a faculty advisor, culminating in a thesis or a creative project.

Students Say

Lake Forest provides a broad-ranging general education curriculum. One student points out, “The teachers really challenge you and generally are really nice and easy to access.” The academic breadth at Lake Forest College is both challenging and inspiring. Another student adds, “The small school size means administration can help you, and they actually do. The class sizes and teachers won’t let anyone hide or get away with spotty work.” The emphasis is giving each student an individual and well-rounded education in the liberal arts, and this cross-disciplinary education is accessible because of the attentive faculty and staff. A current student tells us, “Lake Forest is a solid college with great financial aid.” Another facet of the learning experience that Lake Forest students appreciate is that the college provides and promotes numerous opportunities outside of the classroom. Studying abroad, internships, community service, and career development are all encouraged and presented across campus. Overall, the impression is that of “the world is at your fingertips and your campus experience should allow you to sample many options and explore and create in a supportive environment.” Lake Forest’s professors are by far its strongest asset. A sophomore tells us, “They’re accessible, highly knowledgeable in their designated areas of expertise, and have very high expectations for student performance. Additionally, they encourage us as students to learn by doing as opposed to simply lecturing.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Diana Nyad '73
World Champion Swimmer, National Women's Hall of Fame

James C. Foster '72
Forbes Entrepreneur of the Year;President/CEO, Charles River Laboratories

Richard Armstrong '71
Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Nicholas J. Pritzker '69
Chairman and CEO, Hyatt Development Corp.

Peter S. Reed '77
Senior Deputy Dir. for Curatorial Affairs, Museum of Modern Art - NY

Philippa Cooper Holland '92
Executive Producer, CNN-New York

Sigvard G. Gissler '56
Pulitzer Prize Administrator


From The School

2012 -2013 Tuition:$37,660.00
Room: $4,440.00
Board: $4,610.00
Fees: $640.00


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Lake Forest College is a place to study, work, and live. With the diversity of the student body there is an eclectic mix of activities and opportunities outside the classroom.

Student organizations include student government, international interest groups, Greek Life, academic honor societies, community service, publications and media, music and performance, spiritual and religious groups, and many others.

Students have a voice in how the College is run and are actively involved in governance committees such as the College Council and have representation on the Board of Trustees. Student writers and performers can showcase their talents on stage with the Garrick Players, by hosting a show on "WMXM," the College's FM radio station, or through the student newspaper, literary magazines, chorus and instrumental ensembles. Academic honor societies enjoy active student participation as do the community service groups and many special-interest clubs. The College provides and maintains a comprehensive intramural and intercollegiate athletic program. There are two national fraternities and five national sororities, all housed within the residence halls. All students have equal opportunity to take advantage of the richness of the College's programs.

Lake Forest College competes in the NCAA Division III fielding nine women's and eight men's intercollegiate varsity teams. Women's teams include basketball, cross-country, handball, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Men's teams include basketball, cross-country, football, handball, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis. The College also offers an extensive roster of intramural and club sports.

The College's Center for Chicago Programs facilitates engagement with the resources of Chicago which often complements programs for student organizations as well as provides students with information on cultural and social activities happening downtown. The train to Chicago is a short walk from campus and students enjoy traveling to the city for fun and entertainment. The College shuttle provides service seven days a week to popular shopping areas and destinations around campus.

Students Say

Student organizations are very strong at Lake Forest, and, therefore, there are always studentrun events on campus that are frequented by the student body. “A typical Lake Forest student is usually pretty involved whether it is in a sport, club, theater, or music,” says one sophomore. “Everyone usually finds a group that they fit into with friends with similar interests.” Another student adds, “Everyone is different, and everyone fits in.” Like any college, students say they can get, “Stressed out, but [are] generally upbeat. At this school it is considered normal to be in a thousand different clubs and extracurricular activities and to attend campus events and campus parties.” A sophomore explains, “Life at my school can be very challenging because your classes will push you. However, there is still time for fun, and you will see a good number of your peers at social events on campus. One of the most common is the ACPs (All Campus Parties) that are held on Fridays and hosted by various student organizations.” In the end, it all comes back to balance—and at Lake Forest students can cultivate the many experiences available into one productive adult life.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



58% female
42% male
40% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

Just an hour's train ride to Chicago, the College is located in the town of Lake Forest, Illinois, 30 miles north of the city along the shores of Lake Michigan. The 107-acre residential campus is a safe academic home in a beautiful wooded suburban setting within walking distance to the train to downtown Chicago, historic Lake Forest, and the beaches of Lake Michigan.

The College is only 25 miles from O'Hare International Airport and is also served by Midway Airport and Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

The campus is surrounded by lush wooded neighborhoods, ravines, natural prairies, the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan, and an extensive network of bike and running trails. Nearby Chicago boasts nearly 70 world-class museums, more than 200 theaters, seven major league sports teams, and one of the nation's top opera companies. Chicago is known for its cleanliness, abundant green space, good transportation system, and friendly people.

Students Say

When students consider Lake Forest, a word that might come to mind is ‘balance.’ One student explains, “The town of Lake Forest is not at all a college town, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more than a grocery store and a few places to eat. However, almost everything you need is on campus.” The beautiful 107-acre campus is located thirty miles north of downtown Chicago, providing access to the city with the respite of a more laid-back town along the shore of Lake Michigan. “Chicago is a huge asset both socially and academically,” says one student. “[It] is ever-changing and does not get dull.” The school offers transit passes for a discounted price, and students visit the city often. A ten-minute walk will easily get you into the main part of town, and it is an easy train ride to Chicago, but equally attractive is that in the same ten minutes you can walk to the beach and enjoy the shores of Lake Michigan. A freshman describes, “Lake Michigan, and a beautiful beach, is only half a mile from campus, and the campus is beautiful especially in the fall and after the first snowfall.” Another student sums it up nicely, saying, “At Lake Forest College, students get a worldclass education and the skills they need to succeed in life while immersed in a school-spirit-rich campus lifestyle that doesn’t compare to any other school.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

7% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Foresters)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Foresters)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Lake Forest College
Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Donnelley and Lee Library
Mohr Student Center
Sports and Recreation Center
Center for Chicago Programs
Career Advancement Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Market Square, Lake Forest
Downtown Chicago
Magnificent Mile, Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago and other museums
Lake Forest Beach on Lake Michigan
The train to Chicago is just a few blocks from campus. The train also serves all towns along the North Shore including Highland Park and Evanston where Northwestern University is located. A campus shuttle operates 7 days a week shuttling students to area shopping malls and other destinations.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday (Saturday by appointment only in summer)
8:30 am-5 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay; not available on weekends


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
O-Hare International Airport (Chicago) is 25 miles from campus. Bus and limousine service are available from the airport to campus. Call O'Hare Midway Limousine (847-234-4550) and ask for shared ride service or call American Taxi. Make arrangements one day in advance. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Chicago. The METRA/Chicago and North Western North Line commuter railroad serves Lake Forest.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North, take I-94 S. from Milwaukee. Just past the Wisconsin-Illinois border, stay left to get onto U.S. Rte. 41. Continue south on U.S. 41 to Deerpath Road in Lake Forest. Exit and turn left (east) on Deerpath toward the town of Lake Forest and the College. Proceed east through the Lake Forest business district and cross the railroad tracks. At the second stop sign beyond the tracks, you are at Sheridan Rd., facing the entrance to the College's North Campus. For Middle Campus and most College offices, turn right (south) onto Sheridan Road and go 1 block to College Rd. Turn left(east)at College Road into Middle Campus. The entrance to South Campus is at Maplewood and Sheridan roads, a few blocks south on Sheridan form Middle Campus. From the West/Southwest, take I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), which becomes I-94 N. to Illinois Rte. 60 (Town Line Rd.). Exit and turn right (east) on Rte. 60. At the first stop light, turn left (north) on Illinois 43 (Waukegan Rd.). At the first light, turn right (east) on Deerpath toward the town of Lake Forest and the College. [continue directions as above] From Chicago, take I-94 N. (the Edens Expy) toward Waukegan. When I-94 splits off toward Milwaukee, stay on the Edens, which has become U.S. 41. Exit at Deerpath in Lake Forest and turn right (east) on Deerpath toward the town of Lake Forest and the College.
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