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.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
A $40 million renovation and expansion project of the Johnson Science Center will be completed by the fall of 2017.
A new 230-bed residence hall opened in August 2013 and features doubles, suites, and super suites with living rooms, lounges, kitchen, and a mutlipurpose room for group events.
A new recreation, sports, and fitness facility opened in April 2010 and includes three new multipurpose courts, a suspended running track, an aerobic and dance studio, a batting/golf cage, strength, cardio, and fitness spaces, among other amenities.
The Mohr Student Center is a student-centered social space that is the hub of social activity on campus. It features pool tables and other games, stage and performance space, large-screen TVs, lounges, deli/snack bar, and an outdoor terrace with seating.
Center for Chicago Programs
Chicago provides a hands-on resource for student learning through research, internships, study, and fun. It is the hub for all chicago-related programming. At the Center, students can plan visits to the city and professors can get help incorporating Chicago resources into their classrooms. The Center also brings well-known Chicagoans to the College for lectures and performances.
Lake Forest encourages students to take advantage of study, internship, and research opportunities in Chicago, around the United States, and abroad. Internship opportunities are plentiful in the Chicago area and students have interned at places such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Morgan Stanley, NBC Chicago, Second City, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium, among others.
In addition to a well-established internship program, Lake Forest College provides students with a wide variety of opportunities for off-campus study. Semester-long options in the United States include the "Lake Forest College In The Loop" Chicago Semester Program, Chicago Arts Program, Oak Ridge Science Semester, Chicago Urban Studies Program, Chicago Program in Business and Society, Newberry Library Program in the Humanities, and the Washington Semester Program at American University.
There are many options for international study, such as Lake Forest's own international internship programs in Paris, France and Granada, Spain; the Ancient Civilizations Program in Greece, which uses historical and archaeological sites and museums to study the ancient Aegean world; the Border Studies Program in Mexico and the U.S.; as well as a semester-long program in China and New Zealand. As a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Lake Forest also offers programs in Botswana, Costa Rica, England, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, and Tanzania. The off-campus program director works with students to facilitate participation in other approved off-campus study programs.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
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 world-class education and the skills they need to succeed in life while immersed in a schoolspirit-rich campus lifestyle that doesn’t compare to any other school.”