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Lake Forest offers students a rare combination: an exceptionally beautiful residential campus offering a rigorous curriculum, and the opportunity to tap into the many academic, cultural, and social resources of nearby Chicago.

Founded in 1857, Lake Forest College has a long tradition of academic excellence and is known for its innovative curriculum and focus on career preparation. In addition to majors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the College features programs of study in pre-law, pre-health, communication, business, finance, computer science, and still other practical areas. Every first-year student and transfer student is assigned a career advisor, in addition to an academic advisor. 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 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 nearly every state and 70 countries around the world. Together they comprise a learning community that prepares them to succeed in a global society. More than eighty 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 23 varsity sports and intramural and club sports. It competes in NCAA Division III.

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Overview

Applicants
4,147
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average HS GPA
3.62

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
178
with Terminal Degree
130

98
Women
80
Men
31
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

With its “small campus and welcoming community,” Lake Forest is a college that understands how to “accommodate … students very well” and how to “set [them] up for success.” Undergrads here love that they can capitalize on Lake Forest’s “breadth of study abroad options” as well as numerous “opportunities for internships and service learning.” Additionally, the “small class sizes” truly allow students to “build personal relationships with [their] professors.” As one undergrad gushes, “Not only will your professors know you by name here, but they will know your interests, aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses.” On top of that, professors are described as “passionate,” “amazing,” and “very accessible”: those who “love teaching and actually teach.” This makes most students eager to attend their courses— which is good, because “if you aren’t in class, your professors will notice.” The faculty works hard to ensure their classes are both “challenging [and] rewarding.” And, best of all, “their door is always open for any student to come and ask questions.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

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

Richard Armstrong
Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Nate Berkus
Celebrated interior designer and television host

K.C. Kavanaugh
Senior VP/ global chief communication officer Bacardi LTD

Sigvard G. Gissler
Pulitzer Prize Administrator, professor Columbia University

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$107,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$54,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$115,100

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
21%


Students Say

Rest assured that when it comes time to cross the dais on graduation day, Lake Forest students are prepared to meet the future head on! In fact, 97% of these ... grad school within six months of graduation. More specifically, over 90 percent of Lake Forest students who applied to medical school were accepted. And nearly 100 percent of finance majors pursued at least one internship, many resulting in securing jobs before graduation. This success is certainly made possible through the guiding hand of a fantastic career services office. For example, undergrads here participate in the Career Pathways Program, joining specialized career communities that match their interests with career preparation opportunities and networks. This action plan really helps undergrads to focus their goals and professional aspirations. And, of course, the office hosts plenty of fun (and effective!) events from major and career exploration workshops, industry-focused events, to Speed Networking.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,501

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,925

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,575

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,440

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,371

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,680
Required Fees
$744
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,050

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,676
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,513
Foreign Countries Represented
78

Demographics

5.18%
Asian
4.98%
African-American
14.31%
Hispanic
57.53%
Caucasian
3.41%
Unknown
10.43%
International

57% female
43% male
38% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Even with its small size, Lake Forest is “extremely diverse, drawing in students … from across the country and the world.” A student underscores this by noting, “A lot of my close friends are from places [like] … Lebanon … and Costa Rica.” But no matter their background, undergrads report that peers are “warm and welcoming.” As one student explains, “It’s easy to make friends because people are genuinely interested in who you are and what you’re interested in.” Another classmate agrees adding, “You will always see someone you know at any given spot on campus and everyone greets each other with a smile.” Beyond their friendly vibes, Lake Forest students also tend to be “hardworking and caring” and the type of individuals who are “always willing to find the positive in any situation.” Of course, they’re driven as well and “the library is always filled to the brim with students of all majors.” In short, “The Lake Forest College community is tightly knit, inviting, authentic, and provides you with the necessary tools and support to grow into the best version of yourself.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
78%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
86%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Rest assured that when students at Lake Forest need a study break, “there is always something fun to do.” To begin with, undergrads flock to the Student Center to “play pool, video games, [or] Cards Against Humanity.” Additionally, every Saturday students can attend “all-campus programs, which are basically big parties put on by the school.” Many people are also “highly involved in athletics” and “everyone shows up to games” regardless of whether or not they play a sport. As far as the drinking culture, we’re told you can certainly “find parties at night, but nothing too crazy.” It’s also common to hit the local bars. And of course, students can always take a trip to nearby Chicago, should they want to “explore the nightlife or museums” there. A “gorgeous” beach is also in the area, which makes for a good “change of scenery to do homework or enjoy the water and sun.” As one student puts it: “I can get the best of both worlds by going to school in a nice suburb with the ability to travel into Chicago at any time I want.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Teryn J. Robinson

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
84
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
6

15% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

25% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Foresters)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Handball
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Foresters)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Handball
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, CDW-G

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lake Forest College
Office of Admissions

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

Phone
847-735-500

Email
admissions@mx.lakeforest.edu

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 (select Saturdays)
8:30 am-5 pm
847-735-500

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@lakeforest.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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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