About Us

Facts and Figures

Rankings

  • A Best Liberal Arts College (U.S. News)
  • Ranked #11 in the nation for “Best Return on Investment” among liberal arts colleges and #1 in Illinois (Payscale.com, 2014) 
  • In the top 7% of colleges and universities in the number of alumni with the highest salaries (2014 Forbes Magazine)
  • One of “200 Colleges that Pay You Back” (Princeton Review)
  • A Best Midwestern College (Princeton Review)
  • Listed as a Best Value College and an A+ School for B Students in (U.S. News)  
  • Considered a top college with a serious commitment to community service (Washington Monthly Magazine)

    Location

    Lake Forest College is located in the suburban town of Lake Forest, a half mile from Lake Michigan and 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The College’s 107 acres are spread out across three campuses that are divided by wooded ravines. It is home to more than 250 species of naturalized plants and 187 bird species.

    With classic 19th and 20th Century architecture, mature oak trees, and numerous green spaces, the College has been and remains a popular place to film movies.

    Student Body

    Total undergraduates 1,573
    Women 885
    Men 688
    International students (including dual citizens)  212

    Our students come from 44 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 76 countries.

    Faculty

    Lake Forest professors regularly include undergraduates in their primary research and supervise independent research projects.

    Teaching faculty 178
    Full-time faculty holding the PhD or equivalent 99%
    Student–faculty ratio 12:1
    Average class size 19

    They receive fellowships and grants from such notable organizations as the Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, Freeman Foundation, Mellon Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Getty Trust, Goldsmith Foundation, and Kemper Foundation.

    Areas of Study

    The College has 32 majors, plus minors and special programs. Students can declare up to two majors and one minor, or one major and two minors.

    Academic Year

    The year includes two 15-week semesters and three four-week terms in the summer session.

    Off-Campus Study

    Participating in an off-campus program, whether to study, intern, research, or volunteer, can be a life-changing experience and is highly encouraged at Lake Forest. Students may participate for credit in a total of two semester-long programs chosen from our list of 200+ programs in 70 countries. The programs on this list may be sponsored by Lake Forest College, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, or one of several trusted program providers.

    Internships

    Students pursue a wide range of internships in the Chicago area, nationwide, and abroad. In recent years, students have held internships with such organizations as the Alliance Française de Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, French Connections Films (Paris), International Herald Tribune (Paris), Morgan Stanley, NBC Chicago, Paine Webber, Second City, Senator Barack Obama, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium.

    Community Education

    The College serves adults living in the region through the Office of Community Education. The College currently offers a  Master of Liberal Studies (M/LS) program and Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

    Center for Chicago Programs

    The Center for Chicago Programs connects Lake Forest students to the educational and cultural riches of Chicago both on campus and in the city. The Center is an integral part of the student and faculty experience at the College.

    Athletics

    Lake Forest has 19 Division III teams, including 10 women’s (basketball, cross country, handball, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball) and nine men’s (basketball, cross country, football, golf, handball, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis). Many students are also involved in club or intramural sports.

    Team name: Foresters
    School mascot: Boomer the Bear
    School colors: Red and black

    Alumni

    The College and its Alumni Board host events around the country. More than 13,000 alumni, in 63 countries and all 50 states, participate in student mentor programs, assist with internships, and support the College through donations.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Lake Forest College admits students regardless of their ability to pay, so that qualified students from all economic backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals. Lake Forest is committed to meeting as much of a student’s demonstrated financial need as possible, which may include a combination of federal/state/college grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. The College offers several merit-based scholarships, recognizing academic achievement, talent, and community engagement.