Sure, we take into account your high school curriculum, your grades, and your extra-curricular activities, but we also want to know about the experiences and ideas that have shaped your life.
To apply for admission, you can begin with Part I which is optional, but provides us with the basic information to start your application file and then complete Part II – the Common Application or Lake Forest College Application. You may also start with Part II if you are ready to complete the entire process.
We do not have a preference about whether you use the Lake Forest Application or the Common Application. Both applications are free.
Part I: Basic Information
We strongly value the fit between you and the College, and we require the following to make our decisions:
- Secondary School Transcript
- One College Counselor Recommendation
- One Teacher Recommendation
- Interview (highly recommended)
- Standardized Test Scores (optional)
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Official Secondary School Transcript
- One Professor Recommendation (Transfers with less than 30 college semester hours may submit a secondary school teacher recommendation)
- Interview (required)
- Standardized Test Scores (optional)
Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement courses and the appropriate examinations provided by the College Entrance Examination Board may apply for college credit for this work.
Scores of 4 or 5 on the examinations may entitle students to at least one course credit; scores of 1, 2 or, in most cases, 3, are not granted credit. A score of 4 or better on both the microeconomics and macroeconomics exams is required for one course credit in economics.
Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department.
Students who have successfully completed International Baccalaureate courses and taken the higher-level examinations provided by the IB Program may apply for college credit for this work.
Grades of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the examinations entitle students to at least one course credit; grades of 1, 2, and 3 are not granted credit. Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department.
Scores from this year
If the College’s registrar has not yet received your AP or IB test and you wish to take a course in that discipline, you should register for the lower-level course in the department in question. For example, if you took the AP Test in Psychology, you should register for Psychology 110. Once we receive your score and determine that it satisfies our criteria, we will notify you so that you may change your schedule and enroll in the higher-level course – after consulting with your advisor, of course. Be sure to review the general information, prerequisites, and placement tests page, which also provides links to the course schedule and charts for AP and IB credit.
Credit by Examination
Students may apply to pass a regular course by special examination without prior enrollment. Consent of the instructor and approval of the Dean of the Faculty are required. Where appropriate, the instructor may set requirements in addition to the examination itself. For credit to be awarded, a grade of C– or better must be earned on the examination, but the student’s transcript will show only a CR (Credit). Special examinations are not allowed for courses that are usually part of pre-college curricula (for example, elementary languages or elementary mathematics) and are not normally allowed in courses previously audited or in which a student was enrolled. Students will be charged for course credits they earn by examination.