Accelerated Programs

At Lake Forest, motivated students can put their careers on the fast-track by taking advantage of three-year degree programs in philosophy and communication and dual-degree programs in law, international studies, engineering and pharmacy.

Dual-Degree Programs in Law

Lake Forest is affiliated with several competitive law schools that allow high-achieving students to complete a Lake Forest bachelor’s degree and a law degree in a total of six years, rather than the usual seven. 

Dual-Degree Program in International Studies

Under an agreement with the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, highly qualified Lake Forest College students may be admitted to the Institute with accelerated status, and can complete their Master’s degrees with 48 credits as opposed to the 60 normally required.

Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Lake Forest cooperates with the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University (St. Louis), in a program designed for students who plan to become professional engineers but who also desire a rigorous liberal arts education. With an enhanced background in the social sciences and humanities, the prospective engineer is better prepared to assume the responsibilities of leadership in contemporary society.

Dual-Degree Program in Pharmacy

A dual-degree program has been arranged, leading to a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Lake Forest College and a doctor of pharmacy from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). Students will spend three years at Lake Forest College and complete the required prerequisite courses and will attain their biology degree at Lake Forest College after completing their first-year in the college of pharmacy at  RFUMS (a 3-4 dual program).

Three-year degree option

Students can now get a philosophy or communication bachelor’s degree in three years instead of the usual four.

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