Minutes from the shore of Lake Michigan and 30 miles north of Chicago, the College attracts students from around the world who are seeking a rare combination: a beautiful and historic residential campus located near a world-class city like Chicago.
We have high academic expectations of our students and value strong social and community engagement. At this intentionally small college, students have many opportunities to participate in and shape the campus experience.
Each fall we enroll roughly 400 new first-year students. What is the profile of a First-Year student? A strong college prep academic program, several AP and honors courses, strong writing skills, and a commitment to community.
When selecting students for admission, we are committed to getting to know you as a person, not simply as a file or test score. We look for students with character. In our search for great students, we welcome the opportunity to interview you, and encourage you take to the first step and contact your admissions officer, or learn when we might be visiting your corner of the country.
With students from over 70 different countries, Lake Forest is one of the most welcoming campuses for international students. We are also unique in offering a Guaranteed Global Enrichment scholarship for our international students.
Our safe and tight-knit community is very attractive to many students arriving from abroad, and has the added benefit of access to Chicago's many ethnic neighborhoods. Our Director of International Admissions, Kris Sundberg, is dedicated to helping you make a successful transition to the College.
Transferring to Lake Forest?
Each year, we welcome over 100 new transfer students to the College. You have the option of transferring to Lake Forest in either August or January. Our dedicated Director of Transfer Admissions, Melissa Naughton, will work with you to make your transition as seamless as possible. She is available to assess your academic progress whether you have a semester of courses or your associate's degree.
We know every student has a unique background to be appreciated, and this is particularly true of our homeschool students. We see eight to ten applications a year from homeschool students, and require each to have a conversation with our Homeschool Counselor, David Bennett. Critical to evaluating your application is a solid résumé and overview of your academic studies. We try to understand your intellectual story and help you on your educational journey.