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Fall Admitted Students
Advising for transfer students begins June 20 and ends July 3. During this period you will contact your advisor to begin working on selecting your fall and spring courses. See Step 3 below regarding advising period information.
Registration opens July 6 for transfer students and July 5 for those with a Pathway Scholar designation.
Advising and registration remains open throughout the summer for new students enrolling after July 6.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to begin the registration process:
Step 1: Turn in your final official transcript, and then review your credit evaluation and the General Education Curriculum.
As a transfer student, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits and a general education chart from the Office of the Registrar once you have submitted your final transcripts. This will help you decide which courses to choose at Lake Forest. Your credit evaluation and general education chart will not be final until we have received your final official transcripts. If you have not already done so, please submit your final transcripts to the Office of Admissions once they become available. All transcripts must be official copies. Please note that if you are taking summer courses, you must still submit an official transcript with your spring grades. Once you have completed your summer courses, you must then submit your final official transcript.
* Learn about general registration information and tips here.
Please familiarize yourself with the General Education Curriculum (GEC). You probably already have ideas about your major area of study. Visit the department and program pages for specific requirements and course descriptions.
You can also click here for information about IB and AP credits.
Click here for information about prerequisites and placement tests for mathematics, biology, and chemistry courses.
International credits: Courses taken outside the United States (including courses taken during study-abroad programs) must be submitted to and approved for credit by the Academic Appeals Board prior to evaluation by the Office of the Registrar. Please contact the Registrar at 847-735-5027 with any questions.
Step 2: Prepare to make your fall AND spring course selections.
A normal full-time load is four courses per semester. As a general rule, you should register for courses from a variety of departments and divisions (natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and humanities). To help you get started, review the information here.
Transfer courses may count toward your major requirements if agreed upon by your department chairperson. This matter should be discussed with your academic advisor before completing your registration.
Step 3: Contact your advisor during the June 20–July 3 advising period.
Students will be assigned academic advisors on or a few days before June 20. You will receive notification of your advisor via email from the Office of Admissions. Your advisor must approve your course schedule before you can register.
Be prepared to discuss with your advisor the courses you are interested in taking for both the fall and spring semesters.
Step 4: Register for your fall and spring courses beginning
You will register online beginning July 6 by logging into the my.lakeforest portal using your Lake Forest College username and password.
Once you login, be sure to read the Registration Guide on the front page of the Students tab under “Important Documents” before proceeding.
Step 5: Make an appointment with your advisor for Monday, August 21 or Wednesday, August 23.
Use this meeting to make last-minute adjustments to your fall and spring course schedules and talk over what you’d like to study and experience at Lake Forest. This appointment serves as part of your orientation to campus and provides you the opportunity to meet with your advisor in person if you did not do so over the summer.