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Fall Admitted Students

Dates and Deadlines

Congratulations! We will be communicating with you about all the steps you need to take prior to arriving on campus but most communications will come after May 1—so relax and take a breath!

Specific deadlines will be updated on this page as they become available and emails will be sent with instructions and reminders. 

The timeline listed will give you an idea of what to expect prior to your arrival in Fall 2020. 

  • Request for Accessibility Services

    If applicable to you, you will complete the Accessibility Services Request Form. The form and all required documentation are necessary for those requesting a documentation for housing, medical, or academic reasons. Priority deadline for housing requests is in May and July for other accessibility requests.

  • Final transcript and good standing
    Keep up the good work and finish strong! Lake Forest College admission offers are always contingent upon receiving final transcript(s) showing acceptable academic performance and no disciplinary issues. We do reserve the right to rescind the offer of admission if academic or disciplinary concerns are presented at any time during the admission and enrollment process.


  • Get your Lake Forest College Computing Instructions  Students use their credentials in various ways including their Lake Forest email address; on Moodle, the course management system; and on my.lakeforest, our Intranet portal for registering and managing your account. It’s important that you do not change any passwords for these accounts until you arrive on campus in August.
  • First-Year Academic Advising Survey
    You will receive a survey regarding your academic interests. This survey will help your advisor get to know your interests and assist in building your academic program. Your Lake Forest ID number and email address will be emailed to you to complete the survey. Submission Deadline: May 15

  • Transfer Advising Survey

    You will receive a survey regarding your academic interests. This will help your advisor get to know your interests and assist in building your academic program. You must complete it before meeting with your advisor during one of our required Transfer Pre-Registration and Advising Programs. Your Lake Forest ID number will be emailed to you to complete the survey.

  • First-Year Studies Course Selection

    If you are a first-year student, one of your fall classes will be a first-year studies course. Details will be emailed to you in early May and you will be asked to submit your selection for your first-year studies course. The instructor of that course will serve as your academic advisor during your first year. 
    Submission Deadline: May 15

  • Transfer Pre-Registration and Advising Information
    Register for one of our required Pre-Registration and Advising programs for transfer students. Information on the program and how to register will be sent to you via email. You will meet with a faculty advisor during this time. These programs will prepare you to successfully complete your online registration, which opens in mid-July.

  • New Student Information Form
    A link to this form will be emailed to you in mid-May. The form can be found on my.lakeforest in the student tab under student forms. This form is essential for establishing emergency contacts, directory information, and more, and must be submitted prior to submitting the housing application for residential students.
  • Take the Quantitative Readiness Assessment  (QRA) 
    The Quantitative Readiness Assessment (QRA) is required for all entering first-year students. It will help you and your advisor choose appropriate quantitative classes for the fall semester. You must complete the assessment before you chat with your advisor. (If you’re a transfer student, talk to your advisor before you take the test - depending on your background, you may not need to take it.) Submission Deadline: May 15

  • Take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA)
    Only students intending to take biology or chemistry in their first year must take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA). This includes pre-health, biology, chemistry, and neuroscience intended majors. The College uses these results and other factors to help properly advise you into the science courses for which you will be most successful.
    Submission deadline: May 15


  • First-Year Studies Welcome Letter
    Information will be mailed to you from your first-year studies professor regarding your course placement and contact information for connecting with your advisor. (Your first-year studies professor will serve as your advisor.) You will also receive a list of fall courses available to incoming students to review prior to connecting with your advisor. 

  • First-Year Summer Assignment
    You will receive a second letter from your advisor in mid-June with information about a summer assignment for all first-year students to complete.

  • Housing Assignment

    We know you’re excited to learn about your new roommate(s)! We will let you know when to check your email for the day housing assignments are sent out. The details will be sent only to your Lake Forest email account.

  • Transfer Pre-Registration and Advising Programs
    Transfer students will be required to register and attend one of these programs, which will prepare you to successfully complete your online registration, which opens in mid-July. You will meet with your advisor during the program. This will be your first contact with your advisor.

  • First-Year Advising Period
    This is when you will be in contact with your advisor. Be prepared with a selection of courses (sent to you with First-Year
    Studies Welcome Letter) that interest you and any questions you may have. Your advisor will help you decide which courses to take in the fall. He or she will discuss with you your interests, abilities, and desired majors, as well as answer questions you have about prerequisites, courses, any AP or IB credits you may have. First-year students, be sure you have taken the QRA and the SPA before you contact your advisor.

  • Tuition Statement, Health Insurance Waiver, and Forester Payment Plan
    You will be sent a notice in mid June when tuition bills are available online and information about health insurance waivers. The Forester Payment Plan is a handy tool for spreading your tuition bill over the year. You will be sent information and can sign up anytime after you get your bill. 


  • Advising Period
    Advising period continues into mid-July.

  • First-Year Course Registration
    In consultation with you and your advisor, the Summer Transition Advising and Registration Team (START) will build a schedule for you and complete the registration for the courses. Your schedule will be shared with you in August and you will be able to make any changes to your schedule during Orientation.

  • Transfer Pre-Registration and Advising Program
    Transfer students will be required to register for and attend a pre-registration and advising program, which will prepare you to successfully complete your online registration. You will meet with your advisor during the program. This will be your first contact with your advisor.
  • Transfer Student Course Registration

    Transfer students should expect to receive course registration information in mid-July.

  • Health History Form
    Don’t forget to submit your health history report and vaccination form. Details of where to send the forms are available on the form itself.
    Submission Deadline: July 15

  • AlcoholEdu & Sexual Assault Prevention Part I 

    All students are required to take the online courses. Details are provided via email mid July. 
    Submission Deadline: August 15


  • First-year class schedules available online 
    Students may access their class schedules on my.lakeforest.
    An email will be sent to your Lake Forest email address.
  • Tuition Payment and Health Insurance Waivers Due August 15

  • Attend First Connection Pre-Orientation
    First Connection pre-orientation helps international students and those who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education make a successful transition to life at Lake Forest. It is optional for domestic students and required for international students. If you go to First Connection you also must attend New Student Orientation.

  • Make plans to attend New Student Orientation
    Whether a first-year student or transfer, living on campus or at home, New Student Orientation is where you’ll meet your classmates and learn all about your new life as a Forester. It’s a must-attend experience!

  • Click here to learn more about the schedule and details of new student orientation!


  • Move-in Day
    Fellow Foresters will be on hand to help you move into your new home. We will share with you a list of what to bring (and what not to bring). 

Classes start and the adventure begins!