Fall Admitted Students

Dates and Deadlines

Everything you need to do before you arrive is listed on this page. (Well, almost everything.)

Read below and start making preparations for your arrival in August. Specific deadlines will be updated as they become available.  

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Final transcript and good standing
Keep up the good work and finish strong! Lake Forest College offers of admission 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.

If applicable to you, complete the Special Needs Accommodations Form—Due as soon as you can, but no later than May 8, so we can begin working on your needs.

The form and all required documentation are necessary for those requesting a documentation for housing, medical, or academic reasons. 


First-Year Studies Selection— Early May
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.

Get your Lake Forest College computing instructions—Mid May
Computing instructions are emailed in May. Students are cyber-connected on campus three ways: via a 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.

Receive your Housing Application— Mid May
If you are living on campus, you will receive an email for the link to our housing application this spring.

First Year Studies Course Selection—Early May
Don’t forget to submit your course preferences by this date!


Take the Quantitative Readiness Assessment  (QRA)—Mid June
We’ve devised this short assessment to help you and your advisor choose appropriate classes for the fall semester. No worries — there’s no credit given and it’s not graded. However it’s required to have this completed 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.) Details will be emailed to you. 

Take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA)— Mid June
Any student who wants to take biology or chemistry in their first year must take the science placement assessment. 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. 

Instructions and the link will be emailed to you in mid June.

First-Year Studies Announcement—Early June
Information will be mailed to you regarding your First-year studies placement along with details from your advisor regarding registering for your remaining classes.

Housing Assignment—Mid June
We know you’re excited to learn about your new roommate(s)! Check your email as this is the day housing assignments are sent out. The details will be sent only to your Lake Forest email account.

Transfer Advisor Assignments—Mid June 
Transfer students check your email! You will receive your advisor assignments via email. 

Advising Period—Late June through Early July
Be prepared with you course choices and questions.This is when you be in contact with your advisor regarding the appropriate courses to select. First-year students, be sure you have taken the QRA and the SPA before you contact your advisor. 


Register for courses— Mid July 
All registration is done online through your my.lakeforest account. Please be sure to contact your academic advisor prior to registering for courses.

Decide if you want to attend First Connection Pre-OrientationMid July
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. 

Review your tuition statement, health insurance waiver, student loan information, and information about Forester Payment Plan— available in early July, due in August 
The Forester Payment Plan is a handy tool for spreading your tuition bill over the year. You can sign up anytime after you get your bill. Learn more here.


Health History Form—August 1
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.

Tuition Payment and Health Insurance Waiver—Early August 

Make plans to attend New Student Orientation—August 18–23
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!

Move-in Day—August 18
Fellow Foresters will be on hand to help you move into your new home. If you’re looking for a list of what to bring (and what not to bring) you can explore that online.

AlcoholEdu & Haven Part I — August 24
All students are required to take the online courses. Details are provided via email early July. 


Classes start August 24
and the adventure begins!