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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.
Specific timelines as to when you can expect to receive communications and when deadlines are will be updated on this page as they become available. Emails will be sent with instructions and reminders.
Request for Accessibility Services
If applicable to you, complete the Accessibility Services Request Form, which can be found on my.lakeforest (you will find a link on the left side of the page). 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 May 10 and July 15 for other accessibility requests.
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.
First-Year Academic Advising Survey—Early May
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. Your Lake Forest ID number will be emailed to you to complete the survey.
Due date: May 21.
First-Year Studies Course 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 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. Due date: May 21.
Transfer Advising Survey—Early May
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.
Transfer Pre-Registration and Advising Information—Early May
Register for one of our required Pre-Registration and Advising programs for transfer students, which are scheduled for June 15 and July 16. 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.
Home for Dinner Program
The Home for Dinner program connects students with a local host family. You can enjoy a wonderful home-cooked meal and some dinnertime conversation while developing a relationship with a family in the local community. Interested students should sign up by June 5.
Housing Application—Opens May 18
If you are living on campus, you will receive an email with the link to complete our online housing application. Priority deadline is June 1.
Get your Lake Forest College Computing Instructions—Mid-May Computing instructions are emailed in May. 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.
Health History Form—Mid-May
This form will be emailed to you with instructions. You will need your username and password to upload the completed form, you will receive that information in mid-May. Due date: July 15.
Emergency Contact Form—Mid-May
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.
Due date: August 1.
Consider attending 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. Register for First-Connection, which begins August 19.
Take the Quantitative Readiness Assessment (QRA)—Opens
June 1 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.) Assessment opens June 1. Details will be emailed to you. Due date: June 24
Take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA)—Opens June 1 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. The assessment opens June 1. Instructions and the link will be emailed to you. Due date: June 24
First-Year Studies Welcome Letter—Early June
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—Mid-June
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.
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—June 15 or July 16 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—Mid-June through Mid-July
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—Mid-June
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—Mid-June through Mid-July
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—July 16
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—Due July 15
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.
AlcoholEdu & Haven Part I
All students are required to take the online courses. Details are provided via email mid July and Part 1 of the course needs to be completed by mid August.
Tuition Payment and Health Insurance Waivers—Due Mid August
AlcoholEdu & Haven Part I—Due Mid August
All students are required to take the online courses. Details are provided via email mid July.
Attend First Connection Pre-Orientation—August 19–24
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. Register to attend
Make plans to attend New Student Orientation—August 24–29
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 24
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).