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. If you have any questions, call the admissions office at 847-735-5000.

Housing Intent Form
Don’t forget to submit your housing intent form. This confirms your intention to commute or live on campus. Learn more about housing. 

If applicable to you, complete the Special Needs Accommodations Form—Due as soon as you can 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.  

Get your Lake Forest College computing instructions
Computing instructions are emailed two to three business days after we receive your deposit. 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. 

Take the Quantitative Readiness Assessment

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.)  Learn more about the Quantitative Readiness Assessment. 

Housing Assignments
Planning to live on campus? Check your Lake Forest email for your housing assignment.

Register for fall courses
The steps are outlined below, but you can get details here. 

  1. You’ll receive an email introducing your academic advisor.
  2. Prepare to talk to your advisor by checking out these web pages
  3. Consult with your advisor 
  4. Register for classes 

Review your tuition statement, health insurance waiver, student loan information, and information about Forester Payment Plan—available online mid-June and due August 13
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.

Find out if you’re eligible for an on-campus work-study job
Working on campus is a great introduction to professional life. Maybe you’ll be staffing the circulation desk at the library, checking students in at the Sports and Recreation Center, or giving tours in the Office of Admissions. If you’ve been awarded work-study, you’ll be emailed the link to the application. Learn more here.

Complete your health history report—due August 3
Make that doctor’s appointment for a complete physical now so you can get your health forms into the College by August 3. Note: the health history report and health insurance waiver are two separate things. Both are due in August!

Health Insurance Waiver - due August 13
Health insurance is required of all students. If you are covered under a different plan (such as your parent’s), you can waive the insurance automatically provided by the College. 

Decide if you want to attend First Connection Pre-Orientation—August 16–20
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. Apply here.

Make plans to attend New Student Orientation—August 21–26
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 21
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.


Classes start August 27
And the adventure begins….