Fall Admitted Students

New Student Orientation

Students enjoying Beach Bash at the Lake Forest Beach. It's an Orientation tradition!Students enjoying Beach Bash at the Lake Forest Beach. It's an Orientation tradition!

New Student Orientation is August 19–24, 2016

Lake Forest College places a high value on welcoming students to the College community. Connecting students with each other and to the College while providing them with the resources they need to transition to campus life is a priority of our orientation program.

There’s a lot going on during New Student Orientation, don’t miss a moment of it! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

8:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.: First Connection Reflection and Closing
9 a.m. - noon.: Residence Hall Move-In
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: ID Card Photos
Stuart Commons; Pierson Rooms

Students need to have their student ID photos taken during this time. IDs will be distributed Saturday from 11:45 a.m. - noon. near the Dining Hall.

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: One Stop Shop
Mohr Student Center; Simpson Balconies and Skybox

Take care of any last minute details at the One Stop Shop with representatives from the Business Office, Financial Aid, Registrar, Disability Services, the Bookstore and many other key campus offices.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Barbeque Lunch on the Quad
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad
1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Forester Fest

Capture the magic moments in your new Forester community by getting a caricature drawn on South Campus, catch a few minutes of magic with the strolling magician on North Campus, or get your photo taken with new friends in the big red chair on Middle Campus. Don’t forget to grab a sno-cone or cotton candy on Middle Campus..

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Athletics Open House
Sports and Recreation Center

Learn about athletic and fitness opportunities, tour the Sports and Recreation Center, meet coaches for winter and spring sports, and become a member of the Forester FANATICS (our student super fans!). 

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Commuter Student Check-In
Gates Center For Leadership and Personal Growth; Stuart Commons 104

Commuter students can stop by anytime during this window to pick up their Orientation materials. 

1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Forester First Parent and Family Orientation
Hotchkiss Hall; Meyer Auditorium (English Speaking)
Hotchkiss Hall; Room 101 (Spanish Speaking) 

Forester First Parent and Family Orientation is a program for parents of first-generation college students* designed to introduce important resources at Lake Forest College.
*Students for whom neither parent has received a bachelor’s degree.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Fraternity and Sorority Open House
Buchanan Hall; Vail Commons

Join members of the Greek community to learn about our fraternity and sorority life on campus, the benefits of membership and the recruitment schedule.

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Parent and Family Orientation: Student Affairs Session
First Presbyterian Church; Corner of Deerpath and Sheridan Roads Adjacent to North Campus

Parents will meet with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and his staff to learn about campus life and how to help their students adjust to life at Lake Forest College.

4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.: President’s Welcome Dinner
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad
6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Commuter Student Meeting
Deerpath Hall, Commuter Lounge
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Residence Hall Meetings
Your Residence Hall
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Parent Welcome Reception
Hilton Garden Inn, 26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045

Relax and get to know other Forester parents over cocktails and appetizers following move-in and orientation. Compliments of the Parents Council.

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Playfair
Sports and Recreation Center

Get ready to meet all of the members of the incoming class in a unique and fun way.  

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Break-the-Ice Cream Social
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad

Find your rhythm as a Forester and chill with new friends you and enjoy some ice cream sundaes. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons; Gus and Margie Hart Dining Hall
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Parent Breakfast with the Health and Wellness Center Staff
First Presbyterian Church; Corner of Deerpath and Sheridan Roads Adjacent to North Campus 

Parents will have breakfast with staff from Health and Counseling Services to learn about the resources available on campus.

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Commuter Student Check-In
Gates Center For Leadership and Personal Growth; 105 Stuart Commons

Any commuter student who did not check in on Friday can check-in to receive their Orientation materials. Commuter students who have already checked in can go directly to the New Student Meet-Up.

9:00 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.: Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Address and New Student Meet-Up
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will welcome the class. You will learn about the Forester Five and other key values that exist at Lake Forest College.

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Activities
Various Campus Locations
9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Parent and Family Orientation Session: Academic and Career Resources
First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Deerpath and Sheridan Roads, Adjacent to North Campus

Parents and family members will attend sessions to learn about the Lake Forest curriculum, academic resources, and career services.

11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Information for International Students
Hotchkiss Hall; Meyer Auditorium

Join Erin Hoffman, Director of Intercultural Relations, for this mandatory meeting. Bring your passport, I-20 Form, and I-94 Card. * This event is only mandatory for international students. Lunch will be provided.

11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Information for ISEP International Students
Hotchkiss Hall; Room 101

Join Ashley Sinclair, Director of Off-Campus Programs, and Kris Sundberg, Director of International Admissions, to help you prepare for your exchange term at Lake Forest. This event is only mandatory for incoming ISEP exchange students. Lunch will be provided.

Noon - 1:15 p.m.: Family Farewell Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
2:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Step Up Bystander Intervention Program and Envision Your Future
Step Up takes place at the First Presbyterian Church and Envision Your Future takes place at the Mohr Student Center

This highly engaging afternoon will provide a chance to chart two types of courses. The Career Advancement Center and Center for Chicago Programs will help you envision your future and appreciate the resources offered by our proximity to Chicago. The Health and Wellness Center will give you tips and strategies to keep you and your friends safe and healthy!

6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Dinner
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Featured Speaker: Andy Stoll
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Andy Stoll delivers a high-energy, inspirational presentation that will inspire you to make the most out of your Lake Forest College experience. 

9 p.m.: Late Night Social Program: Hypnotist chrisjones
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Witness a captivating show by chrisjones as he hypnotizes your fellow Foresters! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Dining Hall
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations
9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Orientation Workshops
-Reflect on your story: Mohr Student Center Skybox and Calvin Durand Hall
-Public Safety: Pierson Rooms
-My.Involvement: Hotchkiss Hall, Meyer Auditorium
-Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth: Mohr Student Center

You will attend workshops with your Forester Guide groups to learn about the expectations of being a Forester, share your story, and learn about how you and your classmates can contribute to the Forester community. You’ll meet staff from the Office of Intercultural Relations, the Gates Center, and Public Safety.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Featured Speaker: A Shot of Reality
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

This interactive show tackles the topics of alcoholism, binge drinking, social mistakes, assault, health risks, drunk driving and more.

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Coffeehouse Break: Singer and Songwriter Cary Kanno
Mohr Student Center; Skybox

Take a break after the workshops and enjoy an iced coffee while listening to the acoustic styling of Cary Kanno.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Dinner
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Featured Speaker: The Hook-Up: When It’s Hot and When It’s Not
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

This engaging session is an honest discussion about hooking up, knowing the differences between a healthy hook-up, regretted sex, and sexual assault, and learning how to be a responsible bystander.

9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Late Night Social Program: ThinkFast Interactive Game Show
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

Put your knowledge to the test in this amazing trivia game show! Foresters will compete for prizes in a trivia game that combines an MTV-style production set, mainstream music, and music videos!

Monday, August 22, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons, Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: First Year Studies (FIYS)
See welcome material for classroom locations

You will attend your first college course and meet with your FIYS class for the first time.

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Transfer Student Academic Orientation Workshop
Hotchkiss Hall, Meyer Auditorium

New transfer students will attend this workshop on transfer student services and academic expectations. 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Career Services for Transfer Students
Hotchkiss Hall, Meyer Auditorium

Attend this workshop specifically designed for students transferring in with sophomore or junior year status. Learn about internships, networking and career services to help you achieve your goals and be prepared for life after college.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations

Students who do not have advising appointments or who are not attending workshops during this time will meet with their Forester Guide group.

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Individual Advising Appointments
Your advisor’s office
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch
Stuart Commons, Gus & Margie Dining Hall
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Pre-Professional Workshop: Information for Undecided Majors
Hotchkiss Hall; Room 101

Not sure what you want to major in? No problem. Learn about the different majors and minors available, how to figure out which is best for you and resources and services available to help in your decision making.

1 p.m.: Pre-Professional Workshops

-Information Students Interested in Pre-Health Courses - HO, Meyer
-Information for Business, Economics and Finance Majors - YO 411
-Information for Psychology Majors - HO 205
-Information for Politics Majors and Minors - YO 423

2 p.m.: Pre-Professional Workshops

-Information for Biology Majors - HO, Meyer
-Information for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minors - YO 111
-Information for Education Majors - BU 205
-Information on Modern Languages - CA 102

3 p.m.: Pre-Professional Workshops

-Information on English Majors and Minors - CA 108
-Information for Music and Music Education Majors - RE, Wood Lgn
-Information for Majors and Minors in History and Religion - DO 221
-Information for Theater Majors and Minors - BU, Vail Commons
-The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Major - HO, Meyer

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Off-Campus Programs Information Session
Carnegie Hall; Room 102

Join Ashley Sinclair, Director of Off-Campus Programs, for this workshop on off campus program opportunities, both around the United States and globally. 

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations
5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Lake Forest Beach Bash
Lake Forest Beach

Enjoy an evening at the beach with a barbeque dinner. Play beach volleyball, take a paddle board out on the water, play lawn games, or just relax and enjoy the music as the sun sets over Lake Michigan. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons, Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
Chicago Day with your FIYS Class

Join new classmates for a day in the Windy City! You will accompany your First-Year Studies class to Chicago for a chance to experience the cultural attractions the city has to offer, just a short train ride away.

Chicago Day for Transfer Students
7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Meet outside the Pierson Rooms; Stuart Commons

Join Assistant Professor of Finance Stewart Foley for an architectural boat tour of Chicago. Cruise on the Chicago River. Students must sign up in advance at Monday’s Transfer Academic Orientation. 

Chicago Day for ISEP Exchange Students
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Join your classmates for a day in the Windy City! You will accompany your ISEP group to Chicago for a chance to experience the cultural attractions and food specialties the city has to offer, just a short train ride away.

5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Dinner
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting
Various Campus Locations

Meet up with your Forester Guide group and check in on the great day you had in Chicago followed by a great late night movie on the Quad.

8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Late Night Social Program: Captain America: Civil War
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad

Grab a blanket and come out to the Stuart Commons Quad for a showing of the blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Popcorn, candy and beverages will be provided.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Breakfast
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall
9:00 a.m. – noon: Service Trip to Feed My Starving Children
Stuart Commons; Meet in the Senior 25 Lounge

Join your classmates for a trip to serve in our community! We will travel to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, IL, to help pack meals for children in need. Transportation is provided.

9 a.m. - noon: Individual Advising Appointments
Your Advisor’s Office
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation Information Session
Donnelley and Lee Library; Room 205

Learn about the Groner Foundation and the career-making opportunities it provides for Lake Forest College students.

11:00am – 2:00pm: Boomer’s Block Party
Middle Campus; Stuart Commons Quad

Come on out and join the fun. Catch a performance by Black Tie Stereo or catch a wave at the wave wall photo station. Create frisbee spin art, compete on inflatables, or grab a snack as you chill with friends before you matriculate and the fun of classes begins.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Stuart Commons; Gus & Margie Hart Dining Hall

Prior to heading to your common reading discussion, enjoy a hearty lunch.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Services for Students with Disabilities Information Session
Donnelley and Lee Library; Room 221

Meet Teryn Robinson, Assistant Dean of Faculty for Learning Support, as she shares information about key academic support resources and how to receive accommodations in the classroom.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Guess the Straight Person: A Conversation on Gender Identity, Stereotypes, and Allyship
Stuart Commons, Pierson Rooms

All are welcome for an interactive, story-based panel discussion hosted by PRIDE, the College’s student-led organization for queer, questioning, and ally students. Guess the Straight Person follows a model used nationally by colleges and universities to allow time and space for perspective-challenging discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

1 p.m.: Pre-Professional Workshops

-Social Justice, Ethics and Philosophy - Ethics Center
-Information on Future Law Related Professions/Legal Studies Minor Program - HO, Meyer
-Information for Engineering and Physics Majors - MSC Skybox

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: First Year Studies Common Reading Discussions
Same classroom as your Monday classroom

Reconvene in your FIYS class to discuss this year’s common reading assignment.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: ISEP Orientation Session - Academic Integrity and Library Resources
Donnelley and Lee Library; Room 221

The U.S. liberal arts classroom culture can be quite different than many other universities around the world. Come learn strategies for success and resources that can help you. This session is mandatory for ISEP students.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Forester Guide Small Group Meeting and Matriculation Line-Up
Various Campus Locations; Line-Up at Patterson Hall
4:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Matriculation Procession
From Middle Campus to First Presbyterian Church
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Matriculation Ceremony
First Presbyterian Church

Be a part of a Lake Forest College tradition. President Schutt will welcome you at this official start to the academic year. You are now officially a Forester!

6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Celebratory Cookout Hosted by Senior 25
Durand Art Institute

Join the members of Senior 25, a group of prestigious seniors honored for their academic and co-curricular achievements, as they host dinner for the incoming class.

 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Late Night Social Program: Dueling Pianos
Mohr Student Center; Main Floor

This interactive, all request, musical comedy experience will have you singing, shouting, dancing and laughing. Come out to relax and enjoy some great music with friends as you prepare to get ready for classes on Thursday.

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