Application Instructions

  • Lake Forest College accepts the Common Application and there is no fee to apply. Transfer students may apply for free using our Lake Forest College Transfer Application or the Common Application. 


Our ACT code: 1054
Our SAT code: 1392

We look forward to helping you decide if Lake Forest is the right fit for you. Once you’ve submitted your application, here’s what else we are looking for: 

  • High school transcript

    Most students applying to the College have taken a college preparatory curriculum including honors, AP, and IB courses. We look at your transcript within the context of your high school, knowing that all schools offer different academic programs. You can receive college credit for both AP and IB classes based on exam scores (review our AP/IB credit score requirements for more information).

    Our minimum requirements are:

    • 4 years of English
    • 3 or more years of mathematics (minimum requirement is through algebra II/trigonometry)
    • 3 or more years of natural science, including 2 years with laboratory sections
    • 3 or more years of social science
    • 2 or more years of a foreign language (recommended, but not required)

    Interview (highly recommended)

    Almost every applicant is interviewed either on or off campus, and we truly enjoy getting to know our prospective students. We see the interview as an opportunity to “lift yourself off the page” and get beyond just the statistics and test scores. You have a counselor specifically assigned to you and should feel free to contact them to set up an interview or ask a question.

    Letters of recommendation

    We require a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or a college counselor. Though not required, you may also submit one additional reference from an athletic coach, scout leader, community service coordinator, or work supervisor.

    Standardized test scores and test-optional admissions

    We accept both the ACT and the SAT, and take the best sub-scores to compile a composite score. You may choose not to submit your scores as part of our test-optional admissions policy. If you make use of this opportunity, you must have a personal interview with an admission counselor. This can be done via phone or in person and you should take the initiative to set-up this interview as soon as possible. International students are required to submit TOEFL scores. Homeschool students are required to submit standardized test scores. Students who ultimately enroll at the College will be asked to submit test scores for advising and College research.

    ZeeMee profile

    At Lake Forest College, we believe there are many ways to highlight what makes you a match for the College. In an effort to get to know our applicants, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. 

    As part of a holistic review, we are committed to learning about the person behind the application. First, sign up at and create your profile. Then copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your Common Application (there’s a dedicated field for it). 

    Please note: Submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.