International Students

We value the backgrounds and distinct perspectives that all of our students bring to the Lake Forest community. Our international students are a vital part of what makes Lake Forest unique and special. International students represent more than 80 countries and 14 percent of our student body.

  • You may contact your international admissions counselor, Kris Sundberg, who will assist you with the application process and answer any questions you may have. Below is what we ask you to submit as part of the application.

    Secondary 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 foreign language(s) (recommended, but not required)


    We highly recommend an interview, which can be conducted on campus or by phone. We see the interview as an opportunity to “lift yourself off the page” and get beyond just the statistics and test scores.  

    Letters of recommendation

    We require a letter of recommendation (in English) from a teacher and a college counselor.

    Standardized test scores

    Please submit either Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores. We use test results not only as a factor in admission decisions but also for guidance with course placement. A minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based), or 83 (TOEFL-ibt) is required for international students. In lieu of the TOEFL score, international students may submit a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. 

    Lake Forest College ACT code: 1054
    Lake Forest College SAT and TOEFL code: 1392