Admissions

Visit Campus

You can learn quite a bit about us from our website, but the best way to get a true sense of the Lake Forest experience is to visit campus. Come meet our students and faculty, attend a class in an area of interest, and tour our picturesque campus.

It pays to visit!

High school seniors who visit before May 1 will receive $1,000 annually towards their cost of attendance at the College. Applies to domestic, first-year students only.

Request a campus visit.

An ideal visit to campus includes:

  • meeting a professor
  • observing a class
  • having lunch in our cafeteria
  • talking with current students
  • chatting with a coach
  • campus tour (for science interested students, we have specific tours of the facilities)
  • meeting your admissions counselor

We recommend spending at least a half a day with us during the school week. Please let us know how much time you can spend with us and we will craft your visit to fit your timeframe.

Off-Campus Receptions

Complete an online registration.

In the winter and spring months, we bring the Forester life to you! Members of the Forester community including faculty, current students, coaches, alumni and members of the admissions staff will be at a unique venue near you. Events are open to first-year and transfer students.

Future Forester Day 

Complete an online registration. **Admitted Students Only**

We welcome admitted students and their families to join us for an energy filled Future Forester Day! Whether you’ve decided to call Lake Forest home or you’re still deciding, using this opportunity to get an in-depth look at the Forester community.

Explore Lake Forest College: Arts, Humanities, and Chicago 

Click here for more information on Explore Lake Forest College: Art, Humanities, and Chicago. **Transfers and Admitted First-Years Only**

Attend an overnight visit program designed for students with academic interests in areas such as the fine arts, history, English, and foreign languages, religion, and philosophy.

Start off with a trip to Chicago to experience the art and architecture of the Windy City with our current students, alumni, and faculty. Return to campus for an overnight stay with a student host, and spend the next day engaging in real classes, meeting with professors and career advisors, and learning about student life.

Onsite Admissions for Transfer Students

Complete an online request

Onsite admission is available on most Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters.  Onsite admission is designed to take the stress out of the application process and waiting for an admission decision. Schedule a time and bring in all of your official transcripts (college and high school) to receive a review of your coursework and an admission decision.  You must complete the Transfer Common Application two business days prior to your appointment. We do not charge an application fee and you can submit your professor letter of recommendation with the application or send it to us separately. 

Group Visits

(We are currently booked for Spring 2017. Group visits will resume in September 2017.)

Complete an online request

We are glad to welcome groups and can provide short presentations on the college admission process and how students can ready themselves for college. In the past, we have welcomed students from local high schools, counselors, and other groups that have been interested in seeing what a selective liberal arts college in the Chicago area has to offer. We offer group tours and can provide lunch options.