You can learn quite a bit about us from our website and publications, but the best way to get a true sense of the Lake Forest experience is to visit campus. We invite you to come meet our students and faculty, attend a class in an area of interest, and tour our amazing campus.
We strongly encourage students and their families to visit campus Monday through Friday in order to get the most complete experience, including a class visit or professor chat and meeting with students.
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 week. We can begin in the morning or early afternoon. Please let us know how much time you can spend with us and we will personalize your visit.
Open House Programs
Throughout the year we host several open house programs for prospective students and their families. The itinerary for the day gives you a great overview of the Lake Forest experience from presentations about our admissions and financial aid process to meeting with faculty and students.
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.
Onsite Admissions for Transfer Students
Onsite admission is available on select days during the summer, 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 to receive a review of your coursework and an admission decision. You must complete our online application or the Transfer Common Application 3 business days prior to your appointment. We do not charge an application fee for either application.