Lake Forest is one of only 270 colleges and universities with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious national honor society.
Location. Location. Location.
Our beautiful 107-acre campus is located 30 miles north of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan.
We’re Not Your Typical College
We’re a destination for students from nearly every state and 81 countries around the world.
Lake Forest is ranked third among Illinois universities and colleges for Return on Investment, according to Payscale. And we’re #11 among national liberal arts colleges.
In the past decade, we’ve put $100 million into facilities, including our library, student center, sports complex, and new residence hall.
Spectrum polled students and faculty on their favorite spots around campus and added a few of our own to create this list. You will recognize many places – showing that some things never change at the College.
Perhaps the most iconic spot at Lake Forest College are the iron gates that connect Blackstone and Harlan dormitories and also serve as an entrance to Middle Campus from Sheridan Road. Built in the early 20th century, the gates originally led south to the Lake Forest Academy campus (now South Campus) and east toward Ferry Hall, a preparatory school for women. The gates now represent a favorite photo opportunity for visitors and alumni who return to campus.