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News and Events

Community Access to Lake Forest College

Take advantage of having a college in your backyard. Whether it’s attending the annual Oppenheimer lecture, taking a class, or cheering on the Foresters at their next soccer match, Lake Forest College encourages its neighbors to take part in campus happenings. 

Audit a course

Community members are welcome to audit most courses offered at Lake Forest. Auditors are not required to submit a transcript. The cost to audit is $400 per class. Contact Carol Gayle for more information.

Take a summer course 

Summer at Lake Forest College has something for everyone. Learn more here.

Take a course for credit (non-degree) 

Students of all ages may take classes to work towards a bachelor’s degree at a college other than Lake Forest College, or to prepare for graduate study.

Students may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis. All credits earned may be applied toward a degree at Lake Forest College. (The Office of Admissions will review a student’s performance at the end of each semester. Students who demonstrate the ability to complete their coursework successfully may submit a change of status application to become fully matriculated students.)

Adults who already have a bachelor’s degree may be interested in the College’s Graduate Program in Liberal Studies.

Dual-enrollment courses for high school students

Students currently enrolled in high school may apply to take courses at Lake Forest while they are enrolled in high school.  A reduced tuition rate is offered. All credits earned may be applied toward a degree at Lake Forest College. 

Regular course offerings of the College are open to qualified members of the community for credit and many may be audited. Part-time students are welcome.


Need a place to work out? Our new Sports and Recreation Center features a weight room, dance studio, running track, and swimming pool among other facilities. Learn more about enrolling in our community program.

Spectator Sports

Come on out to Lake Forest College athletic competitions and support the team! Our varsity teams compete in football, basketball, soccer, and handball among many other sports. Community members are always welcome in the stands and many join our F.A.N. Club


Some of the country’s leading artists exhibit their work at Lake Forest College. Visit the Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries in the Durand Art Institute on campus. We’ve recently featured the works of noted contemporary artists including Wafaa Bilal and Thomas Nozkowski, and Lake Forest’s own Franz Schulz. 

Performing Arts

The Lake Forest Lyrica concert series has brought accomplished musicians from the Chicago area to campus for more than ten years. Our theater students present two productions every year. Learn more about the latest upcoming production.

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