Community Access to Lake Forest College

We welcome the local community to take advantage of having a college in their backyard. Many of our cultural, educational and recreational opportunities are open to the community. 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 get involved on campus.  


Want to hear more about what’s going on at the College? Subscribe to one of our email lists to receive notice of events open to the public on a monthly or more regular basis. 


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. Join the ranks of adults who have earned their bachelor’s degree at Lake Forest College. Adults who already have a bachelor’s degree may be interested in the College’s Graduate Program in Liberal Studies.


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


Want to see the work of leading artists but don’t want to take the drive down to Chicago? 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. Check out what exhibit is going on right now.

Performing Arts

Are the music and theater your cup of tea? Our Lyrica concert series has brought accomplished musicians from the Chicago area to campus for over the past ten years. Join us for a Sunday concert in the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel. Our theater students present two productions every year. Learn more about the production they’re working on.

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