Student Life

Success and Support

First Connection

First Connection Pre-Orientation Program provides information and support that will help incoming students transition to life at Lake Forest College, both within and outside of the classroom. 

The program is also designed to enhance the cultural awareness and understanding among its participants by providing meaningful intercultural information and experiences. Thus, students traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved in American higher education, including, but not limited to U.S. ethnic minority students, students who identify as LGBTQ, first generation students, and international students are especially urged to attend.Taking place the week before orientation, this pre-orientation program facilitates the transition to the academic expectations and general culture of the College. Participants will be encouraged to develop a peer support network of staff and fellow students to provide additional support during their first semester here.

First Connection provides support regarding a number of transition issues, including the development of a genuine understanding of the College’s rigorous academic expectations, dealing with cultural adjustment, and gaining familiarity with the College’s various resources. 

Forester First: A Program for First Generation Students

Lake Forest College is committed to supporting student success inside and outside of the classroom. We know that a strong support system at the College can help to ensure that a student excels in their first year. Forester First is a college success and mentoring program designed for first generation college students, or students whose parents do not hold a degree from a four-year college or university.  

Students must first complete an application to be considered for the program. Upon enrollment, each student is matched with a successful upper-level student who serves as a peer mentor throughout the first year at Lake Forest College.  Throughout the program, students and peer mentors schedule weekly individual meetings and group activities.

In addition to mentorship, Forest First students participate in community building activities and workshops focused on time management and career development.  Students also receive help in securing on-campus jobs and personalized financial aid assistance. 

For more information contact Erin Hoffman at hoffman@mx.lakeforest.edu.

Forester First Parent Orientation

Forester First Parent Orientation is a program for parents and family members designed to introduce important resources at Lake Forest College that will benefit first-generation college students.  Representatives from various support offices on campus present information on financial aid and planning, academic programs and resources, student services, and an overview of the college calendar and what to expect in the first year. Additionally, the parent orientation serves as an opportunity for families to establish a network of support and community, as well as an introduction and foundation for other orientation programs that will take place for parents of all incoming first-year students.

Scholarship Resources

The Office of Intercultural Relations can provide assistance for traditionally underrepresented students, including African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and International students, seeking scholarship resources. For more information, you may visit the office in Rosemary House, 2nd Floor or call us at 847-735-5105. 

Empowerment Groups

Black Women United

Black Women United (BWU) is an empowerment group designed to empower, uplift and unite Black women. Through engaging activities and thought-provoking discussions, students gain a better sense of self while also enhancing their academic, professional, social, and leadership success. For more information contact Jasmin Robinson jrobinson@lakeforest.edu

Black Men’s Group

Black Men’s Group is an empowerment group designed for African and African American men on campus.  BMG is a space where Black men can discuss issues, build networks, and engage in brotherhood. For more information about BMG contact Dean Robert Flot flot@lakeforest.edu

For Latinas, By Latinas

For Latinas, By Latinas (FLBL) is an empowerment group designed to meet the holistic needs of Latinas on campus. Through thought-provoking discussions and sharing of our stories, students will gain a better sense of self and community, while also enhancing their academic, professional, social, and leadership success. For more information about FLBL contact Jasmin Robinson jrobinson@lakeforest.edu

Supporting Opportunities for Latinos (SÓL)

Supporting Opportunities for Latinos (SÓL) is an empowerment group designed to provide an outlet for Latino men to strengthen their identity while promoting brotherhood amongst their peers.  SÓL also provides participants mentorship and community building opportunities through sharing stories, food, sports, or other commonalities. For more information about SÓL contact Jasmin Robinson jrobinson@lakeforest.edu.