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 GLBT, 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. 

BWU and FLBL

Black Women United (BWU) is an informal support 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. Groups meet every other Friday at 4:00 p.m. in Rosemary House.

For Latinas, By Latinas (FLBL) is an informal support 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. Groups meet every other Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Rosemary House.

Continued Connection

Continued Connection is a new initiative designed to continue the campus support provided to students who participate in the First Connection pre-orientation program. Through a variety of workshops that cover academic strategies, social adjustments, and intercultural understanding, this program promotes ongoing community engagement and provides extra services to underrepresented students to improve retention at the college. Continued Connection sessions occur every other Monday evening through the Fall semester.

First in the Family

First in the Family 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, First in the Family 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 resources for traditionally underrepresented students, including African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and International students. The resources and links provided are specifically geared towards helping these students with financial aid and their well being. We also provide scholarships for students from Chicago Public Schools. For more information, you may visit the office in Rosemary House, 2nd Floor or call us at 847-735-5105. 

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