About Us

Lake Forest College doesn’t require students to choose practicality over passion. We know that embracing both makes for well-rounded graduates and the strongest job candidates.

Brown Hall aerial view

At Lake Forest College, we work together to make it happen. Our diverse students make connections to the world around them in and beyond our gates. Our thriving academic community and superb faculty make education engaging, pragmatic, and forward-thinking. Our proximity to Chicago, the third-largest city in the US, provides students access to rich cultural experiences and experiential learning in all fields, earning us consistent rankings for internship opportunities 

#1 for
Social Mobility U.S. News & World Report
#24 BEST
Quality of Life The Princeton Review
#13 BEST
Value College U.S. News & World Report
Science Lab Facilities The Princeton Review

We take a pragmatic approach that merges the nourishing foundations of a liberal arts education with practical experience through internships, research, study abroad opportunities, and the Lake Forest In The Loop program. 

Our graduates use their Lake Forest College experiences to make a career they love: 98 percent have jobs, enter graduate school, or pursue other avenues of success within six months of graduation. 

The Best of Both Worlds

Our beautiful lakeside campus is just an hour north of vibrant Chicago, the third-largest city in the US.

Generous Financial Aid Offerings

We make it possible for the planners, thinkers, and makers of the future to access a stellar education by offering an abundance of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. 

Diverse Campus Community

Our students represent 44 states and 102 countries, 17% of our population is Spanish-speaking, and more than 40 languages are spoken on campus. 

Easy access to Chicago provides opportunities for internships and more.

Preparation for life in a global society.


Lake Forest College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.