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About Us

Our Students

Lake Forest students are…


  • 86% of students conduct off-campus research or internships in Chicago or across the globe
  • 40% go on at least one off-campus study program at places like Spain, France, Greece, New Zealand, and more
  • Each year, students are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society 
  • Our students are recipients of prestigious national honors such as the Kemper Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Davis Projects for Peace Scholarship, and others
  • 96% of the 2016 graduates have found post-graduation placement in jobs, graduate school, and more


  • More than 50% participate in varsity, intramural, or club athletics
  • Most are involved in one or more of 50-plus campus clubs and organizations
  • Nearly all are involved in community service projects
  • Students raise more money for Relay for Life than most other similarly sized colleges in the United States
  • About 80% of students stay on campus during the weekends


  • From nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 73 countries
  • 39% are either ethnic minority or international students
  • More than 40 languages are spoken on campus
  • Greater student diversity than most other liberal arts colleges in the country


  • Ironman triathlete
  • Advocate for people with Crohn’s disease and was named one of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women for 2011
  • Manager of the U.S. Paralympic Hockey Team during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Executive Director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York
  • Published author of a trilingual Spanish-English-Quechua children’s book about indigenous children in Bolivia
  • Activist on issues of food safety in China
  • Acclaimed writer of sci-fi book series titled Kushiel’s Legacy, which was named one of the top 100 Sci-Fi series of all time by National Public Radio listeners.