College Catalog

  • Founded in 1857, Lake Forest College has a long tradition of academic excellence. At the heart of Lake Forest is the close-knit community of teachers, scholars, students, and staff representing cultures from around the globe who live and learn together in an environment of mutual respect and collaboration. Committed to teaching undergraduates, the distinguished faculty share a fundamental goal of preparing students to become independent thinkers and responsible citizens of global communities.

    The curriculum, uniquely enriched by the extensive resources of nearby Chicago, challenges students to think critically and creatively, to reason analytically, and to communicate convincingly. In addition to majors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the College features programs of study in pre-law, pre-medicine, communication, business, finance, computer science, and still other practical areas. Abundant internships, research and study abroad opportunities, and personal guidance from professors, enhances the college experience.

    Lake Forest prepares students to lead successful and fulfilling lives.

  • Mission Statement

    Lake Forest College affirms that education ennobles the individual.

    Our curriculum engages students in the breadth of the liberal arts and the depth of traditional disciplines. We encourage students to read critically, reason analytically, communicate persuasively, and, above all, to think for themselves. We prepare our students for, and help them attain, productive and rewarding careers. We foster creative talent and independent research. We embrace cultural diversity. We honor achievement. Our faculty of distinguished scholars takes pride in its commitment to teaching. We know our students by name and prepare them to become responsible citizens of the global community. We enable students, faculty, trustees, and administrators to solve problems in a civil manner, collectively. We maintain a secure residential campus of great beauty. We enrich our curriculum with the vibrant resources of Chicago. Lake Forest College celebrates the personal growth that accompanies the quest for excellence. – Approved by the Faculty and Trustees, May 1992; amended 2014.

  • Non-Discrimination Policy

    Lake Forest College’s nondiscrimination policies are based on federal laws and regulations, including Title IX and other relevant regulations, as well as on its institutional ideals.

    It is the stated policy of Lake Forest College that appropriate qualifications for and performance of specific duties are the basic criteria for the employment and promotion of all College academic and nonacademic staff. Lake Forest College does not discriminate against any persons because of race, color, sex, religion, or national or ethnic origin in its education program, activities, or employment. In addition, Lake Forest College is required by Title IX and regulations promulgated thereunder not to discriminate on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities, and employment. Lake Forest College does not discriminate on the basis of disability against any otherwise qualified person by denying participation in, or the benefits of, any College program or activity. Lake Forest College also does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in its education programs, activities, or employment. For the purpose of this policy, the term “sexual orientation” means the status or expression, whether actual or perceived, of heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.

    The campus coordinator for Title IX (prohibiting sex discrimination) is the Personnel Officer, to whom inquiries concerning Title IX may be referred. The campus coordinator for Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting discrimination based on disability) is Stephen D. Schutt, President.