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Fall Admitted Students

Advising

New students are assigned a faculty advisor at the outset who assists with overall program planning, course selection, registration, career choices, and any academic difficulties or personal problems as they may arise.

Students must select a major field of study by the end of the sophomore year, and, accordingly, choose an advisor from the faculty members in the relevant department or interdisciplinary major. Faculty advisors in the major assist students in drawing up a program of courses in their major field and other academic areas, and provide necessary guidance throughout students’ undergraduate careers.

The calendar and processes are different for First Year students and Transfer students.

FIRST YEAR ADVISING

Incoming First Year students are taught by their advisor in a First-Year Studies seminar during the fall term. These first-year advisors serve in an advisory capacity for the entire first year. During the sophomore year, students may retain their first-year advisor or choose another faculty advisor.

  • May 22 - Deadline for submitting your First-Year Studies Course Choices

Did you submit your top 6 choices for your First-Year Studies course yet? Want to read more about the Fall 2017 FIYS courses and the FIYS faculty? Once you’ve made your decision, click here to submit your FIYS course preferences (you will need your Student ID number).

First Year students will consult with their advisors about the courses and schedule they prefer and will receive a tentative schedule in early July.

  • June 1–28 - Take the Quantitative Readiness Assessment  (QRA)

We’ve devised this short assessment to help you and your advisor choose appropriate quantitative classes for the fall semester. No worries — there’s no credit given and it’s not graded. However it’s required to have this completed before you chat with your advisor. (If you’re a transfer student, talk to your advisor before you take the test - depending on your background, you may not need to take it.) Details will be emailed to you. The assessment will open on June 1 and remain open until June 28.

  • A variety of accommodations may be available for students with diagnosed disabilities (including learning, physical, and psychological) or medical conditions (acute or chronic) in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Students are encouraged to submit documentation of a disability or medical condition to at the beginning of their careers at Lake Forest or as soon as the documentation becomes available.  Some accommodations take more time than others to arrange, so it is important that students submit documentation as early as possible. 

 

  • June 1–28 - Take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA)
    The Science Placement Assessment opens June 2. Any student who wants to take biology or chemistry in their first year must take the science placement assessment. This includes pre-health, biology, chemistry, and neuroscience intended majors. The College uses these results and other factors to help properly advise you into the science courses for which you will be most successful. 

    • You will be given 20 minutes to complete 20 multiple choice algebra and geometry questions. If you have documented accommodations that allow you extra time on tests, please contact Teryn Robinson (robinson@lakeforest.edu) in order to receive time and a half on this assessment.
    • You should plan to have an uninterrupted period of about 25 minutes, free from distractions, in which to log on and take the assessment
    • You should not receive assistance with any questions on the assessment. Such assistance will invalidate the results and may lead to incorrect advising. You do not want to find your way into a college-level science class if you are not adequately prepared. 
    • You will not be allowed to register for any biology or chemistry courses until you have taken the Science Placement Assessment. 

      We’ve devised this short assessment to help you and your advisor choose appropriate classes for the fall semester. No worries — there’s no credit given and it’s not graded. However it’s required to have this completed before you chat with your advisor. (If you’re a transfer student, talk to your advisor before you take the test - depending on your background, you may not need to take it.) Details will be emailed to you.

Instructions and the link will be emailed to you in late May.

TRANSFER STUDENT ADVISING

Transfer students are assigned an academic advisor by the Dean of the Faculty. They should consult their advisors during the advising period, which occurs immediately prior to their registration period.

Transfer students should consult with their advisor before taking the Science Placement Assessment or the Quantitative Readiness Assessment. If advised to take either or both, you will receive instructions on how to do so.

The transfer advising period is June 20–July 3.