Fall Admitted Students

Dates and Deadlines

Everything you need to do before you arrive is listed on this page. (Well, almost everything.)

Read below and start making preparations for your arrival in August. 

Final transcript and good standing
Keep up the good work and finish strong! Lake Forest College offers of admission are always contingent upon receiving final transcript(s) showing acceptable academic performance and no disciplinary issues. We do reserve the right to rescind the offer of admission if academic or disciplinary concerns are presented at any time during the admission and enrollment process.

Housing Intent Form
Don’t forget to submit your housing intent form. This confirms your intention to commute or live on campus. Learn more about housing. 

If applicable to you, complete the Special Needs Accommodations Form—Due as soon as you can, but no later than May 20,  so we can begin working on your needs.

The form and all required documentation are necessary for those requesting a documentation for housing, medical, or academic reasons. 

First-Year Studies Selection—May 6
If you are a First-year student, one of your fall classes will be a first-year studies course. Details will be emailed to you on May 6.

Get your Lake Forest College computing instructions—May 11
Computing instructions are emailed on May 11. Students are cyber-connected on campus three ways: via a Lake Forest email address; on Moodle, the course management system; and on my.lakeforest, our Intranet portal for registering and managing your account. It’s important that you do not change any passwords for these accounts until you arrive on campus in August.

Receive your Housing Application—May 13
If you are living on campus, check your email for the link to our housing application, which will be due by May 27; changes may be done through June 3.

First Year Studies Course Selection—Due May 23
Don’t forget to submit your course preferences by this date!

Take the Quantitative Readiness Assessment  (QRA)—June 2-20
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. The assessment will open on June 1 and remain open until June 20.

Take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA)—June 2-20
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. 

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

First-Year Studies Announcement—Early June
Information will be mailed to you regarding your First-year studies placement along with details from your advisor regarding registering for your remaining classes.

Housing Assignment—June 10
We know you’re excited to learn about your new roommate(s)! Check your email as this is the day housing assignments are sent out. The details will be sent only to your Lake Forest email account.

Transfer Advisor Assignments—June 17
Transfer students check your email! You will receive your advisor assignments via email. 

Advising Period—June 20–July 3
Be prepared with you course choices and questions.This is when you be in contact with your advisor regarding the appropriate courses to select. First-year students, be sure you have taken the QRA and the SPA before you contact your advisor. 

Register for courses— Open July 12
All registration is done online through your my.lakeforest account. Please be sure to contact your academic advisor prior to registering for courses.

Review your tuition statement, health insurance waiver, student loan information, and information about Forester Payment Plan— available in early July, due August 11
The Forester Payment Plan is a handy tool for spreading your tuition bill over the year. You can sign up anytime after you get your bill. Learn more here.

AlcoholEdu & Haven—Part I Due August 25
All students are required to take the online courses which opened on July 25. Details were provided via email on July 19. 
Health History Form—Due August 1
Don’t forget to submit your health history report and vaccination form. Details of where to send the forms are available on the form itself.

Tuition Payment and Health Insurance Waiver—Due August 11

Decide if you want to attend First Connection Pre-Orientation—August 14–18
First Connection pre-orientation helps international students and those who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education make a successful transition to life at Lake Forest. It is optional for domestic students and required for international students. If you go to First Connection you also must attend New Student Orientation. 

Make plans to attend New Student Orientation—August 19–24
Whether a first-year student or transfer, living on campus or at home, New Student Orientation is where you’ll meet your classmates and learn all about your new life as a Forester. It’s a must-attend experience!

Move-in Day—August 19
Fellow Foresters will be on hand to help you move into your new home. If you’re looking for a list of what to bring (and what not to bring) you can explore that online.


Classes start August 25.
And the adventure begins.