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We are currently accepting first-year and transfer applications for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022. Submit your application today!

Our Early Action/Early Decision 1 deadline for first-year students is November 1.

A beautiful campus with outstanding faculty and classmates, coupled with the resources and excitement of nearby Chicago—it really is the best of both worlds.

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Step 1. Submit your application

We are currently accepting the following applications for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022:

First-Year Student Admissions Deadlines

Application Round Apply By Notified By
Early Action/Early Decision I November 1 December 15
Early Action/Early Decision II January 15 February 1
Regular Decision February 15 April 1

Transfer Student Admissions Deadlines

Start Term Apply By
Fall August 1
Spring January 1

Visiting Students: You must use this application to audit a class or this application to take a class for credit. Explore our Visiting Students page for more information.

Step 2. Complete your application

We need the following to make an admission decision:

First-Year Students
  • High School/Secondary School Transcript
  • One Teacher or Counselor Recommendation
  • Interview (highly recommended)
  • Standardized Test Scores (optional*)

Click here for more information about first-year application requirements.

Transfer Students
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official High School/Secondary School Transcript
  • One Professor Recommendation (Transfers with less than 30 college semester hours may submit a secondary school teacher recommendation)
  • Interview (required)
  • Standardized Test Scores (optional*) 

Click here for more information about transfer application requirements.

Visiting Students - Non-Degree
  • Official High School Transcript
  • College Transcript (if any coursework has been taken)

Submit Materials
You may submit your materials any of the following ways. Materials can be submitted at any time during the application process.

Mail to:
Lake Forest College
Office of Admissions
555 N Sheridan Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Fax to: 847-735-6271

Email to: admissions@lakeforest.edu

Step 3. Stay connected

  • You can check the status of your application and supplemental materials here.
  • If you any questions, you can reach out to your counselor at any point in the process. Find your assigned counselor here.
*Planning on applying test optional? 

You may choose not to submit your scores as part of our test-optional admissions policy. If you make use of this opportunity, a personal interview with an admission counselor is required. This can be done via phone or in person. You can schedule this interview by contacting admissions@lakeforest.edu or your admission counselor. International students are required to submit SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores unless they are able to prove English proficiency. Transfer international students who are studying at an English language based institution and have completed a minimum of one semester of college credit are not required to submit test scores. Transfer students are required to interview whether or not they submit test scores.

Nondiscriminatory Policy