Apply to Lake Forest College

We are eager to learn more about you. Our admissions office reviews files in a holistic manner and will carefully read every part of your application.

  • Sure, we take into account your high school curriculum, your grades, and your extra-curricular activities, but we also want to know about the experiences and ideas that have shaped your life.

  • To apply for admission, you can begin with Part I which is optional, but provides us with the basic information to start your application file and then complete Part II – the Common Application or Lake Forest College Application. You may also start with Part II if you are ready to complete the entire process.

    We do not have a preference about whether you use the Lake Forest Application or the Common Application. Both applications are free.

    Part I: Basic Information

    Part II:  The Lake Forest Application or The Common Application

  • We strongly value the fit between you and the College, and we require the following to make our decisions:

    First-Year Students:
    Transfer Students:
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Official 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)


    If you intend on seeking financial assistance, you should also complete our Financial Aid FastApp, in addition to the FAFSA.

To review how we assess AP and IB credits you can click here.

Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students

Lake Forest College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Find it quick!

Our ACT code: 1054
Our SAT code: 1392