International Students

We value the backgrounds and distinct perspectives that all of our students bring to the Lake Forest community. Our international students are a vital part of what makes Lake Forest unique and special. International students represent more than 70 countries and 14 percent of our student body.

  • You may contact your international admissions counselor, Kris Sundberg, who will assist you with the application process and answer any questions you may have. Below is what we ask you to submit as part of the application.

    Secondary school transcript

    Most students applying to the College have taken a college preparatory curriculum including honors, AP, and IB courses. We look at your transcript within the context of your high school, knowing that all schools offer different academic programs. You can receive college credit for both AP and IB classes based on exam scores (review our AP/IB credit score requirements for more information).

    Our minimum requirements are:

    • 4 years of English
    • 3 or more years of mathematics (minimum requirement is through algebra II/trigonometry)
    • 3 or more years of natural science, including 2 years with laboratory sections
    • 3 or more years of social science
    • 2 or more years of foreign language(s) (recommended, but not required)


    We highly recommend an interview, which can be conducted on campus or by phone. We see the interview as an opportunity to “lift yourself off the page” and get beyond just the statistics and test scores.  

    Letters of recommendation

    We require a letter of recommendation (in English) from a teacher or a college counselor. While we only require one recommendation, we recommend submitting a letter from both a teacher and a college counselor as it will provide us with a more complete picture of you.

    Standardized test scores

    International students are required to show proof of sufficient English-language ability. This may be fulfilled in the following ways:

    Submit one of the following official score reports:

    • TOEFL score with a minimum TOEFL score of 83/TOEFL-iBT or 550/TOEFL-pBT (Code 1392)
    • IELTS score with a minimum 6.5 composite
    • SAT examination results (Code 1392)
    • ACT examination results (Code: 1054)

    The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived based on the below criteria. Students who waive the TOEFL or IELTS must submit a SAT or ACT score.

    • Proof of study in an English-based curriculum for a minimum of one year
    • English is your first language and you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
    • Completion of an intensive approved ELL program

    If you believe that you can provide proof of English proficiency in another way, please contact Kristin Sundberg with details.

    US citizens and US Permanent Residents who study and/or live outside the US do not need to provide proof of English proficiency unless requested to do so by the Office of Admissions.

    Upon receipt of an enrollment deposit, students who have taken but not submitted an SAT or ACT will be asked to submit scores at that time for course placement.