Transfer Students

As a transfer student at Lake Forest College, you will be welcomed into a friendly and highly inclusive community of students from nearly every state and 71 countries. Professors will know you by name, and you will learn in a rigorous academic environment in small class settings.

Career-building internships are plentiful and career advisors will work with you from day one to help you achieve your professional goals.

The outcomes are hard to match: 97% of recent grads had a job, graduate school, or other chosen opportunities lined up within six months of graduation.

Whether you are hoping to join the College after one semester, or after receiving your associate’s degree, we offer the flexibility you need to enroll in either the fall or spring semester.

We now offer onsite admission days, where transfer students can visit campus and receive an admissions decision on the same day.
  • We look forward to helping you decide if Lake Forest is the right fit for you. You may contact your transfer admission counselor, Melissa Naughton, who will assist you with the application process and answer any questions you may have.


    Transfer students may apply using the Transfer Application or the Common Application.

    Here’s what we are looking for:


    We require transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, as well as your high school transcript. A final transcript is required at the completion of the term. In most cases, you should have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for consideration. Applicants wishing to major in business/economics, education, or communication are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for consideration, and require approval by the chair of the department.

    Letters of recommendation

    If you have more than 30 semester hours (44 quarter hours), you are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your most recent college. If you have completed fewer than 30 semester hours, you may submit a secondary school teacher recommendation.


    As a transfer student an interview is required. This is a conversation about your goals, as well as what you value in an education. We see the interview as an opportunity to “lift yourself off the page” and get beyond just the statistics and test scores.

    Standardized test scores

    We accept both the ACT and the SAT, and take the best sub-scores to compile a composite score. ACT and/or SAT scores are not required for transfer students with more than 30 semester hours of college level coursework.

    Lake Forest College ACT code: 1054
    Lake Forest College SAT and TOEFL code: 1392

    ZeeMee profile

    At Lake Forest College, we believe there are many ways to highlight what makes you a match for the College. In an effort to get to know our applicants, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. 

    As part of a holistic review, we are committed to learning about the person behind the application. First, sign up at and create your profile. Then copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your Common Application (there’s a dedicated field for it). 

    Please note: Submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.

    International transfer students

    You are required to submit a TOEFL score. We require a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 220 on the computer-based exam or an 83 on the ibt. In lieu of the TOEFL score, international students may submit a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. 

    Veterans and service members

    Lake Forest College values our current veterans and service members and is supportive of those who wish to begin or complete their education with us. Click here for information about financial aid available to veterans and their dependents. Please contact Melissa Naughton or Kristin Sundberg for assistance.


    You must be eligible to return to your previous institution. Otherwise, you must wait at least six months before we can consider your application. If you have been dismissed from a college or university more than once, you will not be eligible for admission at Lake Forest College.


    The College offers a variety of scholarships for transfer students.