High School Admissions Counselors

We appreciate the time and energy you put forth in helping students find the right college. Below is information we hope you can use to assist your students in making their college choices. 

Application Deadlines
  • Early Action: November 15
  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 15
  • Regular Decision: February 15
Student “fit”

Lake Forest College employs a holistic process to determine an applicant’s admission and future success as a Forester. Here is a link to a document that explains our application-reading process (pdf). We try to objectively assess the following points:

•    Academic program
•    Senior curriculum
•    Grade Point Average
•    Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA)
•    College placement
•    Recommendations
•    Community engagement
•    Potential to benefit and contribute (interview)
•    English initiative
•    Writing evaluation
•    Mathematical initiative
•    Standardized test scores
•    Level of non-English language study

We also have identified additional values that indicate a strong fit:
  • Big city connections: Students who want the best of both worlds! A residential campus located just 30 miles north of the resources and vibrancy of Chicago.

  • Active participants: Students who want to pursue internships, a mentor relationship, research and volunteer opportunities, or a chance to chat with a professor after class. We seek students who are active and enthusiastic participants in their education. 

  • Adventure seekers: We want to see students who are independent, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and are willing to make choices that lead them in new directions. 

Counselor fly-in programs

We offer a limited number of counselors $100 flight subsidies to counselors who wish to visit campus. While on campus,  they attend a campus tour, meet with an admissions counselor, and have lunch with a current student. For more information, contact the admissions counselor from your area. 

Test-optional information

Lake Forest College has a test-optional admissions policy, which means that most students, with the exception of international and home-schooled students, are not required to submit standardized test scores. Students who choose not to submit their scores are required to interview with an admission counselor. This can be done via phone, Skype, or in person, and the student is responsible for scheduling the interview. International students are required to submit TOEFL scores.  Homeschool students are required to submit standardized test scores.

Financial aid and merit awards

Lake Forest offers merit-based scholarships of up to $20,000 plus need-based grants, as well as federal and state grants, loans, and work study options. All students applying for financial aid must complete our short FastApp and the FAFSA. International students must complete the College Board’s Profile. You can read a full summary of our financial aid program here