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Application Instructions

We look forward to helping you decide if Lake Forest is the right fit for you. Once you’ve submitted your application, here’s what else we are looking for: 

Application Requirements

High 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. Learn more about these below.

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 a foreign language(recommended, but not required)

Interview (highly recommended)
Almost every applicant is interviewed either on or off-campus, and we truly enjoy getting to know our prospective students. We see the interview as an opportunity to “lift yourself off the page” and get beyond just the statistics and test scores. You have a counselor specifically assigned to you and should feel free to contact them to set up an interview or ask a question.

Letters of recommendation
We require a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or a college counselor. Though not required, you may also submit one additional reference from an athletic coach, scout leader, community service coordinator, or work supervisor.

Standardized test scores and test-optional admissions
We accept both the ACT (Code: 1054) and the SAT (Code 1392), and take the best sub-scores to compile a composite score. You may choose not to submit your scores as part of our test-optional admissions policy. If you make use of this opportunity, you must have a personal interview with an admission counselor. This can be done via phone or in-person and you should take the initiative to set-up this interview as soon as possible. International students are required to submit ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores. Students who ultimately enroll at the College will be asked to submit test scores for advising and College research.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Scores

Advanced Placement

Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement courses and the appropriate examinations provided by the College Entrance Examination Board may apply for college credit for this work.

Scores of 4 or 5 on the examinations may entitle students to at least one course credit; scores of 1, 2 or, in most cases, 3, are not granted credit. A score of 4 or better on both the microeconomics and macroeconomics exams is required for one course credit in economics.

Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department. 

Advanced Placement Credit Table

International Baccalaureate

Students who have successfully completed International Baccalaureate courses and taken the higher-level examinations provided by the IB Program may apply for college credit for this work.

Grades of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the examinations entitle students to at least one course credit; grades of 1, 2, and 3 are not granted credit. Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department.

International Baccalaureate Credit Table

Credit Evaluation Chats

Need assistance determining if your AP, IB, or Dual Credit courses will transfer to college credits? Katie Isler, Transfer and Registration Coordinator, is available for credit evaluation chats on Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Click here to schedule a time.