It's easy to apply to Lake Forest!
We are currently accepting first-year applications for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023.
Submit these required materials to complete your application:
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Forester Scholars Weekend
Can you show us what it means to be a Forester and win one of six full-tuition scholarships? Forester Scholars Weekend is a dynamic, immersive, invite-only (Fall 2023 first-year students) experience where you can engage with current students and faculty and participate in an evaluative academic session to win scholarship funds. Apply today to be considered.
Lake Forest College
Office of Admissions
555 N. Sheridan Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Via fax: 847-735-6271
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org