United World College Students

Students from the Davis United World College Scholars Program are a vital part of what makes Lake Forest unique. Each year, we welcome over 60 Davis Scholars to campus from nearly 45 countries.

Join a thriving community of international students

Sixteen percent of the Lake Forest College student body are international students, a fact we celebrate. Our diversity strengthens every lesson students learn and prepares them to take on the world beyond our gates.

Proud to meet full need for Davis Scholars

Students from the Davis United World College Scholars Program are a vital part of what makes Lake Forest unique and special. Each year, we welcome over 60 Davis Scholars to campus from nearly 45 countries. Plus, starting with the Class of 2025, we are at the $40,000 scholarship range and meet full need for Davis Scholars.

Our partnership with the Davis United World College Scholars Program started nearly two decades ago, and since then, our UWC students have thrived as scholars, activists, leaders, and athletes within the Lake Forest community. Plus, UWC students have access to generous financial aid, strong academic programs, a plethora of study abroad options, student work opportunities, and advanced career preparation through experiential learning and networking.

Keep the world in reach

We know that as international students, you are eager to keep exploring the world. We'd love to be your home and base for a few years, but we also ensure that all our students can expand their learning beyond our Lake Forest campus. That's why we allow students to spend up to three semesters learning off campus through study abroad or our In The Loop and ACTIVATE programs where students live, learn, and work in the heart of Chicago.

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Study abroad

At Lake Forest College, we understand that our students have individual learning goals, which is why we have such a robust set of approved study abroad and domestic study away programs — over 250 options in 70 countries! (And that's just our semester options!) Nearly 80 percent of our Davis Scholars have participated in off-campus programs. Explore study abroad options > 

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Research

At Lake Forest, students conduct the highest level of research and discovery across disciplines with professors who are experts in their fields. The Richter Scholar Summer Research Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent, individual research with Lake Forest College faculty early in their academic careers. Explore student research >

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Career preparation

Davis Scholars have participated in internships in Chicago and abroad. Through our nationally-recognized Career Pathways program, the Gorter Family Career Advancement Center empowers students with essential skills, experiences, and networks that will help them pursue meaningful careers. Explore the Career Advancement Center >

valentina ferreira
Unlike bigger universities in the US and around the world, Lake Forest College has a close-knit community and personalized experience that made me feel at home as soon as I arrived. The faculty and staff at the College are always keeping up with you and your career, offering support, concern, and resources to the best of their abilities. This is what has made me feel the happiest, like I made the correct choice and like I truly wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Valentina Ferreira Figueroa '25, UWC ISAK Japan

Bringing the world home: Lake Forest ranks second in Davis Cup for third consecutive year

Each year, the Davis United World College Scholars Program releases a report that combines each participating university’s updates and achievements in supporting Davis Scholars. For the third consecutive year, Lake Forest College was recognized as the first runner-up in the Davis Cup, underscoring the effort the College puts into supporting students matriculating from United World College (UWC) institutions.

Read more about the recognition

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When we say we're near a big city, we mean it

At Lake Forest College, you'll have access to an incredible urban hub with vibrant culture and endless opportunities to advance your dreams. With programs like In The Loop and ACTIVATE, our students make the most of what Chicago has to offer. Plus, Chicago is host to suites of global cuisine and entertainment so you never have to feel too far from home.

Chicago connections

Life in Lake Forest

Lake Forest, Illinois is a city on the picturesque North Shore of the Chicagoland area. Just 30 miles north of Chicago, the third-largest city in the US and Time Out's third-best city in the world, Lake Forest is a peaceful community with dining, shops, and more in the charming Market Square. (Ever see Gilmore Girls? Think Stars Hollow meets Midwest-nice.) The Metra train station in Lake Forest's downtown leads directly to Chicago with no transfers, ensuring the community can take part in all the big city has to offer.

Lake Forest boasts access to the gorgeous body of water known as Lake Michigan by way of a sandy beach that's perfect for picnics, sun-soaking, and swimming. Lake Michigan, the fifth-largest lake in the world, is one of five interconnected bodies of fresh water known as the Great Lakes. The land along Lake Michigan is often referred to as the "Third Coast" of the United States.

Lake Forest is a great home for a institution like ours, and it's an even greater home for college students such as yourself. You won't find yourself surrounded by corn fields and expansive stretches of highway here. The College is located just a 10-minute walk from the train station, downtown Lake Forest, and Lake Michigan.

Why Lake Forest College? Suvexa Pradhan Tuladhar '25, UWC-USA Class of '21

Making memories in Chicago. Rumbidzaishe Marufu '25, UWC Dilijan College Class of '21

How did you know this was the place for you? Valentina Ferreira '25, UWC ISAK Japan Class of '21

Research at Lake Forest College! Raneem Samman '24, UWC-USA Class of '20

Hanging out on campus. Hawi Odhiambo '25, Li Po Chun UWC Class of '21

Why study at Lake Forest?

Our partnership with the Davis United World College Scholars Program started nearly two decades ago, and since then, our UWC students have thrived as scholars, activisits, leaders, and athletes within the Lake Forest community. Plus, UWC students have access to:

Generous Financial Aid Opportunities

Starting with the Class of 2025, we are at the $40,000 scholarship range and will meet full need for Davis Scholars. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Students are required to submit the CSS Profile. UWC transfer students may also apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid for UWC students.

You can contact your admissions counselor, Molly Noyed, for an alternative financial aid application if completing the CSS is a hardship for you.

Strong Academic Programs

Students at Lake Forest College can pick up to two majors and one minor or up to one major and two minors in four years. The flexibility of our approach allows students to explore every avenue their interests take them. 50 percent of our Davis Scholars are double majors.

Learn more about our academic offerings.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Lake Forest College offers more than 200+ different off-campus programs. The Global Engagement Office at Lake Forest College supports the institution’s mission to embrace cultural diversity and to prepare our students to become responsible citizens of the global community by enabling our students to participate in study, research, volunteer, internship, and fellowship experiences both in the US as well as around the world. Nearly 80 percent of our Davis Scholars have participated in off-campus programs.

Learn more about our study abroad programs.

Leadership and Campus Involvement

Opportunities abound, including student representation on governance committees across campus.  

Learn more about student life on campus.

Great Internships

Few other colleges can provide students with access to Chicago’s range of internship options during the academic year and summer. Students can live and work in downtown Chicago through the Lake Forest College In The Loop program. Beyond Chicago, students have access to 200+ off-campus study programs - many of which involve internship or research experiences. Davis Scholars have participated in internships in Chicago and abroad.

Learn more about internship opportunities.

Success After Graduation

Through our nationally-recognized Career Pathways program, the Gorter Family Career Advancement Center empowers students with essential skills, experiences, and networks that will help them pursue meaningful careers. An impressive 98 percent of Lake Forest graduates enroll in graduate programs or secure employment within six to nine months of graduation.

Learn more about our Career Advancement Center.

Visit campus virtually!

Virtual visits are tailored to your academic, athletic, co-curricular, and career interests. You can meet with your admissions counselor, a coach, or a financial aid officer. You can also take a virtual guided tour with a current student and learn more about off-campus programs, study abroad, research opportunities, and disability services.

Application Requirements

Secondary School Transcript

Please submit your UWC transcript and home institution (pre-UWC) transcript. If admitted, you can receive credit for IB Higher Level classes based on final scores (review our AP/IB credit score requirements for more information).

Interview

Our UWC counselor, Molly Noyed, would love to speak with you! Sign up for an interview with her here.

While interviews are only required for test-optional applicants, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Davis community at Lake Forest, and Molly can answer any questions you may have about the admissions process.

Letter 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

As a UWC Davis Scholar, you are not required to submit testing nor any other proof of English proficiency as you will meet our English requirement of at least two years of schooling in English.

  • If you are in English B and/or Molly would like supporting information regarding your English abilities, she may request a Duolingo test on a case-by-case basis.
  • If the above applies to you but you have scores you would still like to submit, the below are our acceptable ranges:
    • 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)
    • GTEC Computer Based: 1200
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of a minimum 115

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is required for all non-US citizens who would like to be considered for need based aid.

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As a Davis Scholar, it was important to me that Lake Forest had a strong international community because it made me feel welcomed and supported. I knew that it meant that the school would be familiar with my situation and help me navigate international processes like jobs and taxes.
Sara Martinez '23, UWC Maastricht

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of financial aid and scholarships are available?

Starting with the Class of 2025, we are at the $40,000 scholarship range and will meet full need for Davis Scholars. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Students are required to submit the CSS Profile. UWC transfer students may also apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid for UWC students.

You can contact your admissions counselor, Molly Noyed, for an alternative financial aid application if completing the CSS is a hardship for you.

Will my credits transfer?

Yes! Mainly your HL’s. If you take any humanities or language HL’s they can often check off a couple of Forester Fundamental Curriculum courses at once.

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. See the International Baccalaureate Credit Table.

Will I feel supported as a UWC student?

Very much so! In the beginning of the year, there is an introduction ceremony where new and current students get together to talk about their backgrounds and share their experiences within the Lake Forest community. Professors are eager to meet UWC students and provide support wherever it's needed. Staff on campus are also willing to help and your admissions counselor, Molly Noyed, is a great resource for all international processes. Everyone on campus is extremely welcoming and there to help throughout your entire time as a Forester.

What is the UWC community like at Lake Forest?

Very close! The UWC family is strong and proud at Lake Forest. If new students ever need anything, the UWC community is available to answer questions, provide insight, or just hangout!

“Because we international students don’t have our families nearby, we become each other’s support system. We rely on each other as students. I know a lot of domestic students choose Lake Forest because of our diverse population. It’s nice to meet people who grew up in the US but have multiple layers of identity.” - Mac Chan ’25, UWC Li Po Chun in Hong Kong

Are there opportunities to work on campus?

Many UWC students are eligible for work-study, which allows students to find jobs on campus. You can learn more about work-study opportunities here.

Can I see the UWC annual report?

Of course! You can download the report here.