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United World College Students

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 50 Davis Scholars to campus from nearly 45 countries. Plus, starting with the Class of 2025, we are at the $40,000 scholarship range and will meet full need for Davis Scholars.

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

50% of our Davis Scholars are double majors.

Learn more about our academic offerings.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Nearly 80% 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

Davis Scholars have participated in internships in Chicago and abroad.

Learn more about internship opportunities.

Success After Graduation

98% 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 105

CSS Profile

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

We are currently accepting first-year and transfer applications for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022!

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Chisomo's experience at Lake Forest

"UWC students are taught to encourage each other and embrace diversity. My advice to someone considering Lake Forest College is to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and leave your country to study in the United States. I have found my closest relationships here with faculty members and staff who genuinely appreciate and value my presence. They want to help in any way they can, and they’re here to support you. It might be scary at first, but you’ll find yourself, your place, and your people here."
- Chisomo Mwale '19

Read More About Chisomo

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 General Education Requirements 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 at President Schutt’s house 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!

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.

President Schutt
The United World College students that the Davis Scholarship Program supports at Lake Forest College inspire and educate our entire campus. As we work to build and sustain a true international community on our campus, they are making enormous contributions to it. Our goal is for our campus community to serve as a model for the many different communities our students will enter after graduation. Thanks to our UWC students, I feel optimistic about our possibilities.
President Schutt