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College of Lake County

Every semester, College of Lake County students make it to Lake Forest College and succeed in our transfer-inclusive community.

We are committed to making your transition to Lake Forest College as seamless as possible. CLC students in all academic areas have a smooth path to their bachelor's degree at Lake Forest, thanks to a special partnership between the two institutions. This partnership includes special agreements including the CLC Pathway Scholars Program, Guaranteed Admission, and generous scholarships and financial aid opportunities for all students.

Guaranteed Admission Program

The Guaranteed Admission Program provides CLC students seamless transfer to earn their bachelor’s degree at Lake Forest College. CLC students will benefit from personalized academic planning from both institutions early in their college career. 

Students must complete a minimum of 30 transferrable credit hours of coursework at CLC with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. AP and IB scores may be applied to the 30 hours in accordance with the Lake Forest College AP/IB tables.

Interested students should complete the Guaranteed Admission Participation Form at least one year in advance of your first semester at Lake Forest College.  You must also complete the Lake Forest College transfer admission application and submit all supporting materials.

Contact Melissa Naughton, Director of Transfer Admissions at Lake Forest College, with questions about the program requirements.

Pathway Scholar Programs at Lake Forest College

Our Pathway Scholar Programs offer a seamless transition to Lake Forest College for CLC students who are looking to major in a variety of areas and have completed their associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or 60 transferrable semester hours of credit.

Pathway Business, Economics, and Finance Scholars

CLC students who seek to major in business, economics, or finance and have completed their associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or 60 transferable semester hours are eligible for the Pathway Business/Econ/Finance Scholars program. Students will be evaluated at the end of every academic year at the College. Pathway Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

This program is a 2+2 transfer program with guaranteed admission for accepted students. No additional application is required. Students must meet a prescribed curriculum (please see transfer guide) and have a minimum 3.25 GPA for consideration.

Benefits

  • Admitted students will receive up to a $25,000 Presidential scholarship
  • OR a guaranteed $25,000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship ($30,000 with GPA of 3.75+) if they are PTK members.
  • Pre-advising during your time at CLC by Lake Forest College faculty on course selection.
  • Advising from our Career Advancement Center staff on internships, and career opportunities.
  • Students earning a 3.6 GPA or higher in their first semester will have the option of selecting a fifth course for free in the second semester.
  • Pathway Scholar recognition on their Lake Forest College transcript.
Pathway Sciences Scholars

A 2-2 Science Scholar program is available to students interested in majoring in the following disciplines: mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and neuroscience and have completed their associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or 60 transferable semester hours at CLC. Students will be evaluated at the end of every academic year at the College. Pathway Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

No additional application is required. Students must meet a prescribed curriculum and have a minimum 3.25 GPA for consideration. Interested students will ideally plan to meet with a Lake Forest College faculty advisor during their first year at CLC.

Benefits

  • Admitted students will receive up to a $25,000 Presidential scholarship
  • OR a guaranteed $25,000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship ($30,000 with GPA of 3.75+) if they are PTK members.
  • Pre-advising during your time at CLC by Lake Forest College faculty on course selection.
  • Advising from our Career Advancement Center staff on internships, and career opportunities.
  • Students earning a 3.6 GPA or higher in their first semester will have the option of selecting a fifth course for free in the second semester.
  • Pathway Scholar recognition on their Lake Forest College transcript.
Pathway Humanities Scholars

Lake Forest College will support up to 15 Pathways Humanities Scholars who are interested majoring in the humanities and have completed their associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or 60 transferable semester hours at CLC. Students will be evaluated at the end of every academic year at the College. Pathway Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA for consideration. Academic areas of focus will include American studies, studio art, art history, Asian studies, English, French, Spanish, history, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and Latin American and Latinx studies.

Benefits

  • Admitted students will receive up to a $25,000 Presidential scholarship
  • OR a guaranteed $25,000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship ($30,000 with GPA of 3.75+) if they are PTK members.
  • Pre-advising during your time at CLC by Lake Forest College faculty on course selection.
  • Advising from our Career Advancement Center staff on internships, and career opportunities.
  • Students earning a 3.6 GPA or higher in their first semester will have the option of selecting a fifth course for free in the second semester.
  • Pathway Scholar recognition on their Lake Forest College transcript.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall 2021: August 1

Transfer Credit Guides

 See how your credits will transfer from CLC to Lake Forest College.

AP Credits for CLC Students

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.

As part of recognizing the Associate of Arts (AA) degree and Associate of Science (AS) degree credential, we will accept scores of “3” on Advanced Placement (AP) exams from students whose community colleges have applied such credit towards the hours needed for their AA or AS.

Scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the examinations, may entitle students to at least one course credit. Scores of 1 or 2  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.