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Transfer Application Requirements

It's easy to transfer to Lake Forest!

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2023.

Submit these required materials to complete your transfer application:


Transfer students may apply for free using the Lake Forest Transfer Application or the Transfer Common Application.


Submit your official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, as well as your high school transcript. In most cases, you should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for consideration, but we will also consider students between 2.5 and 3.0 on a holistic basis.

Letter of Recommendation

If you have more than 30 semester hours (44 quarter hours), you are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your most recent college. If you have completed fewer than 30 semester hours, you may submit a secondary school teacher recommendation.


As a transfer student an interview is required. This is a conversation about your goals, as well as what you value in an education. We see the interview as an opportunity to “lift yourself off the page” and get beyond just the statistics and test scores.

Standardized Test Scores

We accept both the ACT and the SAT, and take the best sub-scores to compile a composite score. International students are required to submit ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS scores.  International students who are studying at an English language based institution and have completed a minimum of one semester of college credit are not required to submit test scores. You may choose not to submit your scores as part of our test-optional admissions policy.

Lake Forest College ACT code: 1054 
Lake Forest College SAT and TOEFL code: 1392

International Transfer Students

International students are required to submit one test score-either the ACT, SAT, TOEFEL or IELTS score. International students who are studying at an English language based institution and have completed a minimum of one semester of college credit are not required to submit test scores.  A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 220 on the computer-based exam or an 83 on the ibt.  In lieu of the TOEFL score, international students may submit a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. 


You must be eligible to return to your previous institution. Otherwise, you must wait at least six months before we can consider your application. If you have been dismissed from a college or university more than once, you will not be eligible for admission at Lake Forest College.

Now offering on-site transfer admission appointments every Wednesday

On-site admission is designed to take the stress out of the application process and waiting for an admission decision. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must submit a transfer application and official college and high school transcripts at least two business days before your scheduled chat. We do not charge an application fee and you can submit your transcripts with the application or have them sent to us separately. Your admission counselor may determine that additional information is needed to make an enrollment decision.

Sign up for an in-person on-site admission appointment here.

Additional Transfer Resources

Veterans and Service Members

Lake Forest College values our current veterans and service members and is supportive of those who wish to begin or complete their education with us. Click here for information about financial aid available to veterans and their dependents. Please contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.

Verto Education

Lake Forest College is a proud partner of Verto Education. Verto provides gap-semester and gap-year experiences to students while abroad. Students complete college-level coursework during their time with Verto before transferring to partners like Lake Forest. Lake Forest criteria for students participating in Verto can be found here.

Click here to learn more.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Spring 2023: January 1   Fall 2023: August 1    

Submit Materials

Via mail:
Lake Forest College
Office of Admissions
555 N. Sheridan Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Via fax: 847-735-6271

Via email: 

Questions? Contact Your Admissions Counselor

Melissa Naughton
Director of Transfer Admissions

Sign up for a virtual or
in-person chat with Melissa

Jordan Kindle
Transfer Admissions Counselor

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in-person chat with Jordan