Transfer Application Requirements

It's easy to transfer to Lake Forest!

PTK Transfer Honor Roll 2023The Lake Forest Application is open for Fall 2024 until the class closes and we are accepting applications for Spring 2025.

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 2.8 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.

Admissions Appointment

As a transfer student is required to schedule an admissions appointment. This is a conversation about your goals, as well as what you value in an education. We see the admissions appointment 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, TOEFL 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.

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 proud to partner with Verto Education–an academic program that allows you to start your college experience abroad at one of their 60+ global study centers before transitioning to Lake Forest.

All courses, credits, and transcripts at Verto locations are delivered by Verto’s accredited Academic Provider, the University of New Haven. This coursework has been reviewed and articulated by Lake Forest to our course offerings. This allows not only for a timely graduation, but a seamless transition to Lake Forest after your semester abroad and once admitted to the College. You may view current course equivalencies at approved Verto locations here.

Starting college with Verto means choosing a globally-focused education grounded in experiential learning where you will be fully supported in the transition to your future at Lake Forest College.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 are open. Apply today!

Fall 2024 Deadline: August 1 or when the class closes.

Spring 2025 Deadline: January 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

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Jake Bedenian
Associate Director of Admissions

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Melissa Ramirez
Admissions Counselor
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