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Transfer Application Instructions

It's easy to transfer to Lake Forest!

Follow these steps to complete your transfer application:

On-site Admissions

Students walking through gatesWe are now offering on-site admissions for transfer students in-person on Wednesdays and virtually Monday through Friday. On-site admission, both in-person and virtually, is designed to take the stress out of the application process and waiting for an admission decision. With all necessary documents submitted at least two business days in advance of the on-site appointment, an admissions decision could be available that day.

Click here to schedule a personal on-site admissions appointment.
Click here to schedule a virtual on-site admissions appointment.

Required Materials


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


We require transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, as well as your high school transcript. A final transcript is required at the completion of the term. In most cases, you should have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for consideration. Applicants wishing to major in business/economics, education, or communication are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for consideration, and require approval by the chair of the department.

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.

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.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Spring 2021: January 15          Fall 2021: 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

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