Adult and Community Education

At Lake Forest, the learning never stops. Many courses are open to the community for credit or audit. 


Community members are welcome to audit most courses offered at Lake Forest. Auditors are not required to submit a transcript. The cost to audit is $700 per class. Contact Joy Markee at for more information.

Credit (non-degree) 

Students of all ages may take classes to work towards a bachelor’s degree at a college other than Lake Forest College, or to prepare for graduate study.

Students may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis. All credits earned may be applied toward a degree at Lake Forest College. (The Office of Admissions will review a student’s performance at the end of each semester. Students who demonstrate the ability to complete their coursework successfully may submit a change of status application to become fully matriculated students.)

Summer Programs

Summer at Lake Forest College has something for everyone, from undergraduate courses open to the community as part of Summer Session, our new Summer Language Institute that will give you a global edge, and our By The Lake community seminars for the curious learner in all of us. Learn more.


Community Education

Joy Markee

Master of Liberal Studies Program

Cynthia Hahn
Director, Master of Liberal Studies Program

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Desmond Odugu
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Education


Adrienne Thoms
Educator Preparation Program Coordinator
Department of Education


Learn about our Graduate Program in Liberal Studies or Master of Arts in Teaching.
Dual-enrollment courses for high school students

Students currently enrolled in high school may apply to take courses at Lake Forest at a reduced tuition rate. Please contact Peyton Schrag at or 847-735-5298 with any questions.