Lake Forest welcomes the Class of 2016

Students, faculty, and staff enthusiastically welcomed the Class of 2016 to campus this past week.

The 418 newest members of the Forester Family are a bright and talented group chosen from a pool of nearly 3,500 applicants.  Fifty six percent graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school, 75 percent took one or more Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes, and the average GPA of the Class is 3.7.

They are a diverse group, in line with the College’s commitment to enroll a national and international student body that will deepen and broaden all students’ experiences. Forty two percent are international or students of color.  They represent 35 states and 35 countries including Australia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanamar, Nepal, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Ukraine, United States, Vietnam, and Yemen.

Their interests and experiences are as varied as their hometowns and the Class of 2016 is sure to contribute richly to the campus community. Some of their unique interests and experiences include creating a cupcake business, creating an Internet business, forming a hip hop band, acting in commercials, a recurring extra on an HBO mini series, organizing a Mr. Swaziland competition, and being a world championship qualifier in Irish dance. Many were actively involved in community service and look forward to continuing that during their time at Lake Forest.