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Exceptional faculty propels student success

Investing $30 million to hire and retain exceptional faculty across all disciplines is a top goal of ACCESS: The Campaign for Lake Forest College.

“One way we really stand out is in advising,” said Professor of Biology Karen Kirk, who advises all the pre-health students, including pre-med, pre-pharmacy, and nursing. “Our students have such an intense advising experience over their four years here that they have a much better chance of succeeding when they go on to medical school or wherever they’re going.”

Last year, in fact, seven out of eight Lake Forest students who applied to medical school got accepted. “That’s an 88 percent admittance rate, which is way better than the national average, which is 40 percent,” Kirk said. “We do a pretty good job.”

Chemistry major Jacob Heaps ’11 credits his Lake Forest professors with preparing him for a successful transition to a career as a research scientist. “The professors don’t rush in to give you the answers—they want to help you find the answers yourself,” Heaps said. Small classes and hands-on labs made it possible for Heaps to have that important skill when he entered the job market later.