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President Schutt interviewed on WBBM about life on a liberal arts campus

President Stephen Schutt went on the air live to discuss the virtues of a small college campus during WBBM-Radio’s annual Education Week spotlight. 

During the Noon Business Hour interview, Schutt noted the College enrolls both residential and commuter students who come from all corners of the world to contribute to the rich, diverse community and to reap the benefits of the academics and small class sizes offered at the College. “Over four years, students have a lot of opportunities to learn about the world from each other,” Schutt said.

Students interact with their peers on a daily basis in both social and academic settings. Small class sizes encourage interaction, engaging students in active discussion to share their own ideas. Many courses at the College are discussion-based, and students bring to the table both comparing and contrasting ideas, coming out of the classroom with new perspectives on how to think about different subjects. Each student adds another unique element of diversity to the student body, and plays a major part in contributing to the College community as a whole, he said.

Programs such as the first-year Richter Scholar Program—independent research conducted over the summer—make the College stand out as committed to providing the best educational opportunities possible for its students. In addition to the numerous opportunities on campus involving classes, work experience, and internships, alumni of the College often return to campus to show students what life after college is like, and to network with current students, as well.

The College provides an endless amount of opportunities for students in and out of the classroom, and the small student-to-faculty ratio greatly contributes to those interactions. Personal attention students receive from their professors facilitates their success. Schutt noted that student-faculty relationships “mean a lot to the quality of the educational process.”

The attractiveness of scholarships and financial aid packages also draws students to campus. Commenting on the affordability of the College, Schutt said: “Lake Forest College has never been more affordable than it is today. Due to the great deal of financial aid and scholarship assistance we provide, the out-of-pocket cost for the average student at Lake Forest has not increased over the past five years.” Students often pay a lower rate to attend Lake Forest College than the in-state tuition rate of larger, public universities.

— Sangjun Hornewer ’20