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Lake Forest is a close-knit, diverse community where most of our students live on campus throughout their four years. Whether you’re a first-year, transfer, or international student, you’ll feel at home here on our safe, beautiful campus.

  • Get moving! More than 50% of our students participate in varsity, intramural, or club athletics.
    Get moving! More than 50% of our students participate in varsity, intramural, or club athletics.
  • Our campus is largely residential and we’ve got 10 residence halls to house nearly 80% of students on campus.
    Our campus is largely residential and we’ve got 10 residence halls to house nearly 80% of students on campus.
  • There are more than 40 different languages spoken on campus. Embracing diversity is one of our core values.
    There are more than 40 different languages spoken on campus. Embracing diversity is one of our core values.
  • Our student body comes from nearly every state and 73 countries. That’s 1,600 students from around the world learning on our campus.
    Our student body comes from nearly every state and 73 countries. That’s 1,600 students from around the world learning on our campus.
  • Campus is just a 10 minute walk to the beach or downtown Lake Forest. The local area is rich with resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and more.
    Campus is just a 10 minute walk to the beach or downtown Lake Forest. The local area is rich with resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and more.

#FF = Forester Friday!

While it’s never discouraged to show your school spirit any day of the week, campus is covered in red and black on Forester Fridays. The athletics department hosts a “garage sale” with bargain prices for new Forester gear at the beginning of every year.

We’re international

Our campus community has people from nearly every socioeconomic and cultural background. Preparing students for a global community is part of our mission and US News & World Report calls us one of the most diverse colleges in the country.

IN PHOTOS:

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    The Environmental Studies Program treks senior seminar students down the Mississippi River each spring break to learn in the field about how we are connected to the great river and to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana into which the river drains. Professor Glenn Adelson takes his class on an educational adventure down to New Orleans with lots of pit stops on the way.
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    Students enjoyed stuffing their choice of fuzzy animal during the Build A Bear event for Winter Fest. Black bear or bunny, frog or dog, they picked their favorite, slipped a golden heart-key inside, and filled them until they were plush to their liking.

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