B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C
Lake Forest College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
555 N Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Lake Forest College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
55%
SAT Range
1020-1240
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Lake Forest College

Cost

Net Price
$25,150/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,322/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,328/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,819/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,880/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,093/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.22 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.24 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.24 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,553Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • Friendly but cliquey
    33%
  • Athlete or hipster
    17%
  • Keeps to themselves
    17%
  • Cliquey
    11%
  • Diverse
    11%
  • Hipster
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.35 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
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  • Small
    40%
  • Driven
    20%
  • Introverted
    13%
  • Personalized
    13%
  • Amalgamated
    7%
  • Trendy
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.15 responses
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Lake Forest College Reviews

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Lake Forest College is a place that requires much consideration. For starters, the surrounding area, the City of Lake Forest, is incredibly small, so you shouldn't expect to do much there, especially after 6pm. For that reason, you're very much stuck on campus, so it's important to engage yourself in whichever way possible. That being said, the events that occur on campus, while great, are limited to the resources that are available to clubs and organizations. Everything begins to feel like a repeat, and after a few months, you would have seen it all. There are also professors who aren't necessarily the best at what they do. That being said, many many professors at the college are Associate Professors, which isn't necessarily stated as you come in. I would greatly advise giving it some thought. It isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't great. They provide good financial aid though, so I think of it as getting what you paid for.
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I currently transferred colleges, before I came to Lake Forest College I attended Ripon college. The two colleges are completely different and deciding to transfer was the best decision I could have ever made. The atmosphere here at Lake Forest is staggering. I do not say this about a lot of things, so saying this is a lot. I believe what makes this school so unique is the fact that although it is a small school it is very diverse. So far I have met students from places all over the world such as Botswana, Cairo, and even the Netherlands! Not only am I able to connect with the all different types of students but my professors as well. I have not met professors that were so willing to help you succeed until coming here! What makes Lake Forest college so special is the ambiance and the friendliness in everyone here. Whether it be athletes, professors, or international students, the Lake Forest community is one.
Lake Forest College suffers from problem inherent to any small school. In effect, this school is the second part of high school, but with more drinking. The academics are needlessly difficult, and students have little else to do besides studying out of limitations of on-and-off campus. The administration is restrictive and does not fully let the students gain the necessary experience as adults for a fulfilling college experience.

Starting with campus life, students are required to live on campus until their senior year. Due to this, most of the student population find themselves partying in cramped dormitories. When not partying, which is often, the students are complaining of nothing to do whilst drinking to pass the time. There are not accommodations similar to living in an apartment on campus, and Greek housing was cut in the 1980s, relegating the fraternities and sororities to meet in leaky basements. My fraternity has faced the unique problem of having a wheelchair-bound person, and we risk injury carrying him down the stairs every time we have chapter because the building does not have an elevator. Only three of the seven buildings do.

Socially, the school is essentially split to athlete and non-athlete, and these cliques are formed strongly before the regular school year begins. Even Greek-life is affected by this, where the fraternities are either wholly a sports team, or disjointed by the athletes and non-athletes, diminishing the internal culture of the chapters.

While I agree college should be a challenge, there are times when it can be taken too far for little reason. The intro to Psychology course requires a rigorous experiment to be conducted, difficult enough to turn plenty of curious students off the major. A friend of mine said that Penn state had to weigh their prospective transfers' GPAs from Lake Forest College due to the difficulty of the classes compared to the acceptance rate, as well as the recognition by employers about the college.