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
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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
57%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1240
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$24,478/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,318/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,478/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,265/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,773/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,933/ year
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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
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,524Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Friendly but cliquey
    32%
  • Athlete or hipster
    16%
  • Diverse
    16%
  • Keeps to themselves
    16%
  • Cliquey
    11%
  • Hipster
    11%
  • Diverse
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.36 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.36 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Small
    44%
  • Driven
    19%
  • Introverted
    13%
  • Personalized
    13%
  • Amalgamated
    6%
  • Trendy
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    0%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
49%
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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I made a wonderful choice to attend Lake Forest College. It first drew my attention for being close to home, and I later found out about all the other great features it has. The small student body size allows for more one-on-one time with faculty. This allows for students to get more personalized feedback and assistance with academics. Also, Lake Forest does an excellent job of fostering student leaders through a variety of clubs and programs on and off campus. I feel as if there are plenty of opportunities for my voice to be heard and to make a difference at this school. Additionally, all the professors I have had the pleasure of taking classes with have been amazing. They are all extremely knowledgeable people who want their students to succeed.
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Great school on paper. Great academics, and many professors who will remember your name and face when you come in for office hours. Very small school in the suburbs. They advertise their proximity to Chicago, but its an 80 minute train ride. The student life is tense, minorities are a minority on campus, and sororities are always fighting. Everybody knows everybody, and all of their business. The parties are subpar, there isn't a lot of off campus housing(1 or 2 houses held by sports teams and underground frats) so everything is held in dorm rooms. If anything gets lit public safety will show up and shut it down.
I enjoy the community aspect, but I would love to see more attention go to the theater department. Millions of dollars have been spent on the Moore housing, science department, and random things like Hamilton tickets. However, the school still uses one of the oldest (and extremely small) buildings from before the school existed to use as the "blackbox" theater. Its just a very awkwardly shaped rectangular room with all of the walls painted black. We have administration that loves theater, as well as a diverse group of students who are passionate about the art, but there has still been an extreme lack of focus for Theater.