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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Lake Forest is an above-average private college located in Lake Forest, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,524 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Lake Forest acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Finance, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 70% of students, Lake Forest alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,500.
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

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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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 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?
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  • Friendly but cliquey
    30%
  • Athlete or hipster
    15%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Keeps to themselves
    15%
  • Cliquey
    10%
  • Hipster
    10%
  • Friendly
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.37 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
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  • Small
    47%
  • Driven
    18%
  • Introverted
    12%
  • Personalized
    12%
  • Amalgamated
    6%
  • Trendy
    6%

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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I personally love the biology department! It tends to be more collaborative as oppose to competitive like some of the other sciences here. Also, in addition to having a brand new science building, we have a plethora of research opportunities that are harder to come by at larger universities.

You can take up to three for-credit internships here as well! The career advancement center is extremely helpful in assisting you with finding and setting up internships!

As for as the student body, I personally have found it overall to be super friendly and accepting! It is fairly close knit as small school.

The food used to be subpar but we recently got a new food provider and the quality has increased somewhat.

However, people that are looking for night life might be disappointed here. The town of Lake Forest is pretty quite. Also, it takes about an hour to get to downtown Chicago and usually becomes an all day event.
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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.
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.