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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Lake Forest is a highly rated private college located in Lake Forest, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,487 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Lake Forest acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Finance, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 72% of students, Lake Forest alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,100.
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
53%
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
$25,646/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$31,022/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,487Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
21
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
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  • Friendly but cliquey
    30%
  • Athlete or hipster
    13%
  • Diverse
    13%
  • Keeps to themselves
    13%
  • Cliquey
    9%
  • Hipster
    9%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.40 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.40 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
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  • Small
    45%
  • Driven
    20%
  • Introverted
    10%
  • Personalized
    10%
  • Amalgamated
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Trendy
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
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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Lake Forest was a proper disappointment in the two years I attended the school. The academics can be very good, but the majors are limited. Still, a 4-year college is about the whole experience, which is where all other aspects of this fairly pricey institution fall flat on its face. Housing is a joke, the small student population leaves everything feeling socially claustrophobic, and the entire experience feels underwhelming overall. On top of that, the administration doesn't take safety very seriously despite all the rules they set.

This school is too small for its own good. It would be better off downgrading itself to a community college, which is what it feels like much of the time. Most of the people I knew from freshman year transferred out by the end of my sophomore, with me following suit. I would re-attend my Alma Mater as many times as I would avoid LFC if I had to re-do college again.

Be warned: If you are looking for a holistic, proper college experience look elsewhere.
Loved my Lake Forest experience! Excellent small college, you really get to know your professors. Fun campus experience with a lot to do!