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We are hosting a limited number of visitors on campus with our top priority being the health, safety, and well-being of our campus community and visitors. Visitors are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing throughout their visit as per guidance provided by the CDC and the State of Illinois. You can find the most up-to-date information for the College at lakeforest.edu/coronavirus. Learn More

  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
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
555 N Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
From Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College, located by Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Shore, provides access to an outstanding education that gives students a big edge on jobs after graduation.

Our flexible curriculum supports double-majors and minors, and students are also offered unparalleled internships in Chicago, great lab research experience, championship athletics, and study-abroad opportunities. Our outcomes are hard to match: well above 90 percent of our graduates have jobs, were in graduate school, or pursued other chosen opportunities within six months of graduation.

Lake Forest College offers:
- superb faculty with PhD’s from the Ivy League, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago
- great career-building internships in and around Chicago
- “Foresters Helping Foresters:” a program in which 13,000 alumni help new graduates begin careers
- the nation’s best location: a beautiful campus just an hour from Chicago gives students the best of both worlds

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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

Application Deadline
February 15
Acceptance Rate
58%
SAT Range
1020-1240
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,148/ 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
$34,421/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

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

Majors

Health Professions Program

This is a unique program among liberal arts colleges with the intention of preparing students for a variety of professions in the broad field of health care. The innovative program consists of a core of health-related courses and opportunities for exploration along with clearly-articulated joint-degree programs with nearby Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,472Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
20
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
  • Friendly but cliquey
    32%
  • Athlete or hipster
    14%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Keeps to themselves
    14%
  • Cliquey
    9%
  • Hipster
    9%
  • Friendly
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
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
  • 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
    77%
    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

    Lake Forest College Reviews

    449 reviews
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    I love Lake Forest! This is my first year as a transfer student, and amidst the Pandemic I am still able to access an amazing education. The professors are very knowledgeable and accessible outside of class. I am looking forward to on campus learning, but until then I am so happy with the education I am receiving. I know that the professors care about my success.
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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.
    I love Lake Forest college for many reasons...the staff, the people, the campus, the available courses, and the easy commute to and from the city. These all have made the campus experience amazing! The only thing that is tough for me is the food, but it's something easy to work around and not that big of a deal.