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.