Lake Forest College

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555 N. Sheridan Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: (847) 234-3100
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Lake Forest College is a private institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,552, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 107 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lake Forest College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 110. Its tuition and fees are $38,300 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Lake Forest College is one of the nation's most innovative liberal arts colleges. Abundant internship and research opportunities, close interaction with highly skilled professors, and the resources and practical programs available in nearby Chicago set Lake Forest College apart. In addition to strong academic majors in the humanities and social and natural sciences, the College features inventive programs of study in communication, business, Islamic World Studies, finance, neuroscience, digital media design and still other contemporary areas. Lake Forest also has a number of accelerated and dual-degree programs, in engineering, international studies, pharmacy, and law. In addition, students at Lake Forest can choose to earn a BA degree in communication or philosophy in just three years instead of the usual four. Lake Forest offers a rigorous academic environment in small class settings where professors do all the teaching and advising; you won't find teaching assistants here. Most of the 1,500 students live on the wooded 107-acre campus located near Lake Michigan, 30 miles north of Chicago. Students come from 47 states and 79 countries making for a dynamic cross-cultural learning environment. The opportunity for students from around the world to spend four years together in an empowering community prepares them well to compete and succeed in a global economy. The College's Center for Chicago Programs facilitates research and internships at Chicago institutions as well as frequent commutes to the city for work and fun. The Center also brings well-known Chicago experts and artists to campus for classroom discussions, as well as public lectures and performances. The College offers several off-campus study options both abroad and within the United States. "Lake Forest College In The Loop" is the College's newest off-campus study option that provides students with a rich educational experience in Chicago, a major American city with a global reach. Students reside in Hostelling International, a large and well-appointed hostel located in the Chicago Loop. Through the academic program and co-curricular activities, students learn about various distinctive aspects of Chicago, including the city's history, economy, politics, architecture, art and relationship to the natural environment.Students in the progam are also required to particpate in a for-credit internship. Other off-campus study destinations include Beijing, China; Granada, Spain; and Paris, France; as well as New Zealand, Greece, the U.S./Mexico border, and a host of other programs through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. The College's internship program is one of the most robust in the nation. Any student who wants an internship gets one, offering hands-on experience in a professional work setting. Our proximity to Chicago provides students with a wide variety of internship options. On campus, students conduct the highest level of research and scientific discovery with professors who are experts in their fields. Lake Forest is an ideal place for students who wish to pursue intellectual independence. Here, students come to learn, share their knowledge, find and explore their passions. Students regularly engage in dynamic, hands-on research, and one-on-one collaborative research with faculty. Students have also presented their own research at national or international professional conferences. The research opportunities available at Lake Forest - often unavailable to undergraduates at other schools - open the doors to graduate, professional, or medical schools or a coveted first research job. On campus, more than sixty student groups provide a host of extracurricular opportunities that develop leadership skills and enhance students' campus experience and post-college prospects. Lake Forest is a member of NCAA Division III Midwest Conference and competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1857
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $69,490,549


When applying to Lake Forest College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and December 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 56.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 70.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.9%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Lake Forest College is 12:1, and the school has 59.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lake Forest College include: Communication and Media Studies; Economics; Business/Commerce, General; Political Science and Government; and Sociology and Anthropology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 62%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Communication and Media Studies 9%
Economics 8%
Business/Commerce, General 7%
Political Science and Government 7%
Sociology and Anthropology 7%

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Student Life

Lake Forest College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,552, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Lake Forest College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,570
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Lake Forest College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Lake Forest College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Lake Forest College, 37 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Lake Forest College.

Students who have cars on campus 37%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $38,300 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,050 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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