Lake Forest, founded in 1857, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 107-acre campus is located in Lake Forest, 25 miles from Chicago.

Website: www.lakeforest.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,492
Undergraduate
Students
(57.2%) 853 Women
(42.8%) 639 Men
20
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
58% of 4,147 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.62
SAT Math
550-660 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
609 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$62,850
Tuition and Fees
$48,424
Room and Board
$10,676
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Freshman Award
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
102
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Lake Forest Population
19,352
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
78% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Black Bear
Sororities
15% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.6% Asian
5.5% Black/African-American
15.6% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.0% White
4.7% Unknown
International Students
10.7% from 77 countries
First-Year Students Returning
83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Recommended March 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for advising
ACT: Used for advising

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
555 North Sheridan Road
City, State, Zip
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone
(847) 735-5000
Fax
(847) 735-6271
E-mail
admissions@lakeforest.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins March 10
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
58% of 4,147 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 2,347 applicants were admitted
Men
55% of 1,800 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
391 (16%) of 2,402 admitted students enrolled
Women
227 (16%) of 1,405 admitted students enrolled
Men
192 (19%) of 997 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
61% of 18 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
67% of 2,406 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.62
3.75 and Above
55%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
550-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
15%
Score of 600 - 700
40%
Score of 500 - 600
40%
Score of 400 - 500
5%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
609 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
9%
Score of 600 - 700
46%
Score of 500 - 600
42%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
21%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
28%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 27%
Top quarter: 62%
Top half: 89%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$62,850
Tuition and Fees
$48,424
Room and Board
$10,676
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$2,750
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Final deadline May 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001706
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
Not reported
Found to Have Financial Need
Not reported
Received Financial Aid
Not reported
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Award
Not reported
Need-Based Gift
Not reported
Need-Based Self-Help
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
Not reported
Found to Have Financial Need
Not reported
Received Financial Aid
Not reported
Need Fully Met
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Award
Not reported
Need-Based Gift
Not reported
Need-Based Self-Help
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Local/State Students, Previous College Experience
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
102
Part-Time Faculty
76
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
54%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 70% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
400
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Liberal Studies

Master's Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Lake Forest Population
19,352
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Campus Size
107 acres

Weather

Temperature
12.9 average low in January, 79.6 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
 
Nearest Train Station
Lake Forest

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
78% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Black Bear
School Colors
Red and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
archery, cheerleading, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
archery, cheerleading, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, table tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, athletic council, student government, united black association, pride, alpha tau omega
Sororities
15% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,492
Women
853 (57.2%)
Men
639 (42.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,472
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.6% Asian
5.5% Black/African-American
15.6% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.0% White
4.7% Unknown
International Students.
10.7% from 77 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
20

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
67.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
70.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Average Starting Salary
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 3.6%
Law 6%
Arts and Sciences 21.2%
Medicine 7.2%
Other 2%

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