Minutes from the shore of Lake Michigan and 30 miles north of Chicago, the Lake Forest College attracts students from around the world who are seeking a rare combination: a beautiful and historic residential campus located near a world-class city. We have high academic expectations of our students and value strong community engagement. At this intentionally small college, students have many opportunities to participate in and shape the campus experience.
We value the backgrounds and distinct perspectives that all of our students bring to the Lake Forest community. Our international students are a vital part of what makes Lake Forest unique and special. International students represent more than 80 countries and 14 percent of our student body.
About Lake Forest College
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: 94 percent of our graduates had jobs, were in graduate school, or pursued other chosen opportunities within six months of graduation, well above the national average.
Lake Forest College offers
- superb faculty with Ph.D.’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
- flexible curriculum that allows students to pursue a double-major and minor
Lake Forest students are
- 86% of students conduct off-campus research or internships in Chicago or across the globe
- 40% go on at least one off-campus study program at places like Spain, France, Greece, New Zealand, and more.
- Each year, students are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society
- Our students are recipients of prestigious national honors such as the Kemper Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Davis Projects for Peace Scholarship, and others
- 95% of the 2014 graduates have found post-graduation placement in jobs, graduate school, and more
- 95% of our education grads are placed into education jobs
- More than 50% participate in varsity, intramural, or club athletics
- Most are involved in one or more of 50-plus campus clubs and organizations
- Nearly all are involved in community service projects
- Students raise more money for Relay for Life than most other similarly sized colleges in the United States
- About 80% of students stay on campus during the weekends
- From nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 73 countries
- 39% are either ethnic minority or international students
- More than 40 languages are spoken on campus
- Greater student diversity than most other liberal arts colleges in the country
- Ironman triathlete
- Advocate for people with Crohn’s disease and was named one of Glamour's Top Ten College Women for 2011
- Manager of the U.S. Paralympic Hockey Team during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
- Executive Director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York
- Published author of a trilingual Spanish-English-Quechua children’s book about indigenous children in Bolivia
- Activist on issues of food safety in China
- Acclaimed writer of sci-fi book series titled Kushiel’s Legacy, which was named one of the top 100 Sci-Fi series of all time by National Public Radio listeners.
- In the top 7% of colleges and universities in the number of alumni with the highest salaries (Forbes Magazine)
- A Best Liberal Arts College (U.S. News)
- One of “200 Colleges that Pay You Back” (Princeton Review)
- Ranked #24 out of 665 “Most Affordable Colleges” (Money Magazine)
- A Best Midwestern College (Princeton Review)
- In the top 10% of liberal arts colleges with a serious commitment to community service (Washington Monthly Magazine)
- Among the top 10% of 650 participating colleges and universities in effective teaching practices, student-faculty interaction, discussions with diverse others, and supportive campus environment (National Survey of Student Engagement - NSSE)
- One of only 270 colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the preeminent national honor society