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Lake Forest College’s 107-acre campus is located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago in the historic suburb of Lake Forest. Wooded ravines connect North, Middle, and South Campus, and the beach along Lake Michigan is a short distance away. It’s largely a walking (or biking, or sometimes skateboarding) campus.
When not working or in class, students and faculty alike can be found playing pool or ping-pong in the Mohr Student Center, checking email or studying at the Donnelley and Lee Library, or working out in the new Sports and Rec Center. The College also has an art gallery that features professional art work as well as student pieces for public viewing.
Most of our students live on campus, although some commuter students come from the suburbs and Chicago. Lake Forest is a small city where students use their College IDs to get discounts at stores and restaurants.
The City of Lake Forest and the North Shore are rich with resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and more.
The City of Lake Forest, population 20,000, is a safe, suburban community recognized for its natural beauty, sensitivity to open space and preservation of its historic structures and landscapes. A vibrant downtown business district, including historic Market Square and the Metra train station, is a ten minute walk from campus. The beautiful Lake Michigan beach is a five minute walk from campus.
The College’s shuttle makes regular runs into downtown Lake Forest as well as to other communities and shopping districts. The Metra train also provides access to towns along the North Shore and Chicago.
The College has a residency requirement for most first, second, and third year students. This means that most first, second, and third year students are required to live in campus housing.
Students may apply for an exemption from the three-year residency requirement if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
Our eleven residence halls provide students with a variety of options: all-women, coeducational, upper-class, predominantly first-year. In addition, some students choose to live together based on a common interest or purpose. All of our residence halls are smoke-free in accordance with the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act.