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Lake Forest College

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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: well above 90 percent of our graduates have jobs, were in graduate school, or pursued other chosen opportunities within six months of graduation.

Lake Forest College offers:

  • superb faculty with PhD’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

Campus information

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:

  • Live at home with parent/guardian within 30 road miles of the College;
  • Age 23 or older;
  • Have dependent children;
  • Are married;
  • Active members of the armed forces; or,
  • Have completed 24 Lake Forest College credits or more (not including AP or IB credits). 

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.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 3 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Mass Communication & Media 1


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