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Dates and Deadlines

Congratulations! Welcome to the Forester Family. Now that it’s official, here are main items and their deadlines. Completing these tasks on time will help make your transition to the College this fall easy.

Specific deadlines will be updated on this page as they become available and emails will be sent with instructions and reminders. 

The timeline listed below will give you an idea of what to expect prior to your arrival in Fall 2021. 

What to expect

Receive your Computing Instructions

Students use their credentials in various ways including their Lake Forest email address; on Moodle, the course management system; and on my.lakeforest, our Intranet portal for registering and managing your account. It’s important that you do not change any passwords for these accounts until you arrive on campus in August.

Final Transcript and Good Academic Standing

Keep up the good work and finish strong! Lake Forest College admission offers are always contingent upon receiving final transcript(s) showing acceptable academic performance and no disciplinary issues. We do reserve the right to rescind the offer of admission if academic or disciplinary concerns are presented at any time during the admission and enrollment process.

What to complete by May 15
First-Year Academic Advising Survey

You will receive a survey regarding your academic interests via email. This survey will help your advisor get to know your interests and assist in building your academic program. Your Lake Forest ID number and email address will be emailed to you to complete the survey. Your Lake Forest ID number will be emailed to you to complete the survey.

First-Year Studies Course Selection

If you are a first-year student, one of your first courses will be a first-year studies course. Details will be emailed to you and you will be asked to submit your selection for your first-year studies course. The instructor of that course will serve as your academic advisor during your first year. You can learn more about the First-Year Studies program here. Your Lake Forest ID number will be emailed to you to complete the survey.

Quantitative Readiness Assessment (QRA)

The Quantitative Readiness Assessment (QRA) is required for all entering first-year students. It will help you and your advisor choose appropriate quantitative classes for the fall semester. You must complete the assessment before you chat with your advisor. (If you’re a transfer student, talk to your advisor before you take the test - depending on your background, you may not need to take it.). The QRA can be completed in Moodle, the College’s course management software.

Science Placement Assessment (SPA)

Only students intending to take biology or chemistry in their first year must take the Science Placement Assessment (SPA). This includes pre-health, biology, chemistry, and neuroscience intended majors. The College uses these results and other factors to help properly advise you into the science courses for which you will be most successful. The SPA can also be completed in Moodle, the College’s course management software.

Other May to-dos
New Student Information Form

A link to this form will be emailed to you in early May. The form can be found on my.lakeforest in the student tab under student forms. This form is essential for establishing emergency contacts, directory information, Parent permissions, and must be submitted prior to submitting the housing contract for residential students.

Transfer Advising Survey

New transfer students will receive a survey regarding your academic interests. This will help your advisor get to know your interests and assist in building your academic program. You must complete it before meeting with your advisor during one of our required Transfer Registration and Advising Programs. Your Lake Forest ID number will be emailed to you to complete the survey.

Transfer Registration and Advising Program

Register for one of our required Registration and Advising programs for transfer students. Information on the program and how to register will be sent to you via the deposited student portal. You will meet with a faculty advisor during this time. These programs will prepare you to successfully complete your online registration.

Fall 2021 will be announced later this spring.

What to complete by June 15 deadline
Housing Contract

We know you’re excited to learn about your new roommate(s)!

We’re excited to help you take the next steps to make Lake Forest College your home away from home. One business day after the New Student Information Form us submitted, you will be granted access to the housing contract. You can access and complete the housing contract by clicking the “my.housing” link on the my.lakeforest home screen. This is also where students my search for and select roommates. You can read more about the process here.

The priority deadline to submit the housing contract is June 15, and students can expect to learn their housing assignments starting in Mid-July.

All questions and concerns can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at reslife@lakeforest.edu or 847-375-5025.

Accessibility Services

Deadline for consideration for housing accessibility requests for the 2021-2022 academic year. Complete the Verification for Need for Accessibility Services Form which requires detailed information from you and your treating clinician or educational professional.

Other June to-dos
First-Year Studies Welcome Letter

Information will be mailed to you from your first-year studies professor regarding your course placement and contact information for connecting with your advisor. (Your first-year studies professor will serve as your advisor.) You will also receive a list of fall courses available to incoming students to review prior to connecting with your advisor. 

First-Year Studies Summer Assignment and Advising Period

You will receive a second letter from your advisor in mid-June with information about a summer assignment for all first-year students to complete.

This is when you will be in contact with your advisor. Be prepared with a selection of courses (sent to you with First-Year
Studies Welcome Letter) that interest you and any questions you may have. Your advisor will help you decide which courses to take in the fall. He or she will discuss with you your interests, abilities, and desired majors, as well as answer questions you have about prerequisites, courses, any AP or IB credits you may have. First-year students, be sure you have taken the QRA and the SPA before you contact your advisor.

Transfer Registration and Advising Program

Register for one of our required Registration and Advising programs for transfer students. Information on the program and how to register will be sent to you via email. You will meet with a faculty advisor during this time. These programs will prepare you to successfully complete your online registration.

These dates will be announced later this spring.

Tuition Statement, Health Insurance Waiver, Forester Payment Plan, and Federal Student Loans

In early June the Office of Financial Aid will send information on how to apply for the Federal Stafford loans. Parents will also receive information on how to apply for the Federal Parent PLUS Loan, if they are interested in doing so. We encourage you to wait until you receive this information to apply for these loans. You will have until August 15 to complete the Stafford loan process, and to apply for the PLUS loan.

You will also be sent a notice in mid-June when tuition bills are available online and information about health insurance waivers. The Forester Payment Plan is a handy tool for spreading your tuition bill over the year. You will be sent information and can sign up anytime after you get your bill. You can read more here.

What to complete by July 15 deadline
Health History Form

The Health & Wellness Center provides a range of health and wellness services to all Lake Forest College students with the aim of supporting students in achieving academic and personal excellence. Prior to your enrollment we need information about your health status and signed documentation of your immunization history. It is important that you complete the Medical History Form with immunizations located in the Lake Forest Student Health Portal. Click here to learn more.

Accessibility Services

Deadline for consideration for all other accessibility requests, including academic. Requests received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Complete the Verification for Need for Accessibility Services Form which requires detailed information from you and your treating clinician or educational professional.

Other July to-dos
First-Year Course Registration

In consultation with you and your advisor, the Summer Transition Advising and Registration Team (START) will build a schedule for you and complete the registration for the courses. Your schedule will be shared with you in August and you will be able to make any changes to your schedule during Orientation.

Transfer Registration and Advising Program

Register for one of our required Registration and Advising programs for transfer students. Information on the program and how to register will be sent to you via email. You will meet with a faculty advisor during this time. These programs will prepare you to successfully complete your online registration.

These dates will be announced later this spring.

Work Study

In mid-June, students whose financial aid award includes “Federal Work Study” or “Lake Forest Work Study” will receive a link for an online work application. The Business Office does its best to place every work study student but placement in an on-campus job is not guaranteed.

Students who were not awarded work study may pursue student employment for skilled positions that are funded through College departmental budgets which are available on a limited basis and posted on Handshake www.lakeforest.edu/careers/handshake. In addition to working for the College departments, students may seek non-College employment at Parkhurst, the College’s dining service on campus www.smile.jobs, Follett, the College’s bookstore on campus www.bkstr.com/lakeforeststore, or local businesses www.quadjobs.com.

What to complete by August 15 deadline
AlcoholEdu & Sexual Assault Prevention Part I

All students are required to take the online courses with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention. As part of our comprehensive program, Lake Forest College will expect each member of the incoming class to complete Part 1 of the alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention courses online. Click here to read more about the Everfi course training modules.

Tuition Payment and Health Insurance Waivers

2021–2022 billing statements will be available via the my.lakeforest.edu portal. Click here to learn more about billing and payments at Lake Forest College, including the Forester Payment plan. 

All Full-Time Undergraduate Students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If you are insured by a plan that provides comparable coverage, you can request to waive the 2021-2022 Student Health Insurance Plan. 

Steps to Submit a Waiver:

  • Create an Account
  • Click on ‘Waive’
  • Complete the Waiver Form
  • Click ‘Submit’

Please click here to begin your waiver application. 

Other August to-dos
First-Year class schedules available online

Students may access their class schedules on my.lakeforest.
An email will be sent to your Lake Forest email address.

Attend First Connection Pre-Orientation

First Connection pre-orientation helps international students and those who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education make a successful transition to life at Lake Forest. It is optional for domestic students and required for international students. If you go to First Connection you also must attend New Student Orientation.

Make plans to attend New Student Orientation

Whether a first-year student or transfer, living on campus or at home, New Student Orientation is where you’ll meet your classmates and learn all about your new life as a Forester. It’s a must-attend experience!

Move-in Day

Fellow Foresters will be on hand to help you move into your new home. We will share with you a list of what to bring (and what not to bring).