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 spring 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.
What to expect
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.
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.
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.
All questions and concerns can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-375-5025.
If you had an IEP or 504 plan in high school, received accommodations at a previous college, or believe your disability or health condition could affect you as a student, please review our Services for Students with Disabilities. Learn more about what we offer and what our process entails, including submitting documentation.
Complete the Verification for Need for Accessibility Services Form which requires detailed information from you and your treating clinician or educational professional.
The steps are outlined below. Look for more details via email soon.
- You will be assigned an academic advisor who will be in touch with you to assist with course registration.
- Complete your academic advising survey (sent via email). You should complete this survey so that your advisor can review it before they contact you.
- Prepare to talk to your advisor by checking out these web pages.
- Consult with your advisor
- Register for classes.
You will be sent a notice when tuition bills are available online The Forester Payment Plan is a handy tool for spreading your tuition bill over the year, and will be available starting December 1. Learn more here.
The Office of Financial Aid will also send information on how to apply for the Federal Stafford loans and parents will 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 January 1 to complete the Stafford loan process, and to apply for the PLUS loan.
Payment Deadline: January 1
All Full-Time Undergraduate Students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan. If you are insured by a plan that provides comparable coverage, you can request a waiver of enrollment. All eligible students must submit an online Waiver/Enrollment Form and elect to either enroll in or waive out of the Student Health Insurance Plan.
To learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan, insurance requirements and how to waive or enroll, go to www.gallagherstudent.com/LakeForest.
Waiver Deadline: January 1
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 by January 15, 2021. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
Submission Deadline: TBD
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!
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).
- First-Year Students
- Transfer Students
- International Students
- Admitted Students
- Meet Your Counselor
- Visit Campus
- Financial Aid
- High School Counselors
- Community College Counselors
Updated September 17, 2020
New Student Portal
When checking your New Student
Portal you will see a checklist of materials—some of the forms you will not yet have received so don’t worry.
Items submitted may not show up on your checklist as received right away. Please give at least three business days for them to be posted to your checklist.
The Parent Portal at Lake Forest College gives families online access to a student’s information so that they are kept informed of their activities at college. But in order to gain access, they need to be enrolled in the Lake Forest College Parent Portal.
In order to establish permission, your student should log into
my.lakeforest and select the ‘Student’ tab, then “Privacy Permissions” from the left-hand column, and then “Define New Permissions.” That’s where they will add you to the list of people who can see their information.