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First Year Students

You're not just going to college. You're going to make it.

Sure, you're going to learn a lot, make new friends, and have a ton of fun. But what you're really doing is getting ready for the big world out there. 

You're going to find out what you're really good at and what you love doing, and you're going to make a career of it.

Make your passion a career

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Majors and Minors

Follow your head and your heart. Students may declare up to two majors and one minor or up to one major and two minors.

Student Honors and Research

Student Honors and Research

At Lake Forest, students conduct the highest level of research and scientific discovery with professors who are experts in their fields.

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Career Advancement

Our Career Pathways preparation program takes students through four stages of personal exploration and career development we call the Career Milestones. We help students gain the skills and experiences they need to be successful and to build a strong network within their Pathway, a network that will provide them with industry insight and help them land meaningful jobs.

Explore Lake Forest

A campus visit is one of the most important pieces of your college search process. During your visit experience, you will learn more about what life looks like as a Forester. We offer a variety of options to help you get a full picture of our campus community.

Plus, it pays to visit! Participate in a personal or virtual visit and you will receive our $2,000 visit grant.

Visit Campus

I chose to attend Lake Forest College because I felt this was the college I was destined to be at. When I was applying, I knew I wanted to be a part of an institution that sees me as more than just a number. I wanted the one-on-one connections, and I wanted to go to a college that would help me discover who I am. With every experience I have been through, I feel it has made me the person I am today.

Make the most out of your college experience

Chicago Connections

Chicago Connections

Experience the “best of both worlds” at Lake Forest College: our beautiful 107-acre campus and access to one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s a combination that gives Lake Forest students an edge and sets us apart from other colleges.

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Student Life

Lake Forest is a close-knit, diverse community where most of our students live on campus throughout their four years. Whether you’re a first-year, transfer, or international student, you’ll feel at home here on our safe, beautiful campus.

Global Engagement Office

Global Engagement Office

Welcome to the Lake Forest Global Engagement Office, which develops, coordinates, and supports campus efforts to engage with the world.

Financing College

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid offers a personalized approach, helping our students and families by providing timely information, anticipating concerns, and seeking innovative, personalized solutions.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships

Lake Forest College is known for making the college experience an affordable one for our students and their families. You could receive up to $30,000 annually in merit-based scholarship. Over 90% of admitted students receive scholarship and/or need-based financial assistance from the College.

Net Price Calculator

Net Price Calculator

Lake Forest College is committed to making college affordable for our students and their families. The Net Price Calculator allows families to see an example of average net cost (net price) for attending Lake Forest.