Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill

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In a suburb of Chicago, located on Lake Michigan with accessibility to a beach and in a town that has sprawling estates and beautiful homes, with a town that offers everything you could want and more, you arrive at Lake Forest College, a small liberal arts school that welcomes you with open arms and in an area that exemplifies safety. What a wonderful find and one that should definitely be considered by students from all over the country.

• Private
• Undergraduate enrollment – 1,508
• Admit rate – 53%
• Financial Aid forms required – FAFSA
• Retention rate – 86%
• Mid 50% SAT/ACT range – Average ACT is a 26
• Student to faculty ratio – 12:1
• Not religiously affiliated
• Less than a mile from Lake Michigan where there is a beautiful beach
• Can be in downtown Chicago within 35 minutes via express train, students get discounted tickets
• Very upscale area with sprawling estates but also with regular size homes
• Exceptionally safe campus and town
• Families in Lake Forest volunteer to host 3 students for dinner several times during the fall
• Airport is a 30-40 minute Uber drive
• Town is within walking distance from campus
• Very nice, upscale and quaint town
• Town has everything anyone would need, reminds me of Greenwich CT
• Loop Program – Can live in the city for a semester – Have Housing
• Most students live on campus
• Students come from 43 states and 80 countries
• Have a men’s and women’s hockey team with an ice rink on campus
• 40% of students participate in some level of athletics
• Most popular majors are business, biology, psychology and communications
• All Students come in undecided and have to declare a major by end of sophomore year
• Many students have a major and a minor
• Have an entrepreneurship minor
• Pretty generous school financially
• Neuroscience Program, environmental studies program
• Faculty is highly accessible to their students
• Distribution requirement, taking courses in the 5 different disciplines, and writing and speaking intensive courses as well as a technology course and cultural diversity
• Have an experiential learning requirement, that can be fulfilled with an internship or study abroad experience
• Have intensive advising to assess students learning level to be sure they will be successful
• First year studies model/program – Select 1 course to take from any of the list of first year courses
• Assigned a freshman advisor, in contact with them summer prior to entering into freshman year. If a first year student’s demeanor changes, their advisor is on it, if they miss 2 classes their advisor is on it
• Develop student strategies for success
• Can retain freshman advisor for subsequent years
• DIII – Well attended sports hockey, basketball and football
• Starting this fall it will be required for a student to have an experience outside the classroom, whether it be through an internship, research opportunity or study abroad
• Test Optional but if doing then an interview is required
• Have both early decision and early action
• Scholarships range from $14k-$30k
• Accepting transfer applications through 8/1
• Average financial package is $42k

Visit the Lake Forest College website.

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