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Apply to Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is located on a beautiful 107-acre residential campus located just 30 miles north of the world-class city of Chicago.

This means easy access to abundant internship and research opportunities, tons of cultural and entertainment experiences, and networking opportunities with alumni and professionals in a wide array of fields.

Your professors will serve as your teachers and advisors—they are deeply committed to their students’ success. You will be part of an inclusive and tight-knit community, living and learning with classmates from nearly every state and more than 70 countries. 

A beautiful campus with outstanding faculty and classmates, coupled with the resources and excitement of nearby Chicago—it really is the best of both worlds.

We are eager to learn more about you!

Our admissions office reviews files in a holistic manner and will carefully read every part of your application.

  • Lake Forest College accepts the Common Application and there is no fee to apply. Transfer students may apply for free using our Lake Forest College Transfer Application or the Common Application. 

Test-optional admissions

You may choose not to submit your scores as part of our test-optional admissions policy. If you make use of this opportunity, you must have a personal interview with an admission counselor. This can be done via phone or in person and you should take the initiative to set-up this interview as soon as possible. International students are required to submit SAT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores. Homeschool students are required to submit standardized test scores.

Submitting materials

You may submit your materials any of the following ways. Materials can be submitted at any time during the application process.

Mail to:

Lake Forest College
Office of Admission
555 N Sheridan Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Fax to: 847-735-6271

Email to: admissions@lakeforest.edu 

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Lake Forest College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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Our ACT code: 1054
Our SAT code: 1392