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About Us

Facts and Figures


  • In the top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report
  • In the top 100 liberal arts colleges in Washington Monthly magazine 
  • In the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings
  • In the top 100 liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger’s Best Value Colleges.
  • In the top 10% of colleges and universities in Money magazine
  • Named a best college by the Princeton Review
  • Recently named one of the top 20 colleges or universities with the “happiest students”  and “best athletic facilities” (Princeton Review)
  • One of “200 Colleges that Pay You Back” (Princeton Review)
  • Considered a top college with a serious commitment to community service (Washington Monthly Magazine)


    Lake Forest College is located in the suburban town of Lake Forest, a half mile from Lake Michigan and 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The College’s 107 acres are spread out across three campuses that are divided by wooded ravines. It is home to more than 250 species of naturalized plants and 187 bird species.

    With classic 19th and 20th Century architecture, mature oak trees, and numerous green spaces, the College has been and remains a popular place to film movies.

    Student Body

    Total undergraduates 1,528
    Women 878
    Men 650
    International students (including dual citizens)  191

    Our students come from 44 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 72 countries.


    Lake Forest professors regularly include undergraduates in their primary research and supervise independent research projects.

    Teaching faculty 196
    Full-time professors holding the PhD or equivalent 97%
    Student–faculty ratio 12:1
    Average class size 19

    They receive fellowships and grants from such notable organizations as the Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, Freeman Foundation, Mellon Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Getty Trust, Goldsmith Foundation, and Kemper Foundation.

    Areas of Study

    The College has 32 majors, plus minors and special programs. Students can declare up to two majors and one minor, or one major and two minors.

    Academic Year

    The year includes two 15-week semesters and three four-week terms in the summer session.

    Off-Campus Study

    Participating in an off-campus program, whether to study, intern, research, or volunteer, can be a life-changing experience and is highly encouraged at Lake Forest. Students may participate for credit in a total of two semester-long programs chosen from our list of 200+ programs in 70 countries. The programs on this list may be sponsored by Lake Forest College, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, or one of several trusted program providers.


    Students pursue a wide range of internships in the Chicago area, nationwide, and abroad. In recent years, students have held internships with such organizations as the Alliance Fran├žaise de Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, French Connections Films (Paris), International Herald Tribune (Paris), Morgan Stanley, NBC Chicago, Paine Webber, Second City, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium.

    Community Education

    The College serves adults living in the region through the Office of Community Education. The College currently offers a  Master of Liberal Studies (M/LS) program and Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

    Center for Chicago Programs

    The Center for Chicago Programs connects Lake Forest students to the educational and cultural riches of Chicago both on campus and in the city. The Center is an integral part of the student and faculty experience at the College.


    Lake Forest has 19 Division III teams, including 10 women’s (basketball, cross country, handball, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball) and nine men’s (basketball, cross country, football, golf, handball, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis). Many students are also involved in club or intramural sports.

    Team name: Foresters
    School mascot: Boomer the Bear
    School colors: Red and black


    The College and its Alumni Board host events around the country. More than 13,000 alumni, in 63 countries and all 50 states, participate in student mentor programs, assist with internships, and support the College through donations.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Lake Forest College admits students regardless of their ability to pay, so that qualified students from all economic backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals. Lake Forest is committed to meeting as much of a student’s demonstrated financial need as possible, which may include a combination of federal/state/college grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. The College offers several merit-based scholarships, recognizing academic achievement, talent, and community engagement.