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We are now accepting Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applications.

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 75 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.

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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.

Step 1. Submit your application

We accept the Common Application, our own Application for First-Year Students, and our own Application for Transfer Students. (We’re now accepting applications for Fall 2021 through our Lake Forest Application.)

Step 2. Complete your application

We need the following to make an admissions decision:

Application Requirements:
First-Year Students
  • High School/Secondary School Transcript
  • One Teacher or Counselor Recommendation
  • Interview (highly recommended)
  • Standardized Test Scores (optional*)

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 

Transfer Students
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official High School/Secondary School Transcript
  • One Professor Recommendation (Transfers with less than 30 college semester hours may submit a secondary school teacher recommendation)
  • Interview (required)
  • Standardized Test Scores (optional*)

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

Step 3. Stay Connected

  • You can check the status of your application and supplemental materials here.
  • And if you any questions, you can reach out to your counselor at any point in the process. Find your assigned counselor here.
*Planning on applying test optional? 

You may choose not to submit your scores as part of our test-optional admissions policy. If you make use of this opportunity, a personal interview with an admission counselor is required. This can be done via phone or in person. You can schedule this interview by contacting admissions@lakeforest.edu or your admission counselor. International students are required to submit SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores unless they are able to prove English proficiency. Transfer international students who are studying at an English language based institution and have completed a minimum of one semester of college credit are not required to submit test scores. Transfer students are required to interview whether or not they submit test scores.

Nondiscriminatory Policy