Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College, a co-educational, liberal arts college situated in Illinois, was established by a group of Chicagoans in 1857. Situated on a 107-acre site not far from Lake Michigan, the college offers undergraduate and graduate study programs as well as research programs in a a number of subjects. Internships and student exchange programs are also available at Lake Forest College. Some of the areas of study are engineering, education, arts, sciences, pre-law, religion and sociology. In 2009, Lake Forest College appeared among the Best Midwestern Colleges and Best Value Colleges. The college ranks 12th nationally in the 'Students Happy with Financial Aid' category.

Lake Forest College is a member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Midwest Conference and the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. The athletic teams of the college are nicknamed as the Foresters. The sports in which students participate are basketball, swimming, football, soccer, volleyball, softball and tennis.

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Contacting Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College
555 N Sheridan Road
Lake Forest , IL 60045-2399
General Phone: (847) 234-3100

Lake Forest College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts144American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, area studies, comparative literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, ...
Business and Management39business
Media38communication studies
Therapy and Counseling33psychology
Science33biology, chemistry, physics
Art Studies23art studies
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Lake Forest College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree34028
Master's degree81

Lake Forest College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lake Forest College had a total enrollment of 1,456 students (1,451 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 4%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 42%
20-21 43%
22-24 11%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)15%
New York3%
New Hampshire1%
New Jersey1%
New Mexico1%

Lake Forest College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %

Lake Forest College Room and Board (2007)

Lake Forest College offers campus housing for 1,100 of its 1,451 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lake Forest, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Lake Forest College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lake Forest College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,520
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,520
Room and board $ 7,724
Room charge $ 3,826
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,898
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,456

Financial Aid:
Lake Forest College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 170600)

Lake Forest College Faculty

Lake Forest College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track914
Non-tenured and not on tenure track59

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year21$92,5985$82,964
Associate professoracademic year18$69,29211$69,714
Assistant professoracademic year12$55,55819$55,476
Instructoracademic year2*0*
Lectureracademic year0*3$52,229
All faculty totalacademic year53$74,43238$62,958

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lake Forest College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Midwest Conference
Basketball Midwest Conference
Track Midwest Conference

Lake Forest College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Comparative Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Lake Forest College Apart:

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