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Lake Forest College - College Information and Admissions Data


Young Hall at Lake Forest College

Young Hall at Lake Forest College

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Lake Forest College Description:

Lake Forest College sits on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois, and students frequently take advantage of opportunities in nearby Chicago. Students come from 47 states and over 70 countries. With a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19, Lake Forest College is able to give its students a lot of personal attention. Students can choose from 26 bachelor's degree programs, and the school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, Lake Forest competes in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,570 (1,552 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Scholarships for Lake Forest College (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $38,300
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,050
  • Other Expenses: $1,650
  • Total Cost: $50,000

Lake Forest College Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,458
    • Loans: $6,815

Most Popular Majors:

Art, Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 62%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Lake Forest College Mission Statement:

mission statement from the Lake Forest College website

"Lake Forest College affirms that education ennobles the individual.

Our curriculum engages students in the breadth of the liberal arts and the depth of traditional disciplines. We encourage students to read critically, reason analytically, communicate persuasively, and, above all, to think for themselves. We foster creative talent and independent research. We embrace cultural diversity. We honor achievement.

Our faculty of distinguished scholars takes pride in its commitment to teaching. We know our students by name and prepare them to become responsible citizens of the global community. We enable students, faculty, trustees, and administrators to solve problems in a civil manner, collectively. We maintain a secure residential campus of great beauty. We enrich our curriculum with the vibrant resources of Chicago.

Lake Forest College celebrates the personal growth that accompanies the quest for excellence."

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