Our Students

Lake Forest students are…


  • 86% of students conduct off-campus research or internships in Chicago or across the globe
  • 40% go on at least one off-campus study program at places like Spain, France, Greece, New Zealand, and more
  • Each year, students are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. Lake Forest College is one of only 290 colleges or universities in the United States meeting the standards of excellence necessary to form a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
  • Our students are recipients of prestigious national honors such as the Kemper Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Davis Projects for Peace Scholarship, and others
  • 99% of the 2018 graduates have found post-graduation placement in jobs, graduate school, and more


  • More than 50% participate in varsity, intramural, or club athletics
  • Most are involved in one or more of 50-plus campus clubs and organizations
  • Nearly all are involved in community service projects
  • Students raise more money for Relay for Life than most other similarly sized colleges in the United States
  • About 80% of students stay on campus during the weekends


  • From nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 80 countries
  • 39% are either ethnic minority or international students
  • More than 40 languages are spoken on campus
  • Greater student diversity than most other liberal arts colleges in the country


  • Ironman triathlete
  • Advocate for people with Crohn’s disease and was named one of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women for 2011
  • Manager of the U.S. Paralympic Hockey Team during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Executive Director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York
  • Published author of a trilingual Spanish-English-Quechua children’s book about indigenous children in Bolivia
  • Activist on issues of food safety in China
  • Acclaimed writer of sci-fi book series titled Kushiel’s Legacy, which was named one of the top 100 Sci-Fi series of all time by National Public Radio listeners.