College Catalog

Founded in 1857, Lake Forest College has a long tradition of academic excellence. At the heart of Lake Forest is the close-knit community of teachers, scholars, students, and staff representing cultures from around the globe who live and learn together in an environment of mutual respect and collaboration. Committed to teaching undergraduates, the distinguished faculty share a fundamental goal of preparing students to become independent thinkers and responsible citizens of global communities.

The curriculum, uniquely enriched by the extensive resources of nearby Chicago, challenges students to think critically and creatively, to reason analytically, and to communicate convincingly. In addition to majors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the College features programs of study in pre-law, pre-medicine, communication, business, finance, computer science, and still other practical areas. Abundant internships, research and study abroad opportunities, and personal guidance from professors, enhances the college experience.

Lake Forest prepares students to lead successful and fulfilling lives.

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 prepare our students for, and help them attain, productive and rewarding careers. 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.  – Approved by the Faculty and Trustees, May 1992; amended 2014.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Lake Forest College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Lake Forest College complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual misconduct) in the College’s educational programs and activities.

Lake Forest College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants, students, and employees with disabilities and to individuals who are pregnant.

Any inquires or concerns with respect to sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, or Title IX may be directed to LaShun McGhee, Title IX Coordinator; 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847-735-6009;

A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting or calling 800-421-3481.

The campus coordinator for Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting discrimination based on disability) is Agnes Stepek, Director of Human Resources; 555 North Sheridan Road; Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847-735-5036; Inquires or concerns with respect to any other type of discrimination may also be directed to Agnes Stepek.

Privacy Statement

Notice to persons planning to attend Lake Forest College

The College is obligated by law to communicate the following notice. The intent of the notice is to inform newly enrolled students of the College’s intention to release certain information. Legislation identified below requires the College to give notice of its intent. The information noted is generally used in press releases, programs, directories, and other typical publications by the College. Any questions about this notice should be directed to the Dean of Students at 847-735-5200.

Notice of intent to publish certain personally identifiable information

Pursuant to requirements noted in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and Federal Regulations related thereto, notice is hereby given that Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, proposes to publish at its discretion the following categories of information with respect to each person presently or previously attending said College: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, faculty advisor, classes, parents, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

Any student affected by the above proposal who desires that such information as described above not be released without his/her prior consent is hereby requested to inform the Office of Student Affairs in writing by August 1.

In addition, the College will publish to parents or guardians of dependent students information relative to the student’s performance, progress toward graduation, any indebtedness, and involvement in matters which may lead to dismissal. The right of Lake Forest College to publish such information to parents or guardians is provided in the Act and Regulations referenced heretofore.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Lake Forest College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, by publishing an annual notice to students explaining student rights under the act in the Student Handbook. For more information, see the Student Handbook.


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