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Lake Forest College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1857
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,422
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $61,208,507
Admissions Address

555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: May 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: William G. Motzer, Jr.
Admissions office telephone: (847) 735-5000
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: May 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 3 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: December 1
Decision sent by: December 20
Early action
Send application by: December 1
Decision sent by: January 15
Application fee: $40
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 3 4
Foreign language 2 4
Social studies 2 2
History 2 2
Academic electives 3 3
Total academic units 19 23

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Neither SAT nor ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Considered
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Very important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 63%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 83%
Early-action acceptance rate: 83%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 53%
Total applicants: 2,197
Total acceptances: 1,390
Total freshman enrollment: 386
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 49%
Male applicants: 965
Male acceptances: 524
Male freshman enrollment: 162
Female applicants: 1,232
Female acceptances: 866
Female freshman enrollment: 224
Out-of-state freshmen: 59%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 61
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 34
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 32%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 59%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 88%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 68%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
First-year students submitting GPA: 91%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 45%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: N/A
Math: N/A
Combined: N/A


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 N/A N/A
600-699 N/A N/A
500-599 N/A N/A
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 64%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 23 - 29
Math: 23 - 27
Composite: 24 - 28


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 14.0% 24.0% 13.0%
24-29 61.0% 50.0% 57.0%
18-23 24.0% 23.0% 26.0%
12-17 1.0% 3.0% 4.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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