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Colleges / Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate64%
Acceptance Rate64%

Lake Forest College Admissions

If you want to apply to Lake Forest College, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Lake Forest College for fall semester should hear back from Lake Forest College by November 1.

Lake Forest College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Lake Forest College's admissions stats.

Lake Forest College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Mean SAT Score 1240
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 15%
Waitlist Yes

Lake Forest College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Lake Forest College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 1
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes February 1 November 1

Applying Early to Lake Forest College?

Lake Forest College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Lake Forest College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Lake Forest College is 39%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 64%.

Lake Forest College accepts roughly 72% of early action applicants and 64% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Lake Forest College admitted 20 of the 51 students who applied early decision. Last year, Lake Forest College admitted 1,916 of the 2,669 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they believe it will help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lake Forest College Admissions

How To Get Into Lake Forest College

It is moderately difficult to get into Lake Forest College. Lake Forest College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Lake Forest College accepted 64% of students, about 2,808 from 4,358 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Lake Forest College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Lake Forest College

For more information on transferring to Lake Forest College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Lake Forest College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Lake Forest College

Wondering what factors are considered by Lake Forest College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Interview Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Lake Forest College for more information on admission factors.

Lake Forest College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Lake Forest College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Lake Forest College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview √
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Letter(s) of Recommendation √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lake Forest College?

Students admitted to Lake Forest College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 21% submitted a class rank. At Lake Forest College 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 57% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Lake Forest College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.54%
3.75 and 3.99 16.31%
3.50 and 3.74 22.06%
3.25 and 3.49 13.67%
3.00 and 3.24 15.59%
2.50 and 2.9 3.6%
2.00 and 2.49 0.23%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Lake Forest College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Lake Forest College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Lake Forest College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of Lake Forest College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 15% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lake Forest College?

To be competitive with other Lake Forest College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1140 and 1335 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lake Forest College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1335 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Lake Forest College student is 1240.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lake Forest College students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lake Forest College students scored 665 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Lake Forest College?

To be most competitive at Lake Forest College, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lake Forest College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lake Forest College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Lake Forest College

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Lake Forest College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Summer Term

Lake Forest College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lake Forest College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Lake Forest College.

Does Lake Forest College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Lake Forest College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Lake Forest College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Lake Forest College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lake Forest College?

❌ No, Lake Forest College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Lake Forest College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Lake Forest College is 64%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lake Forest College?

βœ… Lake Forest College's early decision acceptance rate was 39% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Lake Forest College?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Lake Forest College was 72% in 2021.

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Lake Forest College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Lake Forest College? Lake Forest College is a somewhat selective institution. The Lake Forest College acceptance rate is 64%. This means that the institution accepts 64 out of every 100 applicants.


Lake Forest College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lake Forest College is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lake Forest College is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lake Forest College ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lake Forest College is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Lake Forest College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lake Forest College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1335


Math SAT Range

560 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 665

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1335 and Above


1140 to 1335


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lake Forest College students is 1240. Applicants with SAT scores of 1335 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lake Forest College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1335 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lake Forest College.

Lake Forest College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Lake Forest College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.62. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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