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If you want to know more about Lake Forest College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Lake Forest College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Lake Forest College was awarded 28 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

Lake Forest is ranked #317 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Lake Forest is also ranked #13 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Lake Forest?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Lake Forest College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 53%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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Lake Forest College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Lake Forest, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Lake Forest College is 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lake Forest College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 85% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Lake Forest College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Lake Forest the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 66%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Lake Forest

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,508 undergraduates at Lake Forest with 1,487 being full-time and 21 being part-time.

Lake Forest Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 89.81 out of 100, Lake Forest is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.81 out of 100
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How Much Does Lake Forest College Cost?

The overall average net price of Lake Forest is $24,923. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lake Forest

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,805 $18,289 $20,588 $26,030 $31,260

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Lake Forest, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Lake Forest, approximately 83% of students took out student loans averaging $7,265 a year. That adds up to $29,060 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lake Forest is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Lake Forest Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Lake Forest make around $50,900 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Lake Forest students since it is 28% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Lake Forest College make the most money.

Location of Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The suburban atmosphere of Lake Forest makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of Lake Forest College

Contact details for Lake Forest are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 555 N Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045-2399
Phone: 847-234-3100

Lake Forest College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 32 majors graduated from Lake Forest College. Of these students, 453 received undergraduate degrees and 10 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 46 $36,400
Child Development & Psychology 41 NA
Communication & Media Studies 34 $38,700
Finance & Financial Management 32 $43,400
General Biology 26 $27,400
Economics 26 NA
General English Literature 25 $23,300
Romance Languages 23 $28,000
Sociology & Anthropology 22 NA
Political Science & Government 20 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Lake Forest College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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