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Lake Forest College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 18 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 0 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Midwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $47,681)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $52,521)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Basketball 16 15 - -
Football 80 - - -
Golf 5 5 - -
Ice Hockey 45 20 - -
Soccer 24 22 - -
Softball - 15 - -
Swimming and Diving 13 20 - -
Tennis 10 10 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 10 18 - -
Volleyball - 14 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.9%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.7%
Hispanic 15.1%
Non-resident alien 9.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 2.8%
Two or more races 3.6%
White/non-Hispanic 57.5%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 3
Liquor Law Violation 25
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 13

Notable Alumni

  • Diana Nyad '73, world-record distance swimmer and sports commentator
  • Kelly Leonard '88, former producer at Second City
  • Sig Gissler '56, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes
  • Allan Carr '68, producer of the movie Grease, Tony Award winner
  • James C. Foster '72, chairman and CEO of Charles River Laboratories, Inc., 2003 Forbes Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Richard Armstrong '71, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
  • Nate Berkus '94, talk show host and celebrity interior-designer
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Amanda from Windham, ME
  • 4
  • The dorms at Lake Forest have lots of character. There are many old buildings that serve as housing for the students that do need a little bit of re-working but…

  • Jul-22-2012 Read More
  • Devin - Chicago, IL
  • 3
  • Depending on the dorm you get, you'll either have a wonderful experience in a very nice dorm room, or you'll have an old room with paper thin walls. If…

  • Oct-28-2015 Read More
  • Chelsey from CHICAGO, IL
  • 4
  • the residence halls on campus supports the needs of all students. from substance-free dorm rooms to apartments, students' needs are taken into consideration. with the help and support from resident…

  • Mar-07-2012 Read More
  • Wonderful Liberal Arts College
  • 5
  • Although I know students often have difficulty with roommates, the dorms themselves are beautiful. There is currently both academic and all-female housing available. While there is usually a…

  • May-16-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • elze from wheaton, il
  • Apr-07-2016 I am a current student here

    i believe that lake forest college dining is much better than any cafeteria i have ever eaten in. you are not to expect a five star dinner but it does it's job better than you'd think.

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  • 3
  • Hannah from Arlington Heights, IL
  • Jan-28-2016 I am a past student here

    Along with the cafeteria, Lake Forest offers a small store that sells pre-packaged foods such as sushi, salads, and sandwiches and I found myself using that more than I used the cafe. The food in the cafe is okay, it's what I expected out of college food.

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  • 5
  • Devin - Chicago, IL
  • Oct-28-2015 I am a past student here

    Wonderful food, wonderful staff. LFC goes out of it's way to provide great food for it's students.

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  • 5
  • Kimberly from Chicago, IL
  • Sep-01-2015 I am a current student here

    The food here is amazing! I am faithful to the dining hall. We also have amazing Cafe's and yummy smoothies in the rec center!

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  • 3
  • Amanda from Nashville, TN
  • Jan-05-2015 I am a current student here

    It's cafeteria food; sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. They have something called the Mongolian Grille where they have different kinds of things than the general pizza/hamburgers/salad/wraps. It's usual some sort of make-your-own-pasta bar, but they have the best falafel and I've definitely seen burritos, tacos, nachos, and other things before.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • Oct-27-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining here is ok its not great, and its not bad its just ok. One thing that I've found that I don't like about this this school is that the dinning hall has doesn't have good dining hours and its usually always packed for lunch with long waiting lines. Additionally they don't have dinner on Saturday, so your left to look for food elsewhere. Though they do have other food options besides the dining hall but it eventually begins to get costly to skip meals, and the other food options are also just ok. Also if your trying to eat healthy you won't do it here like most lunch rooms in America the option for fruit and vegetables is sadly lacking. One pulse is that they have sushi made fresh everyday if you like sushi.

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  • 4
  • Caitlyn from Brookfield, IL
  • Nov-08-2013 I am a current student here

    It is still cafeteria food, but compared to other school, bigger schools, the food is probably really good. The downside is they don't serve dinner on Saturdays. There are not many outside options that are close. It takes about 10-15 minutes to drive to the mall where there are a bunch of options.

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  • 5
  • Abby from Lake Forest, IL
  • Apr-13-2013 I am a current student here

    Our dining hall has amazing food as well as we have multiple mini cafes around campus so you can always find something to eat!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Caitlyn from Brookfield, IL
  • Nov-08-2013 I am a current student here

    I believe there are four sororities and three fraternities on campus. They accept everyone (everyone who rushes gets a bid)! We do not have Greek housing, but Greek lounges instead.

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  • 0
  • Abby from Lake Forest, IL
  • Apr-13-2013 I am a current student here

    About 15% of our students are involved in Greek Life so we are not a Greek or go home kind of campus, so if you interested we have it, and if you're not, then you do not feel left out.

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  • 0
  • Katie
  • Apr-04-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is big at Lake Forest College. However, many complain that it is pointless because as 1,500 students attend, you don't meet anyone new. Also, Lake Forest Does not house anyone in sorority's or fraternity's separately.

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  • 0
  • Forester '15
  • Sep-18-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life here is not nearly as ubiquitous as it is at some other schools. Only about 20% of people at Lake Forest are Greek, and the city banned the use of fraternity houses, so frat parties here are basically nonexistent.

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  • 0
  • Malaika from Cincinnati, OH
  • Jul-26-2012 I am a current student here

    There are four different sororities and two different fraternities. There are no historically black or other minority greek organizations, unfortunately. Although there are not a lot of different Greek organizations like other schools about 45% of the campus belongs to one of the Greek organizations that we do have.

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  • 0
  • Amanda from Windham, ME
  • Jul-22-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is lively and fun but not nearly as competitive or scary as it is in other schools. Very few are turned away and there are no designated housing spots for frats or sororities.

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  • 0
  • Kiersten from Temecula, CA
  • Jul-15-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is a small part of LFC. While it's fun for all Greeks, it not necessary to have a good time on campus. Greeks have their own lounges but no houses due to Lake Forest City housing rules.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jul-11-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is amazing. There aren't many fraternities and sororities but they are all quite exceptional.

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  • 0
  • Raul from Holyoke, MA
  • Jun-28-2012 I am a current student here

    No crazy frat parties here. Mostly a way to meet new people while doing something good for the community.

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