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Lake Forest College

Quick Stats
Acceptance Rate
Admissions Selectivity
Admissions Yield
Gender Distribution
Average Salary after Graduating
Average Salary a Few Years after Graduating
Tuition + Fees
Student Median Household Income
Undergrad Focus
Undergrad Retention Rate
Undergrad Size
Graduation Rate
Category
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Overview
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Acceptance Rate

53.0%

Acceptance Rate by Gender

Percent of Applicants

Tuition & Fees

$45,548

Average Salary in 10 Years

$55,600
Note: 10 years after enrolling at Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is located in Lake Forest, Illinois. It is a small private not-for-profit school and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has 1,508 undergraduate students enrolled and admission is somewhat competitive with an acceptance rate of 53.0%.

Popular majors include Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, and Psychology. 72% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $41,100.

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About
🗺 555 North Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
🌐 www.lakeforest.edu
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Admissions
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Lake Forest College has around 4,303 applicants.

Of the students admitted, 16% decide to enroll at Lake Forest College. This is the admissions yield. A higher admisssions yield means students want to attend the school. A lower one means that they decided to attend another school.

Out of the 4,303 applicants 41% are men and 59% are women. This means that for every 100 male applicants, there are 142 women, or for every 100 female applicants, there are 70 men.

Lake Forest College's acceptance rate is 53.0%. The acceptance rate for men is 52.9% and the acceptance rate for women is 53.0%.

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Applicants
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Who applies to Lake Forest College?

Number of Applicants

4,303

Number of Applicants per Spot

12
per spot

Male Applicants

41%

Female Applicants

59%
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Acceptance Rate
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Getting into Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College Acceptance Rate

53.0%

Getting in

Somewhat Selective

Male Acceptance Rate

52.9%

Female Acceptance Rate

53.0%
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School Popularity
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Do Students Want to Go to Lake Forest College?

Lake Forest College Admissions Yield

16%
of accepted students choose to go to Lake Forest College

Male Admissions Yield

17%

Female Admissions Yield

14%
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Application
Admission Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Record Required
Complete High School Required
Recommendations Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
College Requirements
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Graduation Rate
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Graduation Rate

72%
within 6 years

Men Graduation Rate

68%

Women Graduation Rate

76%

Undergrad Graduation Rate

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Cost
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Can you afford to attend Lake Forest College?

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$23,121
for one year
Source: Dept. of Education

Published Tuition & Fees

$45,548
Excludes housing Source: Dept. of Education

Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$55,600
per year

In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$55,600
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?

Median Student Debt

$27,000
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

How much will you pay each month?

$287
Median debt expressed in 10-year monthly payments Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the median monthly payment a graduate of Lake Forest College would expect to pay over 10 years.

Will you be able to pay off your debt?

1%
of students are able to pay down debt 3 years after graduation
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

Lake Forest College Financial Aid

Students Receiving Financial Aid

98%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

Students Receiving a Federal Student Loan

77%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at Lake Forest College you can visit www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/finaid/.

Lake Forest College Tuition and Room & Board

Out-of-State Tuition

Total Cost: $55,600
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

In-State Tuition

Total Cost: $55,600
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Career & Salary
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How much money will you make after graduating from Lake Forest College?

Lake Forest College students, on average, make $55,600 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 6 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 8% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from Lake Forest College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

How much will your income increase each year?

7.8%
in early to mid-career Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at Lake Forest College.

Median Earnings of Students from Lake Forest College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College.

Male Students: Average Earnings from Lake Forest College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College.

Female Students: Average Earnings from Lake Forest College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College.

Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at Lake Forest College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College.
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Return on Education
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What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend Lake Forest College? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.0x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Lake Forest College. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

0.9x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Lake Forest College. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Lake Forest College. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

Tuition vs. Earnings

Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.
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Teaching
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Student-Faculty Ratio

12
students per faculty

Average Professional Salary

$99,325
for full-time professors
Salary Group: Medium-Low
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Graduate School
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Can you go to grad school at Lake Forest College?

Yes
Highest degree: Master's degree
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Students
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Undergraduate Focus

98%

Undergrads

1,508

Total Students

1,542
undergrads and grad students

Part-Time Students

1%

Students over 25

2%

Student Median Household Income

$84,678
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017) Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau
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Student Diversity
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Who will be your classmates?

Women

57%
of undergraduates

Men

43%
of undergraduates

Are there more men or more women?

Slightly More Women

Lake Forest College has slightly more female students than male students.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 75 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 133 women.

International Students

8%
of undergraduates

Undergraduate Student Diversity at Lake Forest College

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Student Age

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Where are Students from?

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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What do students at Lake Forest College study?

Lake Forest College Popular Majors

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at Lake Forest College are:

  1. Social Sciences
  2. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  3. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  4. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  5. Psychology
Approximately 68% of students choose to study one of these majors.
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Student Satisfaction
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Will you be happy at Lake Forest College?

Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate

85%

Undergrad Part-Time Student Retention Rate

50%

Students Who Transfer Out of Lake Forest College

22%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

Lake Forest College has a retention rate of 85% for full-time undergrads, which is high.

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Transfers
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Undergraduate Transfers

65
4% of undergraduates

Transfer In Rate

Low

Lake Forest College has around 65 students who transfer into the school each year. This is fairly low at approximately 4% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see Lake Forest College as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

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Politics in Illinois
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Presidential Election Results of 2016

Democratic

Politically, Illinois tends to be More Democratic. In the 2016 Presidential election, 55% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 38% voted for the Republican party, and 4% voted for neither.

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