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Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, ILwww.lakeforest.edu
Lake Forest College, fittingly located on the shore of Lake Michigan, offers its about 1,500 undergrads a liberal arts education with around 30 majors from which to choose. Also on offer: five dual-degree programs -- whereby students receive their bachelor's as well as an advanced degree -- with partner universities, in subjects rangings from law to engineering to pharmacy. With its campus 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest makes the most of the opportunities and resources the city provides. In fact, it has an on-campus hub -- the Center for Chicago Programs -- that arranges field trips, brings in speakers, and coordinates academic projects in the city. Students can even spend a semester living and learning in Lake Forest's College in the Loop program; they live downtown and study Chicago-specific topics. The Loop program is only one of the many off-campus learning programs available; the college offers an impressive array of overseas and domestic opportunities, including the research-based Oak Ridge Science Semester in Tennessee. Popular majors include social sciences, communications, and biology. First-year students are enrolled in the First-Year Studies Program, which emphasizes critical thinking and writing skills through specialized introductory courses in a variety of topics examining cultures, religions, and literature as well as Chicago. And while the city is only an hour's train ride away, students experience a bucolic setting on campus with its wooded ravines and proximity to Lake Michigan.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$60,100
% of students who get any grants
96%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,300
Average price for low-income students
$16,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
57%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
1,640
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
N/A
% of need met
N/A
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
70%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$51,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
48%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Feb 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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