Lake Forest College: Narrative Description

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555 North Sheridan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045-2399
Tel: (847)234-3100
Free: 800-828-4751
Admissions: (847)735-5000
Fax: (847)735-6271
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1857. Setting: 110-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $60.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $862,043. Educational spending 2003-04: $9010 per student. Total enrollment: 1,407. Faculty: 170 (89 full-time, 81 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,279 applied, 63% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 27 class presidents, 7 valedictorians, 164 student government officers. Full-time: 1,366 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 25 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 47 other countries, 51% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 4% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 1% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 14 members of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, graded paper, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 12/1 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/15, 12/20 for early decision, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. One-time mandatory fee: $200. Comprehensive fee: $32,050 includes full-time tuition ($25,518), mandatory fees ($310), and college room and board ($6222). College room only: $3322. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3190 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 67 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 18% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Garrick Players Drama Group, League for Environmental Awareness and Protection, International Student Organization, Ambassadors Host Organization. Major annual events: homecoming, Semana Latina, Winter Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,105 college housing spaces available; 1,078 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Donnelley and Lee Library plus 1 other with 259,977 books, 104,075 microform titles, 1,303 serials, 5,223 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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