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Lake Forest College
Motto Natura et Scientia Amore
Established 1857
Type Liberal Arts School
Endowment $53.7 million[1]
President Stephen D. Schutt
Provost Janet McCracken
Faculty 117
Students 1387
Location Lake Forest, Illinois, USA
42°14′59″N 87°49′43″W / 42.2496°N 87.8285°W / 42.2496; -87.8285Coordinates: 42°14′59″N 87°49′43″W / 42.2496°N 87.8285°W / 42.2496; -87.8285
Campus 107-acre (0.43 km2) residential campus
Colors Red & Black
Nickname Foresters
Mascot Boomer the Black Bear
Affiliations Midwest Conference

Lake Forest College, founded in 1857, is a liberal arts college located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The college has 1,400 students, about 40% of whom come from the state of Illinois. The remainder of the student body represents 47 states and 72 countries.[2] Due to its location 30 miles (48 km) north of Chicago and curricular emphasis on campus, the College is referred to as "Chicago's National Liberal Arts College."

The College's current Chair of the Board of Trustees is financier Peter G. Schiff, a graduate of the class of 1974.[3] The current President is Stephen D. Schutt, who joined the College in 2001 after serving as the Vice President & Chief of Staff at the University of Pennsylvania.[4]

Lake Forest College is located at 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045 USA.



Lake Forest was founded in 1857 by Reverend Robert W. Patterson as a Presbyterian (though it now maintains no religious affiliation) alternative to the Methodist Northwestern University in Evanston. After stopping the train heading north from Chicago, Patterson and his fellow Chicago Presbyterians decided to establish a town and university upon the highest bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. St. Louis architect Almerin Hotchkiss was hired to design the town of Lake Forest with a university park at its center. Hotchkiss used the ravines and forest as guidelines to create a layout that seemed consistent with the natural boundaries and paths. Lake Forest Academy, the first stage in the development of the university, began in 1858, while collegiate-level courses began in 1860. By the mid-1860s the fruits of this university-park vision were realized as a small New England-style village had been established with an academy building, a Presbyterian church and several homes. For a short time, the college was known as Lind University, named after the man who had given $80,000 to launch the university. But, by 1865, the name reverted the Lake Forest University. The next large step forward for the college came in 1876 when Mary Eveline Smith Farwell launched Lake Forest College, a division of the university, under the leadership of the Reverend Patterson. In 1878, College Hall (now Young Hall) was built following a fire that destroyed the former hotel being used for classes.

The Reverend James Gore King McClure arrived in Lake Forest in 1881 as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Under his influence over the next 50 years, the College experienced a large transition "from a pluralistic graduate and professional emphasis to a singular undergraduate liberal arts focus," says Lake Forest College Archivist Art Miller, who co-wrote 30 Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago.[5] During this time, the College's theater group, the Garrick Players, and two of its publications - the yearbook, and student newspaper, The Stentor - were formed. By the 1920s, the College has broken connections with the Academy and its only focus was the liberal arts. Following World War II, the College experienced further growth, taking control of what is now South Campus and constructing the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

In 1960, William Graham Cole, from Williams College, took over as president and brought with him Eastern faculty and students, further diversifying the campus. During his time as president, in 1965, the school's name was officially changed to Lake Forest College.[6] In March 2010, the college received a gift of $7 million dollars from alumna Grace Groner.[7]

Young Hall, the tallest building in the city of Lake Forest, houses most of the humanities departments on campus.


  • Reverend Daniel Gregory, 1878-1886
  • Reverend William C. Roberts, 1886-1892
  • Dr. John M. Coulter, 1893-1896
  • Reverend James Gore King McClure, 1897-1901
  • Richard D. Harlan, 1901-1906
  • John S. Nollen, 1907-1917
  • Herbert M. Moore, 1920-1942
  • Ernest Johnson, 1942-1959
  • William Graham Cole, 1960-1970
  • Eugene Hotchkiss III, 1970-1993
  • David Spadafora, 1993-2001
  • Stephen D. Schutt, 2001-present

Major Construction Projects

  • 1878 Young Hall [Formerly College Hall] (Leon Welch)
  • 1891 Hotchkiss Hall [Formerly North Gym] (Henry Ives Cobb)
  • 1892 Durand Art Institute (Henry Ives Cobb)
  • 1899 Lois Durand Hall (Frost & Granger)
  • 1900 Reid Hall and Lily Reid Holt Chapel (Frost & Granger)
  • 1908 Calvin Durand Hall (Howard Van Doren Shaw)
  • 1909 Glen Rowan House (Howard Van Doren Shaw)
  • 1963 South Campus Residences (Perkins & Will)
  • 1965 Donnelley & Lee Library (Perkins & Will); renovation 2004 (Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott)
  • 1968 Sports Center (Schlossman, Loebl, Bennett & Dart); renovation 2010
  • 2006 Mohr Student Center (Wright Associates)


With a student-to-professor ratio of 12:1, Lake Forest offers opportunities for close association with professors. Unlike other colleges, Lake Forest may boast that no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Ninety-eight percent of the faculty hold a doctorate or equivalent degree.[8] At the end of every semester, students fill out questionnaires surveying their professors' abilities. The surveys are then returned to the Dean of the Faculty to determine, among other things, tenure. According to the Peterson's college guide, "At the core of the College stands its distinguished faculty of excellent teachers and accomplished scholars." [9]

Notable professors include:

Durand Art Institute on North Campus houses the departments of Art and Philosophy


The College offers more than 40 areas of study: African American studies, American studies, Arabic, area studies, art (studio art and art history), Asian studies, biochemistry/molecular biology, biology, business, chemistry, Chinese, classical studies, communication, computer science, economics, education (elementary and secondary), engineering (Dual Degree), English (literature and writing), environmental studies, French, German, history, honors seminar, international relations, Islamic world studies, Italian, Japanese, Latin American studies, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, politics, Portuguese, psychology, religion, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, theater, urban studies, and women’s and gender studies. Students can also develop their own area of study by working with a faculty advisor and completing a thesis or creative project as part of the independent scholar program. Some recent examples include: "Experimental Theatre and Performance," "Trade Liberalization in Poorer Latin America," and "Religion-Applied Spirituality." The College also offers pre-professional programs in law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacology, publishing, and engineering with faculty support, course suggestions, and testing advice. Also, see below for the College's accelerated programs.[10] Recent graduates have gone on to graduate school at Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford and several other well-known institutions.[11] Large employers of alumni include Abbott Laboratories, JPMorgan Chase, Federal Reserve of Chicago, and SBC Communications.


Off-campus study

Many students take advantage of the College's international study options, including its own internship programs in Paris and Granada, Spain; the Ancient Civilizations Program in Greece; its Border Studies Program in on the U.S.-Mexico border; and its Beijing program of Asian studies. Through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, the school also offers programs in Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, England, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, and Tanzania.


  • As of 2009, Lake Forest College is a member of The Princeton Review's 371 Best Colleges, appears on its Financial Aid Honor Roll (a list of the 13 schools that received a perfect Financial Aid rating) and Best Midwestern Colleges list. [1]
  • Lake Forest College was ranked as 97th in a list of the top liberal arts colleges in the country by US News & World Report for its America's Best Colleges 2010 Edition. [2]

First-Year Studies Program

First-year students select one of more than twenty offerings for a first-semester course that serves as an introduction to the academic life at the College as part of the First-Year Studies Program (FIYS). The FIYS professors serve as students' advisors until they declare a major. Courses, covering a wide range of topics - from music, art, and politics to neuroscience, terrorism and religion - often have a focus on Chicago. This allows students to become familiar with the educational, cultural and social resources available in the city.[12]

Richter Scholar Program

In the fall semester a select number of admitted students are chosen to participate in the Richter Scholar Program, which allows them to work with a professor during the summer following their freshman year. During the summer, the students work directly with the professor in a variety of fields. Some recent projects include: "Experiments Illustrating How Lasers can be Used to Manipulate Small Objects," "Federal Housing Policy and Race," "Regulation of Cell Volume in Red Blood Cells," "Do crayfish have a memory?" and "Navy SEAL Selection, Naval Service Training Command." [13]

Accelerated Programs

The College also offers students options for either finishing their degree in three years in communication and philosophy, or to fast-track their career through joint-degree programs in engineering, international studies, and law. Similar programs in business and medicine will be added in 2010. Joint-degree programs are available with the Chicago Kent College of Law, Loyola School of Law, Vermont Law School, Monterrey Institute of International Study, and Washington University (St. Louis) for engineering.[14]

Student life

Around 1,400 students attend the College, and about 86% of them live on campus.[15] "'Life at Lake Forest is generally laid-back,' with a pace set by the quiet, high-end suburb in which the school is located," says a Princeton Review article.[16] According to the College, there are about 100 student groups on campus. Among the largest and most active are: the student radio station (WMXM), student government, rugby club, (organizes on-campus entertainment) and the Greek organizations.[17]

Center for Chicago Programs

As part of its dedication to making Chicago accessible to students, the College recently established the Center for Chicago Programs. Focusing both on educational and cultural riches of the Second City, the center provides the college community with discounts to events, organizes gatherings into the city, brings Chicago lecturers and entertainers to campus and hosts workshops on navigating the city. In the 2008-2009 academic year, roughly 200 courses took advantage of Chicago through the Center for Chicago Programs. The center is sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.[18]

Publications and Media

There are six media organizations on campus:

  • The Stentor, the official student-run weekly newspaper, which also publishes The Chive
  • Tusitala, first printed in 1935, is the College's annual literary magazine
  • Collage, a magazine featuring works primarily written in foreign languages
  • Eukaryon, an award-winning life-science research journal publishing student work
  • WMXM, the student-run radio station providing an alternative to mainstream radio
  • Spectrum, a publication for faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends

Greek life




Lake Forest competes in Division III and offers 17 varsity sports, nine women's (basketball, cross country, handball, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball) and eight men's (basketball, cross country, football, handball, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis). The handball teams have won 30 national championships and have received national media attention.[20]

Lake Forest College has been a member of the Midwest Conference since 1974. They were a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin from 1946-1963. They were a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1919-1937.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "About Us" Lake Forest College Web site
  3. ^ "Trustees" on College's Web site
  4. ^ "President" on College's Web site
  5. ^ ISBN 978-0963818966
  6. ^ "History of the College" on College's Web site
  7. ^ "A hidden millionaire's college gift" LA Times
  8. ^ Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2008. Fern Oram, ed., Peterson's 2007, p. 1723. ISBN 9780768924008
  9. ^ Peterson's p. 1722
  10. ^ "Departments and Programs" on College's Web site
  11. ^ Owens, Eric and Tom Meltzer. America's Best Value Colleges, Random House, New York. 2006. p. 219. and Lake Forest College Common Data Set
  12. ^ "New Students > First-Year Studies Program" accessed Feb. 14, 2008.
  13. ^ "Richter Scholar Program" accessed Feb. 15, 2008.
  14. ^ "Accelerated Programs" accessed Dec. 4, 2009.
  15. ^ "Lake Forest College" on Princeton Review Web site
  16. ^ "What students say" Princeton Review Web site
  17. ^ "Clubs and Organizations Directory" on College's Web site
  18. ^ "Center for Chicago Programs" on the College's Web site, accessed Feb. 15, 2008.
  19. ^ "Greek Life" on College's Web site
  20. ^ Little Lake Forest Goes Mano a Mano With the Big Guys, New York Times, Feb. 14, 2007. Accessed Jan. 2, 2008.
  21. ^ Owens, p.219.
  22. ^ Owens, p. 219.

External links

Additional readings

  • Ebner, Michael H. "North Shore Town and Gown," Chicago History, Summer 2007, pp. 4-29
  • Schultze, Franz, Rosemary Cowler & Arthur H. Miller. Thirty Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago. Lake Forest College, 2000. ISBN 0963818961
  • Reed, Christopher and Arthur Miller. eds. Lake Forest College: A Guide to the Campus. Lake Forest College, 2007. [3]


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