Lake Forest, IL
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Reviews 249 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school has an annoying three year residency requirement.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere around Lake Forest is very calm and laid back.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: People at Lake Forest are always down for a good time. There are bars that you can walk to in town, chiefs and lantern, but the best place to meet new people and have a lot of fun is in random dorm rooms and a few off campus houses less than a block away from school

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The college offers a lot of different majors and is still expanding. However, I wanted a marketing degree to begin with and was unable to make that my major because they did not have it. The curriculum is not based on book knowledge but rather what one can understand and comprehend from their own reading and in depth look at a subject. The professors are always their to help those around them but continually push the students to come up with their own opinions and ideas. Multiple question test and scantrons do not exist at this school

Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did not have an internship at this college and cannot go into depth about what it would be like. My brother did have a internship at this school and was required to keep a log of what he did at work and write a 1 page paper each week. At certain points throughout the semester he was required to sit down with his advisor and go over his papers and notes and at the end of the semester a longer paper was required explaining his internship.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Having played football at Lake Forest I personally know how people viewed me and the team. The other students in campus either were huge fans of the sports and came to the games consistently, including the other sports, or they believed sports were the most unimportant thing on campus and were a waste of money and usually included letting subpar intelligent people into school just so they could play a sport, like some Jock clique. This wasn't true by any means as we were always stressed by our coaches student comes first in student athlete for a reason. The teams all supported one another and the club teams were treated just as equally, most varsity athletes competed as a club athlete too. Lacrosse and Rugby were two of the biggest sports on campus and were both club.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: In the past year a new dorm has been built that holds a majority of the upperclassmen and another dorm that is only a few years old holds most of the other students. They still do use several dorms though that were built in the 50's or 60's and should be torn down and replaced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The safety of the campus is one of its highlights in my eyes. You can walk end to end of campus any time of the day and be safe. The campus is safe, the community is safe, and the people in the area know that. The only unsafe part of campus is the outdated dorms that need to be torn down and the lighting on campus is poor in many areas. The only other issue that continues to plague the campus is a crosswalk that has no lights between south and middle has left at least one person hit every year by a car.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus. This was the smartest decision I could have made. However, the school did not help and actually tried to have my roommates and I evicted for a party that was thrown at my house in which 4 of the 5 of us were not actually at the party to begin with. Since I graduated the rules have changed to only seniors can live off campus but the high cost of living in the area makes this difficult for most people.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather has the possibility of getting bad, it is 45 miles north of Chicago. The most negative weather condition is the wind being that you are 1 mile from lake Michigan. It is always windy and that makes it much colder than anyone wants it to be when you are walking a mile to classes.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: In four years at this school res life completely turned their policies around 180 degrees. As a freshman the school understood that we were adults and treated us with respect allowing us the privilege of making our own decisions on when and where we wanted to drink, party, or just goof off, knowing that when we crossed a line we had to be reprimanded. By my senior year the public safety office and res life became extremely strict seeking out people who were having a single beer in a dorm just to write them up and put them on probation. People were all treated as criminals beforehand and if they were clean after the search they could go with one eye watching them at all times. The leader of the public safety charade, Rick Cohen, even went so far as trying to get the PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER'S, not cops, the right to carry handguns to protect themselves. This in a school of 1500 kids that did not see any bullying, hazing, or abuse in my entire 4 years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I was a football player at the college and when I enrolled as a freshman I also enrolled with my older brother. This meant I had a different backing than most freshman. The head coach was on top of my financial aid needs the entire time and took care of any issues promptly. Regardless of this though, the stories from my friends at the college praised the financial aid staff and when I dealt directly with them I had the same experiences. The staff was courteous and concerned taking care of my problems as fast as possible. The only advice I have is to speak with them face to face as this seems to have a much greater impact on the entire staff at the college as a whole. Emails and phone calls only seem to go so far.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: In 4 years at the school I was never able to utilize the transportation offered by the college. It does offer specific pickups and drop offs to town which is a mile from north campus, two miles from south campus, and to the neighboring town to go the the mall and bigger stores if you need to shop. However, these runs are far and few between leaving many guessing when the times actually take place. The only good transportation is into Chicago itself as the Metra is on a set schedule and is easy to understand, get to, and utilize. The campus is located too far from any restaurants to walk to on a regular basis especially in the winter time.

2 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computer labs are constantly full due to an expansion in the colleges student population. The college has not yet upgraded the computer labs and tech to handle this surge in population since they recently finished the housing remodels to accommodate the students. If you have your own the wi fi is found across campus but there are several locations that have little to no connection.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus is one of the most diverse in the midwest. The people come from all across the globe as I personally had friends from many European countries, South Africa, the Middle East, Russia, and China. They host many programs engaging the students to experience the cultural diversity. The cafeteria prepares different cuisines from around the world for a week every year, the professors host speakers who cover political differences, religious differences, and sexual preference, and if having a diverse student population, diverse menus, and speakers to cover different areas of diversity is not enough, one can always talk to one of the many different professors from around the globe. I was taught by professors from China, India, Russia, Germany, and many other countries that were always more than willing to share their personal experiences.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: The greek life at Lake Forest College is more about helping the community and meeting new people within the organization, campus, and community that the typical greek life concepts of frat house parties and the cliche cliques that separate the "haves" from the "have-nots" are lost. The simple fact that no special housing is available forces a unity between the people of the college that fosters a sense of camaraderie and brotherhood making greek life a sense of pride for those who join primarily for the philanthropic events.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's there if you're looking for it. Just be smart and get out of the jam when Public Safety gets curious.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Beautiful Lake Forest. The cops and campus police are bored so they do ALL THEY CAN to make their jobs meaningful.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: This is not a school where you really need to buy your friends.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's cheaper and better for you than campus food.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You never have to walk far to your car unless its the weekend. Public Safety are ruthless, and we'll ticket non-permit holders. They're also expensive to obtain. Parking is pretty scarce and it's literally war everyday over spaces.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's fun if you can afford it.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Can't complain too much. I'm not vegan, however, and the school gets pretty basic in how they treat them. My food is okay. Also, the dining hall hours are a joke. If you're too late, you don't eat. The meal plan is a scam. You're literally meant to run out of campus flex and have to purchase more.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Public Safety think they're real police, which is fine. You just have to be smart. RAs are chill and would rather you have fun and not put them in a disciplinary position. You're free to skip class, act a fool, and fail at your own discretion. It's a private school after all.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: You love what you do. They help you a lot too. It's the key to success.


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