Lake Forest College

name = Lake Forest College
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motto = Natura et Scientia Amore
established = 1857
type = Liberal Arts School
endowment = $76,700,000
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faculty = 117
president = Stephen D. Schutt
provost = Janet McCracken
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students = 1,427
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city = Lake Forest
state = Illinois
country = USA
campus = 107-acre residential campus
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colors = Red & Black
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mascot = Boomer the Black Bear
nickname = Foresters
affiliations = Midwest Conference
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Lake Forest College, founded in 1857, is a liberal arts college located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The college has over 1,400 students, about 40% of whom come from the state of Illinois. The remainder of the student body represents 45 other states and 65 additional countries. [ [ "About Us" Lake Forest College Web site] ] Due to its location 30 miles 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. [ [ "Trustees" on College's Web site] ] 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. [ [ "President" on College's Web site] ]

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". [ ISBN 978-0963818966 ] 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. [ [ "History of the College" on College's Web site] ]


* 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


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. [ "Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2008." Fern Oram, ed., Peterson's 2007, p. 1723. ISBN 9780768924008 ] 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." [ "Peterson's" p. 1722 ]

Notable professors include:
* Robert Archambeau
* Michael H. Ebner - Emeritus
* Carol Gayle
* Kent Grote
* Michael Kash
* Janet McCracken
* Ronald Miller
* Ahmad Sadri
* Davis Schneiderman
* Stephen D. Schutt
* David Spadafora
* Ghada Talhami
* David Boden
* William B. Martin


The College offers 20 departmental majors: art, biology, business, chemistry, communications, computer science, economics, education, English, French, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, and theater. 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-health and pre-law programs with faculty support, course suggestions, and testing advice. [ [ "Departments and Programs" on College's Web site] ] Recent graduates have gone on to graduate school at Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford and several other well-known institutions. [ Owens, Eric and Tom Meltzer. "America's Best Value Colleges," Random House, New York. 2006. p. 219. and Lake Forest College Common Data Set ] 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 program in Paris, the Ancient Civilizations Program in Greece, 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 2007, Lake Forest College is a member of The Princeton Review's 361 Best Colleges, appears on the lists of Best Midwestern Colleges and the Best Value Colleges, and ranks 6th in the country for Students Happy with Financial Aid []
* Lake Forest College was ranked as 94th in a list of the top liberal arts colleges in the country by US News & World Report for its America's Best Colleges 2008 Edition. []

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. [ "New Students > First-Year Studies Program" accessed Feb. 14, 2008. ]

Richter Scholar Program

A select number of admitted students are selected to participate in the Richter Scholar Program, which allows them to work with a professor during the summer following their freshman year. The students also take a seminar course during their second semester, called "Ways of Knowing." 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." [ "Richter Scholar Program" accessed Feb. 15, 2008. ]

tudent Life

Around 1,400 students attend the College, and about 86% of them live on campus. [ [ "Lake Forest College" on Princeton Review Web site] ] "'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. [ [ "What students say" Princeton Review Web site] ] 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. [ [ "Clubs and Organizations Directory" on College's Web site] ]

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. The center is sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. [ [ "Center for Chicago Programs" on the College's Web site, accessed Feb. 15, 2008.] ]

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


* Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, and Kappa Alpha Theta, and Alpha Kappa Alpha. [ [ "Greek Life" on College's Web site] ]


* Delta Chi and Lamda Chi Alpha


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. [ [ "Little Lake Forest Goes Mano a Mano With the Big Guys," New York Times, Feb. 14, 2007. Accessed Jan. 2, 2008.] ]

Lake Forest College was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1919-1937.

Notable alumni

* Richard Armstrong, director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
* Marsha E. Barnes, diplomat, former U.S. Ambassador to Suriname
* Nate Berkus, interior designer and decorator
* Herbert Block, political cartoonist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner [ Owens, p.219. ]
* Blair Butler, G4 host, comedy writer
* Jacqueline Carey, bestselling fantasy author
* Allan Carr, producer of the movie Grease, Tony Award winner
* Andrea Day, reporter at WNYW-FOX 5 New York, winner of three Emmy Awards
* James C. Foster, chairman and CEO of Charles River Laboratories, Inc., 2003 Forbes Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year
* Susan Garrett, Illinois State Senator 29th District
* Steve Goodman, Grammy award-winning folk singer, writer of "Go, Cubs, Go"
* Ed Janus, independent audio producer, interviewer, and journalist
* Trevor Kampmann, artist, producer for Cat Power, theme music for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360
* Philip Klinkner, political scientist
* Michael Lane, maritime judge
* Peg Lautenschlager, former Attorney General of Wisconsin
* Colin McComb, game designer
* Nicole Moser, assistant professor University of Chicago
* Blaise A. F. Mibeck, research scientist
* Diana Nyad, world-record distance swimmer and sports commentator
* Lloyd John Ogilvie, former United States Senate Chaplain
* Roy L. Pearson, Jr., Northwestern University law graduate and D.C. administrative law judge
* Nicholas J. Pritzker, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Hyatt Development Corporation
* Penelope Rosemont, surrealist artist and writer
* Casey Urlacher, professional football player
* Gerald Vizenor, Native American writer, activist, academic and literary critic, began his teaching career at Lake Forest
* Richard Widmark, class of 1936, popular post-WWII era actor, "the face of film noir" [ Owens, p. 219. ]


External links

* [ Lake Forest College Web site]
* [ Associated Colleges of the Midwest]

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. []

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