College Sophomore 2013-12-04T20:16:47Z
A shuttle bus is offered that goes to the mall, grocery store and other various locations but students rarely use it and the schedule it runs on is really difficult to understand. It also usually only runs at night, like after 4 pm. I would give it a higher rating if the schedule was more clear or if it maybe had an app for my phone.
Also, if you need to get somewhere other than places listed on the schedule that you cannot take public transportation to, even if it's for a class, there is no way to put in a request for a ride. (last year I ended up paying 40$ in cab fees to get to and from a volunteer site that was mandatory for a class)
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T19:22:25Z
I'll be the first to admit, I have my issues with the financial aid office. But besides the few problems I have with them, they really do tend to give out very generous aid packages. I am an out of state student and I pay about 5,000 per semester out of pocket. I've also worked in the admissions office for almost two years now and have watched hundreds of students go through this process here's my advice to applicants:
1) Keep in touch with your admissions counselor, do an interview, send them a holiday card, tell them everything you can financially. If you are a desirable applicant odds are they will give you more money before they let you go. Let them know if your aid package is a big deal in your decision to come here.
2) Apply for a Forester Scholarship in academics, the arts, sciences, or community even if you think you won't get it. Most students who take the initiative to send them in get something usually.
3) If you know someone who's graduated from here you get an automatic 8,000 scholarship just for knowing them.
All of this is outside of the merit/need based financial aid that the school offers.
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T17:56:16Z
I'm giving a decent grade for the general lack of hardcore drugs on campus. There is definitely a lot of pot and some people do take adderall for studying. But the presence of hardcore drugs, like cocaine and pills, are pretty out of sight here. Yes, there are people that do them, but you'll find that at any school. I've never actually seen/been offered anything other than pot and alcohol.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T20:20:39Z
Firstly, I think we have the most beautiful campus around! It has lots of lawn space and really beautiful old buildings combined with some of the more modern new buildings like the sports center, the library and student center/dining hall. the campus is surrounded by these deep ravines that have little streams in them and you can hear the water bubbling as you walk by and over them. LFC has also invested a lot in making the academic spaces available to students the best they can be. The art department, for example, has a fully functional gallery space to exhibit in, giving students the unique opportunity to curate a show.
The modern buildings are beautiful and sleek. They use a lot of glass to bring the natural beauty of the campus indoors, which I love! They are also really fun and functional spaces.
I would highly recommend visiting to see all of this in person as it is hard to explain by writing.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T20:13:13Z
From what I've heard and seen, the options in the Caf have decreased in quality over the last few years. The food is alright, it's not disgusting by any means, it is just really very repetitive, as we have one cafeteria for the entire school, and mediocre.
There is pizza, fries, grilled cheese, a salad bar, a wrap station, pb&j/toast/bagels&cc and a few soup selections available at every lunch and dinner while everything else on the menu rotates.
You won't starve here, but you might find yourself eating wraps for two meals a day.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T20:07:08Z
Other than being a mildly inefficient office, they are all really nice people! When they patrol the campus on Friday and Saturday nights they will stop to talk to students, not to get them in trouble or anything, but just to have a conversation. Students have a genuinely friendly relationship with public safety generally. When they break up parties that are not in dorm rooms, they usually just make everyone leave. If there are drugs involved, its obviously a little more serious, but if you drink and are not loud, sloppy or destructive, they will most likely just say hi and leave you be. Having said that, it's worth saying that I have never gotten in trouble with public safety, maybe if I had I would feel differently.
I feel pretty safe on this campus and in this town. I have a job that requires me to walk to and from work at night and I have never felt threatened. If I did, LFC has an escort service. They recently updated it because people were taking advantage of them, but the rules now are: It must be dark, you must be alone and you must feel threatened. The pathways to and from town aren't really well lit and in the winter they get pretty icy.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T19:37:52Z
It is not really a program as much as it is a major. Therefore it doesn't have an admissions process or anything, you just declare it. We don't have any programs for undergrads. The art history major is pretty awesome and I don't understand why it is not one of the most popular majors here as we have the city of Chicago full of art to be studied and opportunities for internships. I'd have to say that I go into Chicago mainly for the Art Institute. The school also offers really discounted memberships to the Art Institute. I think I paid something like 20$ for my year long membership.
The professors in the department are all really awesome and all have advanced degrees and impressive backgrounds in art history. You do have to take two studio art classes (the un-negotiable one being called "elements of design") to complete this major. It is also recommended, if you plan to go on to graduate school, that you gain a reading knowledge of French or German.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T19:06:56Z
If you live off campus and drive to school, you register your car with the office of public safety. There is a fee and you get a sticker and are allowed to park on campus.
If you live on campus, you can only have a car if you are an upper classman OR if you have a job that requires you to drive to and from work. They are pretty strict about this rule. The process of registering your car is the same, pay for a sticker.
Parking on campus is usually fairly easy, but nearly every weekend, public safety requires all cars parked on south campus to relocate and condense to middle and north campus due to various sports games that they need the parking lot for.
Parking off campus is a little more complicated. The last thing the residents of Lake Forest want is their streets full of student cars, there are parking restrictions for long term parking in most parts of the town.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T18:59:41Z
It's very casual here. Most of what we do is community service events. It's not a big deal if you don't join and although you do make friends by going greek, you definitely don't need to in order to fit in. They don't throw massive parties either so you don't do it for the party connections.
We also have no off campus greek housing or designated on-campus greek housing unless you decide to live with your brothers or sisters as roommates or something.
Personally, I like this about LFC greek life, it allows students to be more flexible in what they choose to do with their time here and doesn't box them in.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T18:50:10Z
My favorite places in town:
Foodstuffs: really great sandwiches, soups and salads. they've also got a bunch of quirky gourmet snacks and take away items
Einsteins: Bagel place
The Lantern: dinner, american food like burgers mac and cheese etc
Authentico: Mexican food
Egg Harbor: literally the best breakfast food I have ever had in my life (I took my mom here when she visited and she loved it)
Francesca's Intimo: Pretty fancy Italian food
We've also got a chocolate shop, Sweets, and two bakeries, one of which, Jolly Good Fellows, is also a great frozen yogurt place.
There are two grocery stores in Lake Forest, a Jewel Osco and a place called the Fresh Market that is similar to Whole Foods in style and products.
My only qualm is that there is not a sushi place or Chinese food place in town. However, the ones in the area nearby supply students on campus with menus and deliver all the time to campus.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T18:16:14Z
This is not a party school at all. Most students live on campus and we have no frat houses. Most of the parties are small and in a friends dorm room. The school also hosts giant dance parties in the student center called ACP's. There are a few sports teams that have houses (hockey, football) in town and they will throw parties sometimes and those are always fun but don't expect to go to a rager every weekend.
College Sophomore 2013-11-20T18:12:16Z
You know what you're getting yourself into if you decide to come to a northern midwestern school. It's got cold winters you just have to accept that. The summers are pretty hot too, we have a really nice beach within a ten minute walk for that kind of weather :)
College Sophomore 2013-11-15T23:27:04Z
I actually made the decision to live off campus this year after spending last year on campus. It had nothing to do with not liking it on campus, because I definitely did.The neighborhood around the college is pretty affluent so finding affordable housing is nearly impossible. I got lucky with my apartment, but there is not a lot in the town of Lake Forest that is reasonable. Also, the residents are not too keen on the idea of students living in their neighborhoods. Including rent, bills and food, I pay about the same that I would living on campus. It's also a pretty long walk to get to campus (15 minutes) which will be torture when it gets cold. It definitely has distanced me from many of the communal activities I loved doing here, like going to dinner every night. Overall, I would recommend living on campus, unless it is cheaper for you to commute from home.
College Sophomore 2013-11-15T22:53:45Z
The computers in the library (1st floor) are available 24/7 for student usage. They're pretty fast and easy to work on and there are tons of them, it's never too crowded there because most students have their own computers. Upstairs there are several computer labs that have larger and fancier Mac computers. There are even computers in some of the study rooms scattered throughout the library.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T21:10:48Z
It's not quite as bad as people say. While it may be lacking in variety, with the same few foods cycling around the menu all the time, it's still got a decent touch. Everyone is bound to find something as a backup plan: Salads are always nice and they have a fine bar. The wraps are favored by many. They make a number of different things on the grill. My personal favorite is the curries that they serve every once in a while. The employees are also generally friendly. There's one in particular that should be out of a job at this point, but the rest are nice conversationalists.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T21:07:45Z
Guys & Girls:
People can be a bit full of themselves and secluded, but are generally just looking to simultaneously get their education and have a good time. One just needs to find the right group of people and make their way into it, otherwise one may have trouble getting around the social scene(s).
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T21:05:15Z
Unless you're commuting from home and have a house in the area, there's really not much reason to live off-campus. Living on campus is just fine, and you should be able to get everything that you need. Though, if your house is not too far off, it isn't a horrible idea to commute and save a bit of dough.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T21:03:14Z
Health & Safety:
The campus security doesn't even need to be present, honestly. This is one of the safest places in the world just because of the township and people living in the area. There's no reason to feel threatened on campus(other than the occasional extra-crazy Saturday night).
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:23:17Z
There is a lot to eat, considering the caf is buffet style. The ice cream bar is the best!
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:22:32Z
The diversity here is great. There are people from all different backgrounds and the college makes sure people know this.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:21:51Z
There is only a few restaurants nearby but otherwise you can go to the city of Chicago or Evanston and spend a fun day there with shopping events and restaurants.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:20:30Z
The college has a zero tolerance policy and makes sure students understand this. However, drinking is available but drugs are not as much.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:19:24Z
There are a few restaurants located 15min away walking distance. You can also take the shuttle to restaurants.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:18:23Z
Health & Safety:
We have a really caring, dedicated staff of health and safety.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:17:43Z
The train can take you to Chicago and towards Wisconsin. There is a free shuttle that takes you to the mall and Target.
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