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Lake Forest College again earns high marks in national rankings

aerial view of Lake Forest College campus
September 13, 2021
Linda Blaser

Lake Forest College again is recognized as a top tier college by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review in their just-released 2022 rankings.

U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Lake Forest College as one of America’s top 100 national liberal arts colleges. This year, Lake Forest earned #36 on a new listing of Most Innovative Schools. The magazine also ranked Lake Forest #3 in the nation as a Top Performer on Social Mobility, and #21 on its Best Value college listing—up a dozen spots from last year. Overall, Lake Forest is ranked #82 among the top 100 U.S. liberal arts colleges—up two spots from 2021.

To create its new Most Innovative Schools ranking, U.S. News asked top college officials to identify institutions that are making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

The Social Mobility list measures and ranks a college’s success in graduating students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Being ranked third in the nation in this category is a particular point of pride for Lake Forest College, which has long emphasized its accessibility and affordability to highly motived students from all backgrounds.

For its Best Value list, U.S. News evaluates a school’s academic quality and net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Princeton Review accolade infographicThe U.S. News rankings come on the heels of the latest report from The Princeton Review, which ranked Lake Forest College a Best Midwestern College, a Best Value Colleges nationally, and #14 on its list of Top 20 Schools for Internships (Private Schools) in The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition.

Lake Forest College has experienced a consistent upward trend in national rankings over the past several years, reflecting the College’s continued focus on providing a rigorous undergraduate education that prepares students for meaningful and rewarding careers.