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Success Stories and Outcomes

Pursuing your passion works, and our graduates are proof of it.

Lake Forest College students don't have to choose between practicality and passion, and it pays off. 

Our entire campus has made a true commitment to the effort of outstanding career support, culminating in a stunning career success rate. We are intentional in our approach to ensure all students flourish after graduation, and the liberal arts education they receive sets them apart as competitive candidates to take on the challenges presented in today’s professional world.

CAC Infographic: 96% of Class of 2021 graduates are pursuing chosen opportunities within 6-9 months of graduation..

98 percent of graduates have jobs, enter graduate school, or pursue other avenues of success within six months of graduation.

*3-year average 2017-2019, over 73% of graduates reporting

Where our graduates land

Career Placements

A strong base of employers based in the Chicago area and beyond routinely hire our students, recently including:

AbbVie  Medline Industries 
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago  Mintel 
Aon  Morningstar 
CDW  Northwestern University (Feinberg School of Medicine) 
Citigroup  Peace Corps 
Coyote Logistics  Walgreens Corporate 
Epic  The Art Institute of Chicago 
EY (Ernst & Young)  U.S. Department of State 
Goldman Sachs Ayco  U.S. House of Representatives 
Grainger  Starcom, a Publicis Company 
IBM Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 
Graduate Schools

Lake Forest College students go on to top graduate schools across the nation, recently including:

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (IL)  Rush University (IL) 
College of William and Mary (VA)  Illinois Institute of Technology (IL) 
Northwestern University (IL)  Washington University in St. Louis (MO) 
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign (IL)  New York University (NY) 
Loyola University Chicago (IL)  Case Western Reserve University (OH) 
DePaul University (IL)  University of Chicago (IL) 

How the Class of 2022 made it

Make it happen: Mizraim Hernandez ’22

Miz works as Chief of Staff for State Senator Adriane Johnson after majoring in international relations.

"Attending Lake Forest College means being immersed in a lively community of students, faculty, and staff who want to get things done. Beyond my classes, I  have pursued my passions in student organizations and internships, and even led a campaign to change campus policies. Having the skills to not only organize but mobilize such a diverse community unquestionably made me stand out as a candidate." 

Make it your way: Gwen Baker '22

Gwen works as a coordinator of public relations at the John G. Shedd Aquarium after studying communication.

“Lake Forest College prepared me to be confident in approaching new projects independently and taught me skills for finding solutions and thinking outside the box, which has helped me to succeed in my professional experiences.”

Make it beyond: Benjamin Reynaldo '22

Ben is earning a masters in nursing at Rush University after studying biology.

“Meetings with my faculty advisor and internship advisor helped me find out more information about Rush and how I could be a standout candidate to them. My internship advisor at the Career Advancement Center was able to set me up with two internships that would give me great experience and prepare me for nursing school.”

Dream it. Make it. Pursue it.—Alumni talk about
how their time at Lake Forest helped shape their current career path.

Sam Kaser '15

Sam Kaser '15

Patient Care Coordinator, Lactation Network

Trusting the path while helping new parents

Audrey Paglia

Audrey Paglia '21

Lake Forest College- Masters in the Arts of Teaching (Elementary Education)

Bringing leadership skills to her future classroom

Julia Lovelace

Julia Lovelace '18

Flight Attendant for Major US Airline

From introvert to social butterfly and campus leader

Chisomo Mwale

Chisomo Mwale '19

Clinical Research Coordinator at Northwestern University

Finding her home away from home as an international student

Devin Tyler

Devin Tyler '17

Consultant, Axiom Consulting Partners

From an unknown career path to a thriving corporate experience

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