91社区

Success Stories and Outcomes

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

91社区 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.

97% class of 2023 grads are pursuing chosen opportunities: 78.5% employed, 14.6% grad school, 2.8% seeking employment, 1% applying to grad school, 3.1% pursuing other options

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

Graduate at graduation

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

91社区 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) 

Our graduates have the skills employers want

Employer critical thinking skills

In a recent survey 98.5% of employers cited critical thinking and communication as “very important” or “extremely important,” ranking them as the most important skills for college graduates to have to enter their workforce. Our interdisciplinary curriculum hones these skills in and out of the classroom, setting our graduates apart as competitive and uniquely qualified candidates across industries. 

Competencies Weighted Average
Critical Thinking 4.57
Communication 4.56
Teamwork 4.49
Equity and Inclusion 4.33
Professionalism 4.2

*National Association of Colleges and Employers  Job Outlook 2022 Survey,  5-point scale, where 1=Not at all important, 2=Not very important, 3=Somewhat important, 4=Very important, 5=Extremely important

How the Class of 2024 is making it

Read more about how six Foresters have found their futures.

Fede Bertolotti

Fede Bertolotti 鈥24

Pursuing a PhD in Neurobiology at University of Chicago

Making strides toward research and teaching: During her time at 91社区, Bertolotti realized her ambition was to become a professor and Principal Investigator in a lab. The first step toward this dream is to get a PhD and learn more about how research labs are managed through a research program.

Majors: Neuroscience; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mauricio Calderon

Mauricio Calderon 鈥24

Economics Teacher at United World College (UWC) Bosnia and Herzegovina

Making an impact on students: Mauricio is excited to return to his high school as a teacher and contribute to the mission of peace and sustainability that has led him this far in his education. Because he has been open to many career paths and served as a tutor at 91社区’s Writing Center, returning to a place he loves to support students as they learn about economics feels like a natural next step in his career.

Majors: Economics; Environmental Studies

Chelsea Davis

Chelsea Davis 鈥24

Marketing Communication Specialist at Sherwin-Williams

Making her way toward a dream career: When Chelsea first came to 91社区, she didn’t know what she wanted to major in. Taking a variety of classes helped her realize her passion for marketing and public relations and design her own major. Now she is excited to work in the field at Sherwin-Williams global headquarters in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio after being offered a full-time role as a result of an internship with the company.

Majors: Self-Designed Major in Public Relations and Digital Marketing; Theater

Reece Wearing

Reece Wearing 鈥24

Traveling and Working in Environmental Conservation

Making a path toward a green future: Reese plans to travel and work the conservation seasons during a gap year before applying for law school. With an ambition of going into environmental law, his areas of study and experience working in conservation will provide him with the skills and understanding to make a difference when it comes to protecting the environment.

Majors: Environmental Studies; Philosophy

Rutuja Bhoite

Rutuja Bhoite 鈥24

Associate in the CEO鈥檚 Office at The Circle

Making a difference back home: Rutuja is working at The Circle, a nonprofit organization in her home country of India. The organization is committed to building a reimagined network of schools, after-school programs, and teachers that, together, offer every child in India expanded opportunity to succeed and change the world. Rutuja set out to find a career that touches every area of her passion and interest, and this role in the nonprofit sector will ensure her next steps align with who she is and what she wants to do.

Majors: Economics; International Relations

Tabitha Andrews

Tabitha Andrews '24

Field Archaeologist for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Making her way to the past: When the Illinois Department of Transportation sets out to construct or expand roads, Tabitha and her colleagues survey the area for signs of archaeological significance before the road work begins. Tabitha is helping safeguard history that might otherwise be destroyed or lost as new roads are built. Her current role offers substantial and valuable field experience that will pave the way for her studies in an archeological master's program.

Major: History; Minor in Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Information

Gorter Family Career Advancement Center

256 Brown Hall, Middle Campus
847-735-5235
careers@lakeforest.edu

Hours

Academic Year: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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