Health and Wellness

Student Health Insurance 

All Full-Time Undergraduate Students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If you are insured by a plan that provides comparable coverage, you can request to waive the 2022-2023 Student Health Insurance Plan.

COVID Information

Welcome to the Spring 2024 semester! In order to continue to keep our community safe from COVID-19, please continue reading below thoroughly for information on masking and vaccine requirements, and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, and institutional information on COVID-19 cases.  

COVID Information

Masking and Vaccine Requirements 

  • Masks are optional and welcome in all settings.  
  • A COVID-19 vaccination is required. To inquire about exceptions to this requirement, please contact Health and Wellness.  
  • We strongly recommend getting 1 dose of updated COVID vaccine to protect serious illness form COVID-19. You can obtain one at the following convenient options:  

o   Walgreens: 296 E Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045    

o   CVS Minute Clinic: 520 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045 

o   Jewel Osco: 892 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045 

What to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms 

  • Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can schedule a health appointment to obtain a clinical evaluation and treatment during business hours through the Lake Forest College Student Health Portal
  • Students can procure at-home tests from a local pharmacy to have on hand. 
  • Students who are seeking clinical evaluation and treatment after hours can do so off-site here: 
    • CVS Minute Clinic inside the CVS Pharmacy in Lake Forest at 520 N Western Avenue 
    • Lake Forest Acute Care at located 1025 W Everett Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045 

If you test positive for COVID-19 

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, email immediately to notify the College.  
  • Isolation requirements if you test positive: 
    • Those who are symptomatic and test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for five (5) full days from the onset of symptoms (which is day 0 for those who are symptomatic).  
    • Those who are asymptomatic and test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for five (5) full days from the day they tested positive (day 0). 
    • After five (5) full days of isolation, you may leave isolation if you have no symptoms, or if symptoms are improving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing agents. 
    • After your isolation period, you must wear a well-fitted mask like a KN95 or an N95 through day ten (10) of your illness per CDC guidance.    


What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?  

  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will stay in their residence hall rooms for an initial five-day period per CDC guidance
  • Commuter students who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for an initial five-day period per CDC guidance
  • Those who test positive will need to isolate for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms (which is day 0) and will need to wear a well-fitting KN95 mask through days 6-10 of their illness per CDC guidance.   
  • Students who test positive can pick up their meals to-go from the Caf while wearing a KN95 mask. 
  • After five (5) full days of isolation, students may leave isolation if they have no symptoms, or if symptoms are improving and have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing agents.   
  • If students in isolation share a bathroom with other students, they must wear a mask while using the toilet and avoid showering while any other student is in the bathroom.  
  • During the isolation period, students may walk outside with a mask on and if they are six feet apart from any other person.  
  • During the five days of masking after isolation (days 6-10), students will be asked to take meals to-go and to refrain from any indoor activity where masking is not possible or difficult (e.g., athletic practices, swimming, playing wind instruments, etc.).  
  • During your isolation, please notify your faculty to work out logistics of not being able to attend in-person while in isolation. 

What happens if my roommate tests positive?  

  • Roommates of students who test positive who are considered high risk due to chronic health conditions or being immunocompromised can apply to temporarily move to alternative housing to wait out their roommate’s illness. However, housing is limited and will only be available as space allows. If you are immunocompromised, please submit documentation in advance to Accessibility Services here. 
  • Roommates of students who test positive should consider themselves “close contacts” and should monitor themselves for symptoms as well as wear a high-quality mask for ten (10) days. 

COVID-19 Dashboard and Reporting 

Due to our low rate of cases this spring, we have removed the COVID-19 dashboard and website. However, the College will continue to log cases, monitor the situation, and reinstate the dashboard as circumstances require.  

Contact Us or Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency outside of our normal business hours (M-F 8:30am - 5:00 pm), call our 24/7 Mental Health Support Line at 847-735-5300. 

To contact us or schedule an appointment, please call 847-735-5240 or email:

You can also schedule an appointment through the Student Health Portal


Monday — Friday 
8:30am – 12:00pm
1:00pm –  5:00 pm

The Health and Wellness Center supports the College mission to promote an exceptional student experience by providing prevention-focused, accessible and high quality healthcare and counseling for a diverse student population. We are dedicated to encouraging behaviors that change or eliminate health-related barriers to learning, and to promoting optimal physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and community wellness.

Virtual Resources Available Anywhere

While our services have some restrictions, the following services are available to our Lake Forest College students, regardless of geographic location:

Digital Workshops over Teams 

Contact us for times and a Teams link. 

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Crisis Management

During business hours, all students can schedule same-day crisis sessions with a therapist by contacting the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240. After business hours, all students can access our 24/7 Mental Health Support Line at 847-735-5300 or This phone is for crises only and not a way of calling to schedule an appointment.

Statement about Current and Ongoing Racial Injustice and Violence

Dear Lake Forest Student Body,

As racism and hate groups continue to plague our society, we as a Center stand with our communities and say this is not acceptable. We need to demand justice from a system that has been unjust and inequitable for hundreds of years. The trauma that we are all experiencing in the moment may lead to a range of emotions, fear, shock, anger, sadness, guilt, and helplessness.  However, it is important to be aware that the recent trauma is especially injurious to our members of the Black and African-American communities who have endured this trauma for centuries. We want to ensure that our students who have been impacted know we are here to provide continued support. We need to acknowledge that our Health and Wellness Center staff do not yet physically represent the racial identities of all our students, but we want you to know our deep commitment to  providing a safe space where you can feel heard and validated. We encourage you to contact our office (847-735-5240 or if you (or someone you know) would like support.


The Health and Wellness Center Staff

The Health and Wellness Center does not provide health or counseling services to Lake Forest College employees.


Buchanan Hall, Room 137
Health and Wellness Center
(South Campus)

Contact Us

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - Noon
1 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 847-735-5240
Fax: 847-735-6098

Emergencies (outside of normal business hours)

24/7 Mental Health Support Line:

Public Safety: