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    Frequently Asked Questions


    Which institutions are test optional?

    Currently, the vast majority of ACM and GLCA institutions are test optional. Make sure to double check with the campuses you apply to by clicking through their admissions requirements and deadlines webpages, accessible on our “Member Colleges” tab.

    Do students who apply without a test score have the same opportunities for merit scholarships as those who provide a score?


    Do any ACM and GLCA institutions have direct admit programs?

    Yes, Coe, Luther, and St. Olaf Colleges have nursing programs. Lawrence University and St. Olaf College offer direct admission for their music programs and Wabash College offers direct admission for their Center For Innovation Business and Entrepreneurship (CIBE) and Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse Initiative (WDPD).

    Are campuses currently open for visits?

    Yes, campuses are open for visits. However, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and contact the college you plan to visit in advance as many campuses still require reservations. They also like to know you’re coming!

    Do campuses have Summer Programs for high school students?

    Yes, many campuses have summer programs for high school students. They range from pre-college programs to athletic camps, music, dance, science, theatre, and more.  You can find information for programs at Beloit CollegeCarleton College, Coe College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Denison University (summer, Young Writer’s), DePauw University, Hope College (athletic, non-athletic), Lawrence University, Luther College, Monmouth College (athletic, non-athletic), Oberlin College, Ripon College, and St. Olaf College by clicking on their links.



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