Student Resources

College Showcase 101

First time coming to one of our College Showcases? Interested in making the most of the experience? Keegan White, Associate Director of Admissions at Lawrence University and an organizer of the Midwest College Showcase, talks in detail about how to make the most of the virtual college fair experience. Topics covered include how to come prepared, what to look for while attending the event, tips for interacting with college representatives, how to follow up, and more!

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Recorded Webinar on Navigating the College Search

Diane Anci, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Kenyon College, leads a panel of admission professionals to help you understand the college search process, including applications, visits, and financial aid. Panelists include: DeVone Eurales, Director of Admission at Knox College, Karen Kristoff, Assistant VP and Dean of Admissions at Colorado College, and Art Rodriquez, VP | Dean of Admission at Carleton College

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Recorded Webinars on Financial Aid

Meg Ryan, Former Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Allegheny College, and Adriana Rodriguez, Associate Director for Financial Aid Operations at Lake Forest College, offer financial aid information sessions in English and Spanish.

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To download the slideshow decks from the above webinars,

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Recorded Webinars on the Importance of the Liberal Arts

Sonya Malunda, President of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and Mickey McDonald, President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, each lead panel discussions with faculty members from different disciplines at our small colleges. They share the value of the liberal arts, and how they connect with and support students on our campuses. 

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Panelists include: Sonya Maria Johnson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Beloit College, Karl Wirth, Associate Professor of Mineralogy/Petrology/Planetary Geology at Macalester College, and Vicki Baker, Professor of Economics and Management at Albion College.

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Panelists include: Sarah Lindley, Arcus Social Justice Professor of Art at Kalamazoo College, Hewlet McFarlane, Professor of Neuroscience at Kenyon College, and Aparna Thomas, Professor of Politics & Women’s Studies at Cornell College.

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Panelists include: Beth Choate, Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Sustainability at Allegheny College and Sanjaya Thakur, Associate Professor of Classics at Colorado College.

Recorded Webinar for International Students

Developed specifically for international students, this session will focus on how to approach a virtual college search and offer information about financial aid at Midwest liberal arts colleges. Panelists include: Bryce Benton, Associate Director of Admission & Coordinator of International Admission at Denison University, Jon Lund, Executive Director, Center for Global Learning & International Admission at Luther College, and Chris Segur, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions & Coordinator of International Recruitment at Allegheny College.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I couldn’t make the MCS event I had planned to attend. How can I learn more?
Scroll up on this page to see recorded Webinars on a wide range of topics from some of our past events!


Which institutions are test optional?
Currently all ACM and GLCA institutions are test optional.


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?
While the majority of campuses are open for visits, it’s a good idea to check with a specific campus before planning a visit. Many campuses have limited the number of visits offered per day. Remember, campuses may require masks, social distancing, and vaccinations.


Are campuses offering in-person instruction?
ACM and GLCA institutions are offering in-person instruction. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, campuses may pivot to hybrid or virtual learning as neccesary. 



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