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2015 Counselor Institute & Luncheon in Los Angeles

Lake Forest College campus

Sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

What does the Midwest offer your students? The ACM Counselor Institute and Luncheon was a one-day program led by experienced admission officers and designed to help counselors in the Los Angeles area work with students as they explore options for college.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
  • Maggiano's Little Italy - The Grove
    189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles

The morning was devoted to the Institute for Counselors, a professional development workshop focused on the admissions process at independent, selective liberal arts colleges. Following the Institute was a luncheon for counselors to engage with admission officers and stay up-to-date on opportunities for their students at ACM member colleges.

Scroll down for the program schedule and links to materials from the Institute & Luncheon.

Counselor Institute

See a list of the Admission Officers who participated in the Institute & Luncheon!


7:45 am – Doors open. Sign in, continental breakfast, and networking.

8:20 am – Introductions

Moderator: Jay Caughren (Coe College)

8:30-9:15 am – The Third Coast: Attending College in the Midwest

Presenters: Jennifer Motzer (Lake Forest College) and Jay Caughren (Coe College)

Download the PowerPoint presentation for this session

What is the ACM and why should college-bound students spend four years on America's "Third Coast"? We will briefly introduce you to who we are and our common purpose. We will touch upon the opportunities of attending college in the Midwest, and how you can work with students to discover new options in their college choice.

9:15-10:30 am – What Does Holistic Admissions Mean?

Facilitators: Colleen Murphy (Cornell College) and Gaelyn Rose (Lawrence University)

Download the PowerPoint presentation and handout for this session.

Admissions officers will lead a mock application review committee exercise, small group breakout sessions, and discussions about what admission officers at ACM colleges look for in applications, essays, and recommendations.

For Counselor Institute participants - Prior to the Institute, please download and read all of the following materials for the application review committee exercise:
Application Review Instructions
Kenneth Aldman Application
Mary Leavitt Application
Christina Moore Application

10:30-10:45 am – Break

10:45-11:40 am – Getting Personal with the Experts

The hallmark of an ACM education is that we listen to the voices of our students and help them craft experiences that lead to their personal goals. In the same vein, we will gather in small groups to discuss some of the pressing questions that counselors, students, and families have about college admissions. Choose two small group sessions to attend from among seven topics offered. See the list of session topics.



11:30 am – Doors open

11:45 am-12:15 pm – Counselor College Fair

Talk individually with admission officers from the ACM colleges and pick up literature.

12:15-2:00 pm – Luncheon and Campus Updates

Moderator: DeVone Eurales (Knox College)

2:00-2:30 pm – Counselor College Fair

Talk individually with admission officers from the ACM colleges and pick up literature.

Questions? Contact Betsy Hutula (312-561-5930) at ACM.

Photo credits: Lake Forest College (top) and Trevor Johnson Photography for Beloit College.