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Melissa Naughton


Director of Transfer Admissions

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College of Lake County, Transfer (In-state 4-year students)

High School

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Decatur, IL)

College and Major

BA Millikin University

M.S.Ed Eastern Illinois University

Working for the College since


My life before Lake Forest

I was an Assistant Director of Career Services at Northwestern University for several years and then a stay-at-home mom until I started working at the College.

One word or phrase to describe myself


Top three reasons I would choose to attend Lake Forest College

1. Location, location, location.
2. The access to faculty and the small class size.
3. The diversity of the student body.

What character traits do I appreciate in an applicant?

Persistence, organization, and openness.

What makes the College unique?

It’s hard to pick just one thing, but I think I would put the diversity of the student body which provides every student with a richness of different perspectives both in and out of the classroom up at the top of the list.

Hint for success

Don’t be afraid to take risks. Put yourself out there and try new things.

Favorite activity in Chicago

Watching the Cubs play at Wrigley, of course!

Favorite place in the town of Lake Forest

Elawa Farm/Middlefork Savanna. A beautiful place to run, ride your bike, or take a walk. Amazing sunsets can be seen here.

Fun fact to share

You would not know it to look at me, but I am an avid Chicago sports fan. I really enjoy attending sporting events with my husband and kids.