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Melanie Sandoval


Admissions Counselor

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Illinois (Chicago, Northern Illinois, Rockford Area)

High School

North Grand High School, Chicago, IL

College and Major

BA- Corporate Communications

BA- Spanish with an emphasis in Business Translation 

M.S. Ed Adult and Higher Education

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)

Working for the College since


My life before Lake Forest

Before coming to Lake Forest College, I was a full time student while also serving as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NIU.

One word or phrase to describe myself


Top three reasons I would choose to attend Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is liberal arts school with a small class ratio, allowing classes to be intimate and professors will actually know your name! Lake Forest is very community oriented and driven and truly cares for the wholistic academic and professional development of each and every student.

What character traits do I appreciate in an applicant?

Authenticity and individuality, be yourself!

What makes the College unique?

Lake Forest has a unique 30 mile proximity to the city of Chicago, this allows students to visit the city and enjoy all of its cultural offerings, while also providing students with the opportunity to enroll in classes with our partner schools in Chicago and truly emerge themselves in the city and Lake Forest life.


Tip for the college search

Visit as many college campuses as you can! Visiting physical spaces can really help you determine the right fit for your academic endeavors.

Hint for success

Get involved on campus! Aside from your academic success, you extracurricular involvement allows room for professional development and growth.

Favorite activity in Chicago

Attending festivals, (especially food festivals)!

Favorite place in the town of Lake Forest

I love how close to Lake Michigan we are! (walking distance)

Fun fact to share

I have lived in California, Mexico, Arizona and Illinois!