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Melanie Julison


Transfer Admissions Counselor

Phone number



Triton College, McHenry Community College, Elgin Community College, College of DuPage, All other community colleges, International Transfers

High School

Deerfield High School (Deerfield, IL)

College and Major

BA – Economics and French

Hope College – Holland, MI


MS – Ed Leadership and Policy Analysis

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Working for the College since

October 2019

My life before Lake Forest

Before joining Lake Forest College, I was an Enrollment Advisor at Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to that, I was an Admissions Representative at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

One word or phrase to describe myself


Top three reasons I would choose to attend Lake Forest College

  1. Supportive community
  2. Location – beautiful, small-town campus with easy access to Chicago!
  3. Open-minded liberal arts education

What character traits do I appreciate in an applicant?

Curiosity. College is a big commitment, so it’s important to ask questions to make sure that we have what you’re looking for.

What makes the College unique?

Experiential learning opportunities, like internships and study abroad programs, are popular and successful here. It’s so nice to have the advantage of both an intimate liberal arts education and the opportunity to connect with alumni and employers in Chicago and beyond!

Tip for the college search

Find a place that inspires you! You should feel both challenged and supported in college. Being comfortable will allow you to explore your passions and be empowered to succeed. But being too comfortable could prevent you from learning or growing to your full potential.

Hint for success

Be open to new things. It’s never too late to aim for a new academic path, career path, or hobby. You’ll never know if you’re good at it until you try it!

Favorite activity in Chicago

Walking or biking on the lakeshore path.

Favorite place in the town of Lake Forest

The beach!

Fun fact to share

I’ve cried about how much I love summer.