Scholarship Competition FAQ

Event timing and schedule

Registration starts at 12:00 p.m. If you’ll be traveling and would like to have lunch on campus, feel free to arrive a little early to have lunch in the caf on us prior to checking in. The program begins with an opening session at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with a celebratory dinner. You should expect to be on campus until around 6:30 p.m.

Keep in mind auditions and additional scholarship interviews will be scheduled in the morning prior to the 12:30 event, so depending on your personal schedule you may be on campus most of the day. Refer to your confirmation email (sent closer to the event date) or contact your admission counselor with questions about your custom schedule.

Legacy families (students with parents or family members who are alumni of Monmouth College) are also invited to join us for a special Legacy Family Luncheon beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Students and guests will have different, custom afternoon schedules. Students will rotate through interviews and information sessions with a small group led by current Monmouth students who participated in the scholarship competition themselves as high school seniors. Guests will have optional breakout sessions led by professors, academic advisors and staff. Financial aid counselors will also be on campus all afternoon for one-on-one meetings to discuss aid, no appointment needed.

Where to go and how to get there

Registration for the academic Scholarship Competition will take place in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. For those who are arriving early for a special interest audition/interview, registration will take place inside the south entrance of the Center for Science and Business. For your convenience, please refer to our printable campus map.

Overnight accommodations

We have partnered with AmericInn Hotel in Monmouth to offer a group rate. Mention you’re in town for the competition to receive a discount on your Friday and Saturday night stays.


Plane / Train – For those traveling from a distance, we recommend coming in on Friday afternoon or early evening and leaving on Sunday morning. Shuttles are provided from the Peoria and Moline airports as well as the Galesburg train station. If you need a shuttle, please send flight/train information to your admission counselor and arrangements will be made.

Car – If you are driving in, keep in mind that you should arrive prior to the beginning of the program, which is at 12:30pm. The program will end after dinner.


Being a weekend event, parking is available in all lots except for student parking spaces. The most convenient options are the Center for Science and Business lot and the lot in front of the Huff Athletic Center. Parking along Broadway is permitted and encouraged as well. View the campus map for options.

Campus tours

Campus tours will depart from Mellinger Commons in the lower level of the Center for Science and Business at 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am. Guests of students who are interviewing will also have the opportunity to tour campus at 2:15pm.

Bookstore hours

The bookstore will be open from 10:00am-1:00pm.


For those who arrive early or need a space to relax, there will be a hospitality area in Mellinger Commons; lower level of the Center for Science and Business.


If you wish to arrive early, a complimentary lunch is available in the Main Dining Room; Stockdale Center. Please see admission staff upon arrival for meal tickets.

Students who are a Monmouth College legacy are invited to attend a special Legacy Lunch before the afternoon event. Please be sure to indicate your intention to attend on your RSVP form.

There will be a formal celebratory dinner following the event at 5:00pm in Glennie Gymnasium; Huff Athletic Center.

What to wear

We encourage students to dress professional, but also be comfortable. Think business casual. Slacks, dresses, skirts, and sweaters are great. Imagine you are interviewing for an internship, or attending a reception at your school. Remember this is a very full day, so consider wearing comfortable shoes or bringing an extra pair of shoes for walking around campus and maybe a bag to carry them in. 

We will be taking professional headshots of all students as part of the interview process, which we look forward to sharing with you after the event! 

What to expect

Students – The interview itself will only be about 20 minutes long. You’ll be with two Monmouth College representatives (faculty, staff members, and alumni) and the conversation will be about YOU. Your goals, your experiences and what YOU can bring to Monmouth College. Relax! When you’re not interviewing, you’ll be hearing from current students about SOFIA, the Stockdale Fellows leadership program and tour our residence halls. In addition, you’ll experience what a class at Monmouth College is like.

Guests – You’ll hear all about what makes Monmouth College distinctive and then have the opportunity to choose your own adventure. There are a variety of presentations that you can select from, you can hang in our hospitality area, or tour campus. You’ll join back up with your student for a celebratory dinner at the end of the program.


Results of the competition will be announced within a couple weeks of the competition. All students will be notified either way and students receiving an additional scholarship will receive an updated financial aid award letter reflecting the changes.

Additional questions

If you additional questions, please contact your admission counselor or call the Admission Office at 309-457-2285.