MIDWest Conference

WACAC and the MIDWest conference planning committee is monitoring developments of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) through trusted, informative resources. At this time, we are continuing with preparations for the conference May 17-19. If plans change, we will communicate with conference attendees directly and update our website accordingly.  We encourage everyone to continue engaging in best practices recommended by qualified health professionals. 

If you are traveling from or through an area with community spread or with more than100 confirmed cases of the virus within 14 days of the conference, we encourage you to carefully consider your decision regarding attendance. [Note: The hyperlinks above take you to CDC data on community spread and areas with more 100 confirmed cases.]

In the coming two weeks, the Presidential Teams from the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Dakota Affiliates will be meeting to discuss and determine a refund policy for the conference should anyone be requesting one.  Once that policy has been determined, we will communicate it to the conference registrants.

May 17 - 19, 2020

Governor’s Concourse Hotel

Madison, Wisconsin 

We have a robust group of professionals from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas ACACs collaborating to plan the MIDWest Conference in Madison Sunday, May 17 - Tuesday, May 19, 2020. With our theme, Share the Vision, we hope to inspire all of us to continue looking to the future and collaborate to serve the students and families we work with. The Conference Planning Committee will soon be deciding on a Keynote Speaker, as well as a social event for all of us to enjoy together when we gather in Madison.

Schedule of Events

To see a tentative schedule of events, please click this link here.  

Keynote Speaker

Marie Bigham of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today has been selected as our MIDWest Keynote Speaker. Read Marie's bio here.


Session proposals are currently being reviewed. Thanks to all who submitted! Stay tuned for this year's lineup of MIDWest sessions and announcements!


You can register for the MIDWest Conference by using this link. 

If you are an exhibitor or sponsor, please use this link to register for your package.

Pre-Conference Workshop

"How to Effectively Communicate With Prospective Students in 2020"

This engaging workshop will be led by Jeremy Tiers, Director of Admissions Services for Tudor Collegiate Strategies (TCS). He will be joined by on-the-ground experts from colleges and universities in Wisconsin.

You can register for the pre-conference workshop by using this link.


There are two conference hotels.  The booking links are below:

If you have any questions or input about the 2020 MIDWest Conference, please feel free to contact Committee Co-Chairs Mary Beth Petrie (marybeth.petrie@lawrence.edu) and Kate Hooper (kannala@nmu.edu).

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