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August 22nd, 2016


Member feedback is needed to help shape the updated SPGP. The National Association for College Admission Counseling The National Association for College Admission Counseling Nacac, national association for college admission counseling, college admission, college counseling, national conference, college fairs Supporting the College Admission Counseling Profession Save time, pay online! Natural Disaster Updates New! NACAC has collected information from member colleges and universities that outlines what flexibilities their campuses are offering students who have been impacted by weather or fire events. The Latest News Get the latest news from NACAC including press releases and the Admitted Blog. National Conference Call for Proposals NACAC's 74th National Conference will be held Sept. 27-29 in Salt Lake City. Share your college admission expertise. Submit a session proposal before Jan. 8. Register for College Fairs! Meet with students and discuss all aspects of your institution: admission procedures, financial aid opportunities, and more! Not Next Year, Volunteer for NACAC Committee Service Now President-elect Stefanie Niles challenges all members to consider NACAC committee service. NACAC members who serve on national committees give their time and talents while enjoying the professional and personal rewards of a dynamic leadership opportunity. Hege Ferguson NACAC has always played a big role in my career by providing a framework for professionalism and allowing me to get to know and learn from others in similar roles. The resources made available by NACAC are invaluable to the professionals on both sides of the desk and add legitimacy to the profession. Chris Turton NACAC has served as an excellent plug to be able to connect with students outside of Pennsylvania. As a counselor, there are so many different states, cities, areas that one could find themselves in meeting new students. NACAC’s national conferences help me network myself and NACAC’s college fairs help me network with students. Wilson Lee Much of my professionalism and knowledge that I have in this industry can be traced back to my involvement and membership in NACAC. Despite having a few years under my belt, I still learn a lot at every conference, draw from the extensive Rolodex of its membership, and look for every opportunity to give back. Colleges Report Transfers are Crucial to Enrollment Goals More than two-thirds of US colleges view transfer students as considerably important in meeting enrollment goals, according to new survey results released today by NACAC. The finding — included in the 14th annual edition of NACAC’s State of College Admission report — confirms that more colleges and universities are relying on transfer students to help fill their classes. NACAC Urges Support for Students Affected Natural Disasters NACAC encourages US colleges, universities, and others involved in the college admission process to show flexibility to students whose communities have been affected by natural disasters. Save Time, Renew Your 2018 NACAC Membership Online Annual membership invoices were emailed to members in October. Check your inbox to renew your NACAC membership today. NACAC is committed to making the renewal process efficient, timely, and easy. We will continue to work to enhance your member experience, and appreciate your continued involvement with NACAC. Like, Love, Delete: Social Media’s Influence on College Choice Nailing down which social media platforms potential recruits use isn’t an exact science, so schools tend to be experimental, casting a wide net. Of course, this means where admission departments spend their time varies by school—and by what’s trending among students. Learn more about how to effectively communicate with students. Join NACAC today! Get involved in the counseling and admission community and stay up-to-date on industry trends. HomePage

October 11th, 2016


There are many ways you can support NACAC. Volunteer at one of our events, join a committee, or donate to the Imagine Fund. See all the opportunities below. Support The Imagine Fund Strengthening the field through grants for college admission professionals. Sponsorship Opportunities Promote your organization and increase your brand recognition. Learn more about all the available sponsorship opportunities. Support

October 27th, 2016

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in participating as a sponsor? NACAC has many opportunities for you to promote your organization and increase your brand recognition at any of our conferences and fairs. NACAC Sponsorship Opportunities NACAC Sponsorship Opportunities sponsor, sponsorship, college fairs sponsor, national conference sponsor, gwi sponsor, webinar sponsor Interested in participating as a sponsor? NACAC has many opportunities for you to promote your organization and increase your brand recognition at any of our conferences and fairs. Interested in participating as a sponsor? Promote your organization and increase your brand recognition at our conferences and fairs.  For more information, contact Megan LaVine, director of sponsorships & external relations. Sponsor the National Conference Promote your organization and increase your brand recognition with an expected audience of over 7,500 counselors, admission professionals, and students at the national conference, September 14-16, in Boston. Sponsor the National College Fairs Connect directly with students at our National College Fairs. These fairs annually serve over 675,000 students, parents, and counselors who are exposed to the services provided by these events in 63 national and international markets! Sponsor the STEM College and Career Fairs Promote your organization and brand as you showcase your corporate commitment to STEM education to an audience of more than 1,500 highly-motivated high school students, parents, and educators at each fair. Sponsor Essentials Promote your organization and brand to high school counselors and other school-based professionals who support college admission counseling in public school systems around the country. Sponsor GWI Promote your organization and increase your brand recognition with an audience of 100-150 admission and enrollment professionals involved in the recruitment of underserved populations of students (low-income, first-generation, students of color, international, LGBTQ). Sponsor a NACAC Webinar Interested in sponsoring a webinar? Click on the link below to get started. For more information, contact Megan LaVine at 703-299-6845. Sponsorship Opportunities

October 24th, 2016

Contact Us

Here are the ways you can contact us! Contact us! Mailing Address: NACAC1050 N Highland StreetSuite 400Arlington, VA 22201Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.Phone:  +1 703-836-2222 or +1 800-822-6285Fax:  +1 703-243-9375General Email:  info@nacacnet.orgStaff Directory Visiting NACAC: Our office is located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and N. Highland Street in Arlington, VA.If you are taking METRO, get off at the Clarendon Station (Orange Line). From the street level turn right towards the Pacers Running Store and cross Clarendon Boulevard. Walk to the next intersection and cross Washington Boulevard. We are across the street from 7-11 in the same building as the Lyon Hall restaurant. If you are driving, there is plenty of metered street parking in the area.Please note:NACAC is not affiliated with the US Department of Education or any student loan servicer. If you have questions about student loan repayment, loan forbearance, or any other matter pertaining to your student loans, please contact the US Department of Education or your student loan servicer directly. Contact Us

November 2nd, 2016

Staff Directory

Contact information for NACAC's staff Staff Listing contact information, email addresses, department contacts Executive Office Contact: and  Chief Executive OfficerJoyce E. Smith Direct: 703-299-6828 Deputy Chief Executive OfficerJohn McGrath Direct: 703-299-6811 Assistant Director for Governance and Board RelationsRaquel D. Bailey Direct: 703-299-6816 ​ Manager of Association Planning and StrategyHannah McIntosh BurkeDirect: 703-373-2360CommunicationsContact: ​ Director of CommunicationsShanda T. Ivory Direct: 703-299-6803 Sr. ​Associate Director of Communications for Digital and Print MediaKristen Garman Direct: 703-299-6807 ​ Associate Director of Communications for Editorial and DesignSarah S. Cox Direct: 703-299-6801 Assistant Director of Content and MarketingMary StegmeirDirect: 571-551-5268 Communications Production CoordinatorDaisy Kinard Direct: 703-299-6840 ​ Manager of Communications, Content and Social MediaAshley DobsonDirect: 703-299-6820​ ​ Sponsorship and External RelationsContact:​Director of Sponsorships and External RelationsMegan LaVineDirect: 703-299-6845Sponsorship CoordinatorHoang PhuongDirect: 571-551-5270​National Conference and Meetings Contact:​Director of Conference and MeetingsShannon BurkeDirect: 703-299-6813 Assistant Director of Conference and MeetingsGracy Olmeda​Direct: 703-299-6839 ​ Sr. Manager of Conference and MeetingsKelly FerranteDirect: 703-299-6846 Conference and Meetings CoordinatorErica LaudemanDirect:  703-299-6844      Finance and AdministrationContact:  Director of Finance and AdministrationWendy LucioDirect: 703-299-6822 Office and Facilities ManagerJoe KingDirect: 703-299-6826 Accounting ManagerShelly DeSouzaDirect: 703-299-6805 Senior AccountantElizabeth SantiagoDirect: 703-299-6833 Human Resources and Administration Director of Human Resources and AdministrationKatie MacPhail, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Direct: 703-299-6804 Human Resources GeneralistNikki Palmer Burger, SHRM-CPDirect: 703-299-6818 Receptionist and Human Resources CoordinatorTheresa F. GibsonDirect: 703-299-6800​   Information SystemsContact:​ Executive Director of Information ManagementJoe Brentzel Direct: 703-299-6843 Director of Information SystemsMichelle Lucas Direct: 703-299-6814  Associate Director of Data ManagementCheryl RushDirect: 703-299-6847  Web and Computer Systems AdministratorWill CreasonDirect:  703-299-6859 Manager of Customer ServiceVictoria BalahutrakDirect:  703-299-6831​Data Management CoordinatorAmber Mixson​Direct: 703-299-6852 Data Management Specialist Nathaly Fuentes Direct: 703-299-6850 Data Management Specialist Elizabeth Hudnall Direct: 703-299-6832  Data Management SpecialistDarnese HillDirect: 703-373-2356 Data Management SpecialistMary MuiruriDirect: 703-299-6806 Data Management SpecialistGustavo LaraDirect: 703-299-6838 Membership, Affiliate Relations and GovernanceContact:  Director of Membership and Affiliate RelationsKimberly JohnstonDirect: 703-299-6837 Associate Director of Membership and Affiliate RelationsYanecia Green Direct: 703-299-6848 Associate Director of Governance and Affiliate RelationsKaty Evans Direct: 703-299-6835 Membership and Affiliate Relations ManagerElsa C. Dizon Direct: 703-299-6858 Membership and Affiliate Relations CoordinatorMonique Hyatte​Direct: 703-299-6836   ​National College FairsContact:​ ​ Executive Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesGregory A. Ferguson Direct: 703-299-6815 Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesPia BrownDirect: 571-551-5277 Sr. Associate Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesSylvia E. Karpf Direct: 703-299-6821  Associate Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesJason Smith Direct: 703-299-6856 Assistant Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesAnika Kwinana​Direct: 703-299-6824 Manager of Digital Content and PublicationsChelsea TufaroloDirect: 703-299-6827 Event Manager, National College FairsSandy Vasquez​Direct: 703-299-6825  Event Manager, National College Fairs Sarah Smith​Direct: 703-299-6853Event Manager, National College FairsBelinda Levert​Direct: 703-299-6857 Event Manager, National College FairsAmber NicholsDirect: 571-551-5275  Event Manager, National College FairsJessica VolleyDirect: 703-299-6851Administrative Assistant, National College FairsLori Calhoun​Direct: 703-299-6823 ​ ​  Educational Content and PolicyContact:, and​ ​ Executive Director for Educational Content and PolicyDavid A. Hawkins Direct: 703-299-6809 Assistant Director of Strategic InitiativesHeather Durosko Direct: 703-299-6802Education and TrainingDirector of Education and Training Tania RachkoskieDirect:  703-299-6810 Assistant Director of Education and TrainingCrystal E. Newby, M.S.Direct: 703-299-6830 ​ Education and Training Program ManagerKellie KirsteinDirect: 703-299-6849 Government RelationsDirector of Government RelationsMichael RoseDirect: 703-299-6817 Government Relations ManagerVacantDirect: 703-299-6841 International InitiativesAssociate Director of International InitiativesLindsay AddingtonDirect: 703-299-6829 International Initiatives CoordinatorTatjana GuadalupeDirect: 571-551-5271 ResearchAssociate Director of ResearchMelissa Clinedinst Direct: 703-299-6854 Research AssociateAnna-Maria KorantengDirect: 703-299-6819 Research AssociatePooja PatelDirect: 571-551-5276 Staff Directory

October 24th, 2016



October 24th, 2016



October 14th, 2016

Knowledge Center

Welcome to the Knowledge Center! Knowledge Center

October 14th, 2016


Learn how to successfully counsel, recruit, and enroll students in an increasingly global landscape. International What's New Models from the Field A collection of resources and best practices to aid in counseling, recruiting, welcoming, and supporting international students. Join NACAC today! Get involved in the counseling and admission community and stay up-to-date on industry trends. International

September 7th, 2017

Counselor Toolkit

A resource for counselors who advise international students attending US high schools as well as secondary schools which are considering enrolling such students Counselor Toolkit Counselor Toolkit: A Resource for Counselors of International Students Attending High school in the US This toolkit has been produced by the NACAC International Advisory Committee and the NEACAC Ad Hoc Committee on Resources for Counselors of International Students. It has two primary purposes: 1) To assist counselors in advising international students attending high school in the US on the college admission process. 2) To provide secondary schools who enroll or are considering enrolling international students with critical areas of consideration to ensure the school is prepared to successfully support these students. Toolkit Highlights Who is an International Student? Governments and organizations have different ways of defining who is an international student. Citizenship is the most commonly used characteristic. In the United States, “foreign students” typically mean students who are not US citizens or permanent residents and who have entered the country on one of several different kinds of nonimmigrant visas. Residency is another characteristic that can be used to define international students. Organizations interested in student mobility include students who leave one country for another for the purpose of study, regardless of citizenship. This includes US citizens who have lived overseas and are now attending school in the United States. While their passport eliminates the need for a visa, these students may have had limited-to-no experience living in the US and could require English language support and help with cultural adjustment. High School Admission International students undertake study at US high schools through various means including exchange programs and agency agreements. Supporting International Students at High School Ensuring effective processes are in place to support international students' academic and social development is important. College Counseling for International Students Counseling international students varies in significant ways from counseling domestic students. Transitioning to College Once an international student has been accepted to a college, transitioning to that institution often includes additional processes. Student Recruitment If your school has decided to enroll international students, there is a good chance that administrators have decided to contract with an international student recruitment agent or agency for recruitment purposes. Note that working with agencies is not the only recruitment option. Sending a representative to a recruitment fair in the desired international location, partnering with a high school abroad, or utilizing print or online advertising or social media-based outreach are effective strategies. Financial Aid International students (non-citizens) are not eligible for the federal aid that US citizens receive. Very few US schools offer need-based aid for international students, and the competition for that aid is fierce. Check with each school or college on their admissions and/or financial aid web page for required documents and deadlines. College Fit Students should strive to matriculate at a college or university which can best foster their intellectual and personal growth. Location, size, academic offerings, the student body, and campus environment, among other things, all influence whether an institution is a strong fit for a particular student. Agencies A company (agency) or individual (agent) contracted and paid by universities in other countries to advise and recruit students to their institutions. Usually, the agency/agent is paid by its partner university only if and after a student enrolls and begins taking classes. This payment is often a percentage of a student's tuition fees, or a flat rate, and is called a commission. Agents are most likely to recommend the universities they represent, but may also be able to help students apply to universities that are not their partners. Counselor Toolkit