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NACAC Mission

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will support and advance the work of counseling and enrollment professionals as they help all students realize their full educational potential, with particular emphasis on the transition to postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to promoting high professional standards that foster ethical and social responsibility.


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practices (SPGP).

A member-directed organization, NACAC is governed by its voting members-an Assembly of delegates elected by voting members in NACAC's state and regional affiliates and by an elected Board of Directors.

PCACAC is a chartered affiliate of NACAC.  PCACAC serves Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  For PCACAC and NACAC professional development opportunities, please visit our Professional Development page.

Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations

In an effort to raise awareness of the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations, a collaboration between NACAC and the major national associations and organizations representing school counselors and college access professionals, NACAC asks Affiliates to engage with the Council’s online resources:

NACAC Imagine Fund Grant

Imagine Grants offer financial support to individuals or NACAC affiliates who assist students in the transition to college and are intended to provide assistance to individuals who might otherwise be unable to participate in professional development opportunities or to implement a new innovative program.  CLICK HERE to learn more.  Deadline for applications - December 1, 2016.

Upcoming College Fairs:

  • NACAC Fairs in the PCACAC Region
  • Complete NACAC College Fair Schedule
    • Lead Retrieval/Student Registration:  Provided at all fairs, students and parents will receive a personalized barcode with their contact and academic information that they can print and bring to the fairs.  When colleges and universities scan their barcode, they retrieve the information and are able to follow up with students after the fair. This saves the time of filling out individual information cards, thus allowing students to visit more booths during their time at the fairs.

Emerging Admission Professionals (EAP) Educational Session

As an association, NACAC recognizes the importance of engaging novice admission professionals at the national level. In an effort to cultivate greater participation, NACAC created the Emerging Admission Professionals (EAP) initiative for those with 0-3 years of experience in the field of college admission.

EAP engages admission professionals through educational sessions and networking opportunities with seasoned professionals from NACAC and its local affiliates. Educational sessions take place in conjunction with National College Fairs in the spring and fall. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with your colleagues.

To learn more, visit Registration and details for the Washington D.C. session are not finalized, but you may RSVP for the event by visiting this LINK and scrolling to the bottom of the page. 

Critical Components

Check back for more information regarding the next Critical Components Session.

Looking for ways to engage with NACAC and grow professionally? Share your college admission expertise and submit a proposal for Critical Components!

The Critical Components learning session is an interactive conference designed for the ever-evolving terrain of college admission counseling. Leaders in the field equip participants with innovative and relevant content which fosters solutions for the challenges faced by students and families. The goals of this conference are to articulate and prepare professionals for forthcoming issues that will impact their school, as well as the field.

To offer well-rounded content to our attendees, presentation submissions will be sought in the following areas:

  • Academic College Readiness
  • Administration
  • Assessment, Data and Evaluation
  • Capacity Building: Curricular and Programming
  • Community Colleges
  • Counseling Theory
  • Diversity
  • Financial Aid and Literacy
  • International Initiatives
  • Postsecondary Learning Opportunities
  • Promoting Professional Development
  • Public Policy and Government Relations
  • Student Access and Success
  • Transfer Issues and Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) generously provided PCACAC with grant money to support participation of a number of public school counselors at past Summer Institutes.

The following counselors who work in public school systems or at public charter schools were selected for the scholarship to attend PCACAC's 2017 Summer Institute:


  • LeKai Butler, The Academy at Virginia Randolph (VA)
  • Penny Deck, Cosby High School (VA)
  • Amelia Simmons, High Point High School (MD)
  • Deandra Smith, DC Prep (DC)
  • Tamara Wolfson, Northwood High School (MD)

2016 Summer Institute Recipients:

  • Jill Altschuler, Reservoir High School (MD) 
  • Mildred Harris, SEED School of Maryland (MD)
  • Maria Lawson, DC Preparatory Academcy (DC)
  • Shani Ortiz, Baltimore Polytechnic (MD)
  • Douglas Sawitzky, Marshall High School (VA)
  • Janel Young, Eastern Senior High School (DC) 


2015 Summer Institute Recipients:

  • Meredith Ayala, Hayfield Secondary School (VA)
  • Caitlin Domagal, KIPP DC: College Preparatory (DC)
  • Jordan Frasier, The SEED Foundation (DC)
  • Sonya Howell, Alleghany High School (VA)
  • Katherine Laun, Manchester High School (VA) 

2014 Summer Institute Recipients:

  • Zymora Scott, Huguenot HighSchool (VA)
  • Merita Carter, District of Columbia Public Schools (DC)
  • Lakisha Wingard, Communities in Schools of Delaware (DE)
  • Kenneth Barrett, Old Mill High School (MD)
  • Tamara Glover, Norfolk Public Schools (VA)