NACAC History


For more than 75 years, the National Association for College Admission Counseling has guided the evolution of admission counseling into a recognized profession. Beginning in 1937 as a small gathering of representatives of Midwestern colleges and universities, NACAC membership has grown to represent the diverse range of professionals in secondary and postsecondary institutions who work with students transitioning to and between colleges, as well as other professionals who are aligned with NACAC’s mission and purpose. 

In 2012, NACAC membership numbers reached more than 12,000 individuals. In addition, 23 affiliate organizations—state, regional and international—serve admission counseling professionals throughout the United States and the world. 

In reviewing the history of the association from founding years to the current era, many common themes emerge. Over its history, NACAC has defined and promoted the highest of ethical practices and professional standards. The association has become the premier organization for professional admission counseling training and networking. Legislative advocacy has impacted educational policy at both the national and state levels. 

The National Association for College Admission remains committed to its Mission:  

The National Association for College Admission Counseling advocates and supports ethical and professional practice in helping students transition to postsecondary education. NACAC promotes high professional standards and social responsibility through collaboration, knowledge and education.​