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August 22nd, 2016


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 NACAC Supports the College Admission Counseling Profession NACAC can help! Enroll them in our Financial Aid 101 e-learning course. National Conference Registration and housing for the 74th National Conference is now open! See you in Salt Lake City this September! The Latest News Get the latest news from NACAC including press releases and the Admitted Blog. Register for College Fairs Meet with students and discuss all aspects of your institution: admission procedures, financial aid opportunities, and more! NACAC Cooperating with DOJ Inquiry Late last year, NACAC learned that the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has begun an inquiry into our SPGP: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. At present, we know little about the scope and intent of the inquiry, but we are cooperating fully to provide all requested documents. Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner to Deliver Keynote in Salt Lake New York Times journalist, Nick Kristof, will deliver this year's national conference keynote address. A seasoned foreign affairs reporter, Kristof has been a columnist for the Times since 2001, covering human rights, women’s rights, health, and global affairs. Yetunde Rubinstein I am a drastically better professional due to the many resources available through the NACAC network. I cannot do my work without NACAC. NACAC is the premier professional development organization for my chosen profession, which also happens to be my hobby. I have learned so much from attending events and utilizing the tools and resources available on NACAC’s website. Grace Cheng NACAC has been integral in providing me opportunities to network with colleagues from both sides of the desk, both informally and formally. It is so important to foster professional relationships because we are all in this profession together for our students. I am grateful for mentors I’ve met at conferences and workshops who have helped me succeed in this industry, and it has been an honor to present and collaborate with them in addressing regional and national issues that affect many of us collectively. Meet the Nominees for the NACAC Board of Directors This month the nominees answer the question, Explain how your experience prepares you for board service, and how you will use your experience on the Board of Directors. New board members will be elected by the Assembly at the national conference in Salt Lake City. Commissioned Agents and NACAC's Code of Ethics Series This new series aims to guide NACAC members in the responsible use of commissioned agents in international student recruitment. The content, divided into six parts that will be released periodically over the coming months, will assist members in the implementation of the new requirements established in NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices, approved by the association’s Assembly in September 2017. 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  Joyce E. Smith Chief Executive OfficerDirect: 703-299-6828 John McGrath Deputy Chief Executive OfficerDirect: 703-299-6811 Raquel D. Bailey Assistant Director for Governance and Board RelationsDirect: 703-299-6816 ​ Hannah McIntosh BurkeManager of Association Planning and StrategyDirect: 703-373-2360CommunicationsContact: ​Shanda T. Ivory Director of CommunicationsDirect: 703-299-6803 Kristen Garman Sr. ​Associate Director of Communications for Digital and Print MediaDirect: 703-299-6807 ​ Sarah S. Cox Associate Director of Communications for Editorial and DesignDirect: 703-299-6801 Mary StegmeirAssistant Director of Content and MarketingDirect: 571-551-5268 Daisy Kinard Communications Production CoordinatorDirect: 703-299-6840 ​ Ashley DobsonManager of Communications, Content and Social MediaDirect: 703-299-6820 ​ ​ Sponsorship and External RelationsContact:​Megan LaVineDirector of Sponsorships and External RelationsDirect: 703-299-6845Hoang PhuongSponsorship CoordinatorDirect: 571-551-5270​National Conference and Meetings Contact:​Shannon BurkeDirector of Conference and MeetingsDirect: 703-299-6813 Gracy Olmeda​Assistant Director of Conference and MeetingsDirect: 703-299-6839 ​ Kelly FerranteSr. Manager of Conference and MeetingsDirect: 703-299-6846 Erica LaudemanConference and Meetings ManagerDirect:  703-299-6844      Finance and AdministrationContact:  Wendy LucioDirector of Finance and AdministrationDirect: 703-299-6822 Joe KingOffice and Facilities ManagerDirect: 703-299-6826  Shelly DeSouzaAccounting ManagerDirect: 703-299-6805 Elizabeth SantiagoSenior AccountantDirect: 703-299-6833 Human Resources and Administration Katie MacPhail, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Director of Human Resources and AdministrationDirect: 703-299-6804 India KapenziDirector of Human Resources and AdministrationDirect: 703-299-6818 Theresa F. GibsonReceptionist and Human Resources CoordinatorDirect: 703-299-6800​   Information SystemsContact:​ Joe Brentzel Executive Director of Information ManagementDirect: 703-299-6843 Michelle Lucas Director of Information SystemsDirect: 703-299-6814  Cheryl RushAssociate Director of Data ManagementDirect: 703-299-6847  Will CreasonWeb and Computer Systems AdministratorDirect:  703-299-6859 Victoria BalahutrakManager of Customer ServiceDirect:  703-299-6831​Data Management CoordinatorDirect: 703-299-6852 Nathaly Fuentes Data Management Specialist Direct: 703-299-6850 Elizabeth Hudnall Data Management Specialist Direct: 703-299-6832  Darnese HillData Management SpecialistDirect: 703-373-2356 Mary MuiruriData Management SpecialistDirect: 703-299-6806 Gustavo LaraData Management SpecialistDirect: 703-299-6838 Membership, Affiliate Relations and GovernanceContact:  Kimberly JohnstonDirector of Membership and Affiliate RelationsDirect: 703-299-6837 Yanecia Green Associate Director of Membership and Affiliate RelationsDirect: 703-299-6848 Heather McGheeSr. Manager of Governance and Affiliate RelationsDirect: 703-299-6835 Elsa C. Dizon Membership and Affiliate Relations ManagerDirect: 703-299-6858 Monique Hyatte​Membership and Affiliate Relations CoordinatorDirect: 703-299-6836   ​National College FairsContact:​ ​ Pia BrownDirector of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesDirect: 571-551-5277 Sylvia E. Karpf Sr. Associate Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesDirect: 703-299-6821  Jason Smith Associate Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesDirect: 703-299-6856 Anika Kwinana​Assistant Director of National College Fairs, Programs and ServicesDirect: 703-299-6824 Chelsea TufaroloManager of Digital Content and PublicationsDirect: 703-299-6827 Sandy Vasquez​Event Manager, National College FairsDirect: 703-299-6825  Sarah Smith​Event Manager, National College Fairs Direct: 703-299-6853Belinda Levert​Event Manager, National College FairsDirect: 703-299-6857 Amber NicholsEvent Manager, National College FairsDirect: 571-551-5275  Jessica VolleyEvent Manager, National College FairsDirect: 703-299-6851Melissa HunterAdministrative Assistant, National College FairsDirect: 703-299-6823 ​ ​  Educational Content and PolicyContact:, and​ ​ David A. Hawkins Executive Director for Educational Content and PolicyDirect: 703-299-6809 Heather Durosko Assistant Director of Strategic InitiativesDirect: 703-299-6802Education and TrainingTania RachkoskieDirector of Education and Training Direct:  703-299-6810 Crystal E. Newby, M.S.Assistant Director of Education and TrainingDirect: 703-299-6830 ​ Kellie KirsteinEducation and Training Program ManagerDirect: 703-299-6849 Government RelationsMichael RoseDirector of Government RelationsDirect: 703-299-6817 Julie KirkGovernment Relations ManagerDirect: 703-299-6841 International InitiativesLindsay AddingtonAssociate Director of International InitiativesDirect: 703-299-6829 Tatjana GuadalupeInternational Initiatives CoordinatorDirect: 571-551-5271 ResearchMelissa Clinedinst Associate Director of ResearchDirect: 703-299-6854 Anna-Maria KorantengResearch AssociateDirect: 703-299-6819 Pooja PatelResearch AssociateDirect: 571-551-5276 Staff Directory

October 24th, 2016



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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. Fundamentals of Recruiting and Counseling International Students Gain practical knowledge, skills, and tools to enhance your effectiveness in working with international students and families, as well as your colleagues around the world. Join NACAC today! Get involved in the counseling and admission community and stay up-to-date on industry trends. International

March 8th, 2018

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. Fundamentals of Recruiting and Counseling International Students Gain practical knowledge, skills, and tools to enhance your effectiveness in working with international students and families, as well as your colleagues around the world. Counselor Toolkit