The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has guided the evolution of college admission counseling into a recognized profession since its founding 80 years ago. Beginning in 1937 as a small gathering of representatives of Midwestern colleges and universities, NACAC membership today represents 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 support NACAC’s mission and purpose.
More than 15,000 individuals, institutions, and organizations are now NACAC members. In addition, 23 affiliate organizations—state, regional, and international—serve admission counseling professionals throughout the United States and the world. Over our history, the association has defined and promoted the highest ethical practices and professional standards, and, today, is the premiere organization for professional admission counseling training and networking.
Throughout NACAC’s history, the association has worked toward increasing diversity and social justice through our efforts to provide a path to success through educational opportunities. Similarly, our legislative advocacy has had an impact on educational policy at both the national and state levels.
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The Founding Years: 1937-39
Many professional definitions and benchmarks were established by NACAC’s founders in the early years.Read More
The First Full Decade: 1940-49
Throughout the 1940s the association continued to grow.Read More
Expanding the Tent: 1950-59
Association membership numbered 144 colleges in 1950.Read More
A Crisis of Conscience: 1960-1969
The first national office opened in 1960 in Evanston, Illinois. Membership grew dramatically, especially among secondary schools.Read More
College Fairs and Debate: 1970-79
The first NACAC College Fairs were launched in 1972. Deliberations regarding a move from the Midwest to Washington, DC, continued throughout the decade.Read More
The Big Move: 1980-89
The 1985 Assembly made a final decision that NACAC would relocate and, in 1987, NACAC made the move to the nation’s capital, opening an office in Alexandria, Virginia.Read More
Compromise and Innovation: The 1990s
Deliberations during the 1990s were largely centered on debate over member institutional prerogatives versus students’ needs.Read More
The New Millennum: 2000 and Beyond
While NACAC’s core mission of guiding students through the college admission process remains constant, the profession, like the issues facing students and families, grows more complex.Read More