The Journal of College Admission



With the coronavirus still making our return to work uncertain, many NACAC members are continuing to work remotely as we end the summer. The Journal of College Admission plans to meet you where you are by keeping our content online for the next year.

We have posted some of the summer issue articles planned before the outbreak—all updated to include how the virus has affected the profession and our students. Additionally, we have posted new articles in real-time, to provide you the latest data, opinions, and resources on a variety college admission counseling topics, and importantly, how nationwide protests related to equality and fairness are impacting students, families, and the profession.

Read the latest articles. (Members-only. See list of free articles below.)

A special COVID-19 themed issue is being planned for release in September. The issue will available online via PageRaft.

Did you miss the spring issue? Read it online. (Featured articles, written prior to coronavirus, examine rural students; rural resources; fly-in programs; and parental leave.) 

Put your ad in front of nearly 14,000 college admission counseling professionals. Each issue is open to the public for a limited time and is viewed thousands of times online. View the media kit and contact Jeryl Parade to reserve your space today!

To be added to our cache of writers, submit a resume along with three news-style writing samples to the editor. (The Journal doesn't typically publish unsolicited articles, but we are always looking for experts to interview!)

If you would like to be added to our list of experts or member interviews, email the editor.

Free Articles

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  • Take-Aways from NACAC Town Hall: Navigating the Impact of Racism

    The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have intensified debates about police brutality and the longstanding complacency over the assault and murder of unarmed Black people. As calls for action reached a fever pitch nationally, NACAC hosted a virtual town hall meeting on June 29 moderated by journalist Jamaal Abdul-Alim. The event examined the current climate, as well as systemic racism and its impacts on students and professionals.

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  • Parental Leave

    Policies vary wildly across the profession, but many say the benefit can help attract and retain employees.

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  • The Worst College Counselor

    Brian Coleman, the 2019 School Counselor of the Year, has a confession to make. Think he gets excited when his students are accepted into big name schools? Think again.

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  • Write It Down

    Setting goals, finding motivation, and establishing accountability are the keys to managing—and improving—your work and your work relationships, and advancing your career.

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  • Guiding Marginalized Students

    The record of establishing diversity on campus is much like the history of race relations and economic opportunity in America—plenty of policy and rules and rhetoric. Piles of legal briefs. Several steps forward and a few back.

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  • Recs That Change Lives

    The organized narrative is informed by survey feedback from admission representatives and it allows writers to quickly and effectively draft personal and detailed letters using a hybrid of headers, narratives, and bullet points. A win-win-win for students, writers, and admission reps, this format reduces the time to draft and read letters because it directly speaks to the strengths of students.

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