The Journal of College Admission

NACAC's quarterly flagship publication, The Journal of College Admission, offers readers resources from thought-leaders tracking the pulse of college admission counseling; the foremost authorities on trends, data, and research; and members dedicated to ethical college admission.

Members, read the Winter 2021 issue. (Free articles below.)


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.

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  • The 8 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About College Admission

    Congratulations to the 2020 Muir Award winner, Jon Boeckenstedt, who won for his Admitting Things blog, which is widely respected and seen as a clear, compassionate voice backed up by data. With his finger on the pulse of college admission and enrollment management, his fearless writing insightfully supports our profession and the students we serve. We appreciate him contributing this column.

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  • Into the Unknown

    As the coronavirus reshapes the college admission process for the high school class of 2021, school counselors adapt their communication methods, predictions, and advice for students.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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