Emerging Admission Professionals

NACAC created the Emerging Admission Professionals (EAP) initiative for those with 0-3 years of experience in college admission. EAP engages admission professionals through educational sessions and networking opportunities with seasoned professionals from NACAC and its local affiliates.

Educational sessions take place in conjunction with National College Fairs in the spring and fall and are free to attend. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Registration is now open for our fall EAP programs. 

Louisville National College Fair (KY)
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Bellarmine University, Room GBCH230

Tips and Tools for Advancing in the Admission Profession
Join two admission professionals as they give insight and discuss lessons learned in their journey from Admission Counselors to senior-level leaders.


Matt Elder, Ed.D., Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Spalding University (KY)
Caelin Anderson, Associate Director of Admissions, Kentucky College of Art and Design, Spalding University (KY)

Minnesota National College Fair 
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 103D

Effectively Utilizing Data in the College Admission Process
Join our presenters as they share the critical role data plays in the day-to-day operations of an admission office including the use of analytics, dashboards, and applicant tracking systems.


Sarah Ruhland, Associate Analyst, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Keri Zweig Risic, Director of Scholarships and Enrollment, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Chicago National College Fair 
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: McCormick Place, Room TBA

Positioning Your Institution in a Competitive Global Market
With more globally mobile students, and an increasing number of institutions around the world looking to attract those students, it is important to understand how your institution is positioned in this increasingly global market. Join representatives from multiple countries and institution types to gain insights into how their institutions are navigating American and international markets.

Amanda Monfrooe, International Officer, Norwich University of the Arts (UK)

Oscar Rodriguez, Assistant Vice Provost, Director of Recruitment & Outreach-Office of Admissions, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Olivia Austin, US Admissions Counselor, John Cabot University (Italy)

Orlando National College Fair 
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Room TBA

Steps for Success
A panel of veteran admission professionals share their career paths as well as the skills they fostered to get to where they are now.


Christopher M. Dahlstrand, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Central Florida

Seattle National College Fair 
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room TBA

Successfully Utilize a CRM (or not) in Your Office
Our presenters—one whose institution utilizes CRM and one whose institution does not—share how they work to successfully integrate technology into their admission offices.

Jason E. Moy, Associate Director-Operations and Systems, Undergraduate Admissions, Seattle University
Nate Mannetter , Assistant Director of Admission, Gonzaga University

Baltimore National College Fair 
Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Room TBA

So You’re a Supervisor…Now What?
Hear from veteran admission professionals as they share the tips, tricks, and tools they have used to become successful supervisors of student workers and staff.

Dale Bittinger, Assistant Vice Provost-Undergraduate Admissions, Orientation, and School Partnerships, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Lisa M. Hill, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Goucher College (MD)

Washington DC National Colllege Fair
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room TBA

How to Build a Successful Admission Career
Join this panel of seasoned admission professionals as they discuss the skills necessary to transition into middle and senior management roles.

Melissa A. Bevacqua, M.S., Director of Undergraduate Admissions, George Mason University (VA)
Karime Naime, Associate Director of Admissions-Office of Undergraduate Admissions, The George Washington University
Josh Lubben, College Counselor, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (MD)

Attending National Conference? Make sure to check out the EAP SIG (Special Interest Group) Meeting.

Friday, September 15 – 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 252 in Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)

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EAP Special Interest Group

Emerging Admission Professionals SIG

The Emerging Admission Professionals Special Interest Group’s mission is to educate and build community within the future leaders of NACAC and its affiliates. The purpose of the group is to provide dedicated, emerging admission and secondary school counselors with a way to gain knowledge to not only enhance their ability to serve the students they work with but to also lead us towards a better future.