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.

Register now for the spring 2017 EAP programs.

New York City National College Fair
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Room 1B03

From 3 to 30: Tips on Turning the Three Year Job into a Thirty-year Career
Many recent college grads move into an admission position under the assumption that it would a great opportunity to gain first-time experience in the work force. Veterans in the field often note individuals either stay in the field for three years or for thirty. During this session we will discuss ways for you to stay engaged and expand your knowledge of the field which will help to take that first post-college job and cultivate it into a long term career.


Bryan Rothstein, Associate Director of Admissions, Adelphi University (NY)

Austin National College Fair
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Palmer Events Center, Meeting Room 4

Steps for Success
College admission is a fast-paced, ever-changing profession. For new professionals there are some important considerations to take into account as they navigate their way through the field. A panel of veteran admission professionals will share their paths and the support they received to get to where they are now. Topics to be discussed include:
•    Pursuing graduate school
•    Finding a mentor
•    Creating work/life balance  
•    Career trajectory.


Ka’rin Thornburg, Associate Director of Admissions, University of Texas at Austin

Los Angeles National College Fair
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Ballroom A

In it for the Long Haul: The Skills Required to Build a Successful Admission Career
Many admission officers join the profession working at their alma mater and excited about the prospect of traveling across the country helping to recruit the next great class for their institutions. Between years 3-5, many admission professionals start questioning whether this is a job or a career. Join us for a lively and honest panel discussion about navigating the decision of whether to stay in admissions or not, developing the skills you need to move into middle and senior management and figuring out when it's best to make your next transition.

Ashley Pallie, Associate Dean of Admissions, Pomona College (CA)

Boston National College Fair
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 050

Admission 2.0: Taking Your Career to the Next Level
Curious to learn how to move up in the admission profession? Join this panel presentation to learn tips and tricks for how to advance your professional career. We'll share insights on charting a path to an admission middle management or senior management position, ways to take on more responsibility at your current institution and discuss some of the differences in the day-to-day work of entry level positions versus others.

Lauren Avalos, Director of Staff Development and Training, MIT (MA)
Sara Brookshire, Director of Admissions, Brandeis University (MA)
Jason Laperriere, Associate Director of Admission, Wheaton College (MA)
Eric Nichols, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission, Saint Anselm College (NH)

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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.