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2017 Post-Conference Press Release
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Board Election Webinar: November 30

Africa Regional Institute Press Release

Fall 2016 Newsletter

2016 Post-Conference Press Release

Summer 2016 Newsletter
Webinar Wednesday : Conference Preparation for First Timers


June 25, 2017

READ: International ACAC Summer 2017 Newsletter



 March 16, 2017

READ: International ACAC Spring 2017 Newsletter



November 22, 2016

Special Webinar:  Board Elections - Make a Difference, Get Involved, Join a Team

Please join our November 30th Special Webinar: International ACAC Board Elections: Make a Difference, Get Involved, Join a Team

International ACAC has six positions open on the Executive Board for the 2017 elections. All but one delegate position is running unopposed. Members of the Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) will be conducting a special webinar on Wednesday, November 30 to discuss the application process and answer your questions.

Two different time options are offered for this webinar:  7AM session or 7PM session (based on eastern standard time). Choose the webinar time that works best for you and select the link below to register.

Wednesday, November 30 

  Session One:  7AM EST : REGISTER NOW


  Session Two:  7PM EST : REGISTER NOW

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about accessing the webinar. A reminder message will be sent one day prior and one hour prior to the start of the webinar for which you register.


October 26, 2016

International ACAC Hosts First Regional Institute on African Continent

NAIROBI, KENYA - The International Association for College Admission Counseling partnered with Brookhouse School to host the 2016 Africa Regional Institute, its first college counseling and international admission conference on the continent of Africa. More than 140 higher education professionals gathered in Nairobi to build the insights and connections best needed to advise students seeking international education opportunities. 



September 19, 2016

READ: International ACAC Fall 2016 Newsletter



August 10, 2016

More Than 1,200 Higher Education Professionals Attend 2016 International Association for College Admission Counseling Conference

The International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC) recently partnered with Rutgers University to host its 23rd annual conference, held July 11-14 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

This year’s conference attendance was at its highest with representation from over 85 countries and 928 institutions. An annual summer event, the conference provided a plethora of networking and learning opportunities for higher education professionals. Worldwide participants included primary and secondary school counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, independent educational consultants, and educational NGOs, among others. 


June 10, 2016

READ: International ACAC Summer 2016 Newsletter



June 1, 2016

Webinar Wednesday : Conference Preparation for First Timers

This Webinar Wednesday session is designed for First Time conference attendees, who will be participating in this year's International ACAC conference at Rutgers University. The webinar includes some helpful hints to make the most of the conference and to help you prepare for this fantastic professional experience. Words of wisdom is offered from the International ACAC Mentor Committee, a recent First Timer, and a recent International ACAC First Timer Mentor  

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)


April 13, 2016

Webinar Wednesday : Coalition for College Access Application Session

A group of 90 (current count) American colleges have joined together in creating a new online application and tools that will debut this spring. This webinar will provide an overview of the new Coalition for Access Application platform to help high school counselors better understand how this instrument should be used. Our panel discussion will include a range of perspectives and viewpoints about this new instrument and its potential impact on our work with students. 

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)


March 10, 2016

Webinar Wednesday : Using MOOCs for Counselors & Students

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide free, accessible, expertise to anyone with an internet connection, but how can MOOCs really help you and your students? This webinar for secondary school counselors will detail practical ways in which you can use MOOCs to enhance your counseling program and how your students can use MOOCs to their benefit. You will hear from secondary school counselors about how they are currently using MOOCs at their schools, as well as a representative from Coursera, one of the major MOOC providers, who will share information about trends and platform updates relevant to secondary schools. The webinar will also briefly explore how MOOCs in the application are being viewed by admission offices.  In the end, you will have practical examples of ways to use the free resources that MOOCs present.

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)



January 13, 2016

Webinar Wednesday : Admission Practices SPGP

Ethics serve as the cornerstone of our profession. Whether you work independently, in a high school, or in a college or university whether you are new or aveteran this session is for you. Join us for a panel discussion of the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP). Since SPGP changes slightly each year, we want to ensure our membership stays up to date on both policies as well as trends in the field. We will also discuss issues concerning our international membership beyond NACAC's SPGP. As with all Webinar Wednesdays, there will be plenty of time for questions and healthy discussion with the panelists.

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)

November 11, 2015

Webinar Wednesday : Developing Int'l Recruitment Strategies

A panel of university international recruitment experts discuss how one develops and implements sustainable recruitment strategies, how recruitment budgets evolveand shape with time, how a recruiter uses data and institutional priorities to maximize a budget and the key components that make up an international recruitment strategy.

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)

October 10, 2015

Webinar Wednesday : Counseling Engineering Bound Students

Engineering appeals to students (and parents!) worldwide, though understanding the options and admissions process for this specific course of study can be challenging. Join admissions officers from universities in the UK, US and Canada to discuss the range of opportunities in each region and how applications are viewed.  The webinar will also feature a secondary counselor with experience in guiding STEM focused students through the process.

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)



October 5, 2015

NACAC National Conference Highlights

Overseas ACAC saw one of the strongest representations of international institutions ever at this year's NACAC Conference in San Diego.  In total over 250 college counseling and admissions proffesionals attended helping to set a conference attendance record.  Many were on hand for the International ACAC membership meeting on Thursday when the big news was looking forward to 2016 and 2017. 

International ACAC's New Logo

International ACAC unveiled its new logo, set to launch with the organization change on January 1st 2016. Take an exclusive closer look at the new logo just for members HERE 

Conference 2017

Also at the membership meeting International ACAC President Joe Giacalone announced the location of the 2017 International ACAC Conference: Case Western Reserve University

International ACAC Member Named a Rising Star

Meghan McHale Dangremond, associate director of admissions at Tufts University (MA), was honored as a NACAC Rising Star, an award that identifies emerging leaders in the field. Meghan is vice president of membership for International ACAC.

Further international highlights from the National Conference courtesty of NACAC Bulletin


September 24, 2015 

Read: International ACAC Newsletter Fall 2015


August 31, 2015

Webinar Wednesday : Oxbridge Admission Prep

Wednesday, September 2rd
Two session times to choose from:  7:00AM EDT OR 7:00PM EDT

International ACAC's first webinar of the 2015-16 academic year will focus on programs and strategies to assist students in their preparation for the Oxbridge admissions and interview process. Hear from experienced counselors who have worked with hundreds of students apply to University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.  They will share their best tips and programs so that you can help your students take a realistic and informed approach to applying to these popular UK institutions. As with all Webinar Wednesdays, there will be plenty of time for questions and healthy discussion with the panelists. 

 Recording & Slides now available (Member login required)



August 10, 2015

International ACAC Set to Host First Regional Institute in Shanghai, China 

The Overseas Association for College Admissions Counseling (International ACAC) will hold its first-ever Regional Institute, hosted by the YK Pao School in Shanghai, on August 17-18. This Regional Institute is the first of its kind, designed exclusively for International ACAC members to network, learn about admissions practices for Chinese students, and attend panels about the state of international admissions. By focusing on Asia, members will gain a broader understanding of the admissions practices in a region that is sending an increasing number of students abroad.

The Regional Institute will bring together over 200 International ACAC members from sixteen countries; enrollment is at capacity for this inaugural members-only event. Fifty percent of the participants work in high schools in China and directly advise students applying to universities in other countries; this presents a special opportunity for these schools who may not have access to extensive counseling support to be engaged on admission and advising topics at an international level.  


June 10, 2015

Read : International ACAC Newsletter Summer 2015


June 1, 2015

Webinar Wednesday : Counselor Round Table

Wednesday, June 3rd
Two session times to choose from:  7:00AM EDT OR 7:00PM EDT

A panel of counselors will discuss programs and strategies to prepare two groups of students at this important time of year.  For seniors we will look at tips for preparing them for the transition to university life, often in another country and overseas.  For juniors we look at making the most of the summer college search and being ready for the important final year of high school.   

PLUS: <NEW> Counselor Round Table - There will be special time for an open chat discussion on whatever is on the minds of counselors at this time of year.  This is a great chance to connect and bring up hot topics with your colleagues around the world.  

Register Here (member login required) 


April 20, 2015



Big Opportunities Await: Register Now for NACAC's 71's National Conference in Sunny San Diego 

Don't miss this preeminent professional development opportunity for the college admission community. Join more than 6,000 secondary and postsecondary college admission counseling professionals to exchange ideas, learn from experts and find out about the products and services that can help you accomplish your goals. Learn more

Will you be there?  Head on over to your favorite social media channels and let us know! #nacac15  See you in San Diego!


March 27, 2015


International ACAC is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 Board Elections.  It was another very strong year for votes cast by our members and we welcome these results as a demonstration of the enthusiasm, interest and support on the part of members in the organization's leadership and future.

This election cycle, we were fortunate to have had a wonderfully diverse and highly talented slate of candidates.  International ACAC depends heavily on its volunteer leaders who are so giving of their time and so deeply committed to advancing our field.  Please join me in thanking and congratulating all of those individuals who have offered their time in service to our association.  The successful candidates in this year's election are as follows:

President-Elect – Kristin Dreazen  (Edvice London, UK)

Delegates to National Conference:

- Frieda Dietrich (American Embassy School, India)

- Kathleen Schultz (NIST International School, Thailand)

- Patrick Stenger (Bangkok Patana School, Thailand)

- Anna Wright (TASIS, American School in England, UK)

International ACAC officers begin their terms on July 1 and continue to serve for one, two or three years.  Other positions will rotate off for the next 2016/17 cycle and the next nomination process will be announced in late 2015.  

  For more information on the International ACAC Executive Board, and a complete list of the current Board visit : http://www.International



March 9, 2015

Read : International ACAC Newsletter Spring 2015


February 1, 2015

International ACAC to Host Webinar on International Delivery of The SAT

With numerous media reports of security breaches of the SAT test in Asia, International ACAC wishes to provide a venue for the College Board and our members to share information and inform the direction of the delivery of the SAT globally.  Working with the College Board, International ACAC is excited to host a webinar for our members to provide feedback and receive information.

On February 4th International ACAC hosted a Webinar Wednesday that featured The College Board & International Delivery of the SAT.

Members :  Thank you to all International ACAC Members who joined us for the International ACAC Webinar on the SAT on February 4th.  

If you were not able to participate, a video recording and slide deck is NOW AVAILABLE online:

    International (member login required) 

December 12, 2014

Read : International ACAC Newsletter Winter 2014 - Scholars Edition

September 18, 2014

Bridget Herrera receives NACAC's Margaret Addis Service Award

At the Opening session of the annual national NACAC Conference in Indianapolis, International ACAC's own Bridget Herrera was recognized and received the Margaret E. Addis Service to NACAC Award.  Established in 1996, the Margaret E. Addis Award honors a long-time, respected leader of NACAC who never faltered in her commitment to ensuring ethical practices. The Addis Award recognizes a NACAC member who has provided the association with unique and outstanding service. Several of the criteria considered by the nominating committee for this award includes : NACAC Membership for a minumum of 10 years; ethics - constant and passionate voice for ethical standards and practices; service to NACAC - service over an extended period of time in NACAC leadership and helping to shape important policy.

Bridget Herrera is a counselor at Escola Americana de Campinas in Brazil. In 2010, Bridget led International ACAC to explore the ethical issues concerning the use of agents and per-capita compensation in international recruitment. The effort she began helped lead to the formation of the NACAC Commission on International Student Recruitment and, later, to the establishment of the International Advisory Committee that is currently helping NACAC support students in international education. Bridget was president of International ACAC in 2009 / 10.  


September 16, 2014

READ : International ACAC Newsletter Fall 2014 


July 11, 2014
International ACAC Hosts its 21st annual Conference in Tampa Bay

Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC) hosted its 21th annual conference on July 8-11, 2014 in Tampa Bay, Florida, jointly hosted by University of South Florida, University of Tampa, and Eckerd College.   

The conference provided an essential platform for the interaction of international admission and counseling professionals from around the world. The conference attendance was the highest ever, with nearly 1100 participants from over 80 different countries and 831 institutions.  The International ACAC conference is now the highest attended of all NACAC affiliates. 

June 25, 2014


MAY 9, 2014


UCAS (the UK admissions service) is currently holding a review of the services offered.

This review includes a number of significant recommendations such as introducing a new tariff proposal

Individual Schools are more than welcome to provide their own individual views but it is thought that the 
weight of a views consolidated together by International ACAC may have more influence.

The deadline for submissions is May 16, but for the joint consultation we will need couple of days to prepare the final response.

Please could you send your comments on the review to David Hawkins: by May 13th.

International ACAC Admissions Policy Committee


April 1, 2014

READ : International ACAC Newsletter Spring 2014 - Conference Edition



January 30, 2014


   READ : International ACAC Newsletter Winter 2014

January 7, 2014

University of Oregon to Host International ACAC Conference 2015 

Announced at the NACAC Conference in Toronto, International ACAC is pleased to be heading to Eugene, Oregon in the summer of 2015 for the 22 annual International ACAC Conference.

The University of Oregon community is thrilled to host the 2015 International ACAC conference in Eugene, Oregon. The campus, the city of Eugene, and the American Pacific Northwest are great destinations for this association and the students it serves. We are honored to host a program that not only celebrates the rich traditions of international education, but provides vital networking and professional development for International ACAC members.

Jim Rawlins
University of Oregon Director of Admissions
2012–13 NACAC President 

The University of Oregon, founded in 1876, is the state's flagship institution. The UO enjoys a rich reputation as one of only 62 institutions—and one of 34 publics—in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Located in Eugene, an energetic small city known as "Track Town, USA," the UO is proud to have hosted the last two US Olympic Track and Field Trials. Towering trees shade the 295-acre campus arboretum where students pursue innovation in more than 260 academic programs. With our strong tradition of serving international students, the UO enrolls more than 2,500 international students from 95 countries. Programs that connect the UO to the world include 22 language degree programs and instruction in 12 more. Through 170 UO study abroad programs in 95 countries, 21% of our students travel the world. The UO continues to increase its leadership, scholarship, and research in international education, and offers International ACAC members a community that is both global and globally minded.

October 29, 2013 

   READ:  International ACAC Newsletter Fall 2013


September 23, 2013 

International Recruitment & Commissioned Agents

NACAC Changes to the Statement of
Principles of Good Practice


At the 69th National Conference of The National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Assembly voted on and adopted new guidelines concerning the use of commissioned agents for its members. The following information is intended to provide information to International ACAC's members and interested parties.





(Statement before NACAC Conference, Toronto) 
2012 Statement of Principles of Good Practice                      

I. All Members—Mandatory Practices
A. Promotion and Recruitment
Members agree that they will:

3. not offer or accept any reward or remuneration from a secondary school, college, university, agency, or organization for placement or recruitment of students;

(Statement adopted at NACAC Conference, Toronto)
2013 Statement of Principles of Good Practice 

I. All Members—Mandatory Practices

A. Promotion and Recruitment
Members agree that they will:

3. not offer or accept any reward or remuneration from a secondary school, college, university,
agency or organization for placement or recruitment of students in the United States. 
If members choose to use incentive-based 
agents when working with international students outside the US, they will ensure accountability, transparency and integrity.



What does this mean in plain English?


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Assembly has decided to recommend against (not prohibit) using commissioned agents among its members; however, if a member institution chooses to use a commissioned agent, it must ensure accountability, integrity, and transparency in the process.

NACAC and International ACAC member institutions will be permitted to use commissioned agents, or those who receive compensation on a per head basis, outside of the United States.  Commissioned agents remain prohibited from recruiting U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents, wherever they may reside, due to federal law.  Additionally, commissioned agents are prohibited from recruiting any student in the United States and territories.

The Overseas Association (International ACAC) supported a change to the adopted language that would enable member institutions in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries to use commissioned agents to recruit international students (non-US) in the United States.  However, this issue was sent back to the National Admissions Practice and International Advisory Committees for further study. 

There is a moratorium of enforcement of the new change to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP) for a period of one year.  International ACAC will continue to work with interested parties at the national and international levels to ensure all voices are heard and points of view are considered.  Questions can be directed to sullivan@International