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Spring 2018 International ACAC Newsletter
2018 Latin America Regional Institute Press Release
Winter 2017 International ACAC Newsletter
2017 Post-MENA Regional Institute Press Release
2017 Standardized Admissions Testing Statement 



March 28, 2018

READ: International ACAC Spring 2018 Newsletter

March 2, 2018

International ACAC to Host Latin America Regional Institute on Global University Admission & Advising

ARLINGTON, VA - March 2, 2018 - The International Association of College Admission Counseling (International ACAC) will host the Latin America Regional Institute, March 8-10, 2018, in Panama City, Panama. The Regional Institute, held at Florida State University – Republic of Panama Campus, will feature three days of professional development, culminating with a college fair open to students and local secondary schools.

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December 14, 2017

READ: International ACAC Winter 2017 Newsletter

November 13, 2017

International ACAC Hosts the Middle East and North Africa Regional Institute on Global University Admission and Advising

ARLINGTON, VA - November 3, 2017 - The three-day Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Institute, organized by the International Association of College Admission Counseling (International ACAC) and hosted by the American Community School of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, concluded on October 21st.   The mission of the MENA Regional Institute was to connect secondary school counselors within the Middle East and North Africa with university admission officers from around the world to discuss important matters specific to the region, its students, and its schools.  

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October 3, 2017

International ACAC Calls for Equity in Standardized Admissions Testing for Students Worldwide

ARLINGTON, VA - October 3, 2017 - The majority of universities in the US, in addition to many universities around the globe, require standardized testing as a significant qualification to apply for admission. Because this testing is required for university admission, International ACAC believes the testing agencies and universities must make sure all students have equal access to these test dates.

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September 29, 2017

2017 NACAC Conference Recap

The International ACAC Executive Board had a busy week in Boston earlier this month. The Board met for two days prior to the opening of the NACAC Conference on September 14th. Below are highlights from the week:

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August 11, 2017

2017 International ACAC Post-Conference Press Release

ARLINGTON, VA - August 11, 2017 - Setting an attendance record, the 24th annual International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC) Conference concluded on Friday, July 14th, 2017, after five days of educational sessions, networking, collaboration and fundraising.  Hosted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, nearly 1,300 educational professionals representing institutions and organizations from 88 countries around the world came together to discuss important matters of global education.


June 25, 2017

READ: International ACAC Summer 2017 Newsletter


March 16, 2017

READ: International ACAC Spring 2017 Newsletter


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. 

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Institute Photos


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

ARLINGTON, VA - August 9, 2016 - 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. 

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June 10, 2016

READ: International ACAC Summer 2016 Newsletter


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 professionals 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 courtesy of NACAC Bulletin.


September 24, 2015 

Read: International ACAC Newsletter Fall 2015


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.

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June 10, 2015

Read: International ACAC Newsletter Summer 2015


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, click here.


March 9, 2015

Read: International ACAC Newsletter Spring 2015


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 minimum 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 21st 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. 

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June 25, 2014

READ: International ACAC Newsletter Summer 2014


May 9, 2014

Call for Feedback For International ACAC Submission to UCAS Review 

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 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

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.

International ACAC Statement on NACAC Assembly Decision on International Recruitment 

(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 [email protected]