NEACAC - New England Association for College Admission Counseling
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Annual Meeting & Conference

Plan to join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NEACAC


June 1-3, 2016



Registration, Fees & Schedule

Registration for the Annual Meeting & Conference must be completed online. Please go to to register. Early bird registration will be available from early March through April 4, 2016. After April 4, a different set of fees will apply until the online registration deadline of May 16, 2016. After May 16, registration will only be available on-site.


●     To view the fee structure for various attendance types, please click FEES

●     Click SCHEDULE to see the details of NEACAC’s Annual Meeting & Conference at Northeastern University on June 1-3, 2016


Payment can be made online or by mail. If payment is not made in advance of the conference, you must pay at the registration table at Northeastern University unless a purchase order has been issued. Purchase orders are not accepted on the day of the conference.


Refund Policy

Notices of cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail to Caroline Dana at Notices received on or before May 14, 2016 will result in a full refund. Notices received after May 14, 2016, but on or before May 20, 2016, will result in a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after May 21, 2016. Please note that refunds are not issued until the program for which you are seeking reimbursement has concluded. A $25 processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds.


Annual Meeting & Conference Scholarship for School Counselors

NEACAC is proud to offer a number of scholarships for school counselors to attend the Annual Meeting & Conference and join in on this wonderful professional development opportunity. To access the application and apply for a scholarship, please click AMC Scholarship.  If you have any questions, please contact Kate Gerbode-Grant, Annual Meeting & Conference Chair,


Conference Housing


 All accommodations will be single bedrooms in a two or four bedroom apartment. Each apartment has a kitchen, common living area and divided bathroom with a door separating the shower and toilet from the sink and mirror. If you would like to room with someone in the same apartment, please identify that person under Roommate Name & Roommate Institution.

Linens are provided for all participants.

Fully private accommodations are available on limited basis for an additiional $100.00.

As an alternative to on-campus housing, a block of rooms has been reserved at both the Envision Hotel Boston, 81 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130, at a rate of $229 per night, plus tax and at The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay/Fenway, 125 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, at a rate of $289 per night, plus tax.


To make reservations, please contact your hotel of choice directly by the cutoff date, and be sure to ask for the NEACAC conference rate when booking.


Residence Inn, 1-800-331-3131, click to book your group rate(reservation cutoff date is April 25, 2016)


Northeastern University Directions

For directions to Northeastern University, please visit:


Pre-Conference Options

2016 Pre-Conference Options include:

●     Counselor Bus Tours of Local Colleges: your choice of two bus tour options!

●     Middle Management Workshop

●     Athletic Recruiting in the 21st Century: Working with Students, Parents and Coaches in the Current Recruiting Climate

●     Building Meaningful Partnerships: How Community Based Organizations and Colleges can Work Together for Student Success

●     Admission Committee Practices Unlocked, School Counselor Pressures Revealed

Click Pre-Conference for more details!


Educational Sessions

The Programming Committee has been busy making sure that you will get the most out of your trip to the Annual Meeting & Conference.  Click Sessions to see a sampling of the sessions being offered in 2016.


Community Service Opportunities

There are more opportunities than ever before to volunteer and give back to the local community!  This year, the Community Service Committee is introducing a silent auction in support of the Make A Difference Fund and the NACAC Imagine Fund.


Click Community Service for details about donating items to the auction and volunteering on Wednesday, June 1 at local schools.


Newcomers Program

Is this your first NEACAC Annual Meeting & Conference or are you new to the admission or counseling field? If so, join Newcomers to connect with peer mentors and other first-time attendees to learn how to make the most of your first AMC!


We will kick off your experience with a welcome session and have activities planned throughout the conference. Click to learn more about the Newcomers Program.


Entertainment Highlights

You don’t want to miss BINGO, Boston, or the celebrations for NEACAC’s 50th Anniversary! Click Entertainment for details on all the fun.


Exhibitor & Sponsorship Information

The Sponsorship Committee has been working with sponsors on various opportunities.  Would you like to be a sponsor of the 2016 AMC?  Would you like to exhibit on the day of the conference with the highest attendance? Would you like to advertise in the 2016 AMC Program Booklet and Mobile App? If so, please click Exhibitor & Sponsorship for additional information.



Fore! From the new Golf Tournament to the Annual School Spirit 5k, the Recreation Committee will keep you active and burning calories throughout your time at Northeastern University.   Click Recreation for all of the options.





Joyce E. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for College Admission Counseling


Joyce E. Smith is Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.


With a bachelor’s of science degree in speech pathology and a master’s of science degree in counseling from Kansas State University, Joyce completed additional study in education policy, planning and administration at the University of Maryland-College Park.


In addition to her extensive experience as an administrator, Joyce is a practitioner, having worked in both public and private college admissions at Kansas State University, Amherst College (MA) and Queens College of the City University of New York, where she served as executive director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate admissions, marketing and scholarship services. She also worked for seven years as a program service officer of the Student Search Service and associate director of the Admission Testing Program with the College Board in New York, assisting colleges and universities with marketing and direct mail in support of their recruitment efforts.


Joyce began her service in 1991 as NACAC associate executive director and later, acting executive director before being named NACAC’s executive director (now CEO) in February 1997. She is the longest serving Chief Executive Officer with a record of 19 years.


In addition to her NACAC inter-association responsibilities, Joyce has served as a member of the Advisory Board for Scholarship America, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), the Institute for Higher Education Policy, National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA), and on numerous other boards. She is a member and the association representative to the Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES), a voluntary forum for Chief Executive Officers of national higher education associations coordinated by the American Council on Education. An admissions expert with more than 32 years of experience, Joyce has served in college admission counseling as a practitioner and manager.



Phil Trout, College Counselor at Minnetonka High School (MN) and 2015-2016 President of the NACAC Board of Directors


Phil Trout, college counselor at Minnetonka High School (MN), was voted president-elect of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) at the organization’s 70th National Conference in Indianapolis, IN.


A NACAC member for over 30 years, he has served on the Affiliate Presidents Council, the Finance Committee, the Government Relations Committee, the Fund Advisory Board and as Affiliate Presidents Council Coordinator and NACAC Assembly chief delegate.  In his affiliate, Minnesota ACAC, Trout has served twice as president, in 2010-2011 and in 1990-1991, as well as on numerous committees.


Mr. Trout is in his eighth year as college counselor at Minnetonka High School. Previously, he served as director of college counseling at Mounds Park Academy and as college and academic counselor at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.  He worked at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School for more than 25 years as college counselor and as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.  He has also worked in college admissions at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and at the College of William and Mary.


Trout lives in Faribault, MN, with his wife, Beth.  They have two daughters, Megan and Lauren.


Annual Meeting Refund Policy

Refund Policy:

Notices of cancelations must be received in writing. Notices postmarked on or before May 13, 2016 will result in a full refund. Notices postmarked after May 13, 2016, but on or prior to May 20, 2016 will result in a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after May 20, 2016. $25 will be subtracted from the refund for credit card and/or adminstrative fees.  Please note that refunds are not issued until the conference has concluded.

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