REGISTRATION OPEN - Extended to July 9, 2017

2017 Summer Institute

Roanoke College 

July 17-19, 2017 

We are pleased to announce the opening of registration for PCACAC's 14th Annual Summer Institute at Roanoke College in Salem, VA.  The two-day Summer Institute, July 17-18, 2017, is intended for new and veteran college admission and counseling professionals, with a lineup of sessions that will be of interest to both sides of the desk.  You may also join us for optional college tours of Hollins University on the evening of July 18 and Radford University and Virginia Tech on July 19. Early arrivals on July 16 are welcome!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.   For specific details regarding registration fees and deadlines download Fees and Registration Information.

If you are attending, download the Memo to 2017 SI Registrants.



SESSION EVALUATIONS -  You may complete this evaluation for each session you attended.




Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for your participation in this event.

  • LeKai Butler, The Academy at Virginia Randolph (VA)
  • Penny Deck, Cosby High School (VA)
  • Amelia Simmons, High Point High School (MD)
  • Deandra Smith, DC Prep (DC)
  • Tamara Wolfson, Northwood High School (MD)

Questions? Please let us know how we may help!

Professional Development Chair:  Rebekah LaPlante, Virginia Tech (VA)
Chair:  Alice Robertson, Chantilly High School (VA)
Chair: Kate Perry, William and Mary (VA)
College Tours Coordinator:  Chris Boehm, Archmere Academy (DE)
Registration:  Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant,, 434-989-7557



Remembering 2016 Summer Institute (SI)

The two-day Summer Institute, just like the previous, were intended for new and veteran college admission and counseling professionals, with a lineup of sessions of interest to both sides of the desk. Optional college tours to St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy followed the day after SI sessions ended. Using a personalized setting, the PCACAC Summer Institute is uniquely designed to provide professional development, networking opportunities, training, and leadership growth for professionals who assist students in the transition from high school to college.

Thanks to our many High School and College Counselors that attended this year!  Your participation furthers our mission to support and advance college admission professionals like yourself as you guide your institution, students, and families in an ethical manner.  A tremendous thank you goes out to our 2016 Summer Institute Committee, Faculty, Keynote Speaker, and Washington College for a successful professional development and networking opportunity for members and non-members alike! 

Professional Development Chair:
 Robyn Lady, Chantilly High School (VA)

Chair:  Renee Norden, Highland School (VA)

Co-Chair: Barbara Conner, Foxcroft School (VA)

College Tours Coordinator:  Rebekah LaPlante, Virginia Tech (VA)

On-site Coordinator:  Aundra Anderson, Washington College (MD)

Grant Coordinator:  Michele M. Flores, Collegiate Directions (DC)

Thanks to our Keynote Speaker!

Sheila C. Bair, President
Washington College


Our sincere appreciation goes out to the 2016 sponsors for their generous support:

Washington College for providing top-notch service, lodging, food, refreshment breaks, meeting space, and campus tours - a beautiful setting all around!

NACAC for sponsorship of the Public School Counselor Grant attendees.

For resources from PCACAC's 2016 SI in addition to the Program Schedule, please
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The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) generously provided PCACAC with grant money to support participation of a number of public school counselors at the 2016 PCACAC Summer Institute. Many applications were received...thanks to all that applied! PCACAC/NACAC Grant Information

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Maria Lawson, DC Preparatory Academy, DC

Shani Ortiz, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, MD

Janel Young, Eastern Senior High School, DC

Douglas Sawitzky, Marshall High School, VA

Jill Altschuler, Reservoir High School, MD

Mildred Harris, The SEED School of Maryland, MD

Your opinions matter and help to ensure you are getting the professional development you need. If you attended this year's SI and forgot to turn in your Session Evaluation Form before leaving, download it here, complete it and email to, or mail to PCACAC, PO Box 8308, Charlottesville, VA 22906.

Members may login at to access details on past Summer Institutes, such as session materials, the program schedule, who our Summer Institute Committee, Keynote speakers, faculty, and sponsors were, and grants/scholarships offered.

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