Oh, the benefits of membership!

Who We Are

The Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) is a non-profit, professional organization for those who work with students in the transition between high school and college. Founded in 1964, PCACAC exists to maintain high professional standards at both the secondary and college levels and to connect college admission officers, secondary school counselors, independent counselors, financial aid officers and educational organizations to discuss common professional concerns and to explore ways to empower students.

The Benefits of Joining

  • Stay connected  year-round on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the Anchor Splash, and The Anchor archives with professionals who are as passionate about college admissions as you!
  • Learn from leaders in the field!  Receive the latest changes and trends in college admissions through Current Trends/Future Issues.
  • Experience professional development opportunities for personal and professional growth at discounted rates
    • Annual Spring Conference a regional event bringing hundreds of college counselors and admission professionals together to discuss the most important issues affecting our profession today.
    • Summer Institute a two-day workshop designed for new and mid-career counselors.
    • Drive-In Workshops one-day, intensive college counseling ‘boot camps’ offering invigorating sessions led by experienced professionals.
    • Outreach and Scholarship Programs designed to provide recognition and support to those in the profession who serve our community through outreach programs and with high ethical standards.  
  • Member Center:   Login to access professional development material archives, the Membership Directory, and exclusive lists of spring and fall college fairs in our region.
  • Free posting of Job Opportunities (a $75 value)

Your Profile and Renewing

Ready to renew your membership? Want to change your password?  Have a new title? Moved to a new institution? Go to www.pcacac.org/my-profile or click on the 'My Profile' Quick Link to the right to see if an invoice has been issued.

A note about renewing:  If you are part of an organization with multiple members, there is likely a designated Key Contact who gets the bill.  If you don't know who that is and didn't receive a renewal invoice, please email us at [email protected]

Our annual fee is $45 a member and the membership cycle runs from October 1 - September 30 each year. 

Why our members join...

  • "While I belong to a number of professional organizations, PCACAC is always at the top of my list each year for renewal. The professional development and networking opportunities are unparalleled and they continue to strengthen the bedrock foundation of my college counseling work." - Barbara Conner, Director of College Counseling, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginia
  • “PCACAC membership . . . Don't leave home without it! To be sure, membership in PCACAC brings with it a host of privileges and benefits, not the least of which are opportunities for professional development and for service to the profession. The reason I value membership most, however, is that it gives me the chance to maintain contact with longtime admission and counseling friends and to make new friends every time I attend a PCACAC gathering. Membership: $45. Value: priceless.- Cameron Seay, Seay Educational Consulting, Charlottesville, VA”
  • “I have been involved in the Anne Powell Memorial Mentoring Program. It has allowed me to attend the Summer Institute and paired me with a mentor with whom I communicate regularly. Furthermore, the ability to interact with people from all aspects of the field has helped me learn about the multiple opportunities available to admissions counseling professionals.” – Alphonso Garrett, Jr., Admissions Counselor, Virginia Tech
  • “PCACAC is the lifeline that keeps me afloat in the flood of questions, concerns and changing information I encounter daily. The relationships and collegiality developed between the college and high school professionals helps all of us as we work together to support student success.” Judy Hingle, Career Connections Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools

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