53rd Annual Conference

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE


As we continue giving thanks for those who participate in our professional development events, we are reminded of our mission: To support and advance college admission professionals as they guide their institutions, students, and families in an ethical manner. Through this spring, the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) will be working hard to prepare for our 53rd Annual ConferenceWe hope you will be part of this special professional development opportunity!

Sorry, registration closed April 6, but keep scrolling for lots of other important information.

Browse the web version of the mobile app.  You'll need to download the app to build your conference schedule.


We are excited about the excellent group of exhibitors we have this year!  Click on the logos of exhibitors and sponsors below to learn more about each. 



Sport your PCACAC gear at the conference or throughout the year! To order with an embroidered PCACAC anchor logo visit our LANDS' END SITE and get SPECIAL PRICING through April 4th!  Prices on Lands' End apparel reflect a 10% discount and FREE Logo fees (Up to 8.50 value).


This year we are excited to announce that our conference photographer, Cristie & Co., will be offering professional headshots!  Visit her booth near the registration desk.  DOWNLOAD THE FLYER for information on pricing, booth times and the link to Cristie's Facebook page.


Attend our FREE Pre-Conference Workshop:
Demystifying the Transfer Admissions Process: An Inside Look

Saturday, April 14 from 1-3pm
Wesley College
Wells Auditorium (Slaybaugh Hall)
120 N. State Street
Dover, Delaware

Conference Session Lineup

THANK YOU to those who submitted a session proposal.  We had a record-breaking year and are looking forward to a spectacular conference! Presentations for each session will be available here and via our mobile app just before the conference.

The following session presentations have been received from presenters:

B1 - Hello, My Name Is….

B2 - Admissions & Testing: Too Fast, Too Slow or Just Right?

B3 - Committee Based Evaluation (CBE); Benefits for the Student, Counselor and College

B5 - Fit Has a Face (We're sorry. This file is too large to upload.) Please email [email protected] if you'd like a copy.

B6 - The View from the Top: How Administrators see College Counseling

7 - 'College' in Ireland or the UK?  How to Support Student Interest in International Degrees

C1 - PCACAC Equity Collaborative: Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity in Education

C3 - Collaboration and Cooperation in Serving Transfer Students

C4 - Return On Your College Investment: Taboo or Must Have?

C5 - Are You Common App Ready? 

C8 - A Solution for a Flawed System

D2 - International Admissions 101 – Where all the Fun Starts!

D3 - Advising First Generation College Students

C4 - Fire Up Your Underclassmen

E1 - The Student Athlete: Navigating Recruiting, Eligibility, and the Academic Index

E2 - Government Relations Update on National and Regional Legislation Regarding Post-secondary Counseling and College Access

E3 - Transforming the Lives of First Generation Students: Strategies for College Access Professionals

E5 - Look Before You Leap

E7 - Financial Aid 101: A College Education IS Affordable

F3 - Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: Building Your Team in a Millennial World

F4 - Are you There God?.... Its Me Admissions

F7 - Comparing Application Platforms and the Use of Digital Media

F8 - Finding Your Way To College: Designing An Application Workshop


Sorry, registration closed on April 6.

This year's rates: Early Bird
(thru March 5)
(thru April 1)
  Member Non-member Member Non-member
Middle Mgmt Institute at
Delaware State (Apr 15)

$75 (one person)
$50 (two or more)

$75 (one person)
$50 (two or more)
$75 (one person)
$50 (two or more)
$75 (one person)
$50 (two or more)
Full conference (Apr 15-17)  $250  $295  $300  $345
Retired/Student (Apr 15-17)  $200  $245  $250   $295
One-day (Apr 16)  $125  $170  $175  $220
Table for Counselor's College
Fair (No on-site registration)
$125 $125 $125 $125

EXTRA President's Reception & Dinner Ticket (Apr 15)

$50 $50 $50 $50

EXTRA Social Ticket (Apr 16)

$40 $40 $40 $40

A FULL registration includes sessions, meals, Social, exhibits, admission to the Counselors College Fair (exhibiting is extra), and covers all events from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday at noon, as well as free parking! 

REFUND POLICY: To process a refund, requests must be emailed to [email protected] by April 6, 2018. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after that date or in the event of non-participation. A $50 processing fee will be applied for refunds.

PCACAC reserves the right to cancel an event if there is insufficient registration.


PCACAC has reserved a special rate of $139/night for its attendees (plus taxes and fees), guaranteed through March 30.  Call  the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino to make your reservation at 302-674-4600 (ask for VIP Services and use the Special Offer Code below) or visit their RESERVATIONS PAGE and:

  1. Enter your check-in information and use Special Offer Code GPAC18.
  2. Click on "Get Rates."
  3. Enter Password:  53rd
  4. Enter the Special Offer Code one more time (GPAC18).
  5. Select "BOOK IT" on the right side of the page for the room you want to book.
  6. Enter your information and wait for your confirmation!

Early arrivals are welcome!  The hotel has agreed to honor PCACAC’s room rate for up to three (3) days before and after the conference (based on availability).  If you would like to bring your family or a friend for an extended vacation in conjunction with the conference, just enter the dates you’d like to stay when making your hotel reservation.

Guarantee Policy:  All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at time of booking and a $100.00 credit card deposit at the time of check in. Arrivals after 8pm must be noted for late arrival or reservation will be cancelled.

Cancellation Policy:  Reservations not cancelled by 4pm on the day prior to arrival will be subject to the charge of one night's stay. Reservations booked within 24 hours of arrival date may not be cancelled.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Check-in time begins at 4pm. Check-out time is 11am. A $7.00 per day Resort Fee will be applied to the rate at check in.
  • Deposit Policy: A $100.00 credit card deposit is due at check in.
  • Room is guaranteed until 8pm. Unless noted for late arrival, reservation will be cancelled at 8pm.

See additional terms when making your reservation.

Parking is free, but valet parking is available.


As a volunteer organization, PCACAC relies on its members to accomplish its mission!  

  • Sign up to help at the Registration Desk
  • Volunteer on the Conference Planning Committee


We will be recognizing the following award and scholarship recipients at either the President's Dinner on Sunday evening, April 15, or during the Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 16:




Click on each logo to learn more.


Mike Carter
St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (MD)
in honor of Jake Talmage, President-elect

Delaware Assoc. of Independent Schools
in honor of Carolyn Doyle



Jayne Fonash
Loudoun Academy of Science (VA)

Katie Harding
Stevenson University (MD)

Lou Hirsh
University of Delaware (Retired)

Robyn Lady, PCACAC President
Chantilly High School (VA)
in honor of Terry Lady

Sue Rexford
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (VA)

 Richmond Area Independent Schools

Laura Swanger
Binghamton University (NY)














Mark your calendar for Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 2019 to attend our 54th Annual Conference at College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, MD.


Members may login at www.pcacac.org to access hidden menus under "Professional Development".  There you can view our program schedules, session materials,  information on faculty, sponsors, keynote speakers, and grants/scholarships offered..

Remembering the 2017 Conference

Dates: Sunday - Tuesday, April 23-25, 2017

Location:  Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA

Chair:  Rosemary Martin, University of Maryland, College Park

Our hat goes off to Rosemary Martin, PCACAC's Conference Planning Committee Chair, and the many volunteers that make up the Conference Planning Committee!  Each member of the committee - and our many volunteers - provided vital support to the Conference Chair throughout the year, making out 53rd Annual Conference a tremendous success!  

We would also like to recognize Robyn Lady, Rebekah LaPlante and Barbara Hancock for the selection and coordination of the informative sessions offered this year. 

Conference Resources

Members may login at www.pcacac.org to access details on past professional development events, such as session materials, program schedules, Keynote speakers, faculty, sponsors, and grants/scholarships offered.

A huge "Thanks!" to our Sponsors and Exhibitors...



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