About Us

About Us

Founded in 2007, ACCIS was formed to offer independent school college counselors a professional association focused on the specific needs and challenges of their work with students. Its intent was to supplement existing organizations such as the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and to provide additional and more focused opportunities to one of NACAC’s specific constituent groups. Forty-two founding schools provided seed funding and support for the Association.

In 2008, ACCIS hosted its first Summer Institute at Kenyon College with 75 attendees. A year later, Colorado College hosted the next Institute, and since then, Summer Institutes have been on the campuses of Agnes Scott College, Occidental College, Bryn Mawr College, Macalester College, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Puget Sound. Dozens of other colleges have hosted ACCIS colloquia, tours, and programs for college counseling office assistants. As the Association has grown in both membership and national presence, colleges across the country continue to express interest in hosting ACCIS programs, a testament to the important work of college counselors who support students and colleagues alike.

Both the Association’s growth and extensive programming are the products of an expansive network of volunteers dedicated to the Association’s mission. From ACCIS’s founding, the Association had only two employees: a part-time assistant and a part-time bookkeeper. All other planning and operations have been carried out by the Board of Trustees, unpaid executive directors who also held full-time positions in independent schools, and a host of volunteer committee chairs. In 2016, in an effort to move the strategic plan forward and to continue to grow the organization, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a full-time executive director, the first in the association's history.


Non-discrimination statement
As an equal opportunity employer and an organization that assists independent school college counselors and the students in their care, ACCIS expresses an ongoing commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion. ACCIS does not discriminate in its operations on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, pregnancy, personal appearance, family responsibilities, socioeconomic status, medical condition, political affiliation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.