ACCIS Programs

Each year, the ACCIS Program Committee plans and coordinates a number of professional development programs for the benefit of our members. Information about each of these programs is below.

College Tours

ACCIS collaborates with colleges to host multi-campus tours specifically for ACCIS members. We seek out existing tour partnerships interested in providing a program unique to ACCIS. 

For further information contact Program Co-chair Mary Hill.

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Known for in-depth conversations and intimate size, the ACCIS Colloquium offers an opportunity for independent school college counselors to discuss issues impacting our professional lives with colleagues from around the nation. With just 30 attendees, the Colloquium encourages discussion, sharing of best practices, and the opportunity to visit colleges in different regions of the country.

For further information contact Program Co-chair Mary Hill, or Colloquium lead Kelly Richards.

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Office Assistants’ Program

This unique opportunity for college counseling office assistants features discussion of best practices in working with the counselors, families, processes and information technology at the heart of our college counseling profession. During each Program, 30-35 participants gather for two days of dialogue, idea exchange and collaboration. Participants depart having gained a network of colleagues for continued professional communication and support.

The programs typically begin with on a Tuesday late-afternoon and conclude by Thursday noon. Meetings are hosted by an ACCIS member school, with a side-trip to a nearby college or university for a tour and discussion of admission operations and document processing.  Since 2013, the program has been held twice per year at locations around the country. 

For further information contact Program Co-chair Mary Hill.

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New Directors of College Counseling Workshop


In order to support new college counseling office directors within our member schools, ACCIS is pleased to announce the New Directors' Workshop, an intentional gathering to assist our organization’s directors of college counseling (or equivalent titles) who will start the next academic year with 0-3 years of experience in that role. This program is geared toward those with prior college counseling experience in schools; for directors brand new to college counseling in independent schools, the Pre-Institute for New College Counselors may be the preferred choice, but is not a prerequesite for this program.

For further information contact ACCIS Executive Director Emmi Harward

Pre-Institute for New College Counselors

The Pre-Institute is designed for college counselors who are new to the profession, whether just starting out or “crossing the desk” from admissions. This small gathering of 30 participants, led by seasoned ACCIS mentors, focuses on essential skills, knowledge and strategies for guiding students (and parents) through the college search, learning about college options, and networking resources for continued professional growth. 

The Pre-Institute takes place on the weekend preceding the Summer Institute, beginning Friday evening and concluding by Sunday noon.  Attendees may choose to register separately for the Summer Institute. 

For further information contact Program Co-chair Lisa Clay.

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Summer Institute

Since the first summer gathering of 75 ACCIS members at Kenyon College in the summer of 2008, the Summer Institute has become a “must-do” professional development event for independent school college counselors.  Approximately 300 ACCIS members gather for three days in June for informative and thought-provoking presentations led by fellow members, and roundtable discussions highlighting best practices, innovations and fundamental challenges in our profession. Prominent national thinkers, writers and educators set the tone through keynote presentations and open dialogue with attendees. Opportunities to tour nearby colleges as well as the host campus, plus informal networking and social opportunities, make the Summer Institute a comprehensive, reinvigorating and influential experience. 

The Summer Institute is usually held in mid- to late June starting on a Sunday evening and concluding by Wednesday morning. 

For further information contact Program Co-chair Lisa Clay 

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