IACAC - Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling

IACAC - Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling

IACAC is committed to maintaining high standards which foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process.

IACAC is an organization of counseling professionals dedicated to serving students as they explore options and make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. IACAC members are counselors, admission or financial aid officers, active retirees, or students who are concerned about the future of education in the State of Illinois and in the nation. The Illinois Association for College Admission C

Operating as usual


We cannot wait to celebrate the 10th annual Sharing the Dream Conference (STDC) on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. STDC was, and continues to be, the first and only statewide conference that brings together educators and allies who work with and support undocumented students and families in their postsecondary planning.


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That Thursday Entertainment tho 🔥

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Thursday of Conference just hits different.

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Oh, hey Wednesday!


Back by popular demand, our packed Counselor College Fair! 🎉


Conference has officially kicked off with our first Mainstage Speaker, Jacoby Cochran.

"The least you can do, which may be the most you can do, is to see people (students)."

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Enjoy your night before Conference, IACAC! Many many hands are hard at work today/tonight. We'll see you tomorrow! 🎉


We are excited to announce a position needed for IACAC. Over the past few years, we have had significant shifts in staffing and independent contract work. Given that and the profound expansion of "digital, marketing, social, media, campaign, web, apps, SEO, analytics, cloud, AI, cybersecurity, and more," we are seeking a Digital Marketing Coordinator to join our team this July. Learn more at iacac.org/iacac-open-positions.


When your work and personal life align. Swifties, we got you covered! 🐍


Lots happening over in our Conference app! Join the conversations!


Not only will this be an awesome photo opp, but you can bid to take one home! Which color will you bid on?


We know how much this crew loves a good competition! As Conference approaches, head over to the app>Community Boards>Icebreaker Contest for a chance to get to know other attendees (and a chance at a prize)!


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Here we go! Looking to chat with some amazing colleges and universities, perhaps a certain special Final Three? 😉 Come see us at Moraine Valley Community College from 10-1!


Can you believe it is less than one month until the Illinois Association for College Admissions Counseling's Annual Conference? It is time to pull up your chair, plan your conference, and reserve your place to crash after a wonderful day of networking and learning!

Register for the conference before April 6! You want to avoid those late fees! :-)

Book your hotel room at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca by April 16 to get the conference rate.

Check out the full agenda and start planning your conference.



We are 3 weeks away from our mega fair at Moraine Valley Community College! Promo materials are available to download, print, and purchase on our website.

Counselors with the most students in attendance will be entered for a chance to attend our Annual Conference free!

Students registered and in attendance will be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 scholarships!



Join your fellow IACAC members for an exciting professional development opportunity! Registration for the Plane O' Fun is still open.

Membership is required for early registration. In order to register, you'll need to login to the members only section of the website.

Registration will open to non-members on Friday, March 15th.



Let's Goooooo! Conference registration is open and so is our new mobile app! Interact with other attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors NOW! Make your hotel reservations. Apply for a grant. Project Reach needs your nominations. Raffle needs your donations. But most importantly, we need you at our table from April 24-26 at the Westin Chicago Northwest!



As this week ends, I wanted to share a statement that IACAC has prepared in light of the latest FAFSA update from the Department of Education. Your elected leadership has been following these developments. We have communicated with NACAC and our colleagues leading ACACs across the country. While this is a complex, and totally avoidable problem, here we are, navigating this together for each other and our students. IACAC is urging deadline extensions and the suspension of verification.

You can find our statement at iacac.org/press-releases.

Paul Welsh, IACAC President


Join us February 20th in Springfield starting at 9 am for meetings with the Illinois General Assembly. We will pair you up with someone else on the committee to meet with your representative to discuss issues that are important to our work.

Training and breakfast will be provided at 8 am. A room block is available for those that need overnight accommodations on February 19th; register ASAP. Individual attendees are financially responsible for their travel/hotel.. Should you need assistance, please apply for an IACAC grant.

Hotel room block cutoff is February 4th at 11:59 pm.



Statement from on the processing delay and new timeline on the availability of applicant information. https://ow.ly/AAXz50Qw6n2


Low cost PD, right in your backyard (or pretty close)! Meet other IACAC members nearby! iacac.org/district-seminars


We need your submissions for our 2024 Summer Programs Directory.
Please share this directory with your students as they plan their summer enrichment. These meaningful programs can kickstart their postsecondary journey!

College colleagues, please continue adding your program(s) to our list. If at any time you need to change/update your entry, simply use the Edit button in the menu. Please do not make changes to any other entry except your own.



Conference 2024 planning kicked off today with the Committee Chairs


One of our Past Presidents, Megan O'Rourke, finishing her tenure as NACAC's Affiliate Presidents' Council Coordinator. You are always making us proud with your service to the profession!


Our Executive Board enjoying dinner together in Baltimore!

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