Admission Counselor University (ACU)

NEW! Winter Virtual Edition

Congratulations to our Winter ACU graduates! Thank you to our committee members and guest presenters.

The Iowa ACAC Professional Development & Practices Committee is happy to announce a mid-year 2023 Virtual ACU!
ACU is a program offered by Iowa ACAC to new admissions professionals, ideally those who have been in the admissions field for 0-12 months.

Individual Registration - $15
Organizational Registration for two or more counselors from the same school/organization - $30

Topics will include territory management tips, personality and growth, FAFSA basics, and insights from seasoned Admissions Professionals! 

Colleges to Counselors (C2C)

 An opportunity for Iowa ACAC member colleges & organizations to share institutional updates with high school counselors.

The cost for colleges to attend is $75 per C2C event. There is no charge for school counselors to attend.
The event will include a college fair for networking and to hand out promotional literature. (No swag!)
Lunch is included for school counselors and college admissions professionals.

C2C Registration for College Admission Counselors
C2C Registration for School Counselors


The Ride

This free, three-day bus tour provides a door-to-door, first-hand look at college campuses and what each school offers students. Each year the RIDE's region of travel changes, taking counselors to a variety of colleges in a specific region for tours, hands-on learning, meals and even overnights in residence halls.


Imagine Grant 

Secondary and Postsecondary members are eligible to apply for Imagine Grants through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), our parent organization. These grants offer financial support to individuals who assist students in the transition to college. They are intended to provide assistance to individuals who might otherwise be unable to participate in professional development opportunities or implement a new innovative program.

Projects and programs funded by an Imagine Grant should serve as a role model to the profession. Grant funds may be used for:

• Membership dues for either NACAC or affiliate membership.
• Registration, travel, lodging, and other conference fees related to attendance at NACAC and affiliate professional development programs including annual conferences.
• Expenses associated with the development and implementation of special projects such as design, printing and postage as well as for event expenses such as food, venue rental and audio-visual equipment and transportation.

Lend a Hand!

Would you like to be involved with one of our committees? We welcome members who want to be more involved and assist with the mission of Iowa ACAC. Simply email us at [email protected] and someone will contact you!

Questions about Iowa ACAC's Professional Development opportunities?  Contact Iowa ACAC Professional Development & Practices Chairperson Emily Hannon

Professional Development & Practices Committee

Emily Hannon, St. Ambrose University, Chair
Drew Shradel, Cornell College

John Peterson – University of Northern Iowa
Adeara Jean London – Cornell College
Conner Ellinghuysen, Buena Vista University
Ranae Molkenthin, Indian Hills Community College