Programs & Events

Professional Development

Camp College

July 18, 19, and 20, 2022

University of Minnesota Crookston

Camp College is a three day pre-college experience where rising seniors at Minnesota high schools will learn valuable information about applying to colleges, college resources, financial aid, and much more!

Learn more about Camp College

MIDWest Conference

May 22-24,  2022

The conference theme "Better Together" exemplifies what we do. We are stronger as a region, helping students find their way to higher education. After years apart, we are looking forward to collaborating, networking, and learning from one another, once again.

As you connect with new and old friends and colleagues, remember to enjoy yourself. The planning committee has worked hard to provide you with engaging sessions, roundtables, and speakers that will foster growth, knowledge, and new ideas! Join us for the Welcome Social and we hope you enjoy your stay at the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel!

Learn more about MIDWest Conference

Admission Counselor Institute

July 24-26,  2022

MACAC's Admission Counselor Institute (ACI) is a professional development opportunity that hosts eager professionals from two and four-year colleges from every corner of Minnesota. This two-day in-person conference is geared to new admissions professionals with one to two years of experience. You will engage and cover topics on financial aid, communicating with high school counselors, uncomfortable conversations, and more. In addition to the in-depth session topics, you can network with other newer professionals working in higher education.

The Professional Development committee recognizes the intense training their home institutions offer, so this is a supplement to that training, touching on and reinforcing your training and providing you with tools and resources to ensure a successful first or second year of recruitment.

Learn more about ACI and register

Fall Forum

November 18, 2022

The Fall Forum is a comprehensive, day-long event meant to bring both high school counselors and college admission professionals together. We will learn from each other and discuss best practices in guiding and supporting students pursuing higher education. Our focus will also include topics in financial aid, admissions criteria, and working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Learn more and register for Fall Forum

Ready, Set, FAFSA events

Free financial aid events will be available to Minnesota students and families via Zoom in February!

The series, running February 8 through March 1, will cover general financial aid information, details on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Minnesota Dream Act for undocumented students, and other ways to pay for college. Read the press release here.
 All sessions will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Information for families about registering for the series is available here.

Show on the Road

Upcoming workshops TBD 

Show on the road is a traveling professional development conference providing high school counselors around the state with resources and presentations on subjects like hot topics in admissions, regional career forecasts, and financial aid.

This year "Show on the Road" will be held virtually through Zoom. Click on the link below to learn more about the three sessions that will be offered!

Learn more about Show on the Road

Day on the Hill

Feb. 15, 2023

Day on the Hill is an annual event in which we advocate for our students. As experts in our field, we make sure that our senators and representatives know the issues that impact our students and our institutions.  

Learn more about Day on the Hill 

Spring Conference

May 15 - 16, 2023

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

We look forward to presenting a broad range of sessions and networking opportunities and engaging with our colleagues from across the state.

NACAC Professional Development

NACAC National Conference

September 22 - 24, 2022
Houston, Tx

Learn more about the NACAC Annual Conference

Member Programs

Mentorship Program

The program seeks to assist in building connections between new members and those who have been involved in the profession and organization for several years.  Learn more about the Mentorship Program

Leadership Development Program

This unique program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to investigate, define, and further develop their leadership skills. Learn more about the Leadership Development Program

College Fairs

Minnesota Education Fairs

Minnesota Education Fairs - MEFs are college fairs held throughout the state at high schools and other venues.

Learn more about the Minnesota Education Fairs

Minnesota National College Fair

The Minnesota National College Fair will be held in-person on October 5th and 6th, 2022.
Learn more about the National College Fair

Virtual College Exploration

Learn more about Virtual College Exploration

Partnered Events

College Knowledge Month

Formerly Minnesota College Knowledge Month, Minnesota Goes to College consists of two state-wide college-going campaigns: College Knowledge Month and Minnesota College Goal, The goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply to college, especially underrepresented students (students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students. 

Please consider volunteering!  

Learn more about College Knowledge Month

Session Submission Form

Do you have a session idea or topic you would like to either present or learn more about at a MACAC conference or event? 

Let us know about it!

Submit a Session Topic

Professional Development Grant

The Professional Development Grant is designed to support membership by funding professional development opportunities. The Professional Development Grant will cover the cost of registration, hotel, airfare, meals and membership fee (when applicable). 

Both MACAC members and non-members are invited to apply. Secondary school counselors are strongly encouraged to apply. Professional Development  Grant Applications are due four weeks prior to event. 

Learn More About the Professional Development Grant
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