National Conference Connects High School, College Admissions Staff

June 29 2016
Category: Admissions

The new academic year is underway and that means crunch time is right around the corner for high school counselors and college admissions staff working to help students with the college admissions process. 

Recently more than 6,000 college admission counseling professionals gathered at the annual National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference to share ideas, learn about new policies and regulations, and explore issues facing the students they serve.

“Interaction with the school counseling community is an invaluable aspect of the conference,” said Christopher Coons, Vice President of Enrollment Management, who attended this year’s conference. 

“Learning and hearing about key issues that are affecting our prospective students ensures we are providing them with the best possible application experience.”

The three-day event offers a variety of speakers and work sessions dealing with hot topics such as the new, Prior-Prior Year and earlier Federal Student Aid deadline, international recruitment, and even understanding the role of mental health implications in the college admission process.

“The NACAC conference is a great opportunity to learn about these new policies and best practices in admissions counseling, while also helping to develop new program ideas that help connect high school students to college and the opportunities they present,” Coons reflected.

Elmira College offers two admission plans for freshman applicants: Early Action and Regular Admission.  The Early Action deadline is Saturday, October 15, and students applying through this option will receive a decision by November 7.  The Regular Admission process is rolling, meaning that applications are reviewed as they are received after October 31.  Students applying via Regular Admission typically receive a decision notification within four weeks of the application completion date.

Additional information, and an online application, can be found at