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Summer Admission Institute

COVID-19 UPDATE: WACAC has made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Institute that was to be held August 3-7, 2020 at the University of San Diego. We are currently investigating the possibility of a virtual program. If you would like to receive information when it is available, please email the WACAC Office to be added to our mailing list.

Annual Summer Institute on College Admission and School Relations


In 2020 WACAC assumes the administration of College Board’s well established, signature event, the Summer Admission Institute. This year will mark the 40th Institute and a chance to celebrate the former attendees and faculty of the Institute.

New admission counselors will participate in a five-day Institute on College Admission and School Relations, as they set the foundation for a rewarding and lasting career in college admission.

This annual event is designed to help newly hired admission officers develop the skills necessary to build strong institutional partnerships and assist students in the transition to college. Enrollment professionals from a variety of institutions will serve as faculty to provide personalized instruction, while discussion-based workshops will give you an opportunity to make connections and network among peers.


The Summer Institute is limited to individuals who are actively employed as college admission counselors at WACAC or NACAC approved institutions. Participants will have two years of experience or less in college admission.

Enrollment is limited and registrants are approved on a rolling basis. Once the institute fills up, additional participants will be put on a waiting list, and they will be notified two weeks before the institute if there is space available.


Introducing five of the ten faculty for the 2020 Institute:

Andrew Woolsey, Dean of Enrollment Services, Soka University

Michael Elgarico, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, California Lutheran University

Tiana G. Kelly, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, University of San Diego

Gary Clark, Director of Admission, University of California, Los Angeles

Becky Chassin, Assistant Dean, Office of AdmissionUniversity of Southern California


The price listed here is for planning purposes for future years.

  • Registration fee for attendees: $995
  • Participants will pay for their own travel expenses (air/car) to/from the institute.

Registration Fee Includes

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations – a shared bedroom in an apartment. Please note that all participants must reside in on-campus housing during the institute.
  • Meals and refreshment breaks.
  • All resource materials.
  • Parking

For questions about Summer Admission Institute, please contact Ed Devine at