President's Welcome


Thank you for visiting PACAC's website!  The Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling is a wonderful organization run by volunteers to provide services to those helping students seek postsecondary opportunities as well as supporting students and families directly.  

It's an exciting time to be part of PACAC:  our association continues to grow in many ways.  We continue to increase membership, are building a strong reputation with local and national leaders in terms of advocacy for access and affordability in higher education, and we are offering more and more opportunities for professional development that are meaningful to our members and the varied work and needs that they have.  

PACAC continues to develop great leaders.  One of the strengths of PACAC is the willingness of our members to get involved in their own backyard, across Pennsylvania, and across the country.  We have many committees that give you an opportunity to impact the work that we do.  We hope that you will share your talents and voice by joining one or several! 

Here are a few highlights of events open to all and run by our committees:

  • 57th Annual Conference June 21-23, 2020 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort
  • College Counseling 101s at various locations throughout the year
  • Camp College East and West (to prepare students for the college process)
  • 12 regional college fairs
  • College Access Forum in May

With over 1200 members, we are a strong and healthy organization that can provide outstanding opportunities for growth and allow you to develop lasting relationships with colleagues from different types of institutions and organizations also focused on post-secondary education.  If you are not a member, we encourage you to join here.  Involvement in PACAC is both personally and professionally rewarding and we look forward to welcoming you as a member if you are not already.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I encourage you to learn, share, and grow with us.  You can find the answers to many questions on the various pages of our website, but if you need assistance or have thoughts to share, please reach out to me or any of our dedicated leaders.

Warmest wishes,
Mary L. Smith
[email protected]


Mary - President Welcome 
Mary L. Smith
President