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44th Annual Summer Institute

Due to COVID-19, Summer Institute 2021 was FULLY VIRTUAL. 
We hope to be in person for 2022 so save the date - July 18-20th.

The PACAC Summer Institute normally held at Bucknell University is an interactive, intensive 2 1/2 day workshop for new admission counselors and secondary school counseling professionals (all experience levels). The Institute provides participants with a full and complete understanding of the increasingly complex college admissions process through a dynamic learning experience. The Summer Institute is the longest, continuous, summer professional development opportunity for new admission counselors and secondary school counselors in the nation!

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Overview of Admissions and Enrollment Management
  • Financial Aid
  • Counseling the College Bound Students and Parents
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Higher Education
  • Marketing and Social Media in College Admission
  • Athletic Recruitment
  • Interactive case studies
  • And much more...

2021 Summer Institute Staff

  • Ian Harkness, Malvern Preparatory School, Dean
  • Michelle O'Donnell, Lancaster Country Day School, Director
  • Miguel Alvarez, Carnegie Mellon University, Faculty Mentor
  • Andrea Buchanan, University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Mentor
  • Bryn Campbell, MatchPoint, Faculty Mentor
  • Hallie Ciarlone, Delaware Valley Friends School, Faculty Mentor
  • Krista Evans, Kutztown University, Faculty Mentor
  • Chrissy Findlay, Bucknell University, Faculty Mentor
  • Joni Klopp, Millersville University, Faculty Mentor
  • Kevin Parsons, Blair Academy, Faculty Mentor
  • Rebecca Rose-Howell, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Faculty Mentor
  • Meg Ryan, Muhlenberg College, Faculty Mentor
  • Sarah Smith, West Chester University, Faculty Mentor
  • Misty Whelan, Harriton High School, Faculty Mentor
  • Amanda Osterlind, Thomas Jefferson University, Intern
  • Jade Johnson, The Hill School, Intern

Virtual Summer Institute Registration:  We are currently at our max capacity for this program. If you are interested in joining our waitlist, we invite you to fill out this form.


2021 Costs:

  • Summer Institute 2021 (FULLY VIRTUAL program) will be $35 for PACAC Members and non-members.
  • PACAC provides financial support to attend PACAC professional development opportunities through the Counselor Assistance Program Grants
  • Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made prior to noon on Friday, July 16, 2021 will be honored (minus a $10 administrative charge).
    Cancellations made after noon on Friday, July 16, 2021 will not be issued a refund.
    If you have questions or need to cancel your registration, please email [email protected].

Here's what previous participants had to say about their Summer Institute experience:

  • "Staff and attendees were diverse in their experiences and passionate about their work."
  • "I love my job even more than I did 3 days ago!"
  • "I feel more prepared for a career in admissions."


For questions about the Summer Institute, please contact
SI Dean Ian Harkness, 484-595-5225
SI Director Michelle O'Donnell, 717-392-2916
[email protected]