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46th Annual Summer Institute

Bucknell University
July 17-19, 2023

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...

2022 Summer Institute Staff

  • Ian Harkness, Malvern Preparatory School, Dean
  • Michelle O'Donnell, Lancaster Country Day School, Director
  • Becca Haupt Aldredge, Bucknell University, Faculty Mentor
  • Miguel Alvarez, Carnegie Mellon University, Faculty Mentor
  • Evan Beals, University of New Hampshire, Faculty Mentor
  • Andrea Buchanan, University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Mentor
  • Chrissy Findlay, Bucknell University, Faculty Mentor
  • Dylan Gerald, Washington and Jefferson College Faculty Mentor
  • Joni Klopp, Millersville University, Faculty Mentor
  • Kevin Parsons, Dwight-Englewood School, Faculty Mentor
  • Nicole Shannon, Washington and Jefferson College, Faculty Mentor
  • Misty Whelan, Harriton High School, Faculty Mentor
  • Jade Johnson, The Hill School, Intern
  • Christine Gibble, Neumann University, Intern

To be part of the SI Team - please find the application here.


Registration:  Will open in mid-March for the 2023 Summer Institute

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made by July 5, 2022 will be honored (minus a $10 administrative fee).
  • Cancellations made after July 5, 2022 will not be issued a refund.
    (Registrations made after July 5th will be invoiced, even if not attending)
  • 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 Michelle O'Donnell, 717-392-2916
SI Director Meg Ryan, 484-664-3200
[email protected]