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41st Annual Summer Institute

July 16-18 2018 at Bucknell University

The PACAC Summer Institute 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...

2018 Summer Institute Staff

  • Josh Ditsky, Berks Catholic High School, Dean
  • Jeremy Branch, Penn State University Brandywine Campus, Director
  • Alan Paynter, Dickinson College, Faculty Mentor
  • Bryn Campbell, Holy Ghost Prep, Faculty Mentor
  • Catherine Souza, Archmere Academy, Faculty Mentor
  • David Barkovich, North Hills High School, Faculty Mentor
  • David McMillin, Linden Hall, Faculty Mentor
  • Hallie Ciarlone, Delaware Valley Friends School, Faculty Mentor
  • Heather Gallo, Downingtown High School East, Faculty Mentor
  • Ian Harkness, Malvern Preparatory School, Faculty Mentor
  • J. Scott Myers, PACAC, Faculty Mentor
  • Jake Kohler, University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Mentor
  • Julee Mitsler, High Point University, Faculty Mentor
  • Michelle O'Donnell, Lancaster Country Day School, Faculty Mentor
  • Taylor Miller, Saint Joseph's University, Intern
  • Hillen Grason, Albright College, Intern


  • College Admission Counselors: $450 for PACAC members, $475 for PACAC non-members
  • Secondary School Counselors: $350 for PACAC members, $375 for PACAC non-members
  • Price includes housing, meals, and program materials.
  • PACAC provides financial support to attend PACAC professional development opportunities through the Counselor Assistance Program Grants

Registration is now closed.

Here's what last year's 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 Josh Ditsky, 610-898-9252
SI Director Jeremy Branch, 610-892-1202