We invite you to join representatives from high schools, college admissions, community-based organization, and independent educational consultants for our next conference May 17-19, 2017 at Boise State University.

Housing Options & Registration
Conference Scholarships
Sponsorship Opportunities
Benefits of Attending


Registration is now open! Join us in Boise this May. Sign up by March 14 for the Early Bird rate. Check out the Conference Schedule to help you plan your trip to Boise.

PNACAC Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

Registrant Type Early
(Before March 14)
(March 15-April 15)
(April 16-May 5)
On Site
(May 17-19)
Full Conference
$210 $240 $290 $370
$90 $105 $130 $185
Full Conference
$265 $290 $345 $370
$125 $135 $160 $185

Housing Options & Registration

Check out the Housing Options & Registration page for information about on- and off-campus housing options.

Planning to stay on campus? You will need to create an account and register directly through Boise State.

Planning to use a local hotel option? Check out our special conference rates and reserve through our special links.

Conference Scholarships

The PNACAC Conference Scholarship Application is now available!

Eligibility: All High School Counselors and College Admission Professionals.
Preference given to:
  1. Public high school counselors
  2. Disadvantaged school districts   
  3. New Admission professionals (0-5years) who work with domestic students from underrepresented backgrounds
  4. First-time attendees
  5. Date application received
What does the scholarship pay for? This Scholarship will pay for one of the following:
  • Full Conference Scholarship (Includes: Registration fee, all meals during the conference, as well as the President’s Reception/Dinner and the Conference Social)
  • One Day Scholarship (Includes: Registration Fee, breakfast and lunch. It does not include the Conference Social. To purchase a ticket for the Conference Social, go to the Annual Conference page.

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. Notification will begin after all applications are received.

Contact Mary Crum at mcrum@bk.org or Gina Galaviz at ggalaviz@eou.edu if you have questions regarding the scholarship.


Do you know someone who is going the extra mile and making a difference in a student's life or in the field of education? Nominate him or her for a PNACAC award today! Through the efforts of its Awards and Recognition Committee, PNACAC strives to honor exemplary professionals among our membership and the professional community.

(New!) Excellence in Admissions: The PNACAC Excellence in Admissions award recognizes an outstanding professional who has worked in a college advocacy, counseling, or admissions capacity for at least five years.  Recipients of the award must have made an impact in the field either through a body of professional or research work, a single significant contribution, or through work or service that demonstrates support of the PNACAC and NACAC mission.

Rising Star: This recognition is given to secondary school or college admissions counselors who have been in the profession for five years or fewer and possess exceptional promise. 

Program of Excellence: This award is for programs that provide great service and/or outcomes for students. To be eligible for this award, programs are considered to be unique and provide excellent service to students. Nominees must have been in place for fewer than five years, and the program must be replicable by other institutions.

Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth: This award is named for the St. Mary's Academy of Portland's former college counselor who lost her battle with cancer in 1995. These awards are given to a secondary school counselor and a college level admission officer. Recipients of the award must have a minimum of ten years of high school or college teaching and/or counseling experience with at least three years in their current position. They must be currently engaged in counseling and be recognized as "those who have given outstanding and faithful service to youth."

Exemplary service: This award is for individuals who have provided longstanding, exemplary service to students and to the PNACAC organization throughout his or her career. Individuals engaged in college advocacy work after retiring from a career in college counseling or admissions are also eligible to receive this award.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities to exhibit and sponsor portions of the annual conference. Online registration is available now! Please view our exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities today! Your sponsorship allows you and your company an opportunity to connect with 300-400 PNACAC members and the conference committee is excited for your partnership. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Weiss, Vendor Chair.

Benefits of Attending

PNACAC serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington by promoting ethical standards and providing resources to our members and colleagues who guide and empower students as they prepare for college admission. Our goal is to ensure every student in the Pacific Northwest has access to informed, engaged, and ethical college admission professionals in public and independent secondary schools, community-based organizations, community colleges and public and independent four-year colleges and universities.

The PNACAC Annual Conference is our organization’s premier professional development opportunity bringing together over 300 individuals who share our goal. Through workshops, educational sessions, shared interest group conversations, counseling and enrollment professionals gain new knowledge and a revived enthusiasm to improve the opportunities for students across our five states.

By attending our annual conference and pre-conference opportunities, you will:

  • Learn about important updates for the upcoming application cycle;
  • Network with college admission and counseling colleagues outside your office;
  • Acquire best practices, knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a changing student and parent mindset;
  • Meet and connect with leaders in the region;
  • Tour colleges to better understand the region's diverse post-secondary opportunities;
  • Recharge your passion for the profession and the important work we all do;
  • Return to your office ready to implement and try new practices; and,
  • Engage with your profession and a vibrant community that can be available to support you after you’ve left.