The NYSACAC Summer Institute is a four-day intensive mentor-based experience that brings together admissions professionals (0-3 yrs. experience) and high school counselors (0-5 yrs. experience) with energetic, seasoned mentors to grapple with a wide range of admission counseling issues. As a participant, you will learn best practices, share expertise, develop creative approaches to new and not-so-new problems, establish networks, and review ethical standards for our profession. We are certain that the unique combination of a vibrant curriculum and a diverse group of participants and mentors will offer you a refreshing and rewarding experience.

The Planning Team is carefully monitoring how COVID-19 may impact this year’s event.  Stay tuned for more details about Summer Institute 2020 in early May.



Tuesday, August 11, 2020 through Friday, August 14, 2020

(Check-in on 8/11/20 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The program will end by noon on August 14.)


Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY                      


$625 prior to June 1 ($650 after July 1).  Fee includes meals (except for one dinner which is on your own), an air-conditioned single room in a Skidmore residence hall, and program materials. Participants must reside in the residence hall throughout the stay at the institute. 

Overnight housing is available for an additional charge ($80) for participants wishing to arrive a day in advance (August 10) and stay on campus. This includes dinner on August 10 and breakfast on August 11 at Murry Aikins Dining Hall. Please indicate your interest in arriving early on the registration form.


Registration for the 2020 NYSACAC Summer Institute will open soon.


Each year, a number of professional grants are available to Summer Institute attendees.  The grant application will open soon.



The Institute’s mentors are accomplished colleagues who share a deep commitment to the profession and have diverse backgrounds with years of experience.  The Institute’s curriculum focuses on developing three key areas:

Professional Development
Networking Opportunities
Case Studies

The small mentor group is the primary mode of interaction and communication for the Institute. Additionally, mentors and guest presenters will offer their expertise in the following Institute Topics:

Admissions Travel
Athletic Recruitment
Building the College List
Building Relationships
College Access
Counseling First Generation Students
Cultural Diversity
Ethical Issues
Financial Aid
Effective  Presentations
Implicit Bias
And More....


Karen Brown
Director of Admissions
SUNY Oneonta

Annemarie Cervoni
High School Counselor
Orchard Park High School

Curriculum Director
Erica Padilla
Regional Associate Director, New York Metro
University of Rochester

Lead Mentor
Katie Mason
Rochester City School District

Onsite Coordinator
Sarah Ireland
Associate Director of Admissions
Skidmore College

Public Relations Director
Betty Chen
Associate, College Access
East Harlem Tutorial Program