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45th Annual Summer Institute

July 18-20, 2022

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
  • 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
  • Andrew McMillen, Sweickley Academy, Faculty Mentor
  • Kevin Parsons, Blair Academy, Faculty Mentor
  • Rebecca Rose-Howell, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High 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

 If you would like to join the Summer Institute Staff, please apply by November 12th.


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]