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Admission Practices

The Admission Practices Committee shall be responsible for educating members of the Association on NACAC’s recommended best ethical and professional practices.

A concern for the ethical treatment of students in the post-secondary admissions process and the awarding of scholarships provided the moving force for the creation of the National Association for College Admission Counseling in 1937. The creation of a Code of Ethics was one of the early actions of members of NACAC. Over the years the Code has been revised and updated many times. NACAC’s Guide to Ethical Practices in College Admissions (GEPCA; approved September 2020) reflects the association’s long-standing commitment to principled conduct among professionals who support students in the college transition process from secondary school to postsecondary education and in the transfer process between postsecondary institutions. Every state and regional affiliate of NACAC has an Admission Practice Committee whose purpose is to educate the membership about the various components of The Guide.

In order to empower individuals to apply and advocate for ethical practice in college admission, NACAC created a series of dilemmas to use as educational tools. See below to review the dilemmas with discussion topics, possible approaches, and a reference to the appropriate section in The Guide.


Truthfulness & Transparency

Admissions Dates/Deadlines

Early Decision

Chair: Malika Lindsay, Optima Academy Online (MS)

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