The NYSACAC Summer Institute is a four-day intensive mentor-based experience that brings together emerging professionals from all sides of the desk and energetic, seasoned mentors to grapple with a wide range of admission counseling issues.  Summer Institute 2024 will take place at Skidmore College, from August 6th through August 9th.  

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.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].


Summer Institute is designed for admissions professionals with up to three years of experience, as well as high school/CBO counselors and advisors with up to five years of experience. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 through Friday, August 9, 2024
(Check-in no later than 1:00pm on Tuesday. The program will end by noon on Friday.)

Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY   

$675 by July 1st ($700 after July 1st).  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 on Monday and stay on campus. This includes dinner on Monday and breakfast on Tuesday at Murry Aikins Dining Hall. Please indicate your interest in arriving early on the registration form.

Registration for the 2024 NYSACAC Summer Institute is now open and will close on July 30th.

Each year, a number of professional grants are available to Summer Institute attendees.  Grant Applications will close on July 12th.

Summer Institute is excited to offer sponsorship opportunities at a variety of donation levels. Click below for more information!


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, where attendees will learn from one another. 

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

  • Student Mental Health

  • College Admissions Trends

  • And More....




Annemarie Cervoni
High School Counselor
Orchard Park High School

Stacy Ledermann
Assistant Vice President of Admissions
St. John Fisher University

Curriculum Director
Davin Sweeney
College Counselor
Avenues: The World School

Lead Mentor
John Young
College Counselor
McQuaid Jesuit High School

On Site Coordinator
Sarah Ireland
Associate Director of Admissions
Skidmore College

Public Relations Coordinator
Betty Chen
Director of College Guidance and Registrar
Legacy College Prep Charter High School