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.

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.

We are excited to be back in Saratoga Springs this summer!   If you have any questions, 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 9, 2022 through Friday, August 12, 2022

(Check-in no later than 12:30pm on Tuesday. The program will end by noon on Friday.)


Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY               


COVID Safety

In accordance with Skidmore’s visitor policy, all Summer Institute participants and visitors are required to be fully vaccinated, including booster and provide proof as a part of the check-in processWithin 72 hours of arrival to campus, each Summer Institute participant/faculty will also need to have a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test, and sign the Skidmore Summer 2022 COVID Policy Waiver

Refunds will not be issued for those who are unable to comply with these requirements. Depending upon CDC, New York state and local guidelines, as well as protocols from our host campus, Skidmore College, masks may be required for indoor gatherings. Further clarification will be forthcoming as Summer Institute approaches. For now, it’s best to assume that masks will be required for indoor gatherings.  


$675 prior to 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 ($75) 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 2022 NYSACAC Summer Institute is now open and can be found here. Spots are limited, so register soon!  Applications will close on July 29th.


Each year, a number of professional grants are available to Summer Institute attendees. It is possible to apply to Summer Institute and indicate interest in applying for a grant.


Submit an application for a 2022 Summer Institute grant here.


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
  • Admission and COVID??
  • And More....



Annemarie Cervoni

High School Counselor

Orchard Park High School

Erica Padilla

Regional Associate Director, NY Metro

University of Rochester

Curriculum Director

Shameek Robinson

Regional Director, Northeast

College Advising Corps

Lead Mentor

John Young

Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

On Site Coordinator

Sarah Ireland

Associate Director of Admissions

Skidmore College

Public Relations Coordinator

Betty Chen

Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

East Harlem Tutorial Program