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A Brief History

Dakota ACAC was granted a charter as affiliate of the national organization in 1993, but both the North and South Dakota state councils have operated separately since the early 1970’s, serving as coordinating organizations for college fairs throughout both states.

Annual Conference

As part of its mission to further professionalism in the college admission process, Dakota ACAC hosts an annual conference in the spring of each year for school counselors and college admission officers. In even-numbered years we join with three other ACAC affiliates (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin) for a joint conference.  In odd-numbered years a program is held for the Dakotas in one of the two states,.

Welcome to Dakota ACAC!

The Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling is a two-state affiliate of the National Association which seeks to assist students and high schools with post-high school planning, and insure professional practices by those providing information.

It’s governing structure is

divided into three sections, that of Dakota ACAC itself and two state councils.  The Dakota ACAC Board oversees the annual conference and activities related to the National ACAC, such as Government Relations, Human Relations and Professional Development.

North Dakota College Fairs

South Dakota College Fairs

At the heart of the organization is a reaching out to high school students throughout the two states by means of the college fair programs conducted in cooperation with school counselors at more than 300 high schools scattered throughout the area,  More than 150 post-secondary institutions are brought together for these programs, including public and private colleges and universities, technical institutes, beauty schools, the military services and financial aid information organizations.  Current schedules are available on this site or by contacting the local high school counselors.                                               



Our organizations also seek to bring professionals together for continuing education and networking through various workshops and programs.  An Admission Counseling Institute for new admission representatives is held in August and the South Dakota Council sponsors a series of Workshops for School Counselors in September, featuring representatives from various state and national organizations.

Dakota ACAC is a chartered regional affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.   The national association conducts an annual conference, tracks government relations issues affecting college admissions, develops ethical guidelines for dealing with high school students in the admission process and encourages leadership development at the national and regional levels.


A student seeks information on college admission during one of the many high school fairs hosted by the Norrth Dakota and South Dakota councils.

Contact us any time with questions or suggestions about our programs.

Dakota ACAC

Tom Cool

Executive Director

ND Council

Kaleen Petrson

Executive Director

SD Council

Tom Cool

Executive Director

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605-274-5291 (o)

605-274-5328 (fax)