PNACAC Purpose & History

pnacac member statesThe Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) represents college admissions professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington - a region known for its beauty, friendliness and collaborative spirit.

A regional affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), PNACAC is an education association of secondary school counselors, college and university admission officers and counselors and related individuals who work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

Mission Statement

Serving the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) promotes ethical standards and provides resources through its members to guide and empower students as they prepare for college admission.

Vision Statement

Every student in the Pacific Northwest has access to informed, engaged, and ethical college admission counseling professionals.


PNACAC fulfills its mission in part by providing resources and hosting events to serve its members and their students:

  • Regional college fairs
  • Student scholarships
  • Professional scholarships & grants
  • Annual conference
  • Awards & recognition
  • Summer college tours for secondary counselors
  • Virtual learning (access to webinars, podcasts, articles)
  • Job board

Organization History

PNACAC was founded at a charter meeting held on Saturday, May 8, 1965, at Willamette University and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Washington State on February 28, 1985.

PNACAC was granted 501c(3) status as of June 19, 2018.