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The National CCAA Catholic Colleges Reception


The National CCAA hosts the National CCAA Catholic Colleges Reception, a memorable event alongside the annual NACAC conference. The casual event brings together more than 1,000 secondary school counselors and admission officers from National CCAA member institutions for networking and conversation. Each year boasts remarkable entertainment, food and drinks, and an unforgettable evening.

What counselors and National CCAA member sponsors are saying about the Catholic Colleges Reception:

“It is the one social at NACAC I make sure to attend every year.  A great opportunity to foster relationships with NCCAA members.”– Nicholle Wyatt, Head College Counselor, Academy of Our Lady of Peace, CA 

“I attend NACAC every other year due to budget restrictions in my school and the Catholic Colleges Reception is one of my favorite events at NACAC!  I love the opportunity to see colleagues from Catholic Colleges around the US and catch up, hear a great band and last year, see the Stanley Cup! I usually RSVP the minute I get the invitation to be sure I get a ticket…this is THE event at NACAC to attend.” – Ann Kjorstad, College and Career Counselor, Academy of the Holy Angels, MN

“The opportunity to support an organization that promotes the value of Catholic higher education is something the University of Portland sees as a great investment.” – Jason McDonald, Dean of Admissions, University of Portland, OR

The 2020 Catholic Colleges Reception will take place on Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Registration for the 2020 event will open at noon ET on August 17, 2020 on our homepage.  We typically reach capacity very quickly, so registering early is highly encouraged!

Please note: the reception is only open to secondary school counselors, independent counselors, transfer counselors from two-year/community colleges and admission staff from National CCAA member institutions.

The 2019 reception took on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Click here to view photos from the 2019 reception. 

In the past, receptions have been held at exciting venues, including Salt Lake City's Natural History Museum of Utah, Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbus's Franklin Park Conservatory, the San Diego Zoo, Indianapolis's Indiana State Museum, Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame, Denver's History Colorado, New Orleans’ House of Blues and the St. Louis Arch.

Please note: A ticket is required for entry, and the reception is ONLY for secondary school counselors, independent counselors, transfer counselors from two-year/community colleges, and admission representatives from National CCAA member institutions. Tickets are non-transferable, and you must wear your NACAC badge and carry your reception ticket with you.

Photos from the 2019 Reception in Louisville, Kentucky >>

Photos from the 2018 Reception in Salt Lake City, Utah >>

Photos from the 2017 Reception in Boston, Massachusetts >>

Photos from the 2016 Reception in Columbus, Ohio >>

Photos from the 2015 Reception in San Diego, California >>

Photos from the 2013 Reception in Toronto, Ontario, Canada >>