As a member of the National CCAA, you are helping to promote Catholic higher education to students and families who desire a values-based collegiate experience. Your membership in the National CCAA is an investment in the successful future of Catholic higher education and in your continued success as an institution that offers the advantages of this education to students.
Benefits of membership
Your membership in the National CCAA can substantially benefit your institution in many ways, including:
An increased online presence
Students and parents regularly visit the National CCAA website as a first stop for researching Catholic higher education, searching for members, and requesting information. Your presence on our site keeps your institution visible in students’ searches for Catholic universities and colleges. Any requests for information about your institution through the National CCAA website are shared with you to include in your inquiry pool.
Participation in recruitment programs
Our consortium trips to Puerto Rico and Latin America, and a brand-new trip to Texas in fall 2015 extend your recruitment reach while saving on expenses through group travel. These recruitment programs are only offered to National CCAA members and connect you with students interested in Catholic higher education while networking and sharing best practices with colleagues.
Attendance at the Annual Catholic Colleges Reception at NACAC
The National CCAA Catholic Colleges reception continues to be the premier gathering at the annual NACAC conference each year. Foster relationships that are crucial to your school’s recruitment and enrollment as you informally network with nearly 1,000 secondary school and independent counselors who are recognized as “friends” of Catholic higher education.
The 2019 reception will take place on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Registration will open in mid-August here on our website. The reception is open to secondary school counselors, independent counselors, transfer counselors from two-year/community colleges and admission staff from National CCAA member institutions.
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.
Access to top research in the field
The National CCAA partners with different organizations to provide you with essential research specific to Catholic higher education. This oftentimes includes special presentations at our annual membership meeting where nationally recognized presenters share findings and strategies that can help guide your enrollment decisions.
Partnerships that benefit members
The National CCAA collaborates with organizations that support our mission to be leaders in promoting Catholic higher education. We are an affiliate member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), sharing our expertise with Catholic college presidents through ACCU. We also partner with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the organization that sponsors Catholic Schools Week, to contribute valuable advice to Catholic school counselors and teachers about encouraging students to consider Catholic higher education.
Access to scholarships for your students
Each fall, the National CCAA offers 16 one-time $1,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen attending member institutions. Over 3,200 students applied for the scholarship online in the spring of 2019, with many applicants accessing information about member colleges and universities in the process.