Founded in 1991 | A division of the American Counseling Association

Who We Are

The American College Counseling Association is made up of diverse mental health professionals from the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work. Our common theme is working within higher education settings.

ACCA membership includes professionals and student members who work largely in college counseling settings. There are a growing number of community college counseling professionals who comprise the second largest group within ACCA. Members hold primarily a master’s or doctoral degree with the largest group being master’s level professionals. Counselor educators and Supervisors are also part of ACCA membership.


Congratulations to our colleagues and members at North Carolina State in the Counseling Center on their recent Emmy Award in the Public Affairs category.  Their video, #StopTheStigma, produced in conjunction with Durham-based StoryDriven, was recognized by the National Academy of TelevisionArts & Sciences in January.  The video features students talking about suicide and began as an outreach effort, by two NCSU counseling center Social Workers. NCSU is led by former ACCA President Monica Z. Osburn.

View the full story and video here


Joining ACCA can be done online, major credit cards are accepted or you may elect to be invoiced and pay via check.

To join ACA and ACCA at the same time, please visit the ACA website.

Memberships are managed by ACA and serviced by cmcglobal in conjunction with ACCA.

Job Board Postings

Job postings to the ACCA Job Board are complimentary to members. Non-members may post positions on the ACCA Job Board for $50.  To post a job, please submit a job board posting registration.

The intent of this resource is to allow members of ACCA to post job openings at their institutions. Members are restricted to posts at their institution only.

2017 ACCA Annual Conference Registration

The theme for the 2017 American College Counseling Association conference is Embark, Explore, Engage.  We will have a diverse selection of breakout session topics that explore ideas of being courageous, facing challenges, finding ways to cope, and reaching out to others. How do you set sail into uncertain waters, navigate the challenges presented, and come through the other side stronger, more resilient, and better equipped? How do we teach these skills to students? How do we cultivate these skills in ourselves professionally and in interns? What kind of team/skills do you need on your sailboat in order to make it through the storm? And how do we learn to be anchored in the midst of rough seas? Join us in Tampa February 16 - 19, 2017 and expect to be immersed in sessions related to:

  • Outreach and prevention: Aimed at resiliency/character building for students and helping our campuses have firmer grounding
  • Diversity/Inclusivity: Reaching out to underrepresented students (getting "all aboard") and creating and promoting environments of inclusivity
  • Administration/Leadership: Building a strong team in your counseling center
  • Supervision/clinical training: Related to being brave, facing challenges, and remaining steady
  • Counseling techniques: How do we help our clients learn to work with challenges and look at them as opportunities
  • Community college focus: Providing access for students and advocacy for counseling services

Upcoming Events

AUCCCD Conference
ampa, FL
October 22-26, 2016

ilton Head, SC
November 15-18, 2016

ACCA Annual Conference
Tampa, FL
February 16-19, 2017


It's time to recognize your fellow college counselors! Please see the awards categories below to recognize an outstanding college counselor. The deadline to apply is December 21, 2016.    

  • Professional Leadership
  • Meritorious Service Community or Technical 2 year colleges
  • Meritorious Service University and 4 year colleges
  • Meritorious Service (graduate student) 
  • Outstanding Professional Contribution to Knowledge or Research
  • Advocacy for College Counseling
  • Director of the Year
  • Counselor of the Year

 To nominate an individual or for more information, please visit the Nomination Page.

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