Membership Information

Any professional who has an interest in the field of counseling and student development in higher education is encouraged to join the ACCA.  Students engaged in graduate counseling and student development programs are also welcome.  ACCA members are employed by universities, community colleges, vocational-technical schools and other institutions of higher education.  In addition, ACCA members are engaged in college counseling in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, counseling center positions.  The ACCA is a division of the American Counseling Association.  Unified membership with the ACA is available, but is not required.

Types of Membership

Unified Membership (membership in both the ACCA and ACA)

  1. Professional:  Individuals who hold a master’s degree or higher in counseling or a closely related field from a college or university accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. Regular: Individuals whose interests and activities are consistent with those of ACA/ACCA, but who are not qualified for professional membership.
  3. New Professional:  A New Professional is someone who has graduated with a master’s or a doctorate within the past 12 months.  Status is good for one year.
  4. Student: Individuals who are enrolled at least half-time in a college or university program.
  5. Retired:  Members who are retired from the counseling profession and have been active ACCA members for the past 5 consecutive years.

ACCA-only Membership

Open to those who support ACCA’s goals but do not hold membership in ACA. ACCA-only members shall have the right to vote, to have access to ACCA resources (including the Journal of College Counseling and the members-only section of the ACCA website), but cannot hold office.

  • Regular Member: ACCA membership ($50) plus processing fee ($10) = $60
  • Student Member: ACCA membership ($30) plus processing fee ($10) = $40

To become a member of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), please select one of the following options:

  1. Print and mail the Membership Application PDF.
  2. Contact Membership Chair: Christine Love at
  3. Contact the American Counseling Association by phone at 703-823-9800 x 222 or 800-347-6647 x222.

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