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Welcome to Dakota ACAC

The Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling (Dakota ACAC or DACAC) is a non-profit professional association for secondary and post-secondary institutions and professionals in North Dakota and South Dakota.  In 1993, Dakota ACAC was granted a charter as affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  NACAC conducts an annual conference, tracks government relations issues affecting college admissions, develops ethical guidelines for dealing with college-bound students in the admission process and encourages leadership development at the national and regional levels.

Dakota ACAC is a two-state affiliate serving the Dakotas and its governing structure is divided into three entities, Dakota ACAC and two state councils, Council for College Admission in SD (CCASD) and Dakota ACAC-ND (DACAC-ND). While part of the larger Dakota ACAC affiliate, the two state councils have operated separately since the early 1970’s, primarily responsible coordinating planning days, college fairs and other programming within their respective state.

Dakota ACAC oversees the annual conference and activities related to the NACAC, such as Government Relations, Membership and Professional Development.

(approved April 2023)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN - new location, new ideas. 

Join us in Dubuque for the MIDWest ACAC Spring Conference

Early Bird (3/1-4/19)

Post-Secondary Admission Professional - $150

High School Counselor/Grad Students/Independent Education Consultants/CBOs - $75

Late Registration (4/20-5/3)

Post-Secondary Admission Professional - $200

High School Counselor/Grad Students/Independent Education Consultants/CBOs - $95

Register for the MIDWest Conference

Hotel Costs

(All hotel blocks will be released April 19!)

Hotel Julien: $119/night - Call to book with group rate: 798-7098 or 563-556-4200 

Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena: $119/night

Grand Harbor Resort: $129/night - Call to book with Group Rate: (563) 690-4000

As we finalize the schedule we are looking to our colleagues to share their wealth of knowledge with others in our community. We encourage you to submit a session proposal

Proposals are due March 8

Check out the tentative conference schedule/additional details 

including a pre conference golf outing



2-5pm                          Optional Golf Outing (Registration opens March 1, 2024 here)

4-7pm                          Check-in and Happy Hour/Dinner On Your Own


7:45-8:45am                Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:45am                Conference Registration & Sponsor Tables
9-9:30am                      Opening Session
9:45-10:45am          Session Block A
11am-12pm                Session Block B
12-1pm                        Lunch (Included)
1-2pm                          Keynote Speaker
2:15-3:15pm                Session Block C
3:30-4:30pm                Session Block D
4:30-5pm                     Sponsor Tables
5-6pm                          State Meetings
6-8pm                          Dinner On Your Own
8-10pm                        Monday Evening Social


8-9am                          Continental Breakfast & Sponsor Tables
9-10am                        Session Block E
10:15-11:15am            Session Block F
11:30am-12pm            Closing Session

Contact Dakota ACAC

Seinquis Leinen, President

Darren Shelton, President-Elect

Mark Petty, Immediate Past President


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