Professional Associations

So, why get involved in professional organizations as a professional or graduate student? “Networking, networking, networking” might be the short answer, whether you're an introvert or an extrovert.  Organizations such as those outlined below can contribute to your education, your professionalism, as well as your own personal development. Active membership, or even just following listservs and attending periodic conferences, can be a great way to keep current with best practices, trends, and news in your field, while getting acquainted with the language and “tacit knowledge” of student personnel and career counseling work. 



Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN)

American Association of Higher Education and Accreditation (AAHEA)

American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association on Higher Education and Diversity (AHEAD)

Association of International Educators (NAFSA)

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Career College Association (CCA)

Career Planning and Adult Development Network (CPAD)

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A)

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA)

University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)


Allerton Big 10+

Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE)

Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA)

Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MWACE)

NASPA Region IV-East

Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE)

Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA)


Academic Advising Network (AAN)

Minnesota Associate of Colleges and Employers (MNACE)

Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA)

Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA)

Minnesota College and University Career Services Association (MCUCSA)

Twin Cities Association for Psychological Type (TC-APT)