The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

Career Central

ACPA’s year-round and in-person recruitment tools provide employers and job seekers with multiple ways to connect with one another. Through Career Central, Career Central at Convention, and Summer Career Central, career connections are always possible.


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Research & Scholarship

ACPA is committed to supporting and advancing scholarship in the field of higher education and student affairs. Interested individuals should review the guidelines and instructions for requests to access membership information for research and assessment purposes.

2020-2021 Governing Board photo


As a higher education community we are called to be “celebrative,” where there is rejoicing in what we accomplish and where we can be publicly proud of those accomplishments. Annually, hundreds of individuals are recognized through our awards program for significant achievements within and contributions to the higher education community, the student affairs profession and to ACPA, its commissions, state divisions and standing committees.

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Graduate Program Directory

ACPA keeps a well-managed directory of graduate degree programs that focus on student affairs in higher education.


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Continuing professional development is critical in education, and ACPA members get the best available information, research and resources in ACPA’s publications. As an ACPA member, you receive discounts on publications. ACPA publications reach into the higher education community through distribution to faculty, administrators, and institutional libraries. This means ACPA publications are leading the way with disseminating knowledge about college student learning that takes place in all areas across campus.

large group of ACPA members at the 2020 Diamond Honoree Ceremony