The University of New Mexico is gearing up to welcome more than 1,000 visitors for the International Association for College Admission Counseling (INTL ACAC) conference – scheduled for July 12 – 15 – after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.

In 2018, International ACAC, the professional association for international student advisors, selected UNM as the next institution to host the event that draws participants from over 90 different countries. This conference is the premier annual gathering for approximately 1,400 international recruiters and high school college counselors from secondary schools across the world. Previous International ACAC conference host institutions have reported significant enrollment increases as a direct result of hosting this event.

“It is a tremendous honor and opportunity for us to be able to showcase UNM’s beautiful campus to this influential group of educators from around the world next summer,” said Pablo Torres, UNM director of International Admissions.

The UNM Global Education Office (GEO) is looking forward to the campus event, which will include collaborations with Central New Mexico College and the City of Albuquerque to promote Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico. Volunteers are also needed to help with preparation activities and conference events to ensure an exceptional experience for attendees. Paid leave, up to 4 hours, is available for UNM employees. To signup, visit ACAC volunteers

This is an unprecedented opportunity for UNM to showcase its campus, academic programs and New Mexico’s culture to international professionals from all over the world. This will be the first time the International ACAC conference is held at a campus in the Southwest. International Students bring unique perspectives and make important cultural contributions to our campus community. UNM students and faculty benefit from having global diversity in the classroom.

“We are honored to host this outstanding group of professionals on our beautiful campus,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes. “Our belief is that everyone is welcome here, and that is something I hope the conference participants experience as they get to know our University, the richness of our academic programs and the depth of what it means to be a Lobo.” 

Florida International University will host the conference in 2022.