Frequently Asked Questions
Who can go on the Summer College178彩票网 Tours?
Any high 178彩票 counselor, independent counselor, or person that is enrolled in a Masters Degree counseling program can participate in the tour. Participants must be a current member of IACAC in order to register for the tour.
How do the tours work?
Plane & Bus Week-long trips: We meet on a Sunday morning, return Friday afternoon. Part of the tour will include a visit with the IACAC Summer Institute host 178彩票.
Micro Bus Tour: We begin on Tuesday morning and conclude in the late afternoon/early evening on Thursday.
Bike Tour: We meet in the late afternoon of the first day at our host campus, cycle on days 2 through 4, and end in the late afternoon of the fourth day.
All trips: We usually visit 1-3 178彩票s a day. At each 178彩票 we have an admissions presentation, a walking tour, and usually a meal. In the evenings there is usually free time for counselors to explore the local area or just relax in their rooms.
What types of overnight accommodations are there?
We stay overnight in either a local hotel or a nice college residence hall. There are always two counselors to a room. Unfortunately we are unable to honor requests for single rooms.
How are the 178彩票s on the trip chosen?
Schools are chosen based on several criteria. On the previous year’s trip the counselors vote on 178彩票s in the area we plan to visit. The top vote-getting 178彩票s are then taken into consideration. The final list is determined by travel times, proximity to other 178彩票s and a variety of type and size of 178彩票s.
What determines if it will be a plane trip or a bus trip?
In odd numbered years, e.g. 2019, the Bus O’ Fun travels to a nearby Midwestern area.
In even numbered years, e.g. 2018, we travel by plane to a more distant area of the country178彩票 and then tour the 178彩票s by bus.
On the years we schedule a plane trip, IACAC also hosts a micro-tour. The micro tour is three days and two nights, and visits 178彩票s in Illinois and/or contiguous states.
How do I register to be a participant on a tour?
Online registration* for the trip will be available on the IACAC website in mid-December. Counselors must submit a deposit in order reserve their spot on the tour. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours generally fill up quickly so get your application in early.
*Current IACAC membership is required.
How much will the trip cost?
The cost of the trip is determined by the cost of the plane/bus, the distance traveled, and the cost of hotels. The bike tour requires a refundable deposit but is free. Recently, the bus trips have cost around $450, the plane trip around $900, and the micro-tour around $200. This cost includes bus/plane costs, overnight accommodations and most meals. Counselors will be responsible for some of their meals.
Is there financial assistance available?
Counselors should check with their 178彩票 district to see if help is available. IACAC also offers grants to counselors. These grants are awarded to counselors that work with underrepresented student groups, or to counselors that districts will not help them with the cost. Counselors that have not received a grant previously will be given first consideration.