Member Benefits 


Join the oldest and largest community of Registrars and Admissions Officers in the world. It’s like signing up for a lifetime course in professional development.

Founded in 1910, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is the leading authority in providing professional development and informed guidance centered on best practices in admissions, student records, and enrollment management in the global higher education community.

With over 14,000 higher education professionals around the world—in the United States, Canada, and more than 40 other countries, AACRAO represents institutions from every sector of the higher education community. We provide extensive member benefits, including newsletters, professional journals, and other publications; research and access to valuable databases; and meetings, webinars, and courses. Our meetings convene professionals for the purpose of engaging with one another and sharing insights related to better serving their students and institutions. AACRAO connects its members with the resources and proven solutions to address their specific challenges and meet their professional advancement goals.

  • Stay Informed
    • Transcript: Provides weekly court, industry, and international news as well as updates on the latest developments in federal relations and compliance. Transcript also serves as the archive for AACRAO’s public policy activities and priorities.  
    • Connect (bi-weekly newsletter): Covers the latest developments in domestic and international higher education and provides information about AACRAO services in order to increase member awareness, engagement, and satisfaction.
    • Federal Relations: Engages public policy issues affecting AACRAO members, the students they serve, and higher education as a whole and informs AACRAO members about emerging federal regulations and policy initiatives, development, interpretation, and implementation.
    • SEM Quarterly (scholarly journal): Provides crucial news and information as well as updates on trends in state-of-the-art student services and SEM practices.
    • College & University (policy and research journal): Presents peer-reviewed, research-based articles focusing on emerging concerns, new techniques, and technology in higher education.
    • Publications: Publishes how-to guides, handbooks, and case studies written by members for members. (Members save 30 percent.)
    • Research: Conducts surveys in order to identify new insights and information to help AACRAO members lead their institutions successfully in a continually evolving environment (survey results are published and are also posted online).
    • Higher Ed Policy Database: Gives AACRAO members the ability to explore, compare, and analyze institutional policies from more than 1,200 catalogs across nearly 1,000 institutions.
    • Podcasts: Gives members insight into important conversations on relevant topics in the profession, from daily life in a registrar's office to diversity and inclusion initiatives.
    • Daily Updates: Informs members about a wide array of relevant issues by posting comprehensive and up-to-date information and articles to the AACRAO website on a daily basis.  
  • Attend and Participate
    • Meetings: Convenes thousands of attendees every year in order to keep members abreast of current issues and innovations. The SEM, Technology, and Transfer conferences offer specialized tools to impact the profession; international institutes provide specialized training in international admissions. (Members save 20 percent on registration.)
    • Webinars: Offers free and convenient professional development on a wealth of topics in support of members’ ongoing training.  
    • Online Learning: Offers four-week interactive training courses in a typical class format taught by experienced professionals and culminating in a professional development certificate. 
    • SEM Endorsement Program: Sponsors a self-paced career advancement track (designed to be completed in one year) that includes online courses, webinars, a research report, and field visits to approved institutions, all under the guidance of expert faculty. 
    • Hill Day: Allows members to meet directly and engage with congressional offices to discuss their work and share their perspective, as practitioners, on how policy impacts daily work in higher education.
  • Get Involved
    • AACRAO Exchange: An online community platform that facilitates interaction among numerous subgroups, including caucuses, two-year schools, registrars, and admissions professionals.
    • Committees: Increases members’ participation by facilitating their involvement in more than 30 committees and related activities that guide AACRAO's programs.
    • Caucuses: Networking and affinity groups designed to promote diversity and equity in higher education, growing AACRAOs knowledge base and enhancing personal professional development.
    • Volunteer: Engages members as facilitators, authors, meeting sponsors, and committee members. Your level of involvement in AACRAO is entirely up to you!
  • Premium Services

    These valuable features are available to members at generously discounted rates.

    • Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE): Simplifies the evaluation process for international admissions professionals by providing access to the most comprehensive collection of online data on postsecondary education systems worldwide. Evaluate student’s foreign credentials with confidence and ease!
    • AACRAO Consulting: Provides comprehensive services that deliver guidance and practical solutions for improving operations and resolving specific challenges at all levels.