Write for C&U

What's the best way to share your ideas, innovations, and opinions with registrars, admissions officers, and enrollment managers nationwide? Contribute to AACRAO's prestigious College & University (C&U) quarterly journal.

Give your research and experience a voice by writing for the Feature section, or address best practices, how-tos, new technologies, the latest books, and other pertinent topics in The Forum section. With a substantial circulation base, C&U is an excellent vehicle for shaping the profession and gaining recognition.

AACRAO members are especially encouraged to submit articles, but non-members, faculty, graduate students, and members of the corporate sector are also welcome to share their work. Authors will receive copies of the issue in which their article appears, and will be issued an author honorarium.

Upcoming deadlines are: May 1, 2024; August 1, 2024; November 1, 2024; and February 1, 2025.

Manuscript Preparation for C&U

Feature Articles (refereed articles)

The editor will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts and will forward them to the Editorial Board for review. The Editorial Board will consider the appropriateness of the article for AACRAO's membership, the usefulness of the information, the nature and logic of the research methodology, clarity, and the style of presentation. This review may take up to several weeks, after which the C&U editor will inform the author of the manuscript's acceptance or rejection.

  • Manuscripts for feature articles should be no longer than 4,500 words.
  • All submissions must be sent as an attachment via e-mail.
  • Because the Editorial Board has a blind review policy, the author's name should not appear on any text page. A separate cover sheet should be sent via e-mail and include the title of the manuscript and the author's name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail, if applicable.
  • References should be formatted in author-date style and follow guidelines provided by The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, published by the University of Chicago Press. A list of references should appear at the end of the article. In-text citations also follow the author-date format; examples can be found in the Manual. For more information or for samples, please contact the managing editor.
  • In addition to being placed in the manuscript, the data for essential tables and charts should also be included in a separate Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet) file.
  • Articles are accepted for publication with the understanding that the editors and Editorial Board reserve the right to edit for clarity and style.
  • Authors whose manuscripts are selected for submission will be asked to submit a short biographical statement and an abstract of their article, both no more than 50 words.
  • Do not submit articles that are under consideration for publication in another periodical.
  • C&U offers an honorarium of $300 for each feature article it publishes.
  • Submit manuscripts and direct inquiries to:
    Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D., C&U Editor-In-Chief

Forum Articles (non-refereed articles)

College & University also welcomes articles on timely issues in higher education in the form of commentaries, campus viewpoints, policy analyses, international observations, case studies, and book reviews. This is an excellent venue for individuals to share their knowledge and experience, and for companies to share corporate know-how and the latest techniques and technologies.

  • Manuscripts for the Forum should not exceed 2,000 words.
  • Articles submitted by companies should not have a sales-oriented focus but should instead provide a general overview.
  • Book reviews: AACRAO will send you a book free of charge or reimburse you for your purchase. Reviews should provide a concise summary of the item’s content, focusing on its main themes. It should also include an author's personal opinion about the piece, highlighting what they liked or disliked and why. Additionally, reviews often include some analysis or critical evaluation of the piece's strengths and weaknesses. This could involve discussing the writing style, originality, relevance to current issues, or its impact on the author. Ultimately, a good review should be informative, engaging, and balanced, providing enough detail to help readers decide if they want to read it themselves, while also offering the author's unique perspective and insights.
  • All other guidelines follow as above.
  • C&U offers an honorarium of $150 for each forum article it publishes.
  • Submit Forum pieces to: Heather Zimar, C&U Managing Editor