Higher Education and Student Affairs are growing fields, with dedicated and highly educated professionals seeking to improve and enhance their practice. Numerous professional organizations help student affairs practitioners increase their knowledge and learn new information about the ever-changing landscape of the student body. Higher education organizations provide opportunities for professionals to learn about changes in policies, exchange best practices and ideas, and collaborate on nationwide initiatives. Many organizations have regional affiliates as well.


The links below will redirect you to some of the more prominent higher education professional organizations.

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American College Personnel Association

ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.

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Association of College Unions International

ACUI supports its members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services. Its core purpose is to be the leader in advancing campus community builders

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National Orientation Directors Association

The mission of NODA is to provide education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention. Its core purpose is to create a community of practice that defines and enriches the fields of orientation, transition, and retention

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National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. It serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities.

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National Academic Advising Association

Recognizing that effective academic advising is at the core of student success, NACADA aspires to be the premier global association for the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research, and practice of academic advising in higher education.