Annual Institute FAQ


Who should attend?

The Annual Admission Institute is designed and created for admission professionals who are:

  • considering the admission profession at independent schools,*
  • those who are new to their role in admission,
  • those who are new to directorship,
  • those who are interested in strengthening their competencies in various areas of admission and enrollment management,
  • admission professionals with more than seven years of experience in Admission; who by virtue of their roles and responsibilities are creating a legacy at their institution aka are Senior Professionals or Legacy Leaders.++

++ Interested participants who are considering Admission as a profession and are appropriate for this pathway of experience at the Institute must be employed by an AISAP member school or have Individual membership status with AISAP--Interested participants for this pathway of experience must complete a short personal statement at the request of Vanderbilt University/ Peabody Graduate Program.

Why should I attend?

Data and trending information, reinforced by our ongoing benchmarking tools, confirms what most of us can attest to through our personal experience; that each person's road map to and through the admission profession is as varied as the schools we represent. What brought you into the admission profession? Where are you today in your understanding of what competencies and skills are necessary to succeed in today's landscape? Are you prepared for the road ahead? And as well, are you planning your journey or will you find yourself being led by the trends and the tyranny of the moment? AISAP knows that the future has its nuances, twists and turns and we will stay with you no matter what road bump we may encounter. The AISAP Annual Admission Institute will put into focus your pathway to success both short-term and long.

How can I find out if my school is a member or what do I do if I am interested in joining AISAP and attend this event at a discounted rate?

Click on the member tab of this site. From there you can update your school's contact and staff information as well as begin the membership application process. Questions or need assistance, please contact

What is the Institute Program Methodology?

The Institute programming is constructed in a manner that allows for small group discussion through a varied approach to presentation. Case study analysis and presentations from admission professionals and industry leaders, people who know and are experienced in their field, familiar with the issues at hand, and successful in the implementation of strategies to advance your daily work serve as the methods of teaching. Besides, cornerstone speakers will speak to general session themes and help to cue up our daily activity. Finally, foundational and "in the trenches" strategies will be highlighted and reinforced for you to return to your school and immediately implement these takeaways.

What are the AISAP Cohort Groups?

An aspect of your AISAP Annual Admission Institute journey is our annual cohort groupings. Started back at our first Institute, each participant is part of a cohort group that will help to emphasize the importance of contacts, collegiality, and community of peers. Your group will meet several times throughout the Institute and as well AISAP supports these organizations after the program through ongoing web-based meetings as well as community-based net forums to keep the conversation and collaboration going long after we leave San Juan Capistrano.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes, guests ages 21 and over are invited to attend the scheduled receptions and Annual Institute dinner. You may select all or select each event individually for your guest. Prices range from $40 -$90 depending on which event your guest would like to attend. Please make your selections when completing the online registration process.

Are there discounts if I want to register more than one person from my school?

Yes. The first attendee from a school will need to pay the full rate for registration. Then additional people from that school will be able to use a discount code when prompted in the system to register any other people. This will be available for AISAP Members and Non-Members.

What is the refund policy?

All cancellations or substitutions must be submitted in writing to or faxed to 203-905-6802. We allow substitutions up to 2 business days before the program start date. You can read our Substitutions and Cancellation Policy HERE.  

Are there other area hotels for Institute attendees?

The host hotels for 2017 are the Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa and the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton.  A special discounted rate will be available. Do not wait too long to make your reservations!! Call or go online to our AISAP Annual Institute Reservation Page to secure your reservations. You may search other hotels, but please note that transportation to our host school and our evening events will only be provided from the host hotels. You will be responsible for securing your ground transfers if staying at a different hotel.

What airport should I fly into?

The nearest airport is the John Wayne Airport, but there are many flight options into LAX and San Diego as well.

What are the recommended options for shuttle transportation to and from the hotel and airport?

Several ground transportation options are available once you get to San Juan Capistrano

  • Taxi
  • Shuttle
  • Rental Cars

What should I pack?

Last year, the temperatures in mid-July in ranged near 80's for a high, and 60's to low 70's for a low. There is rarely precipitation in mid-July, and the humidity usually ranges from 40% (comfortable) to 80% (humid). Our style at the Annual Admission Institute is Business Professional, with after-hours events that are Business Casual and fun.

What can I do during free time?

We do have after-hours dinners, events, and parties you can attend, but San Juan Capistrano is also well known for its self-guided historic walking tour and the San Juan Capistrano Mission. Here is the official San Juan Capistrano Visitor Center webpage.

How do I get to the meetings each day?

AISAP will be providing shuttle transportation daily from the host hotel to our host school for the meetings. All sessions will be held at our host school on Monday and Tuesday and at our hotel on Sunday and Wednesday. There is limited parking at our host school, so please plan on traveling on the bus each day.

If I extend my stay, can I receive the group hotel room rate?

The group rate is available three days before and three days after the Institute dates based on hotel availability.

Our Contact Information

Still, have questions that aren't answered on this page or the Annual Institute FAQ?  Here's how you can reach us:

Billing Questions 
Ron Crampton
Director of Finance & Operations
(203) 421-7051

Program & Agenda Questions
Whitaker Willocks
Program Coordinator
(203) 421-7051