30th Annual Conference

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)

Time Zone: 

  • Mountain Time


Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City, UT

The Annual Conference features dynamic speakers and is designed with numerous educational sessions to meet everyone’s needs - whether they’re new in graduate admissions and graduate enrollment management, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between. The educational sessions will provide new approaches and creative strategies across a variety of topics related to our field, including admissions policies and processes, career and staff development, graduate student support and financial aid, legal and ethical issues, marketing and recruitment, student services and others.

Held each year in April, the conference brings over 900 GEM professionals together under one roof to gain insight and knowledge from peers and experts in the field.

Program & Registration Details

The Registration Brochure provides full details about the conference including registration details, session topics and schedule, networking events and hotel information. Download the full brochure

New Members: Join NAGAP with the conference registration and take advantage of member registration rates. Your membership will take effect shortly after the conference and will be valid through 6/30/2018.

Registration Fees:

Early-Bird Conference Registration - by February 27 - Deadline Passed

  • Current/New Member - $495
  • Non-Member - $670

Conference Registration - Feb. 28 - March 27 - Deadline Passed

  • Current/New Member - $570
  • Non-Member - $745

On-Site Registration - after March 28

  • Current/New Member - $670
  • Non-Member - $845

Pre-Conference Institute

Strategic Enrollment Planning in the Graduate Context

Presenter: Lew Sanborne, PhD, Vice President, Consulting Services, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Wednesday, April 19 - 9:00am - 1:30pm

Learn more about the program, fees, fellowship opportunities, etc.

Registration Fees:

  • Current/New Member - $225
  • Non-Member - $275


555 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


NAGAP Conference Hotel Rates:

  • Premier Room Single/Double Rate: $199 plus tax per night
  • Executive Suite Single/Double Rate: $209 plus tax per night

Reservation Deadline: March 27, 2017

Reservations may be made online at Grand America Hotel.

The conference rate will be honored three nights pre/post of the conference dates based on availability. 

Internet Access: NAGAP is pleased to provide complimentary wireless high-speed internet access in your guest room.

The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City offers spacious rooms and suites with step-out balconies and stuning 360 views of the mountains, skyline and sunset.

Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. Requests for early check-in and late check-out are han- dled on a request basis directly with the hotel.

The Grand America Hotel is also conveniently located close to some of the finest Salt Lake City restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines, including sushi, tapas, Indian, Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern and more.

Airport & Transportation Information

Salt Lake City International Airport is six miles from the Grand America Hotel.

TRAX Light Rail fare is $2.50 each way on the Green Line, and the train stops just a block from the hotel. The Green Line leaves the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. The TRAX stop is located at the south end of Terminal One. For more information visit Light Rail Rider Information.

Taxi: Taxi  service  is  approximately  $25  from  Salt  Lake  City International Airport. 

Parking is available at the hotel. Valet parking is $25 per day, and self-parking is $15 per day.

Local Information – What to see and do

We encourage you to vist the Visit Salt Lake web page for great ideas of things to do in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. 

They say there's nothing to do in Salt Lake but see for yourself...


Moderators and Recorders

Interested in becoming more involved at the 2017 Annual Conference? Consider volunteering as a Moderator or Recorder for an education session. More information, including the opportunity to sign up, will be available in February. In the meantime, brief descriptions about the roles and responsibilities of each position are included below.

Moderators arrive to their assigned room a few minutes early to assist the presenter(s) with any A/V or other needs. They are also in charge of introducing the session presenter or panelists to the audience at the start of the session. Moderators’ other responsibilities include making sure the session stays on time, reminding attendees to take notes during the session to assist them in providing feedback via the conference evaluation survey, being prepared to ask a question or two if the members of the audience don’t have any, and closing the session with any additional announcements that might be necessary. Moderators fill out their own brief survey of the session and presenter(s) and are presented with a small token of appreciation for their participation.

Recorders are assigned to a particular session and are responsible for writing a summary of that session for publication in NAGAP’s Perspectives. Summaries should be approximately 200-300 words and are generally due to the Publications Committee shortly after the conference ends. Recorders are presented with a small token of appreciation for their participation in addition to being published.

Sign up to volunteer coming in mid-Feb.

Learn more in the Orientation PowerPoint

Conference Itinerary Planner

Create your conference itinerary by using the NAGAP Annual Conference itinerary planner! You can search on presenter name, view sessions by day, click on the title of each session for the session description and presenter information and get a head-start on planning the education sessions you will attend. 

Community Service Project

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

The NAGAP Annual Conference provides multiple marketing opportunities in a fun environment. Contact us today to learn more about being a sponsor in 2017. For more information, click here.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Submissions are accepted online via our electronic submission system. The deadline to submit was September 26, 2016.

We know our membership has vast expertise, and we want to capitalize on those strengths. Consider presenting or facilitating a discussion on topics that would contribute to the professional or personal development of your graduate enrollment management colleagues. Your NAGAP Board and the Education and Conference Planning Committees are excited to make this conference the best one yet! 

There are five different formats for conference education sessions: Presentations, Panels, Rapid Fire Sessions, Special Interest Forums (i.e. roundtable discussions) and Vendor Presentations.  As you think about your area of interest or expertise, consider which format best aligns with your educational content, personal style or comfort level.

NAGAP 30th Annual Conference Categories for Education Sessions 
Goal:  Proposals should be generally aligned with the theme of the 30th Annual Conference and focus on the various aspects of the graduate enrollment management life cycle from prospective students through alumni engagement.
Please note that suggested topics in each category. These are just suggestions. You may identify a topic of your choice as it relates to the category.

  1. Recruitment & Marketing
  2. Financing Graduate Education
  3. Admissions Operations
  4. Student Services
  5. Alumni Relations & Engagement
  6. Enrollment Modeling & Strategic Planning
  7. Career, Staff & Personal Development

Presenters may use the rubrics below by which each submission is judged to get a better idea of what the Conference Planning and Education Committees are looking for when they review the submissions.

  1. Panel Discussion Rubric
  2. Presentations Rubric
  3. Rapid Fire Session Rubric
  4. Special Interest Forum Rubric
  5. Vendor Presentation Rubric

Another resource for those considering submitting a proposal is the NAGAP Webinar: Creating a Proposal for the 30th Annual Conference.