School Membership

Colleges, universities, and institutions including their students, staff, and faculty.

By joining the association for campus experience professionals, institutions access the largest collegiate experience network, reduce expenditures by benefiting from cooperative buying, and grow professional competencies so they can foster environments and design experiences where students belong, are retained, and can thrive. Click on a benefit below to learn more.

One Institution. One Membership. One Association.

  • NACA membership is your institution's membership – so all of your campus departments can benefit from the Association's cooperative buying, educational programs, services and digital library without having to purchase additional memberships.
  • Rather than paying for multiple higher education associations, which may only apply to specific student affairs departments or roles, colleagues across student affairs disciplines can benefit from and pool funding for one annual NACA membership that supports your entire institution.
  • All of your colleagues who work to improve the campus experience can learn and grow together in one association while contributing to advancing the field through scholarship, mentorship, and volunteerism.

Save Programming Dollars. Save Planning Time.

  • With nearly 800 member schools and 60-plus years of experience, NACA membership means you have access to one of the largest campus experience networks and talent buying resources in the country.
  • Stretch your institution's programming dollars with NACA's cooperative buying system, Block Booking. Member schools in close geographic proximity can book an act for a consecutive series of dates; providing the act the ability to consolidate travel and other costs. This means a reduced fee for the performance for everyone in the block.
  • The NACA® 24/7 online platform matches you with talent and vendors you're seeking, making doing business easier and faster than ever before. This technology will save time, energy, and money identifying, reviewing, and contracting entertainment, speakers, performers, and more.

Ready Student Leaders for Current Roles & Future Careers.

  • NACA is for more than just your intuition's professional staff. The Association supports undergraduate and graduate students with assessment tools, in-person conferences, virtual learning opportunities, scholarships and grants.
  • The Association can take the hassle out of training your student government officers, programming boards, and student organization leaders through the in-person Institutes or virtual Summer Series programs.
  • The NACA® Employability Skills Assessment is a tool designed to help your students as they prepare for their next step after graduation – their careers. Students evaluate themselves on the skills employers seek and it provides them with suggestions for mastering these skills through their involvement in campus activities.

The Vanguard in College Experience Research & Benchmarking.

  • NACA can bridge your campus wide efforts to foster student and professional development. The Association's professional competencies represent and guide the development of inclusive communities, foster belonging, and the profession.
  • Earn Continuing Education (CE) credits for a Certified Student Affairs Educator Core and Campus Activities speciality. NACA is your trusted source for CE credits towards your CSAEd and is a founding member of the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification. Did you know that NACA was the first organization in the industry to have its educational programs approved to offer CE credits! 
  • The Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS) is a social science peer-reviewed journal. It focuses on publishing rigorous, relevant, and respected scholarship related to postsecondary education co-curricular campus activities, and translating such scholarship to practice.
  • NACA supports research through grants designed to advance the field of campus activities by encouraging the development and distribution of knowledge that has potential to improve the experiences of college students through their involvement in campus activities.
  • Utilize the NACA Connect online communities to benchmark your institution's experiences, programs, and events with other campus professionals around the country.

Professionalizing Campus Experiences Using Design Methodology.

  • Our conferences and events are intentionally planned used design methodology and research from Maritz Global Events, one of the largest, most respected leaders in the meetings and events industry.
  • Our events serve as a teaching laboratory to both experience and learn first-hand the science-based design for creating successful events back at your institution.
  • Advanced degree programs can fall short of providing professionals with the skill sets, knowledge, and tools to create college communities were everyone belongs.
Frequently Asked Questions

Is a school membership provided only to the area/department that paid the fee?

No, an institutional membership allows anyone and everyone on campus to freely access NACA benefits, such as webinars, the resource library, or NACA events at the member rate.

School members consist of whom?

A school membership includes students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff at the institution. NACA's school membership consists of nearly 800 four-year, two-year, community colleges, and technical schools.

How are school member rates calculated?

Rates are based on your institution total enrollment. Total enrollment includes undergraduate students, graduate students, commuters, etc.

Who should I contact if my school's total enrollment changes?

All membership eligibility changes should be sent to [email protected].

Are membership dues refundable?

No, membership dues are non-refundable.

What is a transitional membership and who can apply?

A transitional membership is available to a professional staff member who is no longer associated with a member school due to a recent transition in employment. Learn more by clicking here.

How can my school apply for membership?

Ready to begin? Contact Dionne Boyles, School Services Manager at [email protected], (803) 217-3479, or click on the red Calendly bubble in the right corner of the webpage to schedule a time to connect.


General Membership

Who should I contact if I have questions about my membership?

All membership questions or inquiries can be sent to [email protected]

Once I sign up, how long is my membership active?

NACA membership expires annually on April 30, regardless of when you join. Our membership year runs May 1 - April 30.



I have changed institutions and need to update my record, who should I contact?

We want you to keep in touch with NACA when you’ve accepted a new position elsewhere. Send us a note with your new information at [email protected].


Block Booking

What is Block Booking?

Block Booking is when three or more schools work together with associate/affiliate members in the booking process to coordinate days and times, maximizing routing for a given act or performer. Block Booking is an automatic membership feature for NACA school members.

If I am not a member, will I be able to participate in Block Booking?

Block Booking is one of the most frequently enjoyed perks of any NACA membership. You must be a member institution to participate.